An early start to celebrating the US centennial of women’s suffrage: San Jose Museum of Art celebrates visionary female artists

Pae White | The Art Newspaper | By Jori Finkel

Pae White,  Beta Space , Installation view at San Jose Museum of Art, 2019.

Pae White, Beta Space, Installation view at San Jose Museum of Art, 2019.

Women gained the right to vote through the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution in August 1920, and various cultural groups are getting ready to celebrate that centennial with themed events and exhibitions. But the San Jose Museum of Art got an early start, framing 2019 as the “year of visionary women artists.”

The institution kicked off the program in the spring with a pair of shows, one focusing on Jay DeFeo’s use of photography and another on the contemporary artist Catherine Wagner’s science-inspired imaging (think prints made from MRI machines). Currently on view at the museum, which marks its 50th anniversary this fall, is the first mid-career retrospective of the Calcutta-born, New York-based artist Rina Banerjee and new work by the Los Angeles artist Pae White.

“When you’re getting ready for an anniversary, you start mining your history to see what you want to celebrate, and for us it’s our visionary women founders and these women artists we wanted to show,” says the museum’s executive director, Susan Sayre Batton. She said the other impetus was the centennial of the votes in the US House and Senate for women’s suffrage in May and June of 1919. 

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Pae White: Beta Space

San Jose Museum of Art

San Jose, CA

18 July 2019 - 19 January 2020

Los Angeles-based artist Pae White transcends nearly all traditional boundaries—between art and design; craft and fine art; theory and materiality. Her curiosity with the world reveals itself in her transformation of ordinary objects into profoundly transient experiences that defy logic, yet remain oddly familiar. White will present a compendium of recent projects for the sixth iteration of the exhibition series “Beta Space.” Launched in 2011, this series encourages artistic risk taking and experimentation, serves as an incubator for new ideas, and fosters creative opportunities as well as links within our community.

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Opening this week in Venice


13 May – 26 November 2017

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Philippe Parreno installation view, Central Pavilion, Venice Biennale.

Philippe Parreno installation view, Central Pavilion, Venice Biennale.



Central Pavilion

Giardini, Venice



Applied Arts Pavilion

Arsenale, Venice

Pae White, "Qwalala", work in progress  

Pae White, "Qwalala", work in progress



Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice

12 May 2017 - 30 November 2019

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Qwalala, a monumental new sculpture by artist Pae White, will open to the public on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice, coinciding with the 2017 Venice Art Biennale. Qwalala consists of a curving wall made only of solid glass bricks, which occupies the entire area opposite LE STANZE DEL VETRO. At 75 metres long and 2.4 metres high, the 3,000 glass bricks for Qwalala were hand-cast by Poesia Glass Studio in the Veneto region. Each of these hand-cast bricks is unique, owing much to the chance and variation inherent in the artisanal manufacturing process.


Palazzo Fortuny

San Marco, Venice

13 May – 26 November 2017

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To coincide with the 2017 Venice Art Biennale, the Axel & May Vervoordt Foundation and the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia will present their sixth and final exhibition: Intuition. The exhibition will explore how different manifestations of intuition have shaped art across geographies, cultures and generations. It will bring together historic, modern and contemporary works related to the concepts of dreams, telepathy, paranormal fantasy, meditation, creative power, hypnosis and inspiration.

Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound

SASSAS) Announces
Bootleg LP Art Auction Pop Up Preview & Artist Reception
Hosted by 1301PE
Featuring an auction of work by more than 60 artists
including Sam Durant, Jim Isermann, Alice Könitz, and Pae White
Preview: May 27 - 30; Reception Thursday, May 28 from 6-9 PM
Bidding concludes at Blast! [12] Garden Party and Fundraiser
LOS ANGELES, CA (May 5, 2015) – The Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound (SASSAS) is thrilled to announce a Bootleg LP Art Auction Pop Up Preview of the Blast! [12]  silent auction on May 27 - May 30 with an Artist Reception on Thursday, May 28 from 6-9PM at 1301PE. Bidding concludes at Blast! [12], the SASSAS annual garden party and fundraiser on Sunday, May 31, 2015 from 4 to 8 p.m.
With a Battle of the DJs, food, beverages, and a Bootleg LP Art Auction, Blast! [12 ] takes place at the private residence of the Hillenburg Family in San Marino, CA and supports SASSAS’s experimental art and sound programming.
The Blast! [12] silent auction showcases original “Bootleg LP” artworks inspired by record album covers, and features more than sixty artists including: Julie Adler, Tom Allen, Kevin Appel, Skot Armstrong, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Judie Bamber, Miyoshi Barosh, John Bauer, Scott Benzel, Leonardo Bravo, Anita Bunn, Carolyn Castaño, Jeff Colson, Aaron Curry, Sam Durant, Brad Eberhard, Elif Erkan, Morgan Fisher, Sarajo Frieden, Francesca Gabbiani, Liam Gillick, Phyllis Green, Mark Hagen, Stephen Hillenburg, Margaret Honda, Violet Hopkins, Steven Hull, Jim Isermann, Farrah Karapetian, Alice Könitz, Norm Laich, Richard Laudenbach, Joseph Lee, T. Kelly Mason, John Miller, Yunhee Min, Aaron Morse, Fredrik Nilsen, Stanislav Orlovski, Joel Otterson, Gary Panter, Anthony Pearson, Joe Potts, Rick Potts, Stephen Prina, Tom Recchion, Lynn Robb, Steve Roden, Eddie Ruscha, Amy Sarkisian, Alex Slade, Leroy Stevens, April Street, Ricky Swallow, Mungo Thomson, Devon Tsuno, Dani Tull, Michael Uhlenkott, Tam Van Tran, Pae White, Chris Wilder, Julie Wilson, B. Wurtz, Jason Yates, Liz Young
The auction artwork will be on display to the public at 1301PE located at 6150 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048 from May 27-30, with an artist’s reception on Thursday May 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. Pre-bidding via the SASSAS website starts May 19 and the auction culminates at Blast! on Sunday May 31. For the first time ever, bidders will be able to access the auction online at and continue bidding until the final gavel at 7pm on May 31.
Blast! [12] features a “Battle of the DJs”, twelve DJs in a raucous mash-up of musical styles, with sets by Mitchell Brown (KXLU, Dublab), Tom Chasteen (Dub Club), Money Mark (Beastie Boys), Dave Muller (Three Day Weekend), Tom Recchion (LAFMS), Eddie Ruscha (Dub Club), Brian Simon (Dublab, Anenon), Gabie Strong (KCHUNG) and more. The MC will be actor, director Tom Stern (Freaked, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Man Show). This year’s party also celebrates the launch and forthcoming first release of SASSAS Records, a limited edition quarterly vinyl subscription.
General Admission Tickets for Blast! [12] are $50; tickets for children under 14 are $10. For SASSAS Members, tickets are $40 and $5 for children under 14. A limited number of $30 student tickets are also available. Admission includes food, drinks, great sounds, and good times. Each ticket purchased will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win one of four pairs of tickets to attend a SASSAS Listening Party, or a one year subscription to Volume 1 of SASSAS Records. Blast! [12] tickets and SASSAS Memberships can be purchased at The event address will be provided upon ticket purchase.
All proceeds, including the art auction, benefit SASSAS's extensive programming, including its sound. concert series. For more information on upcoming SASSAS events, please call 323-960-5723 or visit

Blast! [12] Auction Committee:
Cindy Bernard, Gabriel Cifarelli, Carole Ann Klonarides, Katherine Niemela,
Fredrik Nilsen, Christina Ondrus, Renée Petropoulos
Blast! [12] Performance Committee:
Daniel Corral, Danny Gromfin, Greg Lenczycki, Tom Recchion, Joe Potts
The Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound (SASSAS) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that serves as a catalyst for the creation, presentation and recognition of experimental art and sound practices in the Greater Los Angeles area. Inspired by the resonance that occurs when experimental music is combined with unconventional performance environments, SASSAS seeks to foster new collaborations and improvisation to spark further exploration in the field. Programs include: sound. (annual concert series); soundShoppe (monthly workshop for experimental musicians); Ad Hoc (a project supporting touring musicians seeking to perform in Los Angeles), soundSpark (monthly children's concert series), Kids Play. . . (workshop series introducing young adults to experimental musicians and composers), soundNet recordings (CD compilations drawn from sound. concerts), SASSAS Records (limited edition quarterly vinyl LP releases with signed/editioned covers by artists), and our free online SASSAS Archive.
SASSAS is supported in part through grants from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the City of West Hollywood Arts Commission, Good Works Foundation, Metabolic Studio, The Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.