Natalie and James Thompson Gallery

Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery

The exhibition program at SJSU is one of the most extensive and diverse among art programs in California, providing an essential resource for every single class that the department offers, while also serving as a cultural and educational focal point for the entire University and the communities of Silicon Valley.  The main exhibition space is the professionally-curated Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery, in the Art Building, funded through the Natalie and James Thompson Endowment.

In addition to supporting major expenses for exhibitions, publications, and special projects, the Endowment also funds a weekly Tuesday Night Lecture Series that brings a remarkable group of artists, designers, and scholars to campus.  Further, it provides funding for visiting artists and scholars for lectures, demonstrations, and critiques within individual classes.  In addition to the Thompson Gallery, there are six student galleries and numerous display cases lining the hallways, which showcase the work of our undergraduate, BA, BFA, and MFA students.  Student exhibitions change weekly throughout the academic year.

November 2019

BoundarySpan

November 12, 2019 – February 21, 2020, All Day
Natalie And James Thompson Art Gallery, Art Building #127
In a time of increasing divisiveness, separation, polarization, and fortified walls, artists can serve critical roles in building indirect associations, nurturing connections, and reminding us of the importance of considering a multitude of perspectives. BoundarySpan is a group exhibition at the Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery displaying works by artists Michael Arcega, Jimin Lee, Paula Levine, Sherwin Rio, and Desiree Rios. Human fabricated, artificial borders have been formed politically time and again to divide…

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Past exhibitions

October 2019

Aspen Mays: Approaching Infinite Limits

October 01, 2019 – November 01, 2019, All Day
Natalie And James Thompson Art Gallery, Art Building #127
The Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of work by Aspen Mays whose work represents a range of photographic practices. Of the methods used in her work Mays has said “Using analog processes is a way to create a human presence that may be counter to rationalist thinking, or objectivity, or a machine. I want to insert the human back into everything; I’m trying to figure out these…

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August 2019

Digital Media Art Faculty Exhibition

August 27, 2019 – September 20, 2019, All Day
Natalie And James Thompson Art Gallery, Art Building #127
The Department of Art and Art History is delighted to present this periodic opportunity to view recent works by current faculty in the area of Digital Media Art (DMA). Although displaying a wide range of media, style, and technique, exhibiting faculty members share an interest in working with digital media and a devotion to teaching. This exhibition is both provocative and stimulating, revealing both a variety of aesthetics, materials, and techniques as well as a…

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April 2019

Abel Barroso: Upgrading

April 16, 2019 – May 17, 2019, All Day
Natalie And James Thompson Art Gallery, Art Building #127
Born in the small western Cuban city of Pinar del Río in 1971, Barroso, who now lives and works in Havana, studied at the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana and was included in Cuba’s official Pavilion during the 2017 Venice Biennale. His work, while developing across different series, consistently explores how global pressures and technologies impact even those individuals who don’t have full access to their potencies. For the Thompson Gallery exhibition, Barroso will…

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March 2019

Gideon Bok: Wave

March 05, 2019 – April 05, 2019, All Day
Natalie And James Thompson Art Gallery, Art Building #127
March 5 – April 5, 2019 The explosion of time-based media in the second half of the twentieth century – generally, artwork based in technology and inseparable from a durational dimension – has become synonymous with the sensation of experiencing art as it unfolds, expands, and evolves through the electronic medium of its creation. In these new works, physical dimensions are typically variable, in marked contrast to the ways artworks have been historically described. Yet video-, film-, digital-, or sound-based…

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January 2019

Planned Obsolescence

January 29, 2019 – February 22, 2019, All Day
Natalie And James Thompson Art Gallery, Art Building #127
A little newer, a little better, a little faster. Like the eager anticipation of the newest smartphone, compulsive human motion and consumption ultimately lead to the hastening of our physical, cultural, and social deterioration. Planned Obsolescence is a group exhibition at the Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery displaying works by artists of the greater Bay Area: Sebastian Alvarez, Ebitenyefa Baralaye, Terry Berlier, Ilana Crispi, Woody De Othello, Hope Kroll, Izidora Leber LETHE, Diana Li,…

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November 2018

SUITE: A Panoramic & Sound Installation by Yannick Jacquet

November 13, 2018 – December 14, 2018, All Day
Natalie And James Thompson Art Gallery, Art Building #127
The Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery is pleased to present the work of digital media artist Yannick Jacquet in a solo exhibition that will open on November 13, continuing on display through December 14, 2018. Born in Geneva in 1980, Swiss/French digital media artist Yannick Jacquet currently lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. He has spent ten years developing a visual art practice exploring approaches to the reversal of deterioration inherent in our exchanges…

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October 2018

Reinterpretation as Resistance

October 02, 2018 – November 02, 2018, All Day
Natalie And James Thompson Art Gallery, Art Building #127
Artists Questioning Normative Iconography Particularly in times of increasing unrest, art can be a powerful tool for advocacy. In advance of the 2018 United States mid-term elections, the Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery presents a group exhibition of works by Libby Black, Ken Botto, Maggy Rozycki Hiltner, Alexander Kosolapov, Liliana Porter, Josh Reames, Dread Scott, John Sims, and Victor Yañez-Lazcano that question the social values, attitudes, and beliefs embedded in American society to expose…

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August 2018

Reason & Reverie: Photography Faculty Exhibition

August 28, 2018 – September 21, 2018, All Day
Natalie And James Thompson Art Gallery, Art Building #127
Reason & Reverie: Fall 2018 Photography Faculty Exhibition August 28 – September 21, 2018 The Department of Art and Art History is delighted to present this periodic opportunity to view recent works by current faculty in the area of Photography. Featured are a divergent group of eight artists who, although displaying a wide range of media, style, and technique, share an interest in working with photographic media and a devotion to teaching. This exhibition is…

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April 2018

Lalla Essaydi: Les Femmes du Maroc

April 17, 2018 – May 18, 2018, All Day
Natalie And James Thompson Art Gallery, Art Building #127
Lalla Essaydi: Les Femmes du Maroc The Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery is delighted to present the work of photographer Lalla Essaydi in a specially curated exhibition that will open on April 17, continuing on display through May 18, 2018. Essaydi, born and raised in Morocco, also spent many years in Saudi Arabia; she completed her education in Europe and the US, and currently lives in Boston. Her work balances the conflicting world views…

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March 2018

ALTERNATIVE VISIONS: FANTASY ARCHITECTURE

March 06, 2018 – April 06, 2018, All Day
Natalie And James Thompson Art Gallery, Art Building #127
While architects organize their sketches into designs with the final objective of realizing them in a physical state, other visionaries explore architectural caprices with no real expectation that they will ever be built to scale. In these cases, the constraints of geometries or perspective that would feature in site or floor plans, elevations, cross-sections, and axonometric projections – let alone the technical requirements of the materials themselves – hold less sway. The imagination can run…

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