• Installation View, Photo by JKA Photography.

  • Installation View, Photo by JKA Photography


May 16 – October 6

Rina Banerjee: Make Me a Summary of the World

11:00 am–5:00 pm

Curated by Lauren Schell Dickens, curator at San José Museum of Art, and Jodi Throckmorton, curator of contemporary art at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Rina Banerjee: Make Me a Summary of the World is the first mid-career retrospective of the artist’s work. Co-organized by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, and San José Museum of Art, the exhibition presents almost twenty years of Banerjee’s large-scale installations, sculptures, and paintings—including a re-creation of her work from the 2000 Whitney Biennial; sculptures featured in the 2017 Venice Biennale; and recent work for the Prospect 4 New Orleans biennial.

Banerjee creates vivid sculptures and installations made from materials sourced throughout the world. She is a voracious gatherer of objects—in a single sculpture one can find African tribal jewelry, colorful feathers, light bulbs, Murano glass, and South Asian antiques in conflict and conversation with one another. These sensuous assemblages reverberate with bright colors and surprising textures present simultaneously as familiar and unfamiliar.

Rina Banerjee: Make Me a Summary of the World focuses on four interdependent themes in Banerjee’s work that coincide with important issues of our time: immigration and identity; the lasting effects of colonialism and its relationship to globalization; feminism; and climate change.

October 6

A CONVERSATION ON COLLECTING: Manjari Sihare-Sutin (Sotheby’s) and Tad J. Freese (collector and SJMA trustee)

Join Manjari Sihare-Sutin, Sotheby’s head of sale, modern and contemporary South Asian art, and Tad J. Freese, co-president of the SJMA Board of Trustees, for an intimate conversation revealing the myriad factors that shape the market for Southeast Asian contemporary art.

Presented in partnership with Sotheby’s.



San Jose Museum of Art

The San Jose Museum of Art celebrates new ideas, stimulates creativity, and inspires connection. Welcoming and thought-proving, the Museum delights visitors with its surprising and playful perspective on the art and artists of our time. The Museum reflects the diverse cultures and innovative spirit of Silicon Valley through its exhibitions, programs, scholarship, and collections. SJMA's commitment to present South Asian art has included exhibitions such as "Jitish Kallat: Epilogue" and "Postdate: Photography and Inherited History in India." The ongoing exhibition series “New Stories from the Edge of Asia” most recently presented the first major US museum exhibition devoted to the work of Japanese artist Tabaimo.



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