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  • San Jose Museum of ArtSan Jose Museum of Art San Jose, California
    The San Jose Museum of Art is located in downtown San Jose, California and started in 1969, with a marvelous permanent collection that focuses on the west coast artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. The museum sits next to the Circle of Palms Plaza and Plaza de Cesar Chavez park. The historic wing was designed by Willoughby J. Edbrooke and constructed as the city's post office in 1892, and in 1937 began serving as the city's library until 1969. The Fine Arts Gallery Association would reopen it as the Civic Art Gallery and became a California Historical Landmark in 1972 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. The new wing opened in 1991, and contains the exhibition space for temporary or traveling exhibitions. The majority of these showcase the artworks of the west coast and the state, and since it is located in the heart of Silicon Valley, there are numerous displays that highlight the intersection of technology and art. In the permanent collection, the vast majority are of the 20th and 21st centuries, focusing mainly on the works of the west coast and today, has a growing amount of Pacific Rim works. There are over 2000 works that can be seen in many medias, and include photographs, drawings, sculpture, prints, paintings, digital media and paintings with excellent works by such masters as Dale Chihuly, Roy DeForest, Robert Arneson, Milton Avery, Bill Viola, Deborah Butterfield, Gregory Barsamian, Raymond Saunders, Joan Brown, Deborah Oropallo, Jim Campbell, Richard Shaw, Enrique Cahgoya, Michael McMillen, Ron Davis, Wayne Thiebud, Jay DeFeo, Tony Delap, William T. Wiley, Richard Diebenkorn, Oliver Jackson, Alan Rath, Philip Guston, Rupert Garcia, Hung Liu, Long Nguyen, Nathan Oliveira and Manuel Neri.  The museum strives to allow the collection to evolve as a number of works that reflect the most relative movements in the history of recent artworks, that showcase the accomplishments of those emerging west coast artists and the latest works that are included in the showing of special works.  Some of the marvelous exhibitions now showing include; "New Stories from the Edge of Asia: Plastic Life" that runs from March 2010 to September, 2010 and is the first in a series that highlight artists from the Pacific Rim nations and their cultures who continue to discover new narrative areas by the use of digital techniques, video, film and animation. Their Plastic Life views the many ways that artists entwine the past and present, the ancient and future, universal and local. The Wayne Thiebaud: Seventy Years of Painting exhibit runs until July 4th, 2010 and showcases the outstanding talents of Wayne, from his lushful paintings that see glimpse of everyday life, to a slice of pie and onto a San Francisco steep streetscape; which has all become part of American Pop Art, although the display looks at his earlier paintings when he was a young student to the brilliant beach scenes of today, that Wayne, no w 89 continues to work on. Real and HyperReal runs through August, 2010 that shows how artists are able to use various strokes and paints to create wonderful paintings that take us on a magical mystery tour through the artistry of today's realism in relation to the digital age. In Juicy Paint, running to the end of May, 2010, various artists' impressions are looked at that believe that one painting is worth a thousand words.

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  • Tech Museum of Innovation (The Tech)Tech Museum of Innovation San Jose, California
    The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, California, is more commonly known as the Tech, and is an unusual museum located in the heart of Silicon Valley and downtown San Jose. Plans for the tech museum began in 1978, with members of the Junior League of Palo Alto and then afterwards, by the San Jose Junior League. The 20,000 square foot temporary display is aptly called the "Garage" and opened in 1990, at the city's former convention center, and in 1998, a new 132,000 square foot building opened its doors and welcomed 4 million visitors so far. The museum occupies three floors, every floor full of important works, with the ground floor containing the gift shop, main entry, cafe, recreational area that is reserved for the temporary events and the IMAX theater. The store has different gifts, souvenirs and shirts, with the Cafe Primavera serving up various pasta dishes, soups and salads, pizzas and sandwiches for children and adults. On the ground level, you can watch displays about the Segway and other robotic devices. The architecture was the result of Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta. The upper and lower levels contain four main themed galleries that include; life tech, innovation, communication and exploration. The galleries here are in constant flux, to adjust to the many theme movies and displays. The lower level also houses a public piece of artwork that has been named, "Origin" and is enclosed in a 45 foot tall cylinder. The Hackworth IMAX, named after Joan and Mike Hackworth, shows mainstream movies and educational films; and is the only IMAX in northern California that is domed and seats up to 295 people. There are numerous displays that pertain to energy efficiency, gravity force, exploration and customization. Visitors and students can make their own things using the popular board game, Mouse Trap.

January 11, 2011