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Best Contemporary Art in San Jose

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San Jose Museum of Art

There is something for everyone at San Jose Museum of Art: contemporary art, lectures, concerts, tours, book signings, special events and even programs for children. The museum has been host to many outstanding traveling shows and has been a champion of local artists. The museum bookstore offers a nice selection of usual museum merchandise, such as books, tote bags and greeting cards. The museum cafe offers a wonderful rotating menu of seasonal delights.

110 South Market Street, San Jose, CA, United States, 95113
Kaleid Gallery

A vibrant gallery/shop featuring a wide variety of items made by local artists. They exhibit as well as sell paintings, prints, sculptures, glass art, greeting cards, and jewelry, all at reasonable prices. Here you will find great souvenirs, beautiful pieces that will accent your walls and it is also a perfect place to pick up a unique gift for someone special. Kaleid is the only gallery around San Jose that supports solely local artists, giving many artists their first showings, as well as showcasing beautiful and edgy art by many established artists. Their 'Two Dollar Tuesdays' are very popular among locals.

320 South 1st Street, San Jose, CA, United States, 95113
Art Object Gallery

Art Object Gallery offers a 1400-square foot (130-square meter) interior space with white-colored walls separating rooms and passageways. Situated in the Japantown neighborhood, it often showcases rich Oriental art alongside the artworks of local and emerging artists. It is especially known for its unique sculptures and striking contemporary art. It has exhibited breathtaking landscapes, acrylic works, cartoons and pop art, expressionist and abstract works, bronze sculptures and Asian pottery. The gallery has a deluxe feel to it due to its minimalist decor and offers its interiors and its 1500-square foot (139.35-square meter) courtyard for rental to those who wish to host smart parties.

592 North 5th Street, San Jose, CA, United States, 95112
Anno Domini

Touted to be one of the leading art galleries around the world, Anno Domini represent the contemporary style of art. This art venue contains some unique urban collector items and shirts. It also has a variety of art books and unique graffiti books featuring both international and US based graffiti movements. Don't miss one of the best contemporary art showcases in the South Bay Area.

366 South 1st Street, San Jose, CA, United States, 95113
Works/San José

This is one of San Jose's rare galleries and performance spaces dedicated solely to alternative works, exhibitions and shows. Since the 1970s this place has stood out in Silicon Valley with its continuous showcasing of local and nationwide talent. Entirely volunteer-run, the gallery has sponsored a variety of events over the years, from video and new media artists to experimental performance works. Their diversified shows and exhibits attract people from all walks of life. Admission is free except for performance nights.

365 South Market Street, San Jose, CA, United States, 95112
MACLA

This attractive little art space celebrates the contributions of Latinos to the visual and literary arts. It offers a fascinating look at the important part Latino arts play in the so-called mainstream culture. Every year, high profile artists join with local talents to produce events that address issues in the Latino community. The participants are heavily involved in art education for youth. Also on the premises is a neat little store filled with Hispanic art, figurines and more.

510 South First Street, San Jose, CA, United States, 95113
San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)

The ICA is a non-profit, innovative visual arts space located in downtown San Jose. For more than 20 years, they have presented cutting edge exhibitions featuring emerging and mid-career artists and provided the public a chance to see "what's new" in contemporary art. Exhibitions are accompanied by workshops and lectures to further engage the viewer. In addition to gallery programming, the ICA presents "Night Moves," new media installations in the front and rear windows that are visible only after dark. Admission is free.

560 South First Street, San Jose, CA, United States, 95113
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