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Our whole, unruly selves

Nov 19, 2021 - Jun 19, 2022

Fri–Sun: 11am–6pm

110 South Market

San Jose, CA 95113

408/294-2787

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Our whole, unruly selves celebrates the boundlessness of human beings through an exploration of artistic figuration. The human form has inspired artists throughout history, and the desire to represent and respond to the nuanced experience of existing within a specific body continues to drive new visual languages and approaches. While the inclusion of underrepresented bodies has been a critical step in diversifying museum walls and collections, many artists who experience oppression and erasure—whether due to race, sexual orientation, disability, or immigration status—resist or recast the burden of representation, as the pressures of both hypervisibility and invisibility can eclipse the complexity of lived experience.

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Experience the mess and magnificence of “Our whole, unruly selves” newly opened at the San José Museum of Art. This exhibition is replete with installations and programming that speak to the remarkable experience of living in one’s body. Featured artists like Senga Nengudi, Laura Aguilar, and Woody de Othello intervene in discourses of legibility and capability, offering work that stretches us to imagine the embodied experiences of others, and to grow more in touch with ourselves. Stay in touch with SJMA!

Luke Williams

Contributing Writer

San José Museum of Art

The San José Museum of Art celebrates new ideas, stimulates creativity, and inspires connection with every visit. Welcoming and thought provoking, the Museum delights visitors with it’s surprising and playful perspective on the art and artists of our time.

110 S Market Street

San Jose

95113

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https://sjmusart.org/

The San José Museum of Art celebrates new ideas, stimulates creativity, and inspires connection with every visit. Welcoming and thought provoking, the Museum delights visitors with it’s surprising and playful perspective on the art and artists of our time.

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