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  • Maureen Cappon-Javey 11:28 pm on October 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Coming Nov 2010: Tony May: Old Technology 

    Tony May, T. Tree House, 1999-2009, Installation view, Hawaii, Mixed media, Courtesy of the Artist

    The first large-scale retrospective exhibition of works by San Jose artist Tony May opens in November 2010 at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA). This  comprehensive exhibition that includes painting, sculpture and site-specific interactive installations runs through February 2011.

    By presenting carefully curated pieces from public and private collections, May’s own archive, new works and recreations of past temporal or site-specific projects that have been lost over time, the exhibition brings long-overdue recognition to May as a Bay Area art treasure in his own right.  An exhibition opening reception will be held at the ICA on Friday, November 12th from 6pm – 8pm.

    Read more…

  • Maureen Cappon-Javey 12:08 am on August 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Get Steve Martin to the San Jose ICA Auction! 

    Get Steve Martin to the San Jose ICA

    We recently sent this invitation letter to Steve Martin (see below).  And guess what? It worked!
    Read our Thank You letter to Steve.  And while you’re at it, become a fan of  “Get Steve Martin to the ICA” on Facebook!

    Dear Steve,

    The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) is  a non-profit contemporary art gallery that presents work by established and emerging regional artists and provides educational programming to members, donors and the community.

    We are inviting you to join the ICA this year as we celebrate our 30th anniversary.  Why you?  Why us?  We’ll explain.

    The ICA has presented its Annual Fall Art Exhibition and Auction – our major fundraiser of the year –since we opened our doors 30 years ago. More than 175 works donated by established artists including Manuel Neri and Frank Lobell to “anonymous” artists are on view and for sale during the exhibition and auction.  This is a big deal for us and for the artistic and cultural community that we serve . This year the exhibition opens on October 1st with a silent auction.  The live auction – the “big event” – is on Saturday, October 23rd.

    For the past 10 years the auction has been led by a good friend of the ICA and professional auctioneer named, you guessed it, Steve Martin.  And during these past ten years we have often wondered and dreamed about how cool it would be if the other Steve Martin (that’s you) attended our auction.

    We also know, as many do, that you are an avid art collector/enthusiast; that you started buying art when you were in college; and that you’ve long been a champion of art collecting and art appreciation. High five!

    Steve, this year we want to blow the roof off the joint.  So we figured, let’s just go for it.  Let’s ask the other Steve Martin to join in the celebration too!  What have we got to lose?  A smidgen of pride?  The respect of our friends and community?   Our jobs?  Pish!  We don’t care!   We’re doing it.  We’re inviting the other Steve Martin to our anniversary celebration.

    There are many ways that you can participate, like:

    • coming to the October 1st opening reception and maybe throwing down a bid in the silent auction, or
    • being our very special guest speaker at our next Talking Art discussion in the gallery (Are you free on a Thursday nite in October?), or
    • visiting the gallery between now and say, mid October, shaking our hands, wishing us well, taking your picture with us, letting us interview you for our blog, becoming our first celebrity Facebook fan, signing our guest book, adding 20 bucks to our donation box, etc., etc., etc., or
    • whatever you want!

    So, all kidding and lame attempts at humor aside, we really are serious.   We cordially invite you to join us and our friends at our big auction celebration this year.   Check us out on our website (http://www.sjica.org).   If you go to the “Exhibition Archive” Page you can read all about our past auctions, view pics and see the amazing works that artists have donated over the years.

    You can call or email us if you want to explore this “amazing offer” further.

    Thank you the Steve Martin for your time and consideration.  We look forward to a-snowball’s-chance-in-hell of speaking with you.

    Kind regards,

    The ICA Staff

    • InsinsfideMiz 7:21 am on September 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      What a blogpost!! Very interesting… Looking for more posts like this!! Keep you the goodwork!
      Anyway thank you for this info.

  • Maureen Cappon-Javey 9:47 pm on July 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Photog Video Primer #3: Daguerreotype vs Tintype 

    See Michael Shindler's work on view at the ICA, July 17 - Sept 19

    Michael Shindler, tintype, 2010, Courtesy of Artist

    Just what is the difference between a daguerreotype and a tintype? Photo curator Diane Adams-Graf (Minnesota Histroical Society) explains what distinguishes these two early photographic processes in the video below.   Come see both processes up close and personal in our upcoming “Exposed” show, opening July 17 and running thru Sept 19.

  • Maureen Cappon-Javey 7:01 pm on July 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Photog Video Primer #2: Daguerreotype 

    Great daguerreotype primer by Malcolm Daniels, Curator, Dept of Photographs at the MET. We’re presenting some amazing daguerreotype prints from artist Binh Danh at the upcoming group photog show Exposed opening  July 17 – reception for the artists on the 16th, 6-8pm.

  • cathykimball 5:19 pm on June 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Monotype Mania 

    Hi! It’s Cathy and I thought I’d write to dispel any rumors that I don’t know how to blog. (Of course, Susan has been sitting by my side, and coaching me through this entire post, but I think I’ve got it!)

    This past weekend, in case you wondered what that energy was in the atmosphere – I’m here to tell you that it was the enthusiastic printmaking activity going on throughout the Bay Area. From Berkeley to Monterey, more than 60 artists participated in eight printmaking workshops to create some of the best monotypes I’ve seen in my nine years at the ICA.

    While ICA Print Center Director, Fanny Retsek was hard at work leading the ICA’s workshops, ICA Assistant Curator Susan O’Malley visited the University of San Francsico, Lis DuBois, ICA Development Maven dropped by the ICA’s Print Studio and ICA Preparator, Mike Oechsli checked out the workshop at San Jose State. I ventured up to Berkeley to see the art making at Kala Art Institute and then back to the Pacific Art League in Palo Alto before ending up at the ICA.

    Not only were the prints amazing, but the artists were incredibly happy. For the first time in the MM’s 15-year history, we lengthened the workshops from 4 hours to 8 hours. Having a full day to devote to the printmaking process not only resulted in happier artists, but higher quality work. No one was panicking to finish up. Instead, everyone was excited about what they’d accomplished and what more they were going to be able to achieve. This all leads to what I predict will be the best Monotype Marathon exhibition ever AND – if the bidders are as happy as the artists – the best MM fundraiser yet!

    As the prints come in to the ICA, we will be documenting them and adding the images to our Flickr stream. So, keep checking back to preview the work. I promise you are going to LOVE it!

    • Kathryn 4:17 pm on June 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Can’t wait to see all this wonderful work! Maybe this year I can use my tax return in an artful way.

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