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Message from the director

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The San Jose Museum of Art is not your typical museum….and could not be even if it tried! This year is our forty-fifth anniversary year, and we feel younger than ever. This agile visitor (right)—one of the first to take advantage of our new photography policy—clearly gets the idea. Turn things upside down; stand your assumptions on their head; look at the world anew; get inspired; kick up your heels; see what you think. It all happens here.

SJMA has a grassroots, against-theodds history that gave birth to two of the Museum’s defining characteristics: its unpretentious, democratic roots and a perpetual sense of innovation. Open participation and creativity are in SJMA’s DNA: they are our watchwords for this anniversary season.

We’re celebrating both by paying tribute to SJMA’s proud past and by keeping our sights set on being a museum as bold as Silicon Valley deserves. Throughout the year, we will ramp up modes of participation in surprising ways and open up new avenues for artistic experimentation. Starting with Initial Public Offering: New Works from SJMA’s Collection and David Levinthal: MAKE BELIEVE, we honor the incredible evolution of the collection, growth that is in large part thanks to the foresight and tenacity of curators, collectors, and donors over the years. Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection sets the stage for the anniversary by surveying the adventurous path of contemporary art during the Museum’s lifespan—and by reconnecting with the spirit of the much-beloved surveys of art-historical masterpieces done in collaboration with the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, upon the opening of the new wing in the 1990s.

SJMA’s role has always been to build bridges between art and audiences— and to raise awareness of artists’ broad contributions to our lives and to society. In this forty-fifth year, I hope you will be an integral part of the equations and explore what makes art come alive for you at the Museum. 

Susan Krane
Oshman Executive Director

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