3 Great Shows in 30 Minutes or Less

Got 30 minutes? Take in three great art shows in downtown San Jose…yes, in 30 minutes or less.

The San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles’ current exhibit is “Hawaii’s Alfred Shaheen: Master Innovator.” The show is well curated with impeccable examples of Shaheen’s approach to the fusion fashion design aesthetic he pioneered. I was interested to learn that his approach is now recognized worldwide as a visual market-not only of a transnational Hawaiian culture-but of a West Coast “American” lifestyle that is informal, environmentally aware and multi-cultural. Shaheen is considered the most important aloha wear designer and manufacturer in Hawaii’s history and his aloha shirts and women’s wear are the most respected and sought-after of all Hawaiian clothing.

Two artists are currently exhibiting at Anno Domini: Dimitri Drjuhin and Barron Storey. True to Anno Domini’s love for alternative art, Drjuhin and Barron both look like they belong in Urban Outfitters with their hip, graphic, in-your-face creativity. Drjuchin’s Cloud Empire is comprised of creatures, inspired by his Russian background, pop culture, comic books, spirituality and fine art. Barron Storey’s background as an illustrator and graphic novelist is apparent in his latest body of work, Re:Bob with his striking incorporation of text and graphic compositional treatment.

Last but certainly not least, here at the ICA we have Modesto Covarrubias’ Liminal and Libby Black’s Work Out, two immersive and experiential installation-based solo exhibitions. While Covarrubias and Black both utilize paper as a primary material to make the installations, their strategies and resulting works are completely unique. Covarrubias has created a site specific installation comprised of suspendered layers of tracing paper, which can make viewers aware of the subtle movement of life, the various tone of transparency or the quiet flutter of the paper. Black created high-fashion forgeries out of low-budget materials in an attempt to investigate the outward appearance of the “good life” and the social, cultural and economic symbolism of the objects she copies.

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

520 S. First Street

San Jose, Ca 95113

Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm


Anno Domini

366 South First Street

San Jose, Ca 95113

Hours: Tuesday-Friday 12pm-7pm, Saturday 12pm-5pm


San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art

560 S. First Street

San Jose, Ca 95113

Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 12pm-5pm