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Silicon Valley Winter Arts Guide

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SALVAJE: This illustration was created by Bolivian artist Marco Toxico, one of the artists exhibiting at 'Taco De Ojo' at Anno Domini. Illustration by Marco Toxico

Visual Art

Taco De Ojo

Anno Domini. Jan 6-March 18.

For well over a decade, the Anno Domini art gallery has been bringing some of the best contemporary visual artists from around the country—and the world—to San Jose's SoFA district. The gallery's upcoming show focuses on the work of the Latino Toons Collective, a crew of Latin American artists with diverse focuses, including underground comic books, visual art and design, and poetry. The group has members from Mexico down to Argentina. The name of the exhibit, "Taco de Ojo," is slang for "eye candy." It's an appropriate title, as many of the artists in the show produce vibrant and brightly colored works, which borrow elements of comic book illustration, art nouveau and traditional Latin American art forms.

She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World

Cantor Arts, Stanford. Jan 28-May 4.

In mainstream media reports, the Middle East is often depicted as a region of constant strife, ruled by religious zealots who refuse to grant women even the most basic of rights. The upcoming exhibit at Cantor, "She Who Tells a Story," invites the viewer—especially the Western viewer—to challenge those narratives. The group features 79 photographs and two videos, all of them composed by women—12 individuals—from Iran and other parts of the Arab world. Ranging in style from fine art to photojournalism, the works represent stories about women (and the region), as told by the women themselves.

Postdate: Photography and Inherited History in India

San Jose Museum of Art. Feb 5-Aug.

As with "She Who Tells a Story" at Cantor, the San Jose Museum of Art's upcoming group show, Postdate, features artists from a country often little understood by most Westerners trying to set the record straight. The Indian painters, photographers, collagists and videographers in the exhibition draw from a diverse set of influences—studio portraits from the early 20th century, archeological surveys conducted by the East India Company and stills from Bollywood films. The collection of works is meant to challenge stereotypes and tell the story of colonialism and post-colonialism on the subcontinent.

Rebecca Haseltine

San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art

Jan 16-Apr 17. San Francisco-based artist Rebecca Haseltine is a proud Californian, with a long family history in the state, which dates back to the 1800s. She has long used her work to focus on California's connection to water. From the strip mining of the Gold Rush to the diversion of the state's snowmelt to feed crops in the Central Valley to offshore fracking, water has always played an integral part in the California economy. But all these practices come with risks of contaminating our fresh water reserves, as well as the aquatic environment of the Pacific Ocean. Haseltine's illustrations, which combine color washes and sinuous linework, encourage the viewer to contemplate the power and necessity of water.

Bruce Conner: Somebody Else's Prints

San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art

Feb 7-May 16.

Photography of Shona Sanzgiri and Dustin Adams

Chromatic Coffee, Santa Clara. Feb 5. chromaticcoffee.com

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