de Saisset Museum

de Saisset Museum The de Saisset is the South Bay's FREE museum of art and history.
(17)

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 10 to 15 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.

Through images of protest, performance, and physicality, our exhibition Radical Velocity explores the power of the human...
05/17/2019

Through images of protest, performance, and physicality, our exhibition Radical Velocity explores the power of the human body to not only move through space, but also to impact (even transform) our sense of place.

From underwater explorations to dances on the sides of buildings, we see how social space, boundaries, and expectations are negotiated, and changed, by movement or stillness.

Don't miss out! You have one month left to enjoy this exhibition!
https://www.scu.edu/desaisset/exhibitions/radicalvelocity/radical-velocity-the-power-of-the-body-to-move-through-place.html
.
.
.
#museumweek #exploremw #newterrains #radicalvelocity
Image: Lawrence Halprin, Blank Placard Dance, San Francisco, 1967, black and white photograph documenting performance by Anna Halprin and the San Francisco Dancers Workshop. Image Courtesy of Anna Halprin.

A rainbow roll is not just a type of sushi, it's also a printmaking technique! #rainbowmw #museumweek You can see it uti...
05/16/2019

A rainbow roll is not just a type of sushi, it's also a printmaking technique! #rainbowmw #museumweek

You can see it utilized here in this print by artist Joseph Zirker. The "rainbow roll" is a method of applying a blended or gradient series of colors to your print block with just one roller.

Joseph Zirker, Untitled, 1986, etching, rainbow roll, de Saisset Museum permanent collection, Smith Andersen Editions Archive, Gift of Paula and Phillip Kirkeby, 3.1101.1986

Our staff knows how to have fun!  What are some of your best photobooth moments?  #playmw #museumweek
05/15/2019

Our staff knows how to have fun! What are some of your best photobooth moments? #playmw #museumweek

The secret is out! The tule boat created by artist Linda Yamane (Rumsien) for our upcoming exhibition redesign is alread...
05/14/2019

The secret is out! The tule boat created by artist Linda Yamane (Rumsien) for our upcoming exhibition redesign is already at the museum! It is resting in our collections storage area until we begin construction this summer! #secretsMW #museumweek

Come check out these 3 cow bones that date all the way back to the Eberhard Tannery before time runs out in 3 weeks! Our...
05/14/2019

Come check out these 3 cow bones that date all the way back to the Eberhard Tannery before time runs out in 3 weeks!

Our California History exhibition closes in 3 weeks for a redesign and refresh!

On this first day of #museumweek we share with you this work by Kathe (Kaethe) Kollwitz. Kollwitz (1867-1945) was a Germ...
05/13/2019

On this first day of #museumweek we share with you this work by Kathe (Kaethe) Kollwitz. Kollwitz (1867-1945) was a German artist known for addressing social injustice through painting, printmaking, and sculpture. Studying art at a time when women were denied entry to the academies, Kollwitz attended courses for women artists in Berlin and Munich. She became famous essentially overnight when, in 1898, her graphic cycle "A Weavers’ Uprising" was published. This well-known body of work depicts the effects of poverty, hunger, and war on the working class. In 1919, she became the first woman elected to the Prussian Academy of Arts, where she later became the first female professor. #womeninculture
.
.
.
Kathe Kollwitz
Aufruhr (Revolt), etching, 1899
de Saisset Museum permanent collection, Santa Clara University, Gift of Mrs. Gerd D. Wallenstein, 1994.6.1

Our Docent Council enjoyed a wonderful walking tour this morning with landscape architect Susan Landry, who knows our ca...
05/08/2019

Our Docent Council enjoyed a wonderful walking tour this morning with landscape architect Susan Landry, who knows our campus well. She worked here from about 1997-2002 and had many fun stories to share with us about the beautiful plants across our campus!

We are saddened to learn of the passing of artist Frank LaPena earlier this month. Our thoughts go out to his many frien...
05/08/2019

We are saddened to learn of the passing of artist Frank LaPena earlier this month. Our thoughts go out to his many friends and family.

We are honored to hold work by LaPena in our permanent collection and grateful to have the current opportunity to exhibit his lithograph "We Are All Sacred" (2002) in our exhibition Out of Tradition: Sacred and Profane.

We lost an amazing cultural leader and friend with the passing of Frank LaPena (Nomtipom Wintu).

His art, dedication to his traditions, and tremendous knowledge impacted so many of us. He has contributed so much to Heyday Books and News From Native California magazine over the decades.

Our hearts and spirits are with his family and community.

We’re halfway through our countdown! Only 4 weeks remain until we begin the redesign of our California History exhibit...
05/07/2019

We’re halfway through our countdown! Only 4 weeks remain until we begin the redesign of our California History exhibition! This permanent exhibition holds stories of Santa Clara’s past in items like these 4 examples of paper money from Santa Clara College. See them before they retire for the summer!

5 more weeks to check out these 5 images from the 1912 Commencement in our California History exhibition! See them befor...
05/01/2019

5 more weeks to check out these 5 images from the 1912 Commencement in our California History exhibition! See them before they’re gone!

Pencil us in! You have just 6 more weeks to see these 6 wooden crosses before the California History redesign takes over...
04/22/2019

Pencil us in! You have just 6 more weeks to see these 6 wooden crosses before the California History redesign takes over this summer!

Every piece in California History tells a little bit about Santa Clara’s legacy.

Happy California Native Plant Week!Compositae, or Asteraceae, are a very large family of flowering plants!  Currently, t...
04/17/2019

Happy California Native Plant Week!

Compositae, or Asteraceae, are a very large family of flowering plants! Currently, this family has 32,913 accepted species names, in 1,911 genera and 13 subfamilies.

The Lessingia leptoclada referenced in the notes for this painting by artist Fanny McClatchy Richardson is known by its common name Sierra lessingia. This particular plant is endemic to the Sierra Nevada of California.

According to contemporary relatives who still remember Fanny, she was strong willed and forward thinking in many ways. They noted in conversations that in addition to her artistic pursuits, she was an early conservationist and also became involved in the women’s suffrage movement.
.
.
.
Fanny McClatchy Richardson
Compositae – (Evigeron). Compositae – (Lessingia leptoclada). Yosemite Valley, painted before 1948
From the Wildflowers of California series
Watercolor
de Saisset Museum Permanent Collection, Santa Clara University, 1.677, Gift of Fanny McClatchy Richardson

California Native Plant Week continues!  The California Rose-Bay can be found all over California! The northern limit of...
04/16/2019

California Native Plant Week continues!

The California Rose-Bay can be found all over California! The northern limit of its range is somewhat north of the border between Canada and the United States in British Columbia. And it is found as far south as Monterey Bay in California!

Here we see the Rose-Bay as painted by Fanny McClatchy Richardson. Born Mary F. McClatchy, (and sometimes also referred to as Fannie), she was the daughter of Charlotte Maria McCormick and James McClatchy, who is credited as the founding editor of The Sacramento Bee. See this piece in person in our current exhibition "California Flora."
.
.
.
Fanny McClatchy Richardson
California Rose-Bay – (Rhododendron Californicun), Heath family, painted before 1948
From the Wildflowers of California series
Watercolor
de Saisset Museum Permanent Collection, Santa Clara University, 1.599, Gift of Fanny McClatchy Richardson

The countdown continues with 7 sculptures from our Mission Collection! Only 7 more weeks to view our California History ...
04/15/2019

The countdown continues with 7 sculptures from our Mission Collection! Only 7 more weeks to view our California History exhibition before it closes for renovation! Check out these 7 pieces before it’s too late!

Happy California Native Plant week!We are celebrating the week by highlighting some of the watercolors by Fanny McClatch...
04/15/2019

Happy California Native Plant week!

We are celebrating the week by highlighting some of the watercolors by Fanny McClatchy Richardson currently on view in our exhibition California Flora.

Azaleas are attractive shrubs with large clusters of pink, red, orange, yellow, purple, or white flowers. Rhododendron occidentale, the western azalea or California azalea, is native to western North America and can be found as far north as counties in Oregon all the way down to the mountains of San Diego, CA.

Fanny McClatchy Richardson (b. 1859 or 1861 – d. 1948, Sacramento) was a California painter who spent much of her life devoted to capturing California flora in near botanical illustration accuracy. Through the medium of watercolor, Richardson painted hundreds of detailed depictions of native California wildflowers (and occasionally landscape scenes that contain man-made structures such as wells, pergolas, or homes). The subjects of her paintings represent flora found in regions throughout the state and range from the iconic state flower, the Golden Poppy, to lesser-known subjects such as the Buttonbush, and to more ubiquitous plants such as the Dandelion.
.
.
.
Fanny McClatchy Richardson
California Azalea – (Rhododendron Occidentalis), Heath family. Camp Meeker, Sonoma Co., painted before 1948
From the Wildflowers of California series
Watercolor
de Saisset Museum Permanent Collection, Santa Clara University, 1.598, Gift of Fanny McClatchy Richardson

Have you ever checked out our California History exhibition? Well, you have 8 more weeks to see it! This summer, the exh...
04/09/2019

Have you ever checked out our California History exhibition? Well, you have 8 more weeks to see it! This summer, the exhibition undergoes a major refresh into a new permanent exhibition that opens in the fall. While many of the artifacts currently on view will remain on view in the new exhibition, there will be some exciting changes. Don't miss the final weeks to enjoy the current exhibition and check out items like these 8 projectile points before the next 8 weeks are up!

Rumsen Ohlone artist and basket weaver, Linda Yamane, has begun building our life-size tule boat. Changes are coming to ...
03/18/2019

Rumsen Ohlone artist and basket weaver, Linda Yamane, has begun building our life-size tule boat. Changes are coming to our permanent California History exhibit! Continue to stay tuned!

Thank you to everyone who contributed during yesterday's annual Day of Giving!  We appreciate your support!  #allinforsc...
03/08/2019

Thank you to everyone who contributed during yesterday's annual Day of Giving! We appreciate your support! #allinforscu

Photo by Joanne Lee.
03/08/2019

Photo by Joanne Lee.

de Saisset Museum's cover photo
03/07/2019

de Saisset Museum's cover photo

Two days until Day of Giving! Who’s excited to go all in for the de Saisset Museum?#allinforscu #artsadvocacy #artsadv...
03/05/2019

Two days until Day of Giving! Who’s excited to go all in for the de Saisset Museum?

#allinforscu #artsadvocacy #artsadvocacyday #artsatscu

"In my lithograph We Are All Sacred, I express my wish that we act as if we are sacred, thereby making the world a bette...
03/04/2019

"In my lithograph We Are All Sacred, I express my wish that we act as if we are sacred, thereby making the world a better place."
- Frank LaPena, in Dream Songs and Ceremony (Heyday Books, 2004).

This piece from our #permanentcollection is currently on display in the exhibition Out of Tradition.

#sacred #contemporarynativeart #artsatscu


Frank LaPena
We Are All Sacred, 2002
Lithograph
Edition 8/20

de Saisset Museum permanent collection, Santa Clara University, 2007.3.2 Museum Purchase, Acquisitions for Diversity Project, work selected by students in SCU Professor Kate Morris' winter 2007 class, ARTH 142: Native American Art: Special Topics. Funds for this purchase were made possible by SCU's Center for Multicultural Learning.

We are so thrilled to see this event coming together and can’t wait to be part of the day!
03/03/2019

We are so thrilled to see this event coming together and can’t wait to be part of the day!

Join the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe at the First Annual Santa Clara University Powwow - May 4, 2019, 10am - 9pm

This piece of tile was part of the original Santa Clara Mission! Can anyone guess how old that makes it?#california #his...
02/28/2019

This piece of tile was part of the original Santa Clara Mission! Can anyone guess how old that makes it?

#california #history #scu #mission

(almost 250 years old!)


de Saisset Museum permanent collection, Santa Clara University, A.O.166

Do you like California history? What if it involved Aliens?In her series "Alien Apostles," Katie Dorame reimagines the s...
02/26/2019

Do you like California history? What if it involved Aliens?

In her series "Alien Apostles," Katie Dorame reimagines the spread of the California Missions as a 1950’s B-movie alien invasion.

See this piece and others in the series in our current exhibition Out of Tradition.


Katie Dorame
Three Padres by the Fountain, 2014
From the series Alien Apostles
Pen and ink on paper

de Saisset Museum permanent collection, Santa Clara University, 2018.3.1
Museum Purchase, Acquisitions for Diversity Project, work selected by students in SCU Professor Mario Caro’s winter 2018 class, ARTH 147: Native Women in Contemporary Arts. Funds for this purchase were made possible by the Hearst Foundation’s Community Initiatives for the Visual Arts grant (CIVA).

Thank you Santa Clara Magazine for helping us to spread the word about our current exhibition Out of Tradition: Sacred &...
02/26/2019
Santa Clara Magazine

Thank you Santa Clara Magazine for helping us to spread the word about our current exhibition Out of Tradition: Sacred & Profane.

Explore how traditions change over time through the de Saisset Museum's newest exhibit of contemporary native art.

de Saisset Museum
02/21/2019

de Saisset Museum

SCU’s Day of Giving is coming! This year, we’re raising funds for the Acquisitions for Diversity program. Click the ...
02/21/2019

SCU’s Day of Giving is coming! This year, we’re raising funds for the Acquisitions for Diversity program. Click the link in our bio to learn more on how to make a difference on March 7th!

#allinforSCU #artsatSCU

Do you see where Fanny McClatchy Richardson got inspiration for her piece?..Fanny McClatchy RichardsonHen and Chickens. ...
02/21/2019

Do you see where Fanny McClatchy Richardson got inspiration for her piece?
.
.
Fanny McClatchy Richardson
Hen and Chickens. Ocean Beach, San Francisco.
From the Wildflowers of California series, before 1948
Watercolor

de Saisset Museum Permanent Collection, Santa Clara University, 1.623, Gift of Fanny McClatchy Richardson @ De Saisset Museum

Did you see the supermoon last night?  Interested in the cosmos? The sun and the sky? Then you should see this site-spec...
02/20/2019

Did you see the supermoon last night? Interested in the cosmos? The sun and the sky?

Then you should see this site-specific installation created by Mercedes Dorame that was inspired in part by the winter solstice.

And, if you're in the area, you can also see a related installation by Dorame in the newly opened exhibition Contemporary Traces on Ancient Land at the Triton Museum of Art
.
.
.
Image detail: Mercedes Dorame
The Night is Long - 'Aawmet'e Kahoo’ Xaa, 2019
Concrete cogged stones, ochre, abalone, shells, stones, feather, salt, cinnamon, redwood cones, leather, yarn

Site-specific installation courtesy of the artist

This artwork by Evri Kwong, from our permanent collection, is currently on loan to the Museum of Sonoma County as part o...
02/20/2019

This artwork by Evri Kwong, from our permanent collection, is currently on loan to the Museum of Sonoma County as part of their exhibition See Something, Say Something. See this piece in person through April 10, 2019.
.
.
.
Evri Kwong
Fly the Friendly Skies, 2003
Acrylic and sharpie permanent marker on window shade
de Saisset Museum permanent collection, Santa Clara University, Gift of Smith Andersen Editions, Estate of Paula Kirkeby, 2016. 14.1

In 2018, SCU Students in ARTH 147 selected this work to be acquired by the museum as part of an Acquisitions class proje...
02/08/2019

In 2018, SCU Students in ARTH 147 selected this work to be acquired by the museum as part of an Acquisitions class project — just another way Broncos are involved in the arts!

The piece is currently on view in our exhibition Out of Tradition.
.
.
.
Sarah Biscarra Dilley
Raven, 2016
Risograph print

de Saisset Museum permanent collection, Santa Clara University, 2018.5.2
Museum Purchase, Acquisitions for Diversity Project, work selected by students in SCU Adjunct Lecturer Mario Caro’s winter 2018 class, ARTH 147: Native Women in Contemporary Arts. Funds for this purchase were made possible by the Hearst Foundation’s Community Initiatives for the Visual Arts grant (CIVA).
#art #museum #artsatscu #scu #raven #contemporarynativeart

Can you name this city?Artist Scott Fin breaks from conventional artistic mediums in "Sunrise Bay Bridge Transfer on San...
02/07/2019

Can you name this city?

Artist Scott Fin breaks from conventional artistic mediums in "Sunrise Bay Bridge Transfer on San Francisco Skyline," in which he blends photography with a decommissioned One Way sign.

See this work in person in our exhibition Radical Velocity on view now.
.
.
.
#art #museum #artsatscu #bay #bridge #sanfrancisco #oneway

What do you prefer: sun or rain? The de Saisset Museum looks great either way!#sun #museum #arts #artsatscu #scu
02/05/2019

What do you prefer: sun or rain?
The de Saisset Museum looks great either way!

#sun #museum #arts #artsatscu #scu

"... I had completely lost touch with any definition of self that had been labeled by society or personal beliefs that I...
01/29/2019

"... I had completely lost touch with any definition of self that had been labeled by society or personal beliefs that I once felt in my core. All had been adjust or removed, leaving me raw and open to the world." - Sarah Sense, excerpt from "Weaving Water" artist statement

This piece is currently on display at the de Saisset Museum in the exhibition Out of Tradition.
https://www.scu.edu/desaisset/exhibitions/out-of-tradition/out-of-tradition-sacred--profane.html
.
.
.
Sarah Sense
Weaving Water 26, 2013
From the series Weaving Water
Bamboo paper archival inkjet prints, artist tape

de Saisset Museum permanent collection, Santa Clara University, 2018.6.2

Museum Purchase, Acquisitions for Diversity Project, work selected by students in SCU Professor Mario Caro’s winter 2018 class, ARTH 147: Native Women in Contemporary Arts. Funds for this purchase were made possible by the Hearst Foundation’s Community Initiatives for the Visual Arts grant (CIVA).

Thanks to all who attended yesterday’s engaging workshop on advocating for and in the arts. And so great to have the c...
01/27/2019

Thanks to all who attended yesterday’s engaging workshop on advocating for and in the arts. And so great to have the conversation in our Auditorium surrounded by the images of protest, performance, and physicality in our exhibition Radical Velocity: The Power of the Body to Move through Place.

Thank you @rpmuriera and @genartssv for coordinating this event!

Exciting workshop today on arts advocacy at the local, state, and national level. Thank you @rpmuriera for a great prese...
01/27/2019

Exciting workshop today on arts advocacy at the local, state, and national level.

Thank you @rpmuriera for a great presentation and @genartssv for bringing this event to the de Saisset Museum.

Address

500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA
95050

Cal Train, VTA

Opening Hours

Tuesday 11:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 11:00 - 16:00
Thursday 11:00 - 16:00
Friday 11:00 - 16:00
Saturday 11:00 - 16:00
Sunday 11:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(408) 554-4528

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when de Saisset Museum posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Contact The Museum

Send a message to de Saisset Museum:

Videos

Category

Nearby museums


Other Art Museums in Santa Clara

Show All