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San Jose Public Art 
  The Online Newsletter of the City of San Josť Public Art Program 
August 2009  Volume 2, Issue 8
In This Issue
Public Art at new E. San Jose Carnegie Library
Public Art Committee: Next Meeting August 18, 2009
Help Shape San Jose's Future: Envision 2040 Public Survey
Public Events: August-September 2009
Two Fun Ways to Explore Public Art
View Past Issues of San Jose Public Art
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PUBLIC ART AT NEW EAST SAN JOSE CARNEGIE LIBRARY HAILS NATURE, LOCAL WILDLIFE
 
This month San Jose celebrates the opening of the new East San Jose Carnegie Branch Library, with public art created by Joyce Cutler Shaw.
 
The new library features two public art elements.

Lightlines, a sculpture fabricated from aluminum coils, is suspended from the building's ceiling trusses in and around the main entrance and transversing the east/west hallway. Working with the community and exploring the shapes, forms, cultural and natural elements of the neighborhood, Cutler Shaw identified imagery that speaks to the location. From this she created a visual vocabulary she calls the East San Jose Carnegie Calligraphy. These images, created in laser cut iridescent acrylic, are suspended from the aluminum coils of Lightlines, animating the artwork with reflective light.
 

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Wall of Birds in Flight is an installation on the Library's west wall in the children's area. The artwork plays on imagery of local birds in flight - some in silhouette, others in great detail and back-lit. The work brings natural elements of the outdoor environment-the neighborhood's abundant bird life-indoors.
 
The Grand Opening Celebration is Saturday, August 29; the  dedication ceremony and ribbon-cutting starts at 11:00 AM.  The artist will be present to discuss the work following the program. The new East San Jose Carnegie Library is at 1102 E. Santa Clara Street (at S. 23 Street), San Jose.  
 
Everyone is welcome. 
PUBLIC ART COMMITTEE

The Public Art Committee will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at 5:30 PM. The following action items are on the agenda: 

E.1.a. Zero One Festival 
Approval of the schematic design proposals by ZeroOne for the Large Showcase Platforms.  (Citywide)
 
E.1.b. Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport 2008-2010 Program
Increase the budget for the Display Case Commission by $5,000 to $35,000. (Citywide) 
  

E.2.a. Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport 2008-2010 Program   

Approval of the Design Development proposal by Shona Kitchen + Ben Hooker.  (Citywide) 

Public Art Committee meetings are open to the public. The meeting is in City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara Street, Meeting Room W-119 in the Council Wing.  The meetings are open to the public.

The Public Art Committee, a sub-committee of the Arts Commission, is advisory to the Commission and to San Jose City Council. The Public Art Committee monitors and provides oversight in the artist selection, development and design review of public art projects throughout the City. 

HELP SHAPE SAN JOSE'S FUTURE! PARTICIPATE IN THE ENVISION 2040 ONLINE SURVEY

The Envision San Jose 2040 General Plan Update is creating the blueprint for the City's future growth and development, and the City of San Jose would like your input. 
 
With support from The Knight Foundation, the Envision 2040 team has created an online "wikiplanning" site where you can help shape the future of San Jose over the next 30 years!
 
Complete the City's survey and you will be eligible to win complimentary tickets from San Jose's arts, entertainment, and cultural organizations!  You can also learn more about the Envision San Jose 2040 city planning project, provide feedback in the discussion forum, or post and comment on your own and others' photos.
 
Follow these simple instructions to participate:
 
1)      Go to
www.wikiplanning.org
 
2)      Enter your e-mail address
 
3)      Use the password: 2040
 
The goal is to have more than 10,000 participants, diverse in age and background.
 
Thanks! Your participation will make a difference in San Jose's future!

PUBLIC EXHIBITIONS, EVENTS & MORE 

Current listings for August-September 2009 as of newsletter distribution  
 

CITY HALL - NEW EXHIBITIONS

OPENING AUGUST 18, 2009 

 
This is San Josť Calling! Celebrating 100 Years of Radio Broadcasting, sponsored by History San Jose and KCBS. (In City Windows Gallery, the storefront exhibition space located at City Hall along the 4th Street facade.)   
 

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Photo of "Doc" Herrold (standing), teaching students at the Herrold College of Wireless & Engineering, c.1912. Downtown San Jose can be seen through the window. The site of the photo is the present location of the Knight-Ridder Building. Photo courtesy of KCBS.
  
 
Hidden Heritages: Six African American Families, San Jose 1860­-1920 (In City Hall Tower, Santa Clara St. Lobby)
 

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The McCall Family, detail of oil portrait by Joyce McEwen Crawford, 2009
 
Six of San Jose's pioneer black families are brought to life in portraits pieced together from historical facts and public records, family recollections, artifacts, old photographs and artist renderings, each telling the story of a unique community from a different perspective and providing a poignant glimpse into San Jose's past during a pivotal period in history. 
  
 
Face2Face: Highlights from the Student Art Collection at the Santa Clara County Office of Education (In Tower, 18th Floor Mayor and Council Office Lobby Gallery) 
 

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An Pham, self-portrait

Featuring artwork created by children in conjunction with the Young Artists Showcase, sponsored by the San Jose Water Company.   

 
Speed City - From Civil RightsTo Black Power
(In Council Wing, 1st Floor Corridor Gallery)
Last Chance: Exhibit ends August 19, 2009
 
An exhibition presented in conjunction with History San Jose that presents a broad view of context of the controversy around the 1968 Olympics and the controversial expressions of protest by gold medalist Tommie Smith and bronze medalist John Carlos, both of whom trained at San Jose State University.  The exhibition depicts the runners, their lives and the historic context of the times, curated by Urla Hill. 
 

TWO FUN WAYS TO EXPLORE PUBLIC ART IN DOWNTOWN SAN JOSE

Create your own walking tour!

Here are two ways you can enjoy public art in Downtown San Jose.
 
DOWNTOWN PUBLIC ART MAP - Updated 2009 Edition Now Available!
The San Jose Public Art Program's  colorful, informative map of public art projects in downtown San Jose has recently been updated. The 2009 Downtown Public Art Map is a fun and easy way to see public in downtown San Jose.
 
Use it to create your own walking tour and include opportunities to stop and enjoy other features in the district including museums, galleries and restaurants.  
 
 
RECOLECCIONES: THE MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. LIBRARY PUBLIC ART COLLECTION
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library includes an award-winning collection of more than 34 site-specific public artworks in locations throughout the library. Finding them is a process of exploration, discovery and is filled with surprises! A free colorful detailed brochure is available from the San Jose Public Art Program that will help you appreciate this extraordinary collection.  
 
You can request a free copy of the 2009 Downtown Public Art Map or the Recolecciones - Library Art Collection brochure. Please e-mail your request to  patricia.walsh@sanjoseca.gov, and include your mailing address.
 
You can also access a printable pdf version of the Downtown Public Art Map on the Public Art webpage of the Office of Cultural Affairs website at
San Jose Downtown Public Art Map.
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Current and past issues of San Jose Public Art can now be viewed on the Office of Cultural Affairs website on the Public Art webpages.
 
Go to www.sanjoseculture.org
 
MORE TO COME IN SAN JOSE PUBLIC ART!
 
 
 
 
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