The Silicon Valley offers an eclectic art scene featuring campus art galleries at various local schools.
The CantorArtsCenter (http://museum.stanford.edu/index.html) at Lomita Drive at Museum Way at Stanford University is currently exhibiting the Mami Wata: Arts for Water Spirits in Africa and Its Diasporas through January 2, 2011 depicting Mami Wata traditional sculptures, masks, paintings, and altars from a period of 500 years. The Vodoun/Vodounon: Portraits of Initiates features 25 diptychs by Jean-Dominique Burton for a sensitive portrayal of Vodoun practitioners. Rodin! The Complete Stanford Collection features 170 bronzes, twenty outside in the Sculpture Garden including The Gates of Hell and The Burghers of Calais. Numerous collections from African, Asia, Oceania and more are featured from Wednesday through Sunday from 11 am – 5 pm. Admission and parking are free, so take advantage of docent tours.
Triton Museum of Art (http://www.tritonmuseum.org/index.php) on 1505 Warburton Avenue is exhibiting the Heidi Brueckner “Chimerical Creatures and Other Curiosities” collection through February 27, 2011 focusing on cultural allegories and norms conveyed through symbolism and figurative imagery. Also featured is “Sweet Obsession” by Lynn Powers through February 20, 2011 inviting contemplation and mysteries of life and the world around us. The Statewide Watercolor Exhibition runs through February 27, 2011. The Museum is open six days a week and admission is free.
San Jose Museum of Art
The San Jose Mueseum of Art is currently showcasing The Modern Photographer and Degrees of Separation, both illustrate concepts of modern photography through grainy vintage snapshots to largescale digital photographs. More exhibits inspire imagination with Retro-Tech, Leo Villareal, Vital Signs, and Let’s Look At Art: Build It series. The admission is $8 for adults, and $5 for children and seniors.
Palo AltoArtCenter (http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/depts/csd/activities_and_recreation/attractions/art_center/default.asp)
Currently displaying Collecting Photography, Light From the Underground, and Paintings from Haiti for Fall 2010 exhibition. I have visited these, and they are quite remarkable. Their upcoming 2011 exhibitions will feature Patrick Dougherty’s The Nature of Entanglements showcasing his site specific installations, and Midlred Howard’s Architecture of Memory featuring African bottle houses. Admission is free.
Another interesting place is Mountain View ‘s Community School of Music And Arts (CSMA) MohrArtGallery (http://www.arts4all.org/attend/mohrspace.htm). Their current exhibition Pancakes, Coffee, and Heroic Actions are paintings and drawings by Norm Rosenberger running through January 20, 2011. Admission is free. San Jose State University ‘s Natalie and James Thompson Gallery (http://design.sjsu.edu/whatsup/events/) is currently featuring Chicago Imagisms which are works by all of the living artists in this genre. OliveHydeArtCenter and Gallery (http://olivehydeartguild.org/), located on 123 Washington Blvd in Fremont has been displaying the Etsy Meets Olive collection (etsy.com). De Anza’s Euphrat Museum of Art (http://www.deanza.edu/euphrat/index.html) has been showcasing In Between: The Tension and Attraction of Difference, an examination of colorful growth through visual media and shared narratives. More galleries at Chico University ‘s Alva Taylor Hall (http://www.csuchico.edu/art/galleries/univgallery.html) and MillsCollegeArt Museum (http://mcam.mills.edu/exhibitions/) will be featuring Selections from the Reed Applegate Collection , Binh Danh photographs, and Kathryn Spence sculptures through December. Whether you are interested in photography, oil on canvas, or sculptures, be sure to visit one of these museums for their eclectic collections.