Tuesday, December 8, 2015

101 South: San Jose, San Jose Museum of Art

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San Jose Museum of Art  110 S. Market St./San Fernando St., downtown, (408) 271-6840.  Tu-Sun 11-5.  $8, seniors $5, under 6 free.  Baby strollers loaned at no charge.  Displaying a collection of primarily contemporary American art, much of it from California, this unusual part-1892 Romanesque sandstone/part-1991 stark modern building serves as a metaphor for contemporary art's ties to tradition.  Colorful Chihuly glass pieces hang high in the lobby, but the museum has no permanent galleries and art is shown only in the new wing.  Currently “Covert Operations: Investigating the Known Unknowns” operates on the first floor (through January 10, 2016).  On the second floor you’ll see both a William Wegman show that introduces his personal side mixed in with the amusing Weimaraner dog photographs he is famous for, and a collection of whimsical ceramic sculptures of the human figure (both through February 7, 2016). 
    Located in the original wing, Cafe Too! serves salads, sandwiches, and afternoon “edible art” confections.  And don’t miss a browse of the creatively stocked gift shop. 


exterior of San Jose Museum of Art in San Jose, California


lobby at San Jose Museum of Art in San Jose, California


"Colonel Hyena" by Robert Arneson at San Jose Museum of Art in San Jose, California
"Colonel Hyena" by Robert Arneson

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