September 29, 2023


Arts Eternal

San Jose Museum of Art puts San Francisco artist in the spotlight

The San Jose Museum of Art has managed a different minimal miracle, arranging “Jean Conner: Collage,” the 1st solo exhibition for the San Francisco artist who turns 89 this 7 days. The spectacular display screen of her breadth of function, stretching back decades to the 1950s, drew a delighted crowd to an opening reception last Friday evening.

“Jean is a distinctive voice in an vital technology of Bay Place artists that bundled Jay DeFeo, Joan Brown, Bruce Conner, the Beats and so many far more,” S. Sayre Batton, govt director of the San Jose Museum of Artwork, claimed at Friday’s opening. “But with this exhibition, concentrating on her collages and with an accompanying and essential publication that we’re extremely proud to create we hope to convey higher notice to her unique follow.”

Site visitors walk via the exhibition, “Jean Conner: Collage,” at the San Jose Museum of Art on Friday, Could 7, 2022. (Sal Pizarro/Bay Region Information Team) 

Conner – who was married to (and unfortunately overshadowed by) celebrated artist Bruce Conner – has an unbelievable eye for composition and approach that’s obvious even to novices like myself. Most of her perform is drawn from the web pages of mid-century mainstream publications like Daily life Magazine and Ladies’ Home Journal but they just take on new meanings in her arrangements.

And though significantly of the exhibition – divided into five sections by concept – is only lovely, there’s a stunning total of humor. The bat flying out of a soup pot surrounded by a crowd of keen cooks is humorous, but the delicate depth of a compact woman’s arm caressing a cut of meat on the counter is wicked. And in some way she managed to capture the grim spirit of Richard Nixon in a stark, black-and-white piece created much more than a ten years ahead of the phrase Watergate intended nearly anything to any person.

Three of Jean Conner's sea-themed collages from 1982 are on display as part of her first solo exhibition at the San Jose Museum of Art, which opened Friday, May 7, 2022. (Sal Pizarro/Bay Area News Group)
A few of Jean Conner’s sea-themed collages from 1982 are on screen as portion of her initial solo exhibition at the San Jose Museum of Art, which opened Friday, May perhaps 7, 2022. (Sal Pizarro/Bay Location Information Group) 

Staying the 1st museum to give Conner a solo present is a enormous feather in the cap for the San Jose Museum of Artwork, and congratulations are due to the curatorial workforce led by Curator Rory Padeken and previous assistant curator Kathryn Wade. Padeken was lately appointed the curator for present day and modern art at the Denver Art Museum, so this is an awesome way to say farewell to San Jose.

“Jean Conner: Collage” is on screen by Sept. 25, and the museum is presently open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Go to for several hours and ticket prices.

MACLA AUCTION HITS THE Avenue: Anjee Helstrup-Alvarez, executive director of MACLA in downtown San Jose, is enthusiastic to bring back again the Latinx Art Now! Auction in particular person on Might 14 for the initial time given that 2019. And this calendar year, the 23rd once-a-year celebration – showcasing the work of more than 55 artists in the Bay Location and over and above – is getting area outdoor at Parque de los Pobladores adjacent to the gallery at 510 S. To start with St.