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SJMA Presents Initial Public Offerings

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This Saturday, the San Jose Museum of Art (SJMA) will present the exhibition Initial Public Offering. It is a selection of works from the museum’s permanent collection, some of which are making their debut inside the galleries, yet all celebrate Silicon Valley’s role in being the capital of both innovation (having spawned Google and Twitter), and “initial public offerings” (or IPO), signaling opportunities for future growth and expansion.

Among the works that will be featured for the first time at SJMA, is an expansive installation of The International Orange Commemorative Store (A Proposition), which was originally commissioned by the FOR-SITE Foundation for the 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge, and features a faux store complete with various souvenir gift shop finds. Other works in this exhibition includes Tim Hawkinson’s Scout (2006-2007), a cardboard and urethane foam sculpture that gives an humorist take on the human figure (and can be seen of SJMA’s website at, and a robotic sculpture from Alan Rath titled Absolutely (2012), which that stands fifteen feet tall and is activated by movement and heat, and coming alive with a seemingly improvisational dance.

Other artists in this exhibition included Jim Barsness, Judy Pfaff, and Stephanie Syjuco. Visitors are also encourage to leave his or her thoughts on this exhibition, as well as responses, and photos of works that were found either interesting, exciting, or even confusing. Comments and images can be downloaded on SJMA’s social media handles on Facebook (SanJoseMuseumofArt), Twitter (@sjmusart), and Instagram(@seewhatyouthink), which will then be streamed on a live display in the galleries. Initial Public Offerings is on view until August 24th.


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