Almost Human: Digital Art @ San José Museum of Art

Renny Pritikin, Squarecylinder, December 31, 2019

The most provocative point of view-often articulated by self-described young "creatives" in Silicon Valley-is that within their lifetimes, the fine art of the past, especially painting, will increasingly be seen as quaint relics.  Almost Human: Digital Art from the Permanent Collection does not address that point of view, but it does argue convincingly for the power and importance of digital forms and their centrality for the art of the 21st century. It also goes a long way toward discounting the frequently heard complaint that digital, video and internet- derived art is socially isolating: many of the works in this exhibition are politically engaged, and others are deeply humanistic.