On Thursday, July 28, the San Jose Museum of Art hosts ArtRage, an after-hours affair that features cocktails, live music, and arts and crafts for adults. The all-ages event goes from 7pm to 10pm and is $5 for non-museum members.
This month marks the one-year anniversary of the event, which started as a way to draw new audiences to the museum by cultivating a hip, social atmosphere where guests can interact with the art on display.
“We wanted to have an event to appeal to younger, downtown working folks. We know that not everybody can get to the museum 9 to 5,” says Sherrill Ingalls, marketing and communications director at the museum.
Thursday’s ArtRage event will center around underground comic book legend R. Crumb, whose illustrated Book of Genesis is on display until September 25. Over five years, Crumb meticulously reinterpreted the Old Testament as a comic book, and all 207 pages of his drawings can be seen at the museum.
The San Jose Museum of Art stands out for its ability to inspire creativity among young and old with interactive activities, and ArtRage is no exception. Guests can bring R. Crumb’s Book of Genesis to life at a beard-making station and a photo booth furnished with thought bubbles. The museum also concocted a specialty cocktail to go along with the theme of the event, a “frozen forbidden fruit” drink inspired by the Garden of Eden. Live music will be provided by funky San Jose indie rock band Good Hustle.