June 06--It's not often that the South Bay gets a "must-see" art exhibition, and we're lucky that one has arrived at the San Jose Museum of Art for its 45th anniversary.
"Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection," which opened Thursday on the museum's second floor, was organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art and illustrates an amazing period of changing artistic and political values from the mid-20th century onward. The acquisitions by Fisher Landau, an East Coast philanthropist who is now 93, include pieces by many famous names, including Andy Warhol, Willem de Kooning, Keith Haring, Jasper Johns and Barbara Kruger -- though Landau generally found them before they were well-known.
"This exhibition has particular meaning for our 45th anniversary," said Susan Krane, the San Jose Museum of Art's executive director, during a members preview Wednesday night. "This museum came of age during the same period that Emily Fisher Landau was building this collection."
This weekend offers a great opportunity to see this collection at the museum's 45th anniversary open house on Saturday, which runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission will be free all day, and there will be family-friendly activities and art projects until 4 p.m. After that, things get a little more grown-up, with music by No Water After Midnight and a cocktail bar.
If you miss the open house, the exhibit will be on display through Sept. 14.
FLASH FORWARD: If you were driving by the San Jose McEnery Convention Center on Wednesday evening, you might have seen a big flash mob dance going on in the center's plaza. The three-minute dance show was part of the Hadoop Summit, a software conference organized by Hortonworks and Yahoo.
PET FRIENDLY: There were 240 animals adopted from Humane Society Silicon Valley last weekend during the two-day Maddie's Pet Adoption Day event, when adoption fees were waived. The Milpitas-based agency, working with partners like Petco in Sunnyvale and San Jose, was part of a nationwide effort that resulted in the adoption of more than 15,000 animals.
And to cover the true cost of pet adoptions, Maddie's Fund -- the family foundation of Workday founder David Duffield and his wife, Cheryl Duffield -- contributed from $500 to $2,000 for each adoption. For Humane Society Silicon Valley, that translated to $194,000.
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