Past Exhibitions

January 21, 2017 to March 19, 2017
Taking over a decade to complete (in summer 2014), American Qur’an is Birk’s most ambitious project to date. Every verse of the holy book of Islam is hard-transcribed and illustrated, using the calligraphy of the individual verses to frame scenes of contemporary American life.
October 15, 2016 to February 12, 2017
This exhibition highlights prints by David McCosh and other major artists that explore common themes in regional lithography.
September 28, 2016 to January 22, 2017
This exhibition highlights artist Lucinda Parker's highly abstract representations of nature and the biological diversity of this region.
September 17, 2016 to February 19, 2017
A San Francisco based artist, Outlaw is recognized for her rigorous and unexpected explorations of material—from printmaking and photography to wood, glass, and bronze. For this exhibition she employs a range of materials to create a dialogue between shape, color, light, surface, and interiority.
September 17, 2016 to January 29, 2017
This year’s exhibition features the work of athletes Megan Conder, women’s golf; August Raskie, volleyball; and football players Ugo Amadi, Gary Baker, Evan Baylis, Tyrell Crosby, Cameron Hunt, Dy;an Kane, Canton Kaumatule, Fotu Leiato, Malik Lovette, Austin Maloata, Rex Manu, Jonah Moi, Tyree Robinson, Arrion Springs, Tui Talia.
September 03, 2016 to March 05, 2017
This exhibition features artistic responses to Ta-Nehisi Coates' book "Between the World and Me"
July 30, 2016 to December 31, 2016
Scrimmage: Football in American Art from the Civil War to the Present investigates the history of football imagery by prominent American artists and photographers beginning with Winslow Homer’s engravings for Harper’s Weekly at the close of the Civil War and culminating with the work of contemporary artists such as Catherine Opie and Shaun Leonardo.
July 06, 2016 to September 18, 2016
¿Identity? is an English word contained within Spanish punctuation. It is what might be considered “Spanglish,” an English–Spanish hybrid for a Latino reality experienced in and between two languages. The paintings and drawings on view explore the emotional and physical realities inherent in the multiple heritages of two artists, Victoria Suescum and Lee Michael Peterson.
June 11, 2016 to October 09, 2016
This exhibition features prints that explore the turmoil brought on both the two World Wars of the twentieth century.
June 08, 2016 to September 04, 2016
My Canvas is My Story features art created by diverse populations, ranging from oncology patients, parents of infants in neonatal intensive care units, young adults coping with trauma, children and adults with disabilities, and children who have recently lost a parent or guardian due to illness.
May 28, 2016 to February 26, 2017
This exhibition features traditional and contemporary Korean art in many media. One gallery focuses on contemporary paintings, ceramics, and sculptures and includes a number of exciting recent acquisitions created by artists such as KIM Hanna, KIM Yik-yung, and PAIK Nam June. The other gallery displays traditional Korean folk paintings and celadons.
May 14, 2016 to July 10, 2016
Aliens, Monsters, and Madmen celebrates the achievements of the most artistically and politically adventurous American comic-book company of the twentieth century: Bill Gaines’s Entertaining Comics, better known to fans all over the world as EC.
April 20, 2016 to June 26, 2016
Relationship, created by Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst, debuted at the 2014 Whitney Biennial. The JSMA exhibition features 26 photographs from the project, which chronicles Drucker and Ernst's private moments, from 2008 to 2013, as an opposite-oriented transgender couple, during which time Ernst transitioned from female to male and Drucker transitioned from male to female.
February 20, 2016 to August 21, 2016
Call and Response brings together four recent acquisitions that invite viewers to consider our own role in artistic communication. Inspired by the JSMA’s recent acquisition of Ann Hamilton’s Signal (2010), the title is derived from a technique in music, where a melody sung by one person is echoed by another.
February 10, 2016 to June 05, 2016
Strike a Pose features images from the world of dance drawn from the JSMA’s collection of photography. Representing photographers and dancers active in the United States in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, the images capture a variety of styles of dance, including African, Indian, jazz, modern, and ballet.

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