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The layout didn’t help clarify the ambitious survey of art by California women at the San Jose Museum of Art. Guest curators Diana Fuller and JoAnn Hanley chose to organize the show by media, a decision that, of course, caused impossible sound bleed in the media section (where, by the way, about half of the pieces weren’t working when I visited). Given its vast scope (perhaps undertaking the entire state rather than focusing on a region was the problem) few pieces managed to shine: Mildred Howard’s installation was a smart, tight and layered work; Stephanie Syjuco’s floor installation was both funny and enigmatic; and Nao Bustamante’s performance as Ronald McDonald should not be missed. The show’s up until November.

- Ella Delaney [Monday, July 22nd, 2002]

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