Telling Fortunes

Today I made the trek down to the south bay to see Ranu Mukherjee’s exhibition Telling Fortunes at the San Jose Museum of Art. I am usually reluctant to take on 880 traffic in the middle of the week, but was glad I did. Ranu has created for the show a series of compelling works that explore the idea of the contemporary nomad – the migrant, the traveler, the refugee, the commuter, the wanderer, the searcher – on display at SJMA as part of their Zero1 project exploring local history. From highly saturated paintings on paper to photo-animated videos to images and text printed onto pieces of sari fabric to a sound installation (with Mike Maurillo), the exhibition is provocative, well-executed, and absolutely beautiful. Worth the drive.

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