The Early 2023 Events at the Institute of Contemporary Art in San Jose

I want my fellow South Bay residents aware of the early 2023 season at the Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose.

The ICA San Jose wants us all to know, that its staff is so excited for 2023, and as they start off this new year, they would like to share some of what they have coming up in the next few weeks:

Layers: Defining Our Relationship with African American Hair

Join them for First Friday, on February 3rd at 5PM for a conversation with artists and poet: Tachiya Bryant, Stardust, and Venus Jones on the topic of hair for black history month. Each artist will discuss their relationship to hair, how they use it to express themselves, and how it becomes a form of resistance to the pressures Black women continue to face. Join after the talk for First Friday DJ set, 6:30-9PM Please click below to RSVP.

Layered: Defining Our Relationship with African American Hair Tickets, Fri, Feb 3, 2023 at 5:00 PM | Eventbrite


The ICA San José is looking to expand their vision of free accessibility to art through this afterschool program. This program provides students (K-12) a chance to explore their creativity through a safe space. The first date of class will be February 14th, from 3-5PM The program is completely free, and all materials will be provided by the ICA.

BAMPFA + Studio Visit with Naomie Kremer 

Join the ICA San José at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive on February 12th for a guided tour of the Amalia Mesa-Bains exhibition, followed by a studio visit with Naomie Kremer. This visit is for ICA members at the Advocate (Formally known as $250 Collectors) Level and above. If you are a member at this level, you should have received a Paperless Post invite to join them. Please RSVP through there. If you have not received an invite, please email If you would like to buy a membership for this event, please click below:

Membership – Institute of Contemporary Art San José

Curator and Director-Led Tours

The first tour will take place February 16th at 5PM. The tour will be given by Zoë Latzer, Associate Curator and Director of Public Programs of the ICA San José, and this one will be free and open to the public.

The second tour will take place on February 23rd at 10AM, and will be led by James G. Leventhal, Executive Director of the ICA. This tour will be members-only, and we will be serving coffee. 

New Strategies of Display: Asian American Art, Technology & Storytelling

This event will be in person at the ICA on February 23rd, and will be a conversation between Astria Suparak, Masako Miki, and Aleesa Pitchamarn Alexander.

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Mildred Howard’s Art of Giving

By Emily Wilson

“She has raised generations of Bay Area artists and changed the local landscape with her public artworks.”

“She was one of the first people creating public artwork in the Bay Area, and she’s literally changed the landscape.”- Lava Thomas


Art in America

Adrian Burrell Explores the Difficulty—and the Promise—of Escaping Black American History

By Seph Rodney

“[Sugarcane and Lightning pt.3] evokes the weight of a horrific and ongoing history, its pervasive blue is a floating signifier. The color is a medium for the collective grief and dismay and remorse that the artist carries. Yet it is also the kind of blue he likely finds when looking up into the sky at the break of day.”

Art in America

Institute of Contemporary Art San Jose

560 South First Street, San Jose CA 95113

Thursday – Sunday, 12pm – 5pm

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