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Works/San Jose ‘(Anti) Valentine Show’ is art for heart’s sake


An array of heart-related art is on display for "The (Anti) Valentine Show" at Works/San Jose gallery at Open San Jose on South Second Street on Friday, Feb. 2, 2024. (Sal Pizarro/Bay Area News Group)

During the South First Fridays art walk this month in downtown San Jose, I stopped by the Works/San Jose gallery to check out the offerings at this year’s “(Anti) Valentine Show,” which features 140 pieces by artists providing their own often irreverent takes on Valentine’s Day.

An array of heart-related art is on display for “The (Anti) Valentine Show” at Works/San Jose gallery at Open San Jose on South Second Street on Friday, Feb. 2, 2024. (Sal Pizarro/Bay Area News Group) 

But as I was shuffling through the crowd of people admiring Doug Crafts’ beautifully detailed piece, “Take another little piece of my heart now, baby — Charcuterie a la Janis Joplin,” which features cheese, crackers and a human heart on a black marble platter, I was surprised at how, well, mainstream it all felt. From what I could see, the visitors that night weren’t a collection of anti-love romance haters and I wouldn’t be surprised if there weren’t a few couples there on a date night.

A crowd views “The (Anti) Valentine Show” at Works/San Jose gallery at Open San Jose on South Second Street on Friday, Feb. 2, 2024. (Sal Pizarro/Bay Area News Group) 

It would be something if visiting the Works show, which set out to thumb its nose at the saccharin notions of Valentines with their pink construction paper hearts and messages stamped into candy, actually turned into an art-driven way to express your love for someone (even yourself)? Anyway, whether you have romance in mind or not, it’s worth visiting Works (inside Open San Jose at 38 S. Second St.) before the show closes this weekend. A closing party is set for Feb. 17 at 4 p.m. and you can get more information at workssanjose.org.

HONOR ROLL: The ninth annual Silicon Valley Black Legends Awards is returning in-person this weekend at the Hammer Theatre Center in downtown San Jose after being a virtual event for the past three years.

Hosted by Afrikahn Jahmal Dayvs and Janice Edwards — who were both previously inducted as Legends — the Feb. 17 event is a fundraiser for the development of the San Jose Black History Museum Silicon Valley, a joint project among five grounds in San Jose: Joyner Payne Youth Services Agency, the Silicon Valley Black Chamber of Commerce, the African American Community Service Agency, the National Association of Juneteenth Lineage California and Our Common Denominator.

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