de Saisset Museum

de Saisset Museum The de Saisset is the South Bay's FREE museum of art and history.
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The de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University is the South Bay’s free Museum of art and history. The museum was founded adjacent to Mission Santa Clara de Asís on SCU's campus in 1955. It is currently one of three museums in the South Bay to hold accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums. Operated and supported by Santa Clara University, the de Saisset Museum also is privately funded and member-supported. The de Saisset Museum collects, preserves, exhibits, and interprets objects of art and history for the educational and cultural enrichment of all people. The museum achieves its mission through an active program of exhibitions, collections, education programs, and publications. As an important resource for SCU, the de Saisset actively collaborates with the larger University community in order to foster the integration of diverse forms of learning. The de Saisset presents 6 to 10 temporary exhibitions every year. Exhibitions highlight the diversity of our community, address issues of contemporary society, showcase the work of under-recognized or under-appreciated artists, and emphasize the strengths of the permanent collection. The museum also serves as the caretaker of the University's California History Collection, which is on permanent view. Since its founding, the de Saisset's permanent collection has expanded to include more than 12,000 objects collected in six main areas: California history, Mission-era liturgical vestments, decorative arts, works on paper, painting & sculpture, and new media. The collection includes prints from the Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, 19th century, and Modernist periods. The museum has an extensive collection of contemporary works on paper, with a special emphasis on artists from the San Francisco Bay Area. The de Saisset Museum offers a variety of educational programs including lectures, symposia, workshops, and family days. In addition, the de Saisset provides free docent tours of the California History Collection and Mission Santa Clara. MISSION The de Saisset Museum supports Santa Clara University's goal of educating the whole person through a diverse and accessible range of exhibitions, collections, and educational programs that highlight the art and history of the San Francisco Bay Area and the local Santa Clara Valley. As a center of lifelong learning, the de Saisset Museum facilitates discovery, experience, and inspiration through engaging objects of art and history. Core Values: - The Museum will present exhibitions that highlight the diversity of our community (in age, gender, and ethnicity), feature a variety of media, offer a diverse representation of topics and viewpoints, showcase the work of recognized and under-recognized or under-appreciated artists, address issues of contemporary society, and highlight the strengths of our permanent collection. - The Museum will continue the development, management, and preservation of the permanent collection, thereby creating an artistic and historic legacy for the community. - The Museum will engage in University departmental collaborations, expanding the environment that fosters the integration of different forms of learning as well as the Jesuit ideals of reasoned and rigorous inquiry. - The Museum will provide a welcoming and service-oriented atmosphere that encourages participation by diverse audiences. - The Museum will nurture a sense of pride and ownership among its principals, including the University, advisory board, staff, members, donors, volunteers, and visitors.

Mission: The de Saisset Museum supports Santa Clara University's goal of educating the whole person through a diverse and accessible range of exhibitions, collections, and educational programs that highlight the art and history of the San Francisco Bay Area and the local Santa Clara Valley. As a center of lifelong learning, the de Saisset Museum facilitates discovery, experience, and inspiration through engaging objects of art and history. Core Values: - The Museum will present exhibitions that highlight the diversity of our community (in age, gender, and ethnicity), feature a variety of media, offer a diverse representation of topics and viewpoints, showcase the work of recognized and under-recognized or under-appreciated artists, address issues of contemporary society, and highlight the strengths of our permanent collection. - The Museum will continue the development, management, and preservation of the permanent collection, thereby creating an artistic and historic legacy for the community. - The Museum will engage in University departmental collaborations, expanding the environment that fosters the integration of different forms of learning as well as the Jesuit ideals of reasoned and rigorous inquiry. - The Museum will provide a welcoming and service-oriented atmosphere that encourages participation by diverse audiences. - The Museum will nurture a sense of pride and ownership among its principals, including the University, advisory board, staff, members, donors, volunteers, and visitors.

12/02/2019

Hurry before it's too late! Tuesday through Friday of this week are the final days to experience Unbound: The Art of Deterioration, a group exhibition of artists working with book materials and the printed page.

For full image credits for the above artworks, please visit the exhibition page:
https://www.scu.edu/desaisset/exhibitions/unbound/

Continuing with our week of giving thanks, we want to extend our thanks to those who have volunteered their time with ar...
11/30/2019

Continuing with our week of giving thanks, we want to extend our thanks to those who have volunteered their time with artist Stephanie Metz as she created two new bodies of work as part of her InTouch Project. Staying true to her theme of exploring the impact that people can have on their environment, Stephanie turned to her community to help create some of the art that will be featured in Stephanie Metz: InTouch opening in January 2020. In these "felting parties," community members assisting in felting the actual artworks that will be on display in this upcoming exhibition.
@stephanie_metz_sculpture
https://www.scu.edu/desaisset/exhibitions/intouch/

While today may be #NativeAmericanHeritageDay and the last day of #nativeamericanheritagemonth for 2019, our hope and ou...
11/29/2019
Tule Magnificent - Santa Clara Magazine

While today may be #NativeAmericanHeritageDay and the last day of #nativeamericanheritagemonth for 2019, our hope and our work at the de Saisset Museum is that the indigenous peoples of the lands now known as the United States are given recognition and support throughout the year.

Thanks to Santa Clara Magazine for their article this week that recognizes some of the work being done locally to revitalize aspects of Ohlone culture. Learn more about Ohlone artist Linda Yamane and the tule boat she created for the de Saisset's new permanent exhibition opening in January 2020.

For thousands of years, indigenous peoples throughout the current-day Bay Area used tule reeds to create a range of tools, clothing, and equipment, including variations of reed boats, mostly used for fishing and transportation. While some of these traditions faded away as California’s Native Ameri...

Wishing everyone a safe and peaceful Thanksgiving. While there are many things that we are grateful for and want to give...
11/28/2019
How to Give Thanks and Acknowledge History

Wishing everyone a safe and peaceful Thanksgiving.

While there are many things that we are grateful for and want to give thanks for at this time of year, we also recognize that this holiday can be a complicated and painful reminder of our country's interactions with indigenous communities. To learn more, and consider how we might give thanks while also acknowledging the full history of this holiday, below is an article by Joanna Thompson, Director of SCU's Office for Multicultural Learning. We also are loving the tips mak-'amham posted on their Instagram profile and encourage you to read them and incorporate them into your day.

Santa Clara must grapple with its own involvement in the problematic history surrounding Thanksgiving and Native American culture.

In the cold weather, do you like to curl up with a good book?  How about a piece of book art?  Unbound: The Art of Deter...
11/27/2019

In the cold weather, do you like to curl up with a good book? How about a piece of book art? Unbound: The Art of Deterioration features twelve artists working with books and book materials.

The museum is open today 11a.m.-4p.m., we will be closed Thursday through Monday for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

https://www.scu.edu/desaisset/exhibitions/unbound/

If you're on break and looking to add some art and culture to your holiday week, come visit!  The museum is open Tuesday...
11/26/2019

If you're on break and looking to add some art and culture to your holiday week, come visit! The museum is open Tuesday and Wednesday from 11am-4pm.

11/25/2019

THANKSGIVING WEEK: The museum will be closed Thursday, November 28 through Monday, December 2, 2019 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

In "The Poisoned City," artist Linda Yao pivots from her favorite subject, the SanFrancisco Bay, to the Flint water cris...
11/22/2019

In "The Poisoned City," artist Linda Yao pivots from her favorite subject, the San
Francisco Bay, to the Flint water crisis. Her painting series is not overtly
political but uses stealth tactics that compel us to consider the invisible and
insidious natures of corruption and contamination. - Heather Clydesdale AYAL in SCU's Department of Art and Art History

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Linda Yao
The Poisoned City (Leaded Water Nos. 5, 6, 8, 11, 12, 14), 2016
India ink and acrylic on Bristol board
de Saisset Museum permanent collection, Santa Clara University, Work selected by students in SCU Professor Heather Clydesdale's winter 2019 class, ARTH 66: Fabricating Nature in East Asia. Funds for this purchase were made possible by the Hearst Foundation's Community Initiatives for the Arts grant (CIVA), 2019.7.1 -6

What does this piece make you think of?Now on view at the de Saisset Museumhttps://www.scu.edu/desaisset/exhibitions/mak...
11/21/2019

What does this piece make you think of?

Now on view at the de Saisset Museum
https://www.scu.edu/desaisset/exhibitions/makinganimpression/

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Marguerite Saegesser
Concentric Circles Scratched Bold from the Air #365, 1985
Monotype on Arches 88 paper
Printers Patrick Surgalski and Scott Greene, Smith Andersen Editions
de Saisset Museum permanent collection, Smith Andersen Editions Archive,
Santa Clara University, Gift of Paula and Phillip Kirkeby, 3.1102.1986

In a nod to Marcel Duchamp's "Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2", David Gilhooly reimagines the scene with an assortmen...
11/14/2019

In a nod to Marcel Duchamp's "Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2", David Gilhooly reimagines the scene with an assortment of foods - can you name any ingredients he left out?

Now on view at the de Saisset Museum
https://www.scu.edu/desaisset/exhibitions/makinganimpression/

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David Gilhooly
Food Descending the Staircase, 1983
Drypoint etching
Printer Ikuru Kuwahara, 3EP Press
de Saisset Museum permanent collection, Santa Clara University, 3EP Press Collection, Gift of Paula and Phillip Kirkeby, 3.1031.1985

Making sure everything is level as installation continues for our redesigned permanent exhibition.California Stories fro...
11/11/2019

Making sure everything is level as installation continues for our redesigned permanent exhibition.
California Stories from Thámien to Santa Clara opens in January 2020!

#behindthescenes

Employing industrial felt, artist Stephanie Metz is creating a new body of work for her upcoming exhibition at the de Sa...
11/08/2019

Employing industrial felt, artist Stephanie Metz is creating a new body of work for her upcoming exhibition at the de Saisset Museum. Cut and stitched together to create new forms, the industrial material becomes a medium for engagement, play, and curiosity.

Learn more https://www.scu.edu/desaisset/exhibitions/intouch/

Through nearly seventy years of work and experimentation, Joseph Zirker has cultivated a reputation as one of the Bay Ar...
11/07/2019

Through nearly seventy years of work and experimentation, Joseph Zirker has cultivated a reputation as one of the Bay Area’s most innovative printmakers. His entire career is marked by an irrepressible interest in exploring the possibilities of printmaking.

These three works from our permanent collection are currently on view in the exhibition Making an Impression: Printmaking Possibilities.
https://www.scu.edu/desaisset/exhibitions/makinganimpression/

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Joseph Zirker
Untitled
Etching
de Saisset Museum permanent collection, Santa Clara University, 3.1106.1986

Joseph Zirker
Untitled, 1986
Etching
de Saisset Museum permanent collection, Santa Clara University, 3.1100.1986

Joseph Zirker
Untitled, 1986
Etching
de Saisset Museum permanent collection, Santa Clara University, 3.1101.1986

The artworks in Unbound represent the beauty, mystery, and creative possibilities of books, book materials, and printed ...
11/06/2019

The artworks in Unbound represent the beauty, mystery, and creative possibilities of books, book materials, and printed text, and ask audiences to engage with questions and reservations around the future of printed materials, the nuances of fact and truth as presented in publications, and how best to communicate with one another.

On view through December 6 at the de Saisset Museum (check our website for hours during Thanksgiving week)

https://www.scu.edu/desaisset/exhibitions/unbound/

You may have heard of Shellmound Street in the East Bay, but do you know the history behind it?  Learn more about Native...
11/05/2019
There Were Once More Than 425 Shellmounds in the Bay Area. Where Did They Go?

You may have heard of Shellmound Street in the East Bay, but do you know the history behind it? Learn more about Native American heritage in your backyard, and how important sites throughout the Bay Area have been lost, literally paved over.

https://www.kqed.org/news/11704679/there-were-once-more-than-425-shellmounds-in-the-bay-area-where-did-they-go

#nativeamericanheritagemonth #naheritage #nahm #nativeamerican #nativeamericanculture

These mounds were used by Ohlone as burial sites for their ancestors, to help navigate bay waters and as a gathering place.

Do you get to see this incredible tule boat by Rumsien Ohlone artist and cultural consultant Linda Yamane? We offered a ...
11/04/2019

Do you get to see this incredible tule boat by Rumsien Ohlone artist and cultural consultant Linda Yamane? We offered a sneak peek of this piece in mid October. It is now installed as part of new permanent exhibition, California Stories from Thamien to Santa Clara, that will open to audiences in January 2020.

#nativeamericanheritagemonth #naheritage #nahm #nativeamerican #nativeamericanculture

Happy Native American Heritage Month!  The de Saisset Museum sits on the land of the Ohlone people. Prior to colonizatio...
11/01/2019

Happy Native American Heritage Month! The de Saisset Museum sits on the land of the Ohlone people. Prior to colonization, this region was home to more than 40 tribes that are today collectively known as "Ohlone."

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Illustration by Samira Almendras, from the de Saisset's iBooks Moving Forward: Santa Clara's Story of Transformation. https://books.apple.com/us/book/moving-forward/id719128951?ls=1

Happy Halloween from all of us at the de Saisset Museum!
10/31/2019

Happy Halloween from all of us at the de Saisset Museum!

In "Lexington, Battle or Massacre?" Julia Nelson-Gal explores how the meaning of information and interpretation of event...
10/30/2019

In "Lexington, Battle or Massacre?" Julia Nelson-Gal explores how the meaning of information and interpretation of events can change over time. New information, as well as changing values and perspectives, may alter how we regard certain actions of the past.

Now on view at the de Saisset Museum
https://www.scu.edu/desaisset/exhibitions/unbound/

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Julia Nelson-Gal
Untitled, 2018
From the series Lexington, Battle or Massacre?
Book covers, book pages, mixed media on panel

Julia Nelson-Gal
Untitled, 2018
From the series Lexington, Battle or Massacre?
Book covers, book pages, mixed media on panel

Julia Nelson-Gal
Untitled, 2018
From the series Lexington, Battle or Massacre?
Book covers, book pages, mixed media on panel

All works courtesy of the artist

In No. 3 California Wildfire 2017, "Kunlin He uses aesthetic juxtapositions to explore the vulnerability of people and l...
10/29/2019

In No. 3 California Wildfire 2017, "Kunlin He uses aesthetic juxtapositions to explore the vulnerability of people and landscapes to disasters that are no longer wholly natural but are exacerbated by a warming climate and unchecked building in dangerous areas." - Heather Clydesdale AYAL in SCU's Department of Art and Art History

Now on view at the de Saisset Museum

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Kunlin He 何昆霖
No. 3 California Wildfire 2017, 2019
Acrylic and ink on yupo, mylar, and acrylic sheet
de Saisset Museum permanent collection, Santa Clara University, Work selected by students in SCU Professor Heather Clydesdale's winter 2019 class, ARTH 66: Fabricating Nature in East Asia. Funds for this purchase were made possible by the Hearst Foundation's Community Initiatives for the Arts grant (CIVA), 2019.5

Artist Jody Alexander’s reverence for the book in all its forms, and in all its parts, is apparent in the care and metic...
10/28/2019

Artist Jody Alexander’s reverence for the book in all its forms, and in all its parts, is apparent in the care and meticulous process she undergoes to transform them.

Now on view at the de Saisset Museum
https://www.scu.edu/desaisset/exhibitions/unbound/

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Jody Alexander
Hemingway and the Art of Awareness, No. 1-5, 2017
From the series Bibliomuse 1
Linen, bookcloth from discarded Ernest Hemingway books, stencils, thread

Courtesy of the artist

The de Saisset Museum is saddened by the news of Mary Margaret "Moo" Anderson's passing on Tuesday, October 22, 2019.Moo...
10/25/2019

The de Saisset Museum is saddened by the news of Mary Margaret "Moo" Anderson's passing on Tuesday, October 22, 2019.

Moo (1926-2019) and her husband Harry W. “Hunk” Anderson (1922–2018) were incredible patrons of the arts, establishing a remarkable visual arts collection and supporting exhibitions and other collaborations over many years.

The de Saisset Museum is grateful for the opportunities we have had to work with the Andersons, including two exhibition projects that involved SCU students in the process:

In 1994, the exhibition “Fragments: Images in the Art of Contemporary Print” was organized by guest curator Brigid Barton, then Associate Professor in SCU’s Department of Art and Art History, who worked with two SCU students to research and present an exhibition of prints from the Anderson’s collection. And in 2008, the exhibition "Eye on the Sixties: Vision, Body, and Soul – Selections from the Collection of Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson" involved the work of fifteen undergraduate SCU students who were instrumental in the curation of this amazing exhibition. Lead by Associate Professor Andrea Pappas from the Department of Art and Art History, and then de Saisset Assistant Director Karen Kienzle, the students contributed to the written didactic materials for the exhibition, created Guide-by-Cell interpretive audio content, and contributed artist bios for the accompanying catalog.

The Andersons and their daughter Mary Patricia “Putter” Anderson Pence also have contributed to the de Saisset Museum’s permanent collection with a combined gift of eighteen prints --- all works come from the press 3EP LTD - a print house founded by Moo, Paula Z. Kirkeby, and Joseph Goldyne.

Moo will be missed, but we know the Andersons’ legacy will continue through the Anderson Collection at Stanford University and the work of other institutions.

https://news.stanford.edu/2019/10/24/mary-margaret-moo-anderson-art-collector-dies-92/

The InTouch Project is a hands-on sculptural experience that marks an entirely new direction for artist Stephanie Metz. ...
10/25/2019

The InTouch Project is a hands-on sculptural experience that marks an entirely new direction for artist Stephanie Metz. Beyond creating works meant to be touched, Metz has increased the scale of her work to human-scaled objects. Here we see the artist working on the foam infrastructure for one of the Hanging Pods.

Stephanie Metz: In Touch will open in January 2020.
https://www.scu.edu/desaisset/exhibitions/intouch/

Each of the fifty-eight blocks on this bookshelf was once an individual book that artist Lisa Kokin pulped and reshaped ...
10/24/2019

Each of the fifty-eight blocks on this bookshelf was once an individual book that artist Lisa Kokin pulped and reshaped into roughly the same size and shape of its original form. Each book now exists more as a texture within this new sculptural form than any indication of content.

Now on view at the de Saisset Museum
https://www.scu.edu/desaisset/exhibitions/unbound/

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Lisa Kokin
Recapitulation, 2008
From the series Pulped and Shredded II
Pulped books, PVA glue, wooden shelf

Courtesy of the artist

Traveling to New Orleans about a year after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and the ensuing floods, artist Terri Garland ca...
10/22/2019

Traveling to New Orleans about a year after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and the ensuing floods, artist Terri Garland came across an unexpected sight: dozens of Bibles pressed into the earth and dried mud, matted into the floors and between the pews of condemned churches, separated from the people that perhaps needed them the most.

Now on view at the de Saisset Museum
https://www.scu.edu/desaisset/exhibitions/unbound/

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Terri Garland
Psalm 121:2, 2006
From the series The Good Books
Archival pigment print

Will we have physical books in 50 years? 100 years?Transferring the content of text blocks to muslin sheets, artist Sand...
10/21/2019

Will we have physical books in 50 years? 100 years?

Transferring the content of text blocks to muslin sheets, artist Sandi Miot is able to literally unravel the contents of books to address her concern for the disappearance of books in our culture.

Now on view at the de Saisset Museum
https://www.scu.edu/desaisset/exhibitions/unbound/

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Sandi Miot
It’s Come Undone, 2015
From the series Disintegration
Recycled book back, muslin, wax

Courtesy of Bob and Colette Battaglia

10/19/2019

This life-size tule boat was created by Ohlone artist and cultural consultant Linda Yamane for the de Saisset Museum. On view in the foyer, as a sneak peek, for just a short time this fall, it will soon be installed into the redesign of our permanent exhibition. The installation of the new exhibition, California Stories from Thámien to Santa Clara, will continue through fall 2019. The exhibition officially opens in January 2020.

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Linda Yamane
Ohlone Tule Boat, 2019
Tule reeds, cordage

In "Slave Ship" artist Renee Billingslea addresses the Middle Passage. Carved into the book, existing below the surface ...
10/18/2019

In "Slave Ship" artist Renee Billingslea addresses the Middle Passage. Carved into the book, existing below the surface of the page, is an open rectangular space, akin to the hull of the ship, effectively transforming the book into a vessel not unlike the boats by which enslaved Africans were brought to the colonies. This piece is particularly poignant this year, as 2019 marks the 400th anniversary of the first forced migration of Africans to North America.

Now on view at the de Saisset Museum
https://www.scu.edu/desaisset/exhibitions/unbound/

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Renee Billingslea
Slave Ship, 2013
Mixed media
Courtesy of the artist

In this work, artist Lori Zimmerman layers texts from divergent sources that are thematically related to address how gov...
10/17/2019

In this work, artist Lori Zimmerman layers texts from divergent sources that are thematically related to address how government policy can affect the real lives of citizens. Burned and torn, the top layer literally has begun to reveal the “inside” stories recounted below. Embroidery floss encircles the tears and incisions, mending the top layer and preventing it from further unravel.

Now on view at the de Saisset Museum

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Lori Zimmerman
Mending, Roe v Wade, 2014
Digital print, cotton, embroidery floss

Courtesy of the artist

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