Image Blender: Navin June Norling mixed-media works at Anno Domini cut and paste modern culture.
South First Fridays
By Michael S. Gant
SEEKING to raise its profile as downtown San Jose's gallery corridor, the museum and art spaces on South First Street have embarked on a monthly series of Friday-night culture bashes. This Friday (May 5), Anno Domini, MACLA, the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art and the GreenRice Gallery will stay open late and free, starting at 8pm. Anno Domini marks the occasion with the opening of Navin June Norling's show "Bootleg Baby," in which the staples of pop and consumer culture (including, disturbingly, ever-present racial and cultural stereotypes) are recycled and rethought. CatFive will perform at the reception. GreenRice showcases works by Rebecca Bui and Jenny Do.
MACLA will host live music; its current show features Consuelo Jiménez Underwood's intriguing large-scale versions of familiar cultural touchstones like chiles made from bent wire and giant tortillas. Right next door, the Quilt Museum supplements its exhibit of traditional Vietnamese clothes with performing artists from Dress Rehearsals. At the Institute of Contemporary Art, it is the perfect time to check out the Night Moves installations in the front and rear windows—these multimedia pieces are only visible after dark. The gallery also boasts a tremendous display of large color-drenched abstract works on paper by Gustavo Ramos Rivera. The SoFA Lounge and South First Billiards will also collaborate in the affair.
Friday (May 3), 8pm-late at GreenRice Gallery, 300 S. First St. (enter at the back, third floor); Anno Domini, 366 S. First St.; San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, 451 S. First St.; MACLA, 510 S. First St.; San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, 520 S. First St.
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