San Jose Museum of Art

Modern and contemporary art. Presents a participatory approach to visual arts and education.

The San Jose Museum of Art celebrates new ideas, stimulates creativity, and inspires connection with every visit. Welcoming and thought-provoking, the Museum rejects stuffiness and delights visitors with its surprising and playful perspective on the art and artists of our time.

SJMA’s special exhibitions focus on modern and contemporary art. Widely recognized around the country as a stellar showcase for California artists, the Museum presents an array of exhibitions that examine the interface of art and new technologies, themes of current interest to the general public, or the master artists of our time.

The Museum’s burgeoning permanent collection includes over 2,500 modern and contemporary works of art: paintings, sculpture, installation, new media, photography, drawings, prints, and artists’ books. Widely known for supporting California artists, SJMA has earned a reputation for acquiring pivotal artists early in their careers. As part of the strategic plan, the Museum has expanded the focus of its collection to reflect the high-tech interests, dynamic cultural diversity, and international scope of its communities.

In 2017-2018, SJMA presents an array of exhibitions:

Fragile Waters: Photographs by Ansel Adams, Ernest H. Brooks II, and Dorothy Kerper Monnelly

Your Mind, This Moment: art and the practice of attention

The Darkened Mirror: Global Perspectives on Water

Beta Space: Victor Cartagena

Diana Al-Hadid: Liquid City

This Is Not A Selfie: Photographic Self-Portraits from the Audrey and Sydney Irmas Collection