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Seeds of Hope
Jun
24
to Sep 10

Seeds of Hope

NUMU was inspired by Bay Area artist Michele Théberge's interactive art installation project for the 100 Days of Action initiative undertaken by artists around the country. Theberge's project, Seeds of Hope amplifies the stories, hopes and dreams of all Americans as a part of NUMU's Summer Celebration Open House event to invite and share the stories from our community. Seeds of Hope unites and amplifies the wishes, hopes, dreams and aspirations of all Americans, in a secular prayer action. Théberge represents each participant with a small painting of a seed. As each seed is pinned to the gallery wall, the personal intention of that participant is spoken out loud.

Over the course of the installation, hundreds of seed paintings representing individuals and their hopes and dreams will come together in large wave-like formations. One wave will represent those who have lived in the United States for one or more generations, and the other represents newcomers. Each painted seed stands for our potential to contribute to our nation and fulfill our own dreams in the process. New immigrants, and those whose families have been here for ages, will grow into one interwoven whole on the gallery wall.

This installation begins at NUMU on Saturday, June 24, 2017 during our Summer Celebration. Michele Théberge is interested in gathering your personal hopes and aspirations. If you could have someone pray for your dreams or wishes to come true, what would your most simple request be? All responses will be kept anonymous, unless you choose to share a name. During the summer months, we invite the public to continue adding their hopes and stories at our Seeds of Hope artist station in the NUMU MakerSpace.

For more information and to add your story visit micheletheberge.com/seedsofhope .

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Los Gatos Arts Association's Greater Bay Area Open Exhibition
Jun
15
to Aug 19

Los Gatos Arts Association's Greater Bay Area Open Exhibition

In support of our local art community, New Museum Los Gatos (NUMU) is hosting the biennial Los Gatos Art Association (LGAA) juried fine art show: Greater Bay Area Open. The exhibition is organized and produced by the LGAA and has been juried by artist and teacher George Rivera. Greater Bay Area Open runs through August 19th. A public reception with the artists will take place on Thursday, June 15th from 6pm to 8pm at NUMU. The LGAA is a non-profit organization established in 1948 dedicated to the enrichment and support of the arts community. 

For more information about LGAA and the exhibition please visit www.lgaa.org 

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May
5
to Sep 17

Power of the Page: Artists Books as Agents for Change

MICHELLE WILSON. El Proceso, 2007. Handmade flax and abaca paper, monofilament, custom book stand, letterpress, and screen print.

MICHELLE WILSON. El Proceso, 2007. Handmade flax and abaca paper, monofilament, custom book stand, letterpress, and screen print.

Power of the Page: Artists’ Books as Agents for Change



Opening May 4, 2017 and on view through September 17, 2017, New Museum Los Gatos (NUMU) presents Power of the Page: Artists Books as Agents for Change, an exhibition that celebrates artist made books as agents for change and social awareness.

The book has played a vital role in the realization of our modern freedoms. The medium of the book creates opportunity for both intimate reflection and broad communication. Artists’ books are conceived as works of art in their own right and employ the unique expression of an artist’s design, words and images. In Power of the Page: Artists Books as Agents for Change, artists’ books tell stories of liberty and give voice to the call for justice. Narratives range from personal to public, from mythical to political.

Works on view in the exhibition include selections from artists from the Bay Area and beyond, including: Renee Billingslea, Ginger Burrell, Julie Chen, Casey Gardner, Diane Jacobs, Lisa Kokin, Susan Laudermilk, Mary V. Marsh, Camden Richards, Clarissa Sligh, Michelle Wilson and Linda Vallejo.  

Curator Marianne McGrath says “The themes and subject matter explored in Power of the Page is timely. The combination of art, creative craftsmanship and the book format create a unique platform for these issues. I am excited to share this work with the community.”

NUMU will also present a variety of related programs to the exhibition, including summer artist bookmaking workshops for all ages, and a project on June 24th during NUMU’s Summer Celebration event where members of the community will be invited to create and print their own activist posters.

Power of the Page: Artists Books as Agents for Change is generously supported by Wanda Kownacki. NUMU also gratefully acknowledges support from its many donors and members.

 

Power of the Page: Artists' Books as Agents for Change will be held Saturday, June 24 at NUMU's Summer Celebration.

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Apr
21
to Oct 22

Radiant Light: The Story of Eastfield / Ming Quong

Radiant Light: The Story of Eastfield / Ming Quong

Andrea Borsuk, Radiant Light: the Story of Eastfield Ming Quong, mural detail, 2017  

Andrea Borsuk, Radiant Light: the Story of Eastfield Ming Quong, mural detail, 2017  

In the 1930s, the Ming Quong orphanage in Los Gatos, housed rescued and abandoned Chinese girls from the Bay Area.  Over the course of several decades, Ming Quong would become part of a larger thread of merging organizations dedicated to giving at risk children a better life. Today the historic property is the home of Uplift Family Services. This exhibit explores 150 years of organization's origins. 

Today, Uplift Family Services is one of the largest and most comprehensive family-centered treatment programs in California. Its history began in 1867 with a single building in San Jose that provided shelter for homeless youth under the name Eastfield Home of the Benevolence.  Over the course of 150 years, the organization merged with other agencies, including Ming Quong, which provided safety and education for Chinese girls trapped in slavery and prostitution. Ming Quong,  founded in San Francisco’s Chinatown in 1874,  would eventually open another children’s home in Los Gatos in 1936.  With the help of local philanthropic organizations, it continued to ensure that children without advocates could have a second chance at life. This exhibit celebrates Donaldina Cameron and the Los Gatos Ming Quong Home that would eventually become Uplift Family Services.

More information on this exhibit may be found on our website through the Press Resources Page.  Read press coverage for the exhibit on the NUMU in the News page. You may also sign-up to receive our Press Releases Here.

 

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ArtNow: Annual Santa Clara County Juried High School Exhibition
Mar
23
to Apr 16

ArtNow: Annual Santa Clara County Juried High School Exhibition

Art Now is an annual Santa Clara County arts exhibition and educational program, sponsored by NUMU. Art Now offers an opportunity for high school student artists from Palo Alto to Gilroy to gain real-world experience at creating and presenting artwork in a competitive environment. NUMU offers a total of $10,000 in scholarships and awards to encourage students to pursue a profession in the visual arts. 

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Back From Extinction: Muwekma Ohlone's Heritage, History and Legacy
Nov
4
to Jun 25

Back From Extinction: Muwekma Ohlone's Heritage, History and Legacy

In 1927, the San Francisco Bay Area Muwekma Ohlone tribe was falsely declared extinct by a leading UC Berkeley anthropologist. For almost a century the tribe has fought the US government for their rightful federal recognition. Join us as we explore this critically important, Bay Area story of the tribe’s history, heritage and legacy.

Muwekma Ohlone Tribe photo, Livermore, CA August 2012.

Muwekma Ohlone Tribe photo, Livermore, CA August 2012.

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In the Heart of the Wild: Anne Brigman and Her Circle
Jul
15
to Jan 8

In the Heart of the Wild: Anne Brigman and Her Circle

In support of the New Museum Los Gatos (NUMU) mission to feature exhibits that are connected to globally relevant ideas, art and history, NUMU is pleased to present In the Heart of the Wild: Anne Brigman and Her Circle an exhibit about 19th century Los Gatos resident, photographer and poet, Anne Brigman.

Born in 1869, Anne Brigman moved to Los Gatos when she was 16 years old. She first studied painting, but gravitated to photography and began exhibiting in 1902. Brigman focused on rugged landscapes and the female body, which resulted in new ways to explore feminine identity. She achieved early success as a Pictorialist, belonging to the Camera Club of San Francisco and the Photo-Secession group, led by Alfred Stieglitz in New York.

Brigman lived an active life, exploring territories that were literally and figuratively unfamiliar to many women of her time. She exhibited nationally and abroad, was published both as an artist in the photo journal Camera Work, and as a poet in her book Songs of A Pagan. All of her work reveals a love of nature, a connection to the mystical and an element of freedom.

In the Heart of the Wild: Anne Brigman and Her Circle features the photography and poetry of Anne Brigman, photographic work by Edward Weston, Imogene Cunningham, Judy Dater and others, as well as an interactive poetry activity for all museum visitors. The exhibit is made possible by the generous support of our partners, lenders and sponsors including: The Weston Gallery, Richard Gadd, Judy Dater, Craig Krull, Scott Nichols, Lite Line Illuminations, ClearEdge Advisors, the Borgnicht Foundation, and Donors to NUMU’s Annual Campaign.

ANNE BRIGMAN. Dawn, 1912. 

ANNE BRIGMAN. Dawn, 1912. 

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Script & Scribble: The History and Art of Handwriting
May
19
to Oct 16

Script & Scribble: The History and Art of Handwriting

Script and Scribble: The Art and History of Handwriting will examine the value of practicing traditional handwriting in a world that is increasingly concerned with abbreviated communication, and what the possible extinction of penmanship might mean. This exhibit will weave together the history of writing implements and scripts, the golden age of American penmanship, the growth in popularity of graphology and handwriting analysis.

 

This exhibition will include lectures, programs and interactive components that allow visitors to explore characteristics of their own handwriting, learn cursive and the art of lettering, as well as handwriting analysis.

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Mitchell vs. Steinbeck
May
12
to Oct 16

Mitchell vs. Steinbeck

Ruth Comfort Mitchell

Ruth Comfort Mitchell

 

“Ruth Comfort Mitchell and John Steinbeck shared a magnificent view of the Santa Clara Valley from their mountain homes six miles apart…Similarities in perspective end there” 

                        -Susan Shillinglaw, National Steinbeck Center

Through research, documents, photos, ephemera and interviews Mitchell vs. Steinbeck will look at the historical events that inspired John Steinbeck to write The Grapes of Wrath, and the controversy, and literary duel with a neighboring Los Gatos novelist, Ruth Comfort Mitchell, through her book Of Human Kindness.

In 1936, John and Carol Steinbeck moved from Pacific Grove to a house on Greenwood Lane in Los Gatos. It was here that the prolific writer wrote one of the most influential novels in American history, The Grapes of Wrath. Despite its success, the novel would prove to be so controversial it was banned and burned in cities across the country. In response, other authors attempted to tell the other side of dust bowl migrant story from the rancher’s perspective. 

One such author, Ruth Comfort Mitchell lived only six miles from the Steinbeck’s home in Los Gatos. Mitchell, who was married to Senator Sanborn Young and publicly spoke on behalf of conservative causes, rebutted The Grapes of Wrath with her own novel: Of Human Kindness. 

Through research, documents, photos, ephemera and interviews Mitchell vs. Steinbeck will look at the historical events that inspired Steinbeck to write The Grapes of Wrath, the controversy, legacy, and literary duel with a neighboring novelist in the town of Los Gatos.

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Celestial Vistas: Robert Kooima and Vanessa Marsh
Oct
15
to Jan 3

Celestial Vistas: Robert Kooima and Vanessa Marsh

Celestial Vistas brings together the work of professor and computer scientist Robert Kooima and artist Vanessa Marsh. Kooima's Total Perspective Vortex, is an Electro application capable of rendering a database of 1,533,774 stars in real time 3D. Using gaming controls, museum viewers will navigate within a volume 1,000 light-years in extent. Mars is an Electro application that invites exploration of the surface of the planet Mars using a demand-paged terrain renderer. Oakland artist Vanessa Marsh explores the intersections of man made, natural and cosmological power through a mixed media process based in photography. Her work brings to form imagined landscapes and intensely starlit skies, highlighting both a personal as well as a collective experience of the world. 

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Stephen Beal: WARP AND WEFT Selected Grid Paintings 2005- 2015
Oct
15
to Jan 3

Stephen Beal: WARP AND WEFT Selected Grid Paintings 2005- 2015

Supporting NUMU’s vision of being a curatorial laboratory for collaboration, Stephen Beal: WARP AND WEFT Selected Grid Paintings 2005-2015 is guest curated by San Francisco gallerist George Lawson. The exhibit explores ten years of Beal’s Grid paintings and is the most comprehensive exhibition of Beal’s work to date.

Stephen Beal paints with oil, acrylic and gouache on linen canvases and wooden panels in monochromes or closely toned hues. His paint marks are organized within a penciled grid structure, recalling the grid’s well established history in modernism, from Mondrian to Agnes Martin. The power of Beal’s paintings to generate fresh imagery belies both the intimacy of their scale and the established tradition from which they are spawned.

On first viewing Beal’s work, one might be drawn to their tuned rhythms and the quiet resonance of their color, or perhaps by the authority with which these modestly sized works command the gallery walls around them.  Beal’s real accomplishment, however, is how the paintings manage to move past a repetitive staccato into structured imagery, crafting an immaterial and incalculable radiance.

Stephen Beal was Provost at California College of the Arts from 1997 to 2008. In May 2008, Beal was appointed president of CCA. In this position he has played a significant role in the expansion of the college’s programs and facilities and the implementation of key academic initiatives, all of which contributed to an overall enrollment increase of more than 50 percent.  

Beal attended Occidental College in Los Angeles, California, and earned his M.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  His work has been exhibited in the Bay Area and throughout the Midwest.

 

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