Putting an art show together
At Santa Clara, Tasia Endo ’08 got a close-up view of how an art exhibition comes together. Through her art history class, she and 14 other students wrote the exhibition materials and audio tour for the de Saisset Museum’s blockbuster spring exhibit “Eye on the Sixties.”
The show, at SCU’s on-campus museum, featured 79 works made from 1958 through 1972 by, among others, Roy Lichtenstein, Wayne Thiebaud, Jasper Johns, Richard Diebenkorn, Robert Rauschenberg, William T. Wiley, Ed Ruscha, Robert Arneson, and Robert Indiana.
Endo was involved with all the steps in the process, from choosing pieces to deciding where they should be placed. With associate art history professor Andrea Pappas, Endo and her classmates visited the home of the collection’s owners, viewing pieces in their living room and kitchen before the works showed up in the museum.
Endo says her understanding of the art world grew after following each step of an exhibition's development. And she got a deeper appreciation for 1960s art. “The best part was the access to the whole process,” Endo says. “I’ve learned so much from this experience.”