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Milpitas Library

160 North Main Street
Milpitas, CA 95035

Monday1pm - 9pm
Tuesday1pm - 9pm
Wednesday1pm - 9pm
Thursday10am - 6pm
Friday10am - 6pm
Saturday10am - 6pm
Sundaynoon - 6pm
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Phone:(408) 262-1171

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But Is It Art?

Ever find yourself in a museum looking at a painting or art installation, and think to yourself, "My kid could do that!"?

 picture of wooden plank art installation in museum

I think I have a pretty open mind when it comes to art, but I can't deny that this thought has occasionally crossed my mind. But there are other times when a somewhat eccentric, or seemingly simple work of art has had a profound effect on me, and made me see a familiar landcape in a new way. I would put the work of Christo and Andy Goldsworthy in that category.

andy goldsworthy pine cone sculpture in forest Andy Goldsworthy: Inverted Pine Cone


                                                Christo's Running Fence                                                



                                                  Christo: Running Fence

  But whatever your views about contemporary art, the Santa Clara County Library District has some fascinating movies on the subject of art: making it, faking it, and taking it!

My Kid Could Paint That

My Kid Could Paint That

Marla Olmstead is a toddler whose paintings sell for $300,000 in respected galleries.  Then some doubts set in. Is she a child prodigy or the victim of a hoax?


The Art of the Steal

The Art of the Steal

The true story of a 25 billion dollar art heist and how they got away with it. Reveals the struggle for control of Dr. Albert C. Barnes' extraordinary collection of modern and post-impressionist art.

Who the #$ & % Is Jackson Pollock?

Who the #$ & % Is Jackson Pollock?

Truck driver buys a painting at a thrift shop for five dollars, but finds out it's by Jackson Pollock. Thus begins a 15-year war with the inner circles of the snobby art world. This true story lifts the veil on how art is bought and sold.

Herb & Dorothy