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"Thank you for teaching us art when you could just relax and watch television." A thank you letter to SJMA’s teaching artist Emilio Banuelos from Jonathan, who participated in the Sowing Creativity program at Lowell Elementary School.

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Say hey! In honor of the SF Giants home opener, here’s a sneak preview from the exhibition David Levinthal: MAKE BELIEVE, opening May 8, 2014. Levinthal stages photographs using toys and action figures, exploring history and pop culture from baseball to Barbies, from the Wild West to World War II. Here is Levinthal’s Untitled (Willie Mays No. 43), from the series “Baseball,” 2003.

(David Levinthal, Untitled (Willlie Mays No. 43), from the series “Baseball,” 2003. Vintage Polaroid Polacolor ER Land film on paper
28 ¾ × 22 inches. San Jose Museum of Art, Gift of Katie and Drew Gibson. (c) David Levinthal).

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We’ve been asking our visitors to “Around the Table: food, creativity, community,” to leave behind stories of recipes—foods that signify love, home, healing, grief, new babies. Oscar’s story reminds us that it’s not always our favorite foods that remind us of home.

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Susan O’Malley, Now Serving: Love, performance at the San Jose Museum of Art, February 14, 2014. This was the third of four performances in the artist’s series “Now Serving,” created for the exhibition Around the Table: food, creativity, community. O’Malley’s final performance, “Now Serving: Change,” will take place Saturday, March 29, 12:30 - 3:30 PM.

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A visitor to Initial Public Offering today left behind this sketch of works by Tim Hawkinson, Alison Saar, Sandow Birk.

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Some of the visitors to the Cookie Wall designed by Caitlin Freeman and Leah Rosenberg of Blue Bottle Coffee/Modern Art Desserts from last week’s ArtRage.

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Susan O’Malley, Now Serving: Love. Performance February 14, 2014, at SJMA. O’Malley will serve “Change” on March 29, 2014.

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The box holds an altered book of recipes of Yorkshire Pudding.

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SJMA’s crew is hard at work installing the interactive gallery “Talk Around the Table.”

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The artists of “Around the Table” look at food in so many ways. Just in this shot: chairs made from mushrooms (Phil Ross), “fruit cocktail” wallpaper (Fallen Fruit), four month’s of a family’s food waste, preserved (Emilie Clark), and a floating flatbread oven (Futurefarmers).