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.

Over the past few months, our Docent Council has been preparing to provide tours of our new California Stories exhibitio...
01/23/2020

Over the past few months, our Docent Council has been preparing to provide tours of our new California Stories exhibition. Here is an image from mock tours we conducted in December with the Council.

Today was the FIRST school tour of our new exhibition, and it was a great success!

Do you read @thesantaclara - the SCU student newspaper?  If not, you missed the front page article on our new permanent ...
01/18/2020

Do you read @thesantaclara - the SCU student newspaper? If not, you missed the front page article on our new permanent history exhibition. Thank you Emma Pollans, News Editor, for covering our opening ceremony and this great milestone. We see this exhibition as part of an ongoing dialogue and look forward to expanding the offerings, stories, and resources in the years to come.

Thank you Sal Pizarro and The Mercury News for your coverage of Stephanie Metz: InTouch!"San Jose artist Stephanie Metz ...
01/17/2020
Santa Clara University art show is a hands-on experience: Pizarro

Thank you Sal Pizarro and The Mercury News for your coverage of Stephanie Metz: InTouch!

"San Jose artist Stephanie Metz has spent the past two years putting together her new show for Santa Clara University’s de Saisset Museum, and she doesn’t just want you to see it, she wants you to touch it."

Touching the art at Stephanie Metz’s new show at the de Saisset Museum isn’t just allowed — it’s encouraged.

Through the ancient techniques of Tibetan thangka painting, artist Tsherin Sherpa connects the past and present in his p...
01/17/2020

Through the ancient techniques of Tibetan thangka painting, artist Tsherin Sherpa connects the past and present in his portrayal of two children affected by elements of modern life.

As Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer Heather Clydesdale explains: "Displayed in temples or for meditation, the disorienting imagery of thangka invite the viewer to transcend worldly distractions and develop inner harmony. In a contemporary context, the thangka’s portability lends itself to the unsettled existence of Tibetan diaspora. In the painting, the two children find their refuge not only in each other, but in the swirling background. Tibetan traditions become a way to put down roots when navigating the uncertainties and dangers of refugee life."

On view at the de Saisset Museum for one more week.

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Tsherin Sherpa
Children of Heaven #1, 2018
Gouache, acrylic and ink on cotton

de Saisset Museum permanent collection, Santa Clara University, 2019.6
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).

Congratulations to all artists awarded a 2020 Creative Capital Award. We were particularly thrilled to see @mercedes.dor...
01/16/2020

Congratulations to all artists awarded a 2020 Creative Capital Award. We were particularly thrilled to see @mercedes.dorame among the awardees.

The museum holds three works by Dorame in our #permanentcollection and had the pleasure of including these pieces and a site-specific installation in our 2019 exhibition Out of Tradition: Sacred and Profane.

We were thrilled to read the coverage in @metrosiliconvalley today of our recent exhibition openings. Thank you @garysin...
01/15/2020

We were thrilled to read the coverage in @metrosiliconvalley today of our recent exhibition openings. Thank you @garysinghsj for joining us and sharing your experience with others!
@stephanie_metz_sculpture #intouchproject #californiastories

You won't find any "Do Not Touch" signs in our new winter exhibition with works by Stephanie Metz!These drawings illustr...
01/13/2020

You won't find any "Do Not Touch" signs in our new winter exhibition with works by Stephanie Metz!

These drawings illustrate Metz's intention for how we should interact with the works in her InTouch project.

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

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Concept sketches courtesy of the artist.

Thank you to everyone who came by last night to celebrate the opening of our newest exhibitions -- California Stories: F...
01/10/2020

Thank you to everyone who came by last night to celebrate the opening of our newest exhibitions -- California Stories: From Santa Clara to Thámien and Stephanie Metz: InTouch!

In addition to California Stories, we're also debuting InTouch by Stephanie Metz!Feel free to hold, stack, carry, or wea...
01/09/2020

In addition to California Stories, we're also debuting InTouch by Stephanie Metz!

Feel free to hold, stack, carry, or wear the pieces in Holdables and navigate your way though Metz's Hanging Pods

On view tonight at the de Saisset Museum

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Artworks courtesy of the artist.

Tomorrow's the grand reveal!We're really excited to share the updated "California Stories: From Thámien to Santa Clara" ...
01/08/2020

Tomorrow's the grand reveal!

We're really excited to share the updated "California Stories: From Thámien to Santa Clara" exhibit with you!

Winter Exhibitions Opening
Member Preview: 6:00 - 7:00pm
Public Reception: 7:00 - 8:30pm

Don't be shy, plan to join us this Thursday night to celebrate the opening of Stephanie Metz: InTouch, an interactive ex...
01/07/2020

Don't be shy, plan to join us this Thursday night to celebrate the opening of Stephanie Metz: InTouch, an interactive exhibition featuring two new bodies of work by local artist @stephanie_metz_sculpture

In August 2018, we published a teaser article about the InTouch Project and the (then future) exhibition of same name at...
01/06/2020
You Can Touch the Art!?

In August 2018, we published a teaser article about the InTouch Project and the (then future) exhibition of same name at the de Saisset Museum. Well, the future has arrived and we open Stephanie Metz: InTouch this Thursday night.

Before you see the show, consider reading that article from 2018 to understand more about the intention of this project and the new direction it marks for Bay Area artist Stephanie Metz. We are delighted to premiere these new bodies of work!

Bay Area artist Stephanie Metz is preparing for a solo exhibition at the de Saisset Museum. In this interview, learn about the new artworks being created for this exciting, interactive exhibition. [Published August 29, 2018]

It's so close, you can almost touch it!!  Next Thursday evening, Stephanie Metz: InTouch opens, premiering two new bodie...
01/03/2020

It's so close, you can almost touch it!! Next Thursday evening, Stephanie Metz: InTouch opens, premiering two new bodies of work by local artist Stephanie Metz. In this hands-on sculpture experience, you will be able to touch the art!

@stephanie_metz_sculpture
https://www.scu.edu/desaisset/exhibitions/intouch/

Almost there!10 days until you can come see California Stories, we can't wait!
12/30/2019

Almost there!

10 days until you can come see California Stories, we can't wait!

Have you seen this sculpture by Fletcher Benton yet?The museum is closed over the holidays but you can still see this pi...
12/17/2019

Have you seen this sculpture by Fletcher Benton yet?

The museum is closed over the holidays but you can still see this piece from our permanent collection between the Alumni Science building and the Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History building!

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Fletcher Benton
Folded Square Alphabet O, 2014
Painted Steel
de Saisset Museum permanent collection, Santa Clara University,
Courtesy of the Artist, 2014.8

Drawn to Mexico's graphic arts tradition and influenced by his travels, Byron Randall created his Mexico Print Series wh...
12/16/2019

Drawn to Mexico's graphic arts tradition and influenced by his travels, Byron Randall created his Mexico Print Series which depicts various aspects of life, focusing in many cases on workers involved in their daily labor.

If you missed seeing this piece in the fall, don't despair. It is part of the exhibition Making an Impression which will be on view all academic year.

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Byron Randall
Carbonero, 1955
From the Mexico Print Series
Linocut
5th Edition
de Saisset Museum permanent collection, Santa Clara University, Gift of Laura Chrisman, 2019.4.11

Are you ready?  In one month (January 9, 2020) we celebrate the opening of Stephanie Metz: InTouch and our new permanent...
12/09/2019

Are you ready? In one month (January 9, 2020) we celebrate the opening of Stephanie Metz: InTouch and our new permanent history exhibition California Stories from Thámien to Santa Clara!
https://www.scu.edu/desaisset/exhibitions/intouch/

Image: Stephanie Metz's Hanging Pods and Holdables in progress in the artist's studio.

12/07/2019

The museum is currently closed for installation. Our winter exhibitions will open in January 2020.

Today's the last day to see Unbound: The Art of Deterioration at the de Saisset!Stop by to see inspiring pieces, such as...
12/06/2019

Today's the last day to see Unbound: The Art of Deterioration at the de Saisset!

Stop by to see inspiring pieces, such as Renee Billingslea's “Memories”! From the photograph to the silkworm cocoons, different elements in this work reference specific family members and events to the artist, but they also come together to represent a larger sense of familial ties and memories.

On view at the de Saisset Museum through December 6.

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Renee Billingslea
Memories, 2013
Mixed media

Only two days remain to see Unbound: The Art of Deterioration including this piece by artist Julia Nelson-Gal and severa...
12/05/2019

Only two days remain to see Unbound: The Art of Deterioration including this piece by artist Julia Nelson-Gal and several other pieces from the Weeding series. Fluctuating between assemblage and collage, the covers, bindings, and boards merge into deep, brooding abstract compositions.

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Julia Nelson-Gal
Russian Literature, 2018
From the series Weeding
Book cover linen, book pages, acrylic on panel

Only three days remain to see In this work by artist Kio Griffith for which he literally took fire – or more specificall...
12/04/2019

Only three days remain to see In this work by artist Kio Griffith for which he literally took fire – or more specifically the burning end of a cigarette – to the pages of two novels: Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 and Shōhei Ōoka’s Fires in the Plain. Layering and combining their stories into one work, we are invited to find their parallels. For the artist, the work explores the spiritual quality of fire, and also evokes questions around the presence of spirituality in war.

The exhibition Unbound: The Art of Deterioration closes after Friday.
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Kio Griffith
Ember, 2015
Altered book "Fahrenheit 451" "Fires In The Plain", Fu Rong Wang cigarettes

This is the final week (Tues-Fri) to enjoy the exhibition Unbound: The Art of Deterioration.  The detailed, handmade ele...
12/03/2019

This is the final week (Tues-Fri) to enjoy the exhibition Unbound: The Art of Deterioration.

The detailed, handmade elements of Steph Rue's works invite quiet contemplation.
https://www.scu.edu/desaisset/exhibitions/unbound/
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Steph Rue
There is a Light 2, 2014
Tunnel book made of cut, perforated, and embroidered panels. Handmade flax/cotton paper. Handmade and dyed paper thread. Enclosed in cloth-covered portfolio box.
Image courtesy of the artist

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!

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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

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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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