de Saisset Museum

South Bay's free museum of art and history

Contemporary Native Works from the Permanent Collection

October 2, 2010 - February 25, 2011


In conjunction with Sing Me Your Story, Dance Me Home: Art and Poetry from Native California, the de Saisset Museum presents a selection of paintings, prints, and photographs by contemporary Native artists from the permanent collection. Perhaps better known for its collection of historic Native artifacts, the de Saisset has been collecting contemporary works by indigenous artists for more than 30 years. The pieces in this exhibition, like those included in Sing Me Your Story, address a variety of themes ranging from spirituality to politics to social commentary and cultural heritage. Alternately lively and contemplative, humorous and even controversial, the images in this exhibition speak to the diverse history, experiences, and perspectives of Native American artists.

Image: Rick Bartow, Concerning Intelligence, 2006, acrylic on panel, 24 x 24 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 Kate Morris' Native American Arts: Special Topics class, spring 2006, 2007.3.6.
de Saisset Museum Permanent Collection

The de Saisset Museum has an extensive collection of more than 11,000 objects.