Thursday November 5, 6pm
Panel Discussion: Variations on a Theme

Join artists Tam Van Tran and Nigel Poor, and Santa Clara University Associate Professor of Art History Andrea Pappas, for a fascinating discussion on the use of organic materials in art-making. Moderated by SJMA Chief Curator JoAnne Northrup.

Tam van Tran
Born in Vietnam in 1966, this Los Angeles-based artist blurs the boundaries between sculpture and painting. A devout Buddhist and environmentalist, Tran paints with natural materials such as chlorophyll, spirulina (an alga), and beet juice. The exhibition Variations on a Theme, containing his most recent work commissioned by SJMA, will be open for viewing this evening.

Nigel Poor
From otherworldly landscapes comprised of decaying fruits and flowers to an archive of found objects, Nigel Poor’s photographs reveal the subtexts of time and collective history in inanimate objects. She will share stories of her projects created with lint, human hair, insects squished on paper, and food smudges.

Andrea Pappas
Pappas’ research and writing focuses on the relationship between the conditions of reception for art and its production. She also studies the impact and promise of digital technologies as they transform the field. As Associate Professor of Art History at Santa Clara University, she teaches the History of Photography, and Women and the Visual Arts.

Wednesday November 18, 6pm
“Alexander Calder: The Collectors’ Perspectives”

Join us for a conversation with the Bay Area collectors who have generously lent works to the exhibition Alexander Calder: Color in Motion. With close ties both to Calder and to SJMA, they will share stories about Calder and his works, memories of the artist, and personal insights into the collecting process. Following this “up close and personal” presentation, the exhibition will be open for viewing.

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Doors open at 6pm; events begin at 6:30.
All cardholding members may bring a guest.

Thursday November 19, 12pm
Gallery Talk on Variations on a Theme, with JoAnne Northrup, Katie and Drew Gibson chief curator.

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