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3200 Monterey Rd.
San Jose, CA 95111
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Arts & Museums
Artik Gallery is run by Artik Art and Architecture, an architectural firm specializing in public art and the design of schools and colleges. This gallery showcases a range of art forms including mixed media works, paintings and sculptures. Most of the artworks are minimalist, though-provoking and exhibit influences from the world of design and architecture. Hence, you might well have a sculpture of a man interspersed with buildings, depicting the effects of urbanization, or works created using engineering objects and everyday materials. Check the website to remain updated about the latest shows.
Here's where you come when you need to know all about San Jose's local history. The city is not just about bright lights and bustle; it's also California's oldest, and richest in terms of culture. The park consists of historical landmarks and old houses that forms a quaint village with a breathtaking view of the valley. Go for a long stroll, if you'd like to scour its nooks and crannies on your own, or better still, hitch a ride on the electronic trolley. This car has its own charm, with reversible seats and wooden framework. The park's early car models are also displayed.
One among San Jose city's finer museums is the Portuguese Historical Museum. The museum site dates back to 1997, and it replicates the foremost chapel in San Jose. A part of the Kelley Park, it displays exhibits that chronicle the history of Portugal and the journey of the Portuguese immigrants across the globe.
Dedicated to the Vietnamese Americans and their encounters, the Viet Museum was established by the Immigrant Resettlement & Cultural Center. It traces the Vietnamese War of Freedom, the refugees and their life post war. Established in August of 2007, the museum is housed within the Greenwalt House on Senter Road. Highlighting the history of Vietnamese immigrants, The Viet Museum makes for an interesting visit.
The Art Ark Gallery is housed in a building exhibiting contemporary architecture and has spacious interiors with soft lighting for viewing art. It serves as a hub and platform for local artists, especially students studying at nearby art schools. The artworks are typically not restricted to one particular medium and are often interdisciplinary in nature. Visitors can view glass works, sculptures, new media and digital art, photographs, ceramic works as well as traditional paintings exploring multifarious themes. The curator also reviews proposals to display art by upcoming artists and provides guidance and support throughout the exhibition, if selected.
The ICA is a non-profit, innovative visual arts space located in downtown San Jose. For more than 20 years, they have presented cutting edge exhibitions featuring emerging and mid-career artists and provided the public a chance to see "what's new" in contemporary art. Exhibitions are accompanied by workshops and lectures to further engage the viewer. In addition to gallery programming, the ICA presents "Night Moves," new media installations in the front and rear windows that are visible only after dark. Admission is free.
As the name suggests, SLG Publishing's Art Boutiki & Gallery is a shop that sells SLG comics and novels. This store does not restrict itself to merely selling comic books, but has established itself as an art hub too. Art Boutiki & Gallery features host of events throughout the week that includes art exhibitions, live music concerts, workshops and seminars. Apart from that, you can also rent the space for occasions like private or social events. For complete details, check the website or call ahead.
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles is one of the world's oldest quilt museums and features revolving exhibitions from all over the world. It looks small from the outside, but once you get in, there is plenty of wonderful things to see. Exhibits have included exquisite examples of Amish, Shaker and Hawaiian quilting as well as striking works by contemporary craftsmen. Their staff is well versed in quilt lore and can answer any of your questions or recommend books for any further research you might want to do.
This attractive little art space celebrates the contributions of Latinos to the visual and literary arts. It offers a fascinating look at the important part Latino arts play in the so-called mainstream culture. Every year, high profile artists join with local talents to produce events that address issues in the Latino community. The participants are heavily involved in art education for youth. Also on the premises is a neat little store filled with Hispanic art, figurines and more.
Children's Discovery Museum has two floors worth of exhibits and activities, including a history of bubbles, face painting and all sorts of things to keep children busy and thinking. The museum is a giant structure straddling the Guadalupe River Park, so picnics are common for visitors. It is located right on the light rail station, which makes public transportation a snap. The museum offers facilities for birthday parties and special events for all sizes of groups, from small gatherings of 10 to large groups of 1000.
This is one of San Jose's rare galleries and performance spaces dedicated solely to alternative works, exhibitions and shows. Since the 1970s this place has stood out in Silicon Valley with its continuous showcasing of local and nationwide talent. Entirely volunteer-run, the gallery has sponsored a variety of events over the years, from video and new media artists to experimental performance works. Their diversified shows and exhibits attract people from all walks of life. Admission is free except for performance nights.
Touted to be one of the leading art galleries around the world, Anno Domini represent the contemporary style of art. This art venue contains some unique urban collector items and shirts. It also has a variety of art books and unique graffiti books featuring both international and US based graffiti movements. Don't miss one of the best contemporary art showcases in the South Bay Area.