de Saisset Museum

South Bay's free museum of art and history

Acquisitions for Diversity: Recent Additions to the Permanent Collection

October 12 - March 4, 2007

Dig Me Now

This exhibition features works acquired for the permanent collection through an innovative project in which Santa Clara University students enrolled in two classes taught by Professor Bridget R. Cooks selected works for acquisition. Students enrolled in Cooks’ African American Women and the Visual Arts (Winter 2006) and African Americans and Photography (Spring 2006) courses selected the works by Carrie Mae Weems, Sheila Pree Bright, and Chester Higgins, Jr. featured in the exhibition. Labels for the exhibition include quotes by students participating in the project.

These acquisitions will enhance the future teaching of SCU faculty by providing opportunities for students to learn from viewing and studying relevant artworks. At the same time, these acquisitions will benefit the entire Bay Area community through exhibition and research opportunities that more accurately represent the diversity of the area.

This project was supported by a generous grant from the Center for Multicultural Learning at Santa Clara University.

Image: Chester Higgins, Jr., Dig Me Now, 1969 (printed 2005), gelatin silver print, 10 x 8 in., de Saisset Museum permanent collection, Museum purchase co-sponsored by Santa Clara University's Center for Multicultural Learning, Work selected by students in Professor Bridget R. Cooks' African Americans and Photography class, spring 2006, 2006.5.1