Bay Area Art & Artists

Mark Curran, Museum of Capitalism • to July 21

The Museum of Capitalism opens its inaugural exhibition with a series of multimedia exhibits created by a diverse network of artists, scholars, and ordinary citizens, exploring the historical phenomenon of capitalism and its intersections with themes like race, class, and environment in the United States.

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Art behind the Spirit of Ireland Award

San Jose sculptor Harry Powers was one of the San Jose-Dublin Sister City program’s Spirit of Ireland award recipients in 2015. Back in 2009 the artist and San Jose State University Professor Emeritus Powers was commissioned to create a thematic award for the sister city union. He said of his award sculpture, an undulating ribbon of bronze, “Of course, it goes back to James Joyce and ‘river run’ in the first and last lines of ‘Finnegans Wake,’. There’s a river through the middle of San Jose and a river through the middle of Dublin, so I seized on that as a sister-city piece.”

Check out more on the story behind the sculpture in this YouTube clip, and visit Harry Powers website

The San Jose-Dublin Sister City program’s Spirit of Ireland Awards are presented annually to individuals or companies whose accomplishments have exemplified the relationship between San Jose in Silicon Valley and Dublin, Ireland.

past recipients of the Spirit Of Ireland Award

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