This exhibition highlights the generous 2016 donation to SJMA’s collection by J. Michael Bewley, as well as works from Bewley’s personal collection. Bewley, a retired employment lawyer in San José, was committed to combatting social injustices in the workplace. Spanning nearly a hundred years of artistic production and encompassing various mediums including painting, sculpture, collage, photography, and textile, these works are united by a radical social and political motivation.
The exhibition includes works by Robert Arneson, Sadie Barnette, Squeak Carnwath, Enrique Chagoya, Dorothy Cross, Luis Cruz Azaceta, Lesley Dill, Marlene Dumas, George Grosz, Wangechi Mutu, Chris Ofili, Tino Rodriguez, Alison Saar, Mickalene Thomas, and Kara Walker. Rise Up! reflects SJMA’s dedication to supporting artists whose controversial work makes crucial contributions to society.
(Photo: Robert Arneson, Five Times for Harvey, 1982, Mixed media on paper, 30 × 24 inches, Gift of J. Michael Bewley)