Like a mirror, art reflects the beauty of the world around us, reveals who we truly are, and can contain a lot of naked people. Step into a funhouse of art-mirrors with today's Groupon: for $49, you get a friend-level membership at San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, located downtown on First Street.
Recently in the news for auctioning off a Steve Martin–created piece, the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art has delighted art lovers for 30 years with its massive array of intriguing modern-day masterpieces. A friend-level membership is good for unlimited free admission for two people into the gallery and its exhibits. The most recent exhibit, Tony May: Old Technology, showcases the San Jose artist's whimsical multimedia creations, including his T. Tree House—a surreal cross between a backyard tree house, studio, gigantic lantern, and Japanese teahouse, complete with a stuttering robot that generates the day's secret word. You'll also get two admissions to the annual Fall Art Auction, discounts at San Jose restaurants, and admission to the talking art discussion series, which will answer questions such as "Is this stain on my shirt art?" Migrant aesthetes will also enjoy free admission to more than 450 museums throughout the country.
The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art was named Best Art Gallery by Metro readers in its The Best of Silicon Valley 2010 contest, and it was featured in the Mercury News recently. Nine Yelpers give it a near-perfect 4.5-star average, and it has more than 1,200 Facebook fans:
- I adore this space. They have inspired exhibitions, art talks and some great auctions. Easy to find and nearby good eats! Highly recommend checking it out. A great place to view and purchase original works to add to your collection! – Mary Anne C., Yelp
- A medium sized gallery, a lot of exhibits going on. – Deb N., Yelp
Downtown San Jose
560 S 1st St.
San Jose, California 95113Get Directions