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San Jose Museum of Art

United States

Established in 1969, the San Jose Museum of Art (SJMA) is a distinguished museum of modern and contemporary art. Located in Silicon Valley amid one of the largest concentrations of Asian Indians in the U.S., SJMA is committed to furthering its reach to the Indian community and increasing awareness of Indian art in the U.S. In summer 2011 SMJA’s director, Susan Krane, and associate curator, Kristen Evangelista, traveled to Mumbai, New Delhi, and Vadodara to make studio visits and to seed interchange with artists, museums, curators, critics, scholars, and collectors of modern and contemporary Indian Art. The museum hopes to establish and grow a professional network for future exhibition projects and to develop direct first-hand curatorial and art historical perspectives on the contemporary Indian art scene.

Grants Awarded

2017 | Visual Art | United States

for a travel grant to support the participation of the three members of The Propeller Group, from Vietnam, in community outreach activities related to an exhibition of their work at the museum

2011 | Museum Studies | India

to support travel research for San Jose Museum of Art 's director, Susan Krane, and associate curator, Kristen Evangelista, to travel to India in 2011


Exhibition / United States


September 14, 2018 - April 7, 2019

The largest solo exhibition in the United States in more than a decade of the work of internationally-renowned artist Dinh Q. Lê, this exhibition of five major video and photography installations entwines rarely heard narratives of war and migration from people in North Vietnam, the Vietnamese diaspora, and refugees who, like Lê, have returned to live in their home country. Assembling these obscure stories through the collection of found photographs, artists’ war sketches, and oral histories, Lê presents a multifaceted story about Vietnamese life before, during, and after the Vietnam War. In the process, he questions the viability of collective memory and reveals the effects of trauma on the cultural imagination.

ACC has provided support to the San Jose Museum of Art for this exhibition.

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Grantees: San Jose Museum of Art, Le Dinh Q.

Special Event / United States

Lunchtime Lecture | Artist Talk with Uudam Tran Nguyen

October 2, 2019

Vietnamese artist Uudam Tran Nguyen—who works in video, sound and text, installations, and guerrilla performances—discusses his recent work as it relates to contemporary life in Vietnam and Southeast Asia.

Lunchtime Lectures take place on the first Wednesday of the month at noon in the Charlotte Wendel Education Center. Visitors are welcome to bring food and beverages.

This program is made possible in part with a grant from the Asian Cultural Council to advance international understanding through cultural exchange in the arts.

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Grantee: San Jose Museum of Art