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.
Time Tunnel: Bruce Nauman’s Corridor Installation with Mirror – San Jose Installation
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From January 30 to February 23, 2018 Bruce Nauman’s Corridor Installation with Mirror – San Jose Installation (Double Wedge Corridor with Mirror) will be on view in the gallery where it was first built and installed at San Jose State College in May 1970. Today this gallery is precisely as it was when Nauman installed his V-shaped corridor in its far corner, and viewers will have the unique opportunity to experience this artwork as the artist first conceived it.
Interviews, installation photographs, and drawings provide information about the somatic experience this installation makes possible. In a video interview with Nauman conducted by Willoughby Sharp on-site in 1970 a number of mysterious reflections are discussed occurring inside the corridor. Yet, what exactly a viewer sees and experiences in the corridor remains uncertain, even today. While these questions may be answered once the work is built and placed in the gallery we also know that a reinstallation is never the same. Nor did Nauman intend the first instantiation of this corridor to be the “original.” It is this variability in the face of the curatorial team’s desire to install this corridor as intended that makes this an exciting and uncertain enterprise.
A virtual reality corridor will also be installed in an adjacent gallery, the Theta Belcher Gallery, providing a contemporary rendering of the corridor in the language of digital media. The construction of a VR corridor is testament to the changes that have occurred in the San Jose area. While little has changed in the gallery everything has changed around it. The city of San Jose has grown exponentially; San Jose College is now a University; the art department gallery is endowed; and installation art—of which Nauman is a pioneer—has developed into a recognized art practice. The erection of this corridor in 2018 speaks to these changes, as well as the role of public education in the development of installation art and the influence of Silicon Valley. The exhibition “Time Tunnel: Bruce Nauman’s Corridor Installation with Mirror – San Jose Installation” delineates our relationship to time and place in these and other ways. This is its lure at least. It invites us to enter the corridor and look back at ourselves looking.
In conjunction with the opening of this exhibition, a panel composed of the curatorial team will be held in Art #133 on January 30, 5:00pm-6:00pm. This panel and the following opening reception, held immediately afterward in the Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery 6:00pm-7:30pm, are free and open to the public.
The curatorial team will discuss the corridor originally constructed in the same space back in 1970 in relation to Bruce Nauman’s artistic career and the context of the work’s presence in Silicon Valley now that it is re-installed in 2018. The exhibition’s curatorial team consists of Dore Bowen (Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Culture at San Jose State University), Tony May (Emeritus Professor of Art at San Jose State University) who was involved in the 1970 installation and who will oversee the 2018 re-installation, Keith Daly (cross-disciplinary artist and alumnus of San Jose State University), and Constance M. Lewallen (adjunct curator at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive). Andrew Blanton, Assistant Professor and Area Coordinator for Digital Media Art at San Jose State University, will join the curatorial panel to contextualize the recreation of Nauman’s corridor as a virtual reality experience.
A second panel will be held on Tuesday, February 13, 5:00pm-7:00pm at the Hammer Theatre in San Jose. After 48 years, Bruce Nauman’s Corridor Installation with Mirror – San Jose Installation is re-installed in the exact same space it was originally installed in 1970. A panel, moderated by Dore Bowen, will discuss the significance of this artwork both in the time it was originally created as well as the contemporary moment. The panel consists of Joan Simon (curator), Dr. Gwen Allen (professor and scholar), Ted Mann (Consulting Assistant Curator, Panza Collection Initiative, Guggenheim Museum), and Juliet Myers (studio manager to Bruce Nauman). This panel will be held 5:00pm-7:00pm at the Hammer Theatre, 101 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose, CA 95113. Tickets can be bought online through the Hammer Theatre or at the ticket office.
Bruce Nauman’s Corridor Installation with Mirror – San Jose Installation (Double Wedge Corridor with Mirror) is on loan from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.
LOCATION: Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery
Art Building, San Jose State University
(Near 9th /San Carlos Streets)
EXHIBITION DATES: January 30 – February 23, 2018
OPENING RECEPTION: Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 6:00pm-7:30pm
Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery
Art Building, San Jose State University
Free and open to the public.
TIME TUNNEL CURATORIAL PANEL: BRUCE NAUMAN’S “SAN JOSE INSTALLATION”
Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 5:00pm-6:00pm
SJSU Campus, Art Building Lecture Hall, Room #133
Free and open to the public.
THE ART OF TIME: DISCUSSING BRUCE NAUMAN’S “SAN JOSE INSTALLATION”
Expert Panel on Bruce Nauman, Moderated by Dore Bowen
Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 5:00pm-7:00pm
Hammer Theatre, 101 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose, CA 95113
Tickets can be bought online through the Hammer Theatre or at the ticket office.
GALLERY HOURS: Monday – Friday, 10:00am-4:00pm and
Tuesday evenings 6:00pm-7:30pm
(and by appointment)
Aaron Wilder, Curator & Interim Director