Archive for August, 2007

“ALTERNATIVE” GALLERIES OF SAN JOSE

Posted by erin on August 15th, 2007

SAN JOSE’S DIVERSE ALTERNATIVE SPACES:
THE INSTITUTIONS AND THE UPSTARTS
A crazy, unorthodox art scene that, somehow, gets the art out there…

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MACLA, The Museum of Quilts and Textiles, and the San Jose ICA on South First Street in San Jose’s SOFA District, across from Gore Park – The San Jose ICA began as an alternative space — “Word Works”

By Erin Goodwin-Guerrero, Summer 2007

San Jose’s art scene is exploding. Enter, alternative exhibition spaces! Sometimes funky or rebellious, sometimes very professional, these “alternatives” have a certain cach√©. The artwork is often a discovery. It feels newer, more contemporary and exciting. Perpetually under-funded, these sites are risky at the beginning. They are labors of love that can disappear as fast as they appear. Yet, a few have been on the scene long enough to become institutions.

In order to talk about alternative exhibition spaces in San Jose we need to ask “alternative to what?” What is the status quo that demands an alternative? What needs are filled by the alternatives?

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KIM JUNG HWA AT THE DE SAISSET MUSEUM

Posted by erin on August 9th, 2007

A Korean Artist Finds Her Calling Creating Art Cloth

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by Jane Przybysz, Executive Director, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

August 4, 2007

If you like your art minimalist, monumental, and meditative, you need to get yourself over to the de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University between now and August 19th. The Museum is presenting Variations of Grass, Light, and the Wind: The Plant Dye Art of Kim Jung Hwa, an exhibit of art cloth. With tones both earthy and ethereal, alternately flowing and exploding across huge swaths of cloth, Hwa‚Äôs work powerfully evokes the elements in their majesty and fury. The de Saisset has done its best to give the work the space it commands and adequate lighting on each of its three floors. But I’m still waiting to see this master Korean dyer‚Äôs work installed in one cavernous space more akin to a hangar at Moffett Airfield, dramatically lit for the theater that is life.

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Introduction By Joshua Russell, Communications Manager, Arts Council Silicon Valley

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Bruce Davis, Executive Director of the Arts Council Silicon Valley

Summer 2007

The comments below, by Bruce Davis, Executive Director of the Arts Council Silicon Valley, are in reference to a recently released study that highlights the economic benefit of the arts in Santa Clara County. This study was almost a year and a half in the making from research and planning to printing and distribution.

As you review some of the highlights of the study, I want to give you some things to think about. First of all, why is this information important? It is important because we have been making the case for a long time as to the intrinsic value the arts provide — how they promote creativity, fuel our souls and make a complete community. Well, now we can argue that in addition to all of those, the arts help generate jobs, local and state tax revenue, provide business to local vendors and eateries, and generate a lot of money in this region. As you read this, consider the important role you are playing in drawing arts patrons to this region, in spending money locally on supplies and even in attending local exhibitions, performances and festivals.

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