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May First Friday

  • San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles 520 South 1st Street San Jose, CA, 95113 United States (map)

Stop by SJMQT this May 4 First Friday and see our new exhibitions!

GUNS: LOADED CONVERSATIONS

APRIL 22, 2018 - JULY 15, 2018

TURNER, GILLILAND AND FINLAYSON GALLERIES

An enormous divide exists between people who cherish their heritage of gun ownership and others who are concerned that guns contribute to the rising tide of gun violence. The pieces presented in this exhibition spark conversations relating to this important societal issue.

The work explores heritage and current cultural norms reflected in gun ownership and consider how people's personal experience with guns may influence their opinions. The exhibition plans to engage those of differing opinions to listen to each other in a thoughtful manner; and to investigate and encourage community initiatives that may inspire action in seeking solutions.

This Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) exhibition plans to engage those of differing opinions to listen to each other in a thoughtful manner; and to investigate and encourage community initiatives that may inspire action in seeking solutions.

GENERATION OF CHANGE: A MOVEMENT, NOT A MOMENT

APRIL 22, 2018 - JULY 15, 2018

Social Justice Sewing Academy’s mission is to inspire students to be aware of social injustices and turn them into leaders and organizers who believe that change can happen when they try and take action. By learning a strong foundation in sewing and textile art expression, SJSA's goal is to prepare students to solve the issues in their communities by their innovative thinking. Each quilt on display is an act of social justice, created by a teen, revealing that equality is a concern, regardless of age.

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SJSA Workshop at SJMQT

COLOR PERCEPTION: PILAR AGÜERO-ESPARZA

APRIL 22 - JUNE 3, 2018

PORCELLA GALLERY

In her recent body of work, Pilar Agüero-Esparza presents the viewer with abstractions created using the skin tone palette of the Color Your World: Crayola Multicultural Crayons set. Referencing Joseph Albers’ color theory in the title of the exhibition, Agüero-Esparza’s leather, fabric and paper works explore the idea of a “racialized abstraction” connecting her mixed media works to colorism and the personal experience and representation of one’s color.

Originally from Boyle Heights in East Los Angeles, Agüero-Esparza received her BA in painting and printmaking from UC Santa Cruz and an MFA in sculpture from San Jose State University. She is a local artist and art educator and has exhibited her work widely throughout the Bay Area and Los Angeles.