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STILL LIFE: 'Music Partition, Bottle of Port, Guitar, Playing Cards,' a 1917 oil-on-canvas painting by Pablo Picasso, currently on display at Pace Gallery in Palo Alto. © 2020 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Palo Alto | pacegallery.com

Seeing Picasso
Thru Feb 16
This free exhibition of Pablo Picasso provides locals with a modest survey of the artist's outtakes—or perhaps you could consider them riffs on his greatest hits. For anyone who hasn't seen his work up close and in person, this is a fine opportunity to see how it holds up in the 21st century.

Stanford | museum.stanford.edu

Crossing the Caspian
Jan 22 - Apr 26
A survey of artwork that emerged from the newly opened trade routes between the Persian Empire and Europe. "Crossing the Caspian: Persia and Europe, 15001700' will include both Persian and European paintings, drawings, books, maps and textiles.

Outside Looking In
Jan 22 - Apr 26
"Outside Looking In: John Gutmann, Helen Levitt, and Wright Morris;' a 20th-century photography exhibit focusing on American realism. Gutmann documented the "the absurd, sensational, and grotesque;' Levitt photographed "the stoops and streets of Manhattan's Lower East Side and Spanish Harlem;' and Morris captured the rural way of life in his native Nebraska.

Paper Chase
Apr 4 - Aug 3
In "Paper Chase: 10 Years of Collecting Prints, Drawings and Photographs,' the Cantor Arts Center displays more than 100 acquisitions, which investigate issues of identity, social justice and our changing relationship with the natural world.

San Jose | sjica.org

You Can Trust Me
Opens Mar 28
Jingjing Lin's video installation, titled "You Can Trust Me: A New Dawn for America,' that stars an AI candidate for president. She programs the "politician' with credible credentials and the capacity for speech-making. The artist asks the question, "Can machines be more rational or reliable than humans?'

Personal Alchemy
Opens Mar 28
An ambitious exhibit featuring three artists—Terri Friedman, Maria Paz and Muzae Sesay—whose work intends to "combat anxieties heightened by political and social issues.' Friedman works in woven textiles, Paz in ceramics and Sesay in painting.

Los Gatos | numulosgatos.org

Violins of Hope
Jan 24 - Apr 26
The Violins of Hope is a collection of string instruments "played by European Jews before, during, and after the Holocaust.' An Israeli father and son—Amnon and Avshalom Weinstein—restore the instruments at their workshop in Tel Aviv. NUMU's virtual installation tells their story.

Santa Clara | tritonmuseum.org

Shifting Messages
Feb 1 - May 10
Painter and illustrator Fan Lee Warren uses acrylics, watercolor, ink, pastels, charcoal and pigments to explore black American culture. She's currently a teacher of drawing, painting and Afro-American art history at Laney College.

Spellings of Gravitas
Feb 1 - May 3
Jeff Alan West is an artist who's also had a career in graphic design and illustration. Both impulses come together in this exhibit. He fuses digital prints with painting and drawing. "Spellings' is inspired by typography, calligraphy and handwriting.

Ten Japanese-American Concentration Camps
Feb 8 - Apr 19
This exhibit of photos by Renee Billingslea revisits F.D.R.'s Executive Order 9066, which authorized Japanese Relocation in 1942. Billingslea contrasts current day images of the camps with photographs from 75 years ago. The artist wants viewers to remember this chapter in our "shared history.'

San Jose | sjquiltmuseum.org

I Was India: Embroidering Exoticism
Mar 4 - Apr 12
With woven sculpture and installation, artist Kira Dominguez Hultgren examines her Indian heritage. The artist found two Punjabi phulkaris, or shawls, that her aunt embroidered. Using them as a point of departure, Dominguez Hultgren asks us to reconsider "colonial and contemporary exoticism.'

San Jose | workssanjose.org

Foresight 2020
Jan 31 - Mar 8
An open call for art with the following prompt, "What will the future be or what should the future have been?' Your artwork must fit within a 20x20 inch area. All work will be accepted, space permitting.

Santa Clara | scu.edu/desaisset

Stephanie Metz: InTouch
Thru Jun 13
At an ICA exhibit last year, most of Metz's curious wool and felt creations could fit in the palms of your hands. Her work almost demanded that you touch its malleable, sinuous curves. With "InTouch,' now you can. The artist has gone big with a hands-on exhibit that includes giant hanging pods and oddly shaped creations called "holdables.'

Saratoga | montalvoarts.org

The Museum of Sentimental Taxonomy
Jan 26 - Apr 26
This year Montalvo Arts is engaged in a large-scale project entitled, "Social: Rethinking Loneliness Together.' With workshops, walks, screenings, exhibitions and artist commissions, the Center hopes to "nourish social engagement,' the kind that takes place IRL. "Social' kicks off with Kija Lucas's photographs of sentimental objects.

Redwood City | fungcollaboratives.org

You are the Tree
Feb 1
Kent Manske and Nanette Wylde will install a replica of a redwood tree stump in the Courthouse Square. It's seven feet in diameter. The project highlights 19th century clear cutting practices of redwoods in the Santa Cruz Mountains and the subsequent development of Redwood City. "You are the Tree' is part of a series of Art Kiosk displays curated by Fung Collaboratives. Jonathan Fung himself will be holding a closing ceremony on January 25th for his own exhibit there, "Recess.'

San Jose | sjmusart.org

Sonya Rapoport: Biorhythm
Feb 7 - Jul 5
An early pioneer in computer-based work, Rapoport began her artistic practice as a painter. This exhibit features some of that early work from the 1970s through her interactive pieces in the decades that followed. Rapoport, who died in 2015, is remembered for exploring the ways in which human beings interact with and extract data from computers.