de Saisset Museum

de Saisset Museum The de Saisset is the South Bay's FREE museum of art and history. The de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University is the South Bay’s free Museum of art and history.
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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.

Operating as usual

Timeline Photos
06/02/2020

Timeline Photos

We stand in solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter and all who seek racial justice in regard to the recent killings of George...
06/01/2020

We stand in solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter and all who seek racial justice in regard to the recent killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, and in recognition of the systemic racism and oppression faced by African-Americans and other persons of color in our country.

We vow to speak up and confront racism.

Among our core values, the de Saisset Museum is committed to presenting art by individuals and communities that are under-represented and to focus on current events and themes of social justice, so as to create platforms by which voices, stories, and narratives that have historically been silenced or marginalized can be shared. As part of an academic institution, we are further dedicated to education and (un)learning. We remain committed to this work, and to doing more, and doing it better.

We invite you to join us in a Vigil for Racial Justice on Tuesday, June 2 from noon to 1:30 PM hosted by our parent organization Santa Clara University and organized by SCU’s Campus Ministry, the Office for Diversity and Inclusion, the Office for Multicultural Learning, Counseling and Psychological Services, and other partners. This community conversation will provide opportunities to reflect as well as to hear ideas about how to work for racial justice in our everyday lives. For more information on the vigil and instructions on how to join, visit:
https://www.scu.edu/events/#!view/event/date/20200602/event_id/212456

#museumsarenotneutral #blacklivesmatter #BLM
Art in second image by @shirien.creates

EXPERIENCE  This photo was taken a year ago today as we staged artworks from our permanent collection to go on display i...
05/30/2020

EXPERIENCE This photo was taken a year ago today as we staged artworks from our permanent collection to go on display in our exhibition Making an Impression: Printmaking Possibilities. Here you can see several of the pieces after they were framed, waiting in our collections storage area to be moved to the Auditorium.

#MuseumFromHome
https://www.scu.edu/desaisset/exhibitions/makinganimpression/

Earlier this week, we shared that our museum opened its doors in 1955 as "the de Saisset Museum and Art Gallery". Today,...
05/22/2020

Earlier this week, we shared that our museum opened its doors in 1955 as "the de Saisset Museum and Art Gallery". Today, we are sharing a little more on our "history" (pun intended, as you'll see): In the mid 1970s, the museum acquired a second, and equally important, focus to art, which is our focus on history, specifically the history of Santa Clara Valley. The museum's History Collection includes objects related to Native California, the Mission Period, the California Ranchos, and the early days of Santa Clara College (the original name of what we know today as @SantaClaraUniversity).

John Sykes, Santa Clara College, 1903, oil on canvas, de Saisset Museum permanent collection, Santa Clara University, 2011.6.10, on view in California Stories from Thámien to Santa Clara.

https://www.scu.edu/desaisset/collections/history/

#CAMuseumsWeek
@calmuseums @AmKansenChu @BobWieckowskiCA

We stand with our Asian and Asian American neighbors in the face of the racist and xenophobic violence they face as scap...
05/22/2020

We stand with our Asian and Asian American neighbors in the face of the racist and xenophobic violence they face as scapegoats for the COVID-19 virus. We refuse to be silent bystanders. We vow to speak up if we witness [email protected] #stopdiscriminasian

Stop DiscriminAsian (SDA) is a coalition of workers within arts and culture who are confronting the racism, xenophobia and violence towards diasporic Asians that have been amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic.

SDA seeks to expand awareness through the galvanization of individual voices in solidarity with other marginalized communities to expose and subvert the systemic racism and economic injustice exacerbated by this unprecedented moment of global emergency.

https://www.stopdiscriminasian.org/

The de Saisset Museum opened its doors in November 1955 (image c. 1956), which means our museum (and our building) will ...
05/20/2020

The de Saisset Museum opened its doors in November 1955 (image c. 1956), which means our museum (and our building) will be 65 years strong this fall! Did you know that we actually opened as "the de Saisset Museum and Art Gallery"? You may have noticed a few clues still present on our facade (though, admittedly hard to see in this photo).

https://www.scu.edu/desaisset/about/info/history/

#CAMuseumsWeek
@calmuseums @AmKansenChu @BobWieckowskiCA

Did you know that the de Saisset Museum is one of three museums in the South Bay accredited by the American Alliance of ...
05/19/2020

Did you know that the de Saisset Museum is one of three museums in the South Bay accredited by the American Alliance of Museums? If you can name the other two museums in the comments, you win.....bragging rights! (We'll share the answer tomorrow)

#CAMuseumsWeek
California Association of Museums
@AmKansenChu @BobWieckowskiCA American Alliance of Museums

Happy International Museum Day 2020 and day 3 of the first-ever California Museums Week!  The de Saisset Museum is dedic...
05/18/2020

Happy International Museum Day 2020 and day 3 of the first-ever California Museums Week!

The de Saisset Museum is dedicated to presenting exhibitions that highlight the diversity of our community, 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 celebrate the strengths of our permanent collection. We look forward to sharing details about our work throughout the week.

#IMD2020 #Museums4Equality #CAMuseumsWeek
@calmuseums @AmKansenChu @BobWieckowskiCA

THANK YOU to our volunteers. The de Saisset Museum is grateful for the more than 30 active volunteers who assist us in m...
04/23/2020

THANK YOU to our volunteers. The de Saisset Museum is grateful for the more than 30 active volunteers who assist us in multiple areas of the museum -- From the educational outreach by our California History Docent Council, to consultation and advisement from our Collections Committee, to cataloging and documentation by our Collections Volunteers, we could not do the work of this museum without your support.

#nationalvolunteerweek #nationalvolunteerappreciationweek

We were happy to participate in the #MuseumSunshine campaign yesterday across Twitter and hope it brought some joy and p...
04/23/2020
Closed Art Institutions Brighten Up the Day With #MuseumSunshine Images

We were happy to participate in the #MuseumSunshine campaign yesterday across Twitter and hope it brought some joy and positivity to your day.... or at least your social media channels.

https://observer.com/2020/04/museum-sunshine-art-institutions-twitter-hashtag/

Originated by the New-York Historical Society and the Hirshhorn Museum, the hashtag saw institutions across the country sharing images of sunrises, starbursts and anything bright and yellow.

DISCOVER the beauty in landscapes all around you on this 50th anniversary of #EarthDay Henrietta ShoreUntitled (Landscap...
04/22/2020

DISCOVER the beauty in landscapes all around you on this 50th anniversary of #EarthDay

Henrietta Shore
Untitled (Landscape), n.d.
Oil on canvas
27 x 31 inches
de Saisset Museum #permanentcollection, Santa Clara University, 1.822.1988

#MuseumFromHome #5WomenArtists #CaliforniaArtist

DISCOVER  This fun print by Fritz Scholder that captures the essence of those sunny California summer days.... Fritz Sch...
04/21/2020

DISCOVER This fun print by Fritz Scholder that captures the essence of those sunny California summer days....

Fritz Scholder
Palo Alto Palm, 1989
Lithograph, Museum Proof
Printed at Smith Andersen Editions by Patrick Surgalski
de Saisset Museum #permanentcollection, Santa Clara University, Smith Andersen Editions Archive, Gift of Marguerite Saegesser, 3.1172.1988

#MuseumSunshine ☀️☀️☀️
#MuseSocial
#MuseumFromHome

We miss this place.  And we miss sharing it with all of you. If you have favorite memories of your visits to the de Sais...
04/20/2020

We miss this place. And we miss sharing it with all of you. If you have favorite memories of your visits to the de Saisset Museum, we'd love to hear them!

DISCOVER & BE INSPIRED  Another wildflower watercolor by California artist Fanny McClatchy Richardson (1859-1948).  Toda...
04/17/2020

DISCOVER & BE INSPIRED Another wildflower watercolor by California artist Fanny McClatchy Richardson (1859-1948). Today is #NationalHaikuPoetryDay and April is #NationalPoetryMonth so we wrote a haiku inspired by this artwork. We'd love to hear your own haiku poems inspired by this artwork or other pieces of art. Please share in the comments!

Bright yellows and white
Slivers of satiny green
Loving the soft lines

Fanny McClatchy Richardon
Untitled (notes on back of artwork: Fawn Lily, Sonoma Co.), before 1948
Watercolor
de Saisset Museum #permanentcollection, Santa Clara University, Bequest of Fanny McClatchy Richardson, 1.655

#MuseumFromHome

Our student team rocks!  And we miss them!In honor of Student Employee Appreciation week and #NationalHighFiveDay we're ...
04/16/2020
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Our student team rocks! And we miss them!

In honor of Student Employee Appreciation week and #NationalHighFiveDay we're sending this awesome group virtual high fives!

DISCOVER This cover is 101 years old this month! Thanks to a recent research request, we had the opportunity to revisit ...
04/12/2020

DISCOVER This cover is 101 years old this month! Thanks to a recent research request, we had the opportunity to revisit the works in our #permanentcollection by Arnold G. Mountfort (1873-1942). Mountfort created the cover art for this April 1919 edition of Pictorial Review that featured "seven color pages of Easter fashions."

Arnold G. Mountfort R.A.
Untitled, cover published April 1919
Commercial reproduction of painting
16 1/8 x 11 1/8 in.
de Saisset Museum permanent collection, Santa Clara University, Bequest of Patricia O'Neill Mountfort, 3.96.3

#easter #bunny #pictorialreview
#museumfromhome

EXPERIENCE Did you know that arts and cultural institutions from around the world create coloring book pages of their pe...
04/11/2020

EXPERIENCE Did you know that arts and cultural institutions from around the world create coloring book pages of their permanent collection? And that they are free to download and color?

Started in 2016 by the New York Academy of Medicine Library (NYAM), each February hundreds of institutions from around the world share black and white images of artworks from their collections for all of us to enjoy.

The annual #ColorOurCollections social media campaign also has a permanent website, so you can download a selection today at colorourcollections.org

We can't wait to see what you color!

This detail comes from the The British Library

DISCOVERThe de Saisset Museum is named after Ernest de Saisset, who was a student at Santa Clara College and an aspiring...
04/10/2020

DISCOVER
The de Saisset Museum is named after Ernest de Saisset, who was a student at Santa Clara College and an aspiring artist. His youngest sibling, Isabel de Saisset left a bequest to then University of Santa Clara that resulted in the founding of our museum (which opened in 1955) and the start of our #permanentcollection with 100 of Ernest's painting and de Saisset family heirlooms.
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#NationalSiblingsDay
#MuseumFromHome

Ernest de Saisset, Self Portrait, late 19th century, oil on canvas, Gift of the Estate of Isabel de Saisset, 1.52. Ernest de Saisset, A Woman (Isabel de Saisset), n.d., oil on canvas, Gift of the Estate of Isabel de Saisset, 1.29.

While you may not be able to visit a local museum or galleries right now, you can still Experience, Discover, and Be Ins...
04/08/2020

While you may not be able to visit a local museum or galleries right now, you can still Experience, Discover, and Be Inspired by art.

We'll continue to share pieces from our permanent collection and works on loan currently "on view" so you can make discoveries, focus on your own experience, and just "be" with the art. We also look forward to sharing some behind the scenes content and activities you can do at home.

And we also look forward to hearing from you -- What do you see? What is meaningful to you? What inspires you?

#Museumfromhome

DISCOVER & Share.  Do you have a favorite tree or other plant in your yard, neighborhood, or community that brings you j...
04/07/2020

DISCOVER & Share. Do you have a favorite tree or other plant in your yard, neighborhood, or community that brings you joy and peace? Please share in the comments.

Pictured here:
Arnold G. Mountfort
Portrait of a Tree, 1939
Oil on canvas, 42.5 x 34.75 in.
de Saisset Museum permanent collection, Santa Clara University, Gift from the Bequest of Patricia O'Neill Mountfort, 1.404

#permanentcollection #museumfromhome

Our "current" exhibition Making an Impression: Printmaking Possibilities, celebrates the expressive potential for artist...
04/05/2020

Our "current" exhibition Making an Impression: Printmaking Possibilities, celebrates the expressive potential for artists to create works on paper through various printmaking processes. Drawn entirely from the museum’s permanent collection, this exhibition features over thirty artworks by many well-known artists including both California favorites and internationally recognized names.

Here is just a small selection to enjoy from home. Discover. Experience. Be Inspired.
#MuseumFromHome
Can you name #5WomenArtists? @Womeninthearts

Inez Storer
Art Lessons, 2003
Monoprint, collage, and drypoint
Printer Kathryn Kain, Smith Andersen Editions
de Saisset Museum permanent collection, Santa Clara University, Smith Andersen Editions Archive, Gift of Paula and Phillip Kirkeby, 2003.12.1

Miriam Schapiro
Untitled, 1990
Monotype
de Saisset Museum permanent collection, Smith Andersen Editions Archive, Santa Clara University, Gift of Peter Kirkeby, 2007.2.3

Squeak Carnwath
Object Lesson, 2001
Color aquatint, sugar lift etching with hardground
Edition 14/30
Printed at Paulson Fontaine Press
de Saisset Museum permanent collection, Santa Clara University, work selected by students in SCU Professor Andrea Pappas' winter 2008 class, ARTH 188: Women in the Visual Arts. Funds for this purchase were made possible by a gift from the Marmor Foundation in honor of Paula Kirkeby, 2008.2.1

Kathryn Kain
Tattooed Mermaid, 2010
From the series Indelibly Yours
Monoprint with sugar lift, rainbow roll, chine collé, and paper lithography
Edition Varié 16/20
de Saisset Museum permanent collection, Santa Clara University, Smith Andersen Editions Archive, Gift of Sharon and Robert Yoerg, 2014.6.5

Favianna Rodriguez
Untitled, 2014
Monotype
Museum print
Printer Kathryn Kain, Smith Andersen Editions
de Saisset Museum permanent collection, Santa Clara University, Smith Andersen Editions Archive, Gift of Sharon and Robert Yoerg, 2014.6.11

We are loving seeing all the poppies in bloom right now.  And check out the second image of a watercolor of poppies from...
04/02/2020

We are loving seeing all the poppies in bloom right now. And check out the second image of a watercolor of poppies from our permanent collection. Follow #floweryourfeed for the next 24 hours and enjoy the blossoming array of florals!
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Second image: Fanny McClatchy Richardson
Golden Poppy. Sacramento Valley., painted before 1948
From the Wildflowers of California series
#Watercolor
de Saisset Museum Permanent Collection, Santa Clara University, 1.535, Gift of Fanny McClatchy Richardson
#fannymcclatchyrichardson #californiaflora #museumfromhome #5Womenartists National Museum of Women in the Arts

03/10/2020

Dear Community,

We are temporarily closing the museum to the public starting today, Tuesday, March 10, 2020 and currently anticipate re-opening to the public on Tuesday, April 14, 2020.

While it continues to be the case that we have no known cases of COVID-19 on our Santa Clara University campuses, the University Administration is enacting new measures to prioritize the well-being of our community:

Effective today, in-person classes will switch to online formats and will continue to meet electronically through April 10, 2020. As part of these measures, students are also being encouraged to return home if possible during this period.

As many of you may know, our student Visitor Service Associates serve as our primary gallery monitors and without their support we cannot remain open to the public.

Thank you for your patience and understanding, and we truly apologize for any inconvenience this closure may cause.

In the coming days and weeks we will continue to share any updates.

Can you name #5WomenArtists In the Leaded Water series California artist Linda Yao addresses the Flint Water Crisis and ...
03/08/2020

Can you name #5WomenArtists

In the Leaded Water series California artist Linda Yao addresses the Flint Water Crisis and what she describes as “the resultant chaotic governance, negligence and state of emergency that eroded the public health, infrastructure and morale of the orphaned satellite of the greater Motor City.”

She goes on to explain her process and its parallel to the actual situation in Flint:
“These works are built upon white acid-free Bristol board. Acrylic paste is crushed irregularly into the paper, creating an almost-invisible textured adulteration of the smooth foundation. India ink is then dragged with joint knives and squeegees in compounded layers over the modified surface, catching up and unmasking the corruption and corrosion beneath. The resultant impedimenta define the gritty sludge of a once vibrant urban landscape.”

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 #permanentcollection, Santa Clara University, 2019.7 Museum Purchase, Acquisitions for Diversity Project, 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).
Image courtesy of the artist.

@Womeninthearts
#WomensHistoryMonth
#InternationalWomensDay
#Currentlyonview

It's #NationalDressDay so we're taking this opportunity to share some styles that we've been admiring in a recent resear...
03/06/2020

It's #NationalDressDay so we're taking this opportunity to share some styles that we've been admiring in a recent research project.

Arnold G.Mountfort
Unfinished Symphony, 1934
Oil on canvas
Bequest of Patricia O'Neill Mountfort
de Saisset Museum #permanentcollection, 1.408

Photo by Joanne Lee.
03/05/2020

Photo by Joanne Lee.

Thank you from all of us at the de Saisset Museum to everyone who went #allinforscu and donated to yesterday's very succ...
03/05/2020

Thank you from all of us at the de Saisset Museum to everyone who went #allinforscu and donated to yesterday's very successful Day of Giving!

03/05/2020
California History Docents respond to the new exhibition

We asked our California History Docents some questions about the newly designed California Stories exhibition... Here are some of their responses.

If you like the new exhibition too and want to help us continue this work, please go #allinforscu and the de Saisset Museum. Your donations will help support the incorporation of oral histories, sound, and additional resources that we hope to develop with the Ohlone community, SCU students, and other subject matter experts.

Donate today! https://givingday.scu.edu/giving-day/20913/department/20921

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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.

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