de Saisset Museum

South Bay's free museum of art and history

Past Exhibitions

Keep Care Collect On

Keep, Care and Collect On

November 1 - December 5, 2014
January 16 - March 15, 2015
April 10 - June 14, 2015
and September 18 - October 22, 2015

The de Saisset Museum opened its doors in 1955 with seemingly expansive gallery space and a relatively small collection donated by the de Saisset family. Over the last sixty years, the museum's holdings have grown substantially, and the vault now houses more than 11,500 objects. Keep, Care and Collect On highlights the range of artworks that have come into the collection in the last four years. The selection of works on view includes pieces by Fletcher Benton, Wayne Thiebaud, and Jo Whaley. MORE »


Brian Wall: Squaring the Circle

April 10 - June 14, 2015

Guest curated by Peter Selz and Sue Kubly, Squaring the Circle investigates the recent work of British-born Bay Area sculptor Brian Wall. For more than sixty years Wall has worked with steel to build compelling, abstract, large-scale sculptures. Though created from simple forms, his works are far from simplistic. Composed of multiple parts welded together—some cantilevered, others balancing precariously on a single point—his pieces appear at risk of launching into motion at any moment. MORE »


Rewind: Works from the Video Collection
Douglas Davis, The Santa Clara Tapes

April 10 - June 14, 2015

In 1973, the de Saisset Museum commissioned a work from one of video art's pioneers, Douglas Davis. "The Santa Clara Tapes," a three part video series, was filmed on the Santa Clara University campus. This iteration of Rewind features part two of the series, Lighting/Stopping. The first segment of Lighting/Stopping, which shows a pinpoint of moving light in a field coupled with the heavy panting of Davis, presents the viewers with a distinct awareness of the medium and how it transmits information. The second segment, which is shot from the upper floors of Swig Residence Hall, is both provocative and challenging. It depicts the artist using light to stop traffic, making clear the boundaries of an interior world existing at a different time.

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Creative in Common

September 26 - December 5, 2014
and January 16 - March 15, 2015

Creative in Common explores family by bringing together the work of artists who share a familial connection—partner to partner, parent to child. Through the work of ten artists, the exhibition aims to open a dialogue about the myriad definitions of family in our contemporary age. MORE »

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Building Forward/Looking Back

February 13 - March 16, April 10-June 15, 2014
and September 26 - October 12, 2014

Building Forward/Looking Back honors the longstanding commitment of Paula Z. Kirkeby, one of the museum's strongest supporters, through a selection of pieces that came into the museum's permanent collection with her assistance. For thirty years, Kirkeby has demonstrated her belief in this organization by sharing her time, her thoughts, her resources, and her connections. Her commitment to helping the museum build toward a better future has been invaluable and this exhibition is a way of acknowledging her many important contributions. MORE »

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Mari Andrews and Ann Holsberry: New Passages

April 10 - June 15, 2014

Composed of more than twenty pieces, New Passages explores the latest work of Bay Area artists Mari Andrews and Ann Holsberry. Using a range of materials and investigating themes of navigation, migration, and movement, each artist gives form to the notion of "passage." For Andrews, the concept embodies transition, directionality, and time; while Holsberry draws inspriation from the earth's migratory movements. MORE »

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Mirang Wonne: Fire Script

April 10 - June 15, 2014

This exhibition explores the fascinating work of Bay Area artist Mirang Wonne, whose art is rarely as it seems. Rich with complexity and surprising dichotomy, her pieces weave together art and industry in unique and compelling ways. MORE »

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Frank Lobdell, 1921-2013

January 24 - March 16, 2014
and April 10 - June 15, 2014

Best known for his intense and brooding paintings, Frank Lobdell is among the most compelling artists to emerge from the San Francisco School of Abstract Expressionism. Though his work was relatively unknown during the early part of his career, Lobdell eventually emerged as one of the most celebrated painters and teachers in the Bay Area. This exhibition honors Lobdell and his contributions to the Bay Area art world through a selection of works on paper drawn from the de Saisset Museum's permanent collection. MORE »

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Sip. Do Not Gulp.

January 17 - March 16, 2014

Developed in conjunction with Around the Table, the San Jose Museum of Art's community initiative, Sip. Do Not Gulp. examines the interconnectedness of food and water throughout Santa Clara Valley's long history. Created by Bay Area artist Michele Guieu, the site-specific installation calls attention to the shifting patterns and practices of water usage in this area and draws salient connections to food production in the region: if there is no water, there is no food. MORE »

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A Serving of Shapes: An Exploration in 3D Printing

January 17 - March 16, 2014

Developed in partnership with Around the Table, the San Jose Museum of Art's community initiative, A Serving of Shapes weaves together art, history, and technology to reflect on Silicon Valley's past identity as an agricultural hub and its present identity as a center of innovation. Through a combination of public participatory workshops and a museum exhibition, artist Corinne Takara engages the community in a dialogue that explores the relationship between this region's past and its technology-infused present. MORE »


Reduce, Reuse, Re-Imagine

August 16 - December 6, 2013
and January 17 - February 2, 2014

What role can the arts have in building sustainable communities? Reduce, Reuse, Re-Imagine explores this question through the work of nine artists who give new life to cast-off materials. MORE »

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Fletcher Benton: The Artist's Studio

August 16 - December 6, 2013

Conceived by the artist, Fletcher Benton: The Artist's Studio looks at the inspirations, processes, toys, and tools that Benton uses to create his sculptures. MORE »

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Fletcher Benton: In Motion

August 16 - December 6, 2013

Drawing from the collections of the de Saisset Museum and the Fletcher Benton Studio, this exhibition features a selection of Benton's kinetic works, made during the 1960s and 1970s. MORE »

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Seeking Answers: Photographs by Wynn Bullock

April 12 - June 30, 2013

Best known for his striking black-and-white images of landscapes and figures in nature, Wynn Bullock is among the most significant California photographers of the 20th century. Seeking Answers features nearly fifty black-and-white photographs and six experimental color light abstractions. Together, the works speak to the breadth of his photographic interests and highlight his predilection for experimentation. MORE »

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FACE: Portraits by Valentin Popov

February 22 - March 17, 2013
and April 12 - June 30, 2013

Ukranian-born and Oakland-based artist Valentin Popov has explored a wide range of subject matter and media in his career, and all of his works speak to his skilled technique and formal ability. FACE features a series of portraits, painted at two-thirds life size, of individuals who have touched the artist's life in various ways. MORE »


Henrietta Shore: Understanding Nature

January 18 - March 17, 2013
and April 12 - June 30, 2013

Often favorably compared to her contemporary Georgia O'Keeffe, Henrietta Shore's paintings, prints, and drawings reveal her intrinsic fascination with the world around her and her constant experimentation with new artistic styles. Through fifteen works drawn from the museum's collection, this exhibitions explores Shore's growth as an artist. MORE »


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Clay in the Bay

January 18 - March 17, 2013

This exhibition brings together contemporary artists from around the Bay Area who consistently utilize clay as a form of self-expression. The show draws on a variety of techniques and styles to illustrate the diversity of practice in this area. MORE »


Beyond Function: Fiber, Fabric, and Finery

August 17 - December 2, 2012

Beyond Function explores the ways contemporary California artists incorporate fabric in their work using a variety of techniques, ranging from quilting and embroidery to hand-knitted lace. MORE »

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Jeweled Prosthetics: Jewelry as Extension of Self

August 17 - December 2, 2012

Jeweled Prosthetics features art jewelry by two contemporary jewelry artists who blur the boundaries between jewelry, sculpture, and performance. MORE »


Figure Forward: Works by Bay Area Figurative Artists

August 17 - December 2, 2012

Drawn from de Saisset Museum's permanent collection and composed of works by Joan Brown, Theophilus Brown, Richard Diebenkorn, Manual Neri, Nathan Oliveira, and Wayne Thiebaud, Figure Forward traces the evolution of figuration in these artists' works over the course of several decades. MORE »


Mission-Era Vestments from the Permanent Collection

August 17 - December 2, 2012

This exhibitions presents groups of 17th and 18th century vestments from the de Saisset Museum's permanent collection. MORE »


Chain Reaction: Artists Consider the Bicycle

April 13 - July 1, 2012

Given the wide popularity of bicycles, it is not surprising to find that many artists are turning to the bike as compelling subject matter. Whether they are cycling enthusiasts, intrigued by the design of two-wheelers, or inspired by the image itself, artists continue to find creative ways to re-imagine the form and function of bicycles. MORE »


Clunkers to MTBs: The Evolution of the Mountain Bike

April 13 - July 1, 2012

Though the bicycles was first introduced in the 1860s, it wasn't until the 1970s—more than a century later—that a group of cycling enthusiasts in Northern California began clunking down hills in Cupertino and Marin County, California. This exhibition explores the grwoth and development of mountain biking, placing special emphasis on the history of the sport in Northern California. MORE »


Indelibly Yours: Smith Andersen Editions and the Tattoo Project

April 13 - July 1, 2012

Featuring work by ten artists—five known for tattoo and five known for printmaking—Indelibly Yours explores the kinship between marking on skin and the practice of drawing on a printing plate. MORE »


Andy Warhol: Polaroids and Portraits

April 13 - July 1, 2012

In 2008, the de Saisset Museum received a substantial gift of 157 photographs from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. This exhibition includes more than 30 images of friends, colleagues, and acquaintances of Warhol. MORE »

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Golden States of Grace: Prayers of the Disinherited

January 13 - March 18, 2012

We often see depictions of conventional religious practices, yet we rarely encounter the alternative forms of spiritual expression adopted by marginalized communities. This exhibition gives a voice to those who participate in the diverse religious landscape of California, but who have been pushed to the edges of society because of conditions, actions, or circumstances. MORE »

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Between Struggle and Hope: Envisioning a Democratic Art in the 1930s

July 29 - December 4, 2011 and
January 13 - February 5, 2012

On the heels of the Stock Market Crash of 1929, which triggered the Great Depression, newly-elected President Franklin D. Roosevelt introduced the New Deal. While most of the art of the New Deal era did not reflect the economics or politics of the times, three areas of artistic expression—photographs, prints, and murals—commented directly on the struggles and hopes of the people. The images included in this exhibition speak to the hardships of the times, but they also remind us of why those policies were implemented and why they mattered. MORE »


This Camera Fights Fascism: The Photographs of David Bacon and Francisco Dominguez

July 29 - December 4, 2011 and
January 13 - February 5, 2012

David Bacon and Francisco Dominguez have both followed in the traditions of Depression-era photographers such as Dorothea Lange, focusing their cameras on struggle, dissent, immigrants, and workers. In this exhibition, each photographer responded to images by Dorothea Lange and selected photographs from their own work that draw compelling connections between the 1930s and today. MORE »


Hobos to Street People: Artists' Responses to Homelessness from the New Deal to the Present

July 29 - December 4, 2011

Over the years, artists have explored different aspects of poverty and homelessness. This exhibition compares artistic interpretations of homelessness from the Dust Bowl migrants of the 1930s to the stigmatized street people of today—with a focus on California. Produced in 2008 to mark the 75th anniversary of the New Deal, the exhibition harkens back to a time in which the United States government responded to the devastating impact of the Great Depression to assist those in poverty. MORE »

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The Changing Face of Homelessness: A Collection of Portraits by Santa Clara University Photography Students

July 29 - November 6, 2011

This exhibition features a collection of portraits created by Santa Clara University students who enrolled in the course, Exploring Society through Photography, taught by Renee Billingslea. As part of the class, students worked closely with individuals living in local shelters to create photographic portraits. MORE »


Life Cycle: Photographs by Susan Middleton

April 9 - June 12, 2011

Art and science intersect in Susan Middleton's stunning portraits of creatures that are seldom, if ever, seen by the public. Through the juxtaposition of two photographic series, this exhibition calls attention to the remarkable diversity of our natural world. The series, Evidence of Evolution showcases the extinct species from the collections of the California Academy of Sciences; while Spineless celebrates the invertebrates living under the surface of the sea. MORE »


The Theater of Insects: Photographs by Jo Whaley

April 9 - June 12, 2011

Art and science blend seamlessly in Jo Whaley's recent photographic series, The Theater of Insects. Inspired by old dioramas found in natural history museums, Whaley creates theatrically staged images of exquisitely colored insects against imaginary—almost dreamlike—backgrounds. MORE »


Father Hubbard: Trekking through Alaska

February 25 - June 12, 2011

In conjunction with the NEA's program, The Big Read, and in connection with Jack London's The Call of the Wild, the de Saisset hosts Father Hubbard: Trekking through Alaska. A Jesuit priest from California, Father Hubbard led annual expeditions to Alaska by foot, boat, plane, and dogsled. This exhibition focuses on his dogsled adventures in the first half of the 20th century. MORE »

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Paul Locatelli, S.J.: Photographs

February 25 - June 12, 2011

For two decades, Paul Locatelli, S.J. (1938-2010) served as President of Santa Clara University. Though his accomplishments during his tenure as President are numerous and important, Father Locatelli also nurtured a lesser-known creative side. Gathered from the collections of the Locatelli family and Santa Clara University, the images in this exhibition speak to his home here at SCU and to his travels around the world. MORE »

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Selections from the Smith Andersen Editions Archive

February 11 - June 12, 2011

The de Saisset is proud to hold the archive for Smith Andersen Editions, one of the pre-eminent fine art presses in the United States. For more than 40 years, Smith Andersen has worked with notable artists from around the world to create rich, luminous prints. Today, the de Saisset Museum houses nearly 170 prints from Smith Andersen in its collection. MORE »


The Veil: Visible and Invisible Spaces

January 15 - March 11, 2011

The veiling of women, men, and sacred places has existed in countless cultures and religions throughout history. This exhibition features a diverse group of contemporary artists who explore the veil and the practice of veiling in its broadest and most universal contexts. Through their work, these artists investigate issues ranging from modesty and oppression to spirituality and freedom of expression. MORE »


Contemporary Native Works from the Permanent Collection

October 2, 2010 - February 25, 2011

Programmed in conjunction with Sing Me Your Story, Dance Me Home: Art and Poetry from Native California, this exhibition presents a selection of paintings, prints, and photographs by contemporary Native artists from the permanent collection.  MORE »

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LandsCApes: Glimpses of Everyday California

October 2, 2010 - January 28, 2011

LandsCApes: Glimpses of Everyday California presents a multi-faceted view of California. Through the eyes of a diverse group of artists, California becomes much more than pristine wilderness; it includes industrial sites, city views, seascapes, congested highways, and endless stretches of farmland. The images in this show reveal glimpses of the everyday, calling attention to the often unnoticed sites of California. MORE »


Sing Me Your Story, Dance Me Home: Art and Poetry from Native California

October 2 - December 5, 2010

Sing Me Your Story brings together contemporary California Native artists and poets in an extraordinary multimedia exhibition. Based on the publication by Heyday Books, The Dirt is Red Here: Art and Poetry from Native California, this exhibition shares the lives, stories, songs, and dances of the artists. Organized in four thematic sections, Sing Me Your Story illustrates how culture, history, ancestry, and story have shaped each of us, regardless of our heritage. MORE »

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The Saints of Mission Santa Clara: Discovering the Meaning Behind the Art

October 2 - December 5, 2010
and January 15 - June 12, 2011

The Saints of Mission Santa Clara highlights twenty Mission-era paintings once belonging to Mission Santa Clara de Asís and now housed in the de Saisset Museum's permanent collection. The show, which is guest curated by Maureen Bourbin, presents new information identifying the saints and symbols depicted in these devotional paintings. MORE »


Susan Felter: Working with Dreams

May 14 - June 4, 2010

After 27 years in the Department of Art and Art History at Santa Clara University, Associate Professor Susan Felter is retiring from the University. In celebration of her many accomplishments as an artist and as a professor, the de Saisset showcases a selection of photographs taken by Felter over the course of her long career at SCU. MORE »

ArtsConnect 2010

ArtsConnect: Unlock the Promise

May 7 - June 4, 2010

The de Saisset Museum, in partnership with ArtsConnect, a program of the Arts Council Silicon Valley, serves as the venue for this ongoing exhibition program. This year represents the twelfth of this important collaboration. MORE »


What Makes a Picture a Portrait?

April 10 - June 4, 2010

Composed of more than 50 works drawn from the de Saisset's permanent collection, this exhibition considers the variety of ways in which portraits are presented. Through the juxtapositions of traditional painted images and compelling, sometimes quirky, works on paper, portraiture becomes a dynamic, ever-changing art form in which conventional practices are called into question. MORE »

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Just In: Recent Acquisitions to the Permanent Collection

January 16 - April 23,  2010

The de Saisset Museum continually acquires objects for the permanent collection that enhance, strengthen, and expand the Museum's current holdings. Just In features approximately twenty works that have been added to the collection over the last two years. MORE »


On Site/ In Sight: Selections from the Permanent Collection

January 16 - March 2, 2010

Since its doors opened in 1955, the de Saisset Museum has built an impressive collection of more than 11,000 objects. On Site/ In Sight showcases highlights from the Museum's holdings in the areas of painting and sculpture, works on paper and photography by bringing an eclectic group of objects out of the private vault and into the sight of the viewers. MORE »


Ernest de Saisset: Selections from the Permanent Collection

September 26, 2009 - June 4, 2010

In 1955 the de Saisset Museum opened thanks to a bequest from Isabel de Saisset, sister of Ernest de Saisset, the Museum's namesake. In addition to securing the funds to build the Museum, Isabel gifted more than 100 works of art painted by her brother. This exhibition highlights a selection of portraits painted by de Saisset during his career as an artist. MORE »


Lou Albert-Lasard: A German Expressionist in Bohemian Paris

September 26 - December 4, 2009

A German-born artist working in the early decades of the 20th century, Lou Albert-Lasard focused her attention on the street activities and vibrant social culture of turn-of-the-century Europe. This exhibition features a series of fourteen prints from The Monmartre Suite. MORE »


The Art of Richard Mayhew: Journey's End

September 26 - December 4, 2009

The de Saisset is pleased to participate in this three-museum retrospective of the work of Richard Mayhew. Mayhew has enjoyed a long and rewarding career, both as an artist and educator. This exhibition consists of painting and watercolors executed from the late 1970s to the early 1990s. MORE »


A Sense of Place: Location/Inspiration

September 26 - December 4, 2009

In contrast to the work of Richard Mayhew, which consists of composite impressions of various locations, the works in this exhibition represent a specific reference point. Executed in a variety of media, most of the pieces represent actual locales that one can find on a map. An enduring subject matter for artists and viewers, the term "landscape" has been expanded to include seascape, streetscape, cityscape, and even moonscape. MORE »


The Eclectic Eye: Works from a Private Collection

September 26 - December 4, 2009

The Eclectic Eye features highlights from a family collection that has evolved over two generations, for pleasure rather than acquisitions. The initial focus of the collection was the cadre of prominent artists who experimented with graphic arts at Gemini Graphics, Ltd., an innovative publishing workshop in Los Angeles. Over time, the collection grew to include Op Art, Native American art, and photography. MORE »


Technology: Hope and Promised—A Contemporary New Media Art Contest 

September 26 - December 4, 2009 

In Spring 2009, the de Saisset Museum held an exhibit entitled Tech Tools of the Trade: Contemporary New Media Art. The show featured works that not only employed new media technology (i.e., web-based, digital, or electronic media), but also in many cases commented on the role of technology in our lives today. In the line with our mission to exist as a center of lifelong learning, that facilitates discovery, experience, and inspiration, the de Saisset partnered with (no longer extant) to host an art contest for local youth in the spirit of this exhibit.  MORE »


Tech Tools of the Trade: Contemporary New Media Art

 April 17 - June 28, 2009

This survey exhibition features work produced by Bay Area-based or Bay Area-rooted artists using new media—defined in the context of this exhibition as electronic, digital, or web-based. Organized into accessible thematic sections, the work in this exhibition explores the ways that technology has shaped our sense of selves, our vision, our bodies, and our world. The exhibition examines our cultural fascination with technology (including our continued faith in its benefits), our myriad uses of the internet, as well as the potentially troubling applications of technology in simulation and surveillance. MORE »


ArtsConnect: Art Empowers

May 8 - June 28, 2009

ArtsConnect is an arts education program of Arts Council Silicon Valley that provides year-round arts instruction through comprehensive artist residencies for at-risk youth between the ages of 13 and 18. Now the largest provider of arts education for at-risk youth in the region, on average the program serves more than 1,300 individuals each year in 25 locations. MORE »

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Natural Blunders

January 24-March 20, 2009

Natural Blunders features the work of 17 artists who use nature as a departure point for compelling and resonant works of art. Pieces in the exhibition range from the living plants in Alastair Bolton's installation to Lauren Davies' dog-hair sculptures, to cicada exoskeletons in an installation by Cheryl Coon. MORE »


Flora and Fauna from the de Saisset Museum's Permanent Collection—Curated by the Santa Clara University Biology Department

January 24 - March 20, 2009

Faculty and staff members in SCU’s Biology Department have selected the objects for this exhibition, drawn from the de Saisset Museum’s extensive collection. Participating staff and faculty have also shared their perspectives on the objects through interpretive labels. Don’t miss this opportunity to view rarely seen objects from the de Saisset’s collection through the eyes of biologists. MORE »


Acquisitions for Diversity: Works from the de Saisset Museum's Permanent Collection

January 24 - March 20, 2009

This exhibition showcases recent additions to the Museum’s permanent collection acquired through the successful and innovative Acquisitions for Diversity program. In this program, SCU students make the selection of objects for acquisition in the context of art history classes. MORE »


Evri Kwong: Just Pretend Everything is OK

September 27 – December 13, 2008

In his boldly confrontational paintings and prints, San Francisco-based artist Evri Kwong explores a novel—and socially engaged—form of narrative painting. Featuring stories culled from current events and interpreted in all their vivid brutality, his works confront our culture’s deliberate ignorance. National issues such as hypocrisy, consumerism, racism, sexual abuse, religious intolerance, and violence, all provide fodder for his expressive vision. MORE »


Winter in America: Hank Willis Thomas and Kambui Olujimi

September 27 – December 13, 2008

Hank Willis Thomas and Kambui Olujimi’s collaborative Winter in America project consists of a stop-motion animation video and still photographs that function together to depict the 2000 robbery and murder of Thomas’ cousin Songha Thomas Willis. This tragic event is enacted by G.I. Joe action figures. Ironically, these toys were used by the artists when they were children to play out violent narratives. MORE »


The Hapa Project: Kip Fulbeck

September 27 – December 13, 2008

Once a derogatory label derived from the Hawaiian word for “half,” Hapa has since been embraced as a term of pride by many whose mixed racial heritage includes Asian or Pacific Island descent. Kip Fulbeck began The Hapa Project as a forum for Hapas to answer the question “What are you?” in their own words and be pictured in simple head-on portraits. MORE »


Eye on the Sixties: Vision, Body, and Soul—Selections from the Collection of Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson

February 2-March 20, 2008 and March 29-June 15, 2008

The 1960s represent an important period of social, historical, and cultural transformation in the United States. Artistically, the decade signaled many dramatic changes as well, as artists searched for new modes of expression in the post-Abstract Expressionist era. This exhibition will celebrate the artistic legacy of this decade in all of its dynamic diversity. MORE »


Flashing Back: 1960s—Works in the Permanent Collection of the de Saisset Museum

February 2 - March 20, 2008 and March 29 - April 13, 2008

In conjunction with the Eye on the Sixties exhibition, the de Saisset Museum will present a companion permanent collection exhibition focused on work from the 1960s. This exhibition showcases the de Saisset Museum’s longstanding commitment to collecting and exhibiting the art of this important period. MORE »



May 1 - June 15, 2008

ArtsConnect is an arts education program of Arts Council Silicon Valley that provides year-round arts instruction through comprehensive artist residencies for at-risk youth between the ages of 13 and 18. Now the largest provider of arts education for at-risk youth in the region, on average the program serves more than 1,300 individuals each year in 25 locations. MORE »


Experience Teaches: Santa Clara University Art Faculty Exhibition

October 5 - December 8, 2007

This exhibition celebrates the artistic achievements of faculty in Santa Clara University’s Art and Art History Department. This inclusive exhibition will feature the work of both tenured and tenure-track faculty in addition to long-term lecturers in the studio area. Artists in the exhibition will include Katherine Aoki, Renee Billingslea, Kelly Detweiler, Susan Felter, Don Fritz, Sam Hernandez, Pancho Jimenez, Marco Marquez, David Pace, Trung Pham, S.J., Ryan M. Reynolds, and Gerald Sullivan, S.J. Featuring work in a wide variety of media—including painting, photography, mixed-media photography, digital photography, ceramic and mixed media sculpture, and printmaking—the exhibition will showcase the aesthetic vitality of SCU’s dynamic Art Department. MORE »


Variations of Grass, Light, and the Wind: The Plant Dye Art of Kim Jung Hwa

July 8 - August 19, 2007

Korean artist Kim Jung Hwa creates astonishing textile works in luminous colors that reflect the landscapes of her native country. She strives to depict images “with the colors of the mind.” In order to master the art of natural dye processes, she traveled all over Korea to learn the art of traditional dye processes from community elders. MORE »


Miniature Worlds: Art from India

April 10 - May 25, 2007

Miniature Worlds features watercolors, drawings, and sculpture spanning 400 years of Indian history. Drawn from the permanent collection of The Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, MA, the exhibition illuminates various forms of Indic media from the 15th to the 19th centuries as well as aspects of the country’s religion and history. Works from this period, many of which depict narratives, have had a significant influence on contemporary artists from India and the United States. MORE »


Sacred Images: Deities and Marriages in Mithila Painting

April 10 - May 25, 2007

Since at least the 14th century, women in the Mithila region of Bihar have painted gods, goddesses, and icons of fertility on the walls of their homes. In the late 1960s they began transferring their paintings to paper. Since then many women—and a few men—have elaborated several distinct styles of Mithila painting and have dramatically expanded the subjects of their paintings. MORE »


ArtsConnect: Unleash Imagination

April 10 - May 25, 2007

The de Saisset Museum, in partnership with ArtsConnect, serves as the venue for this exhibition program on an annual basis. This year represents the ninth year of this important collaboration. Created in 1989 by Arts Council Silicon Valley, ArtsConnect promotes the idea that art is an effective tool for students to access not only their creative functions but also enhance intellectual, social, and emotional development. MORE »


Faith Placed: The Intersection of Spirituality and Location in Contemporary Photography

January 13 - March 4, 2007

This exhibition explores recent photography focused on the subject of sacred spaces—places of worship, pilgrimage, and memorial. The exhibition includes work by several photographers—most from the Bay Area, and all Western States-based—and features a broad range of aesthetic and conceptual approaches. MORE »


The Power of Portraiture: A Retrospective of Sixth Street Photography Workshop

January 13 - March 4, 2007

This exhibition will feature work produced over the past decade by photographers associated with the San Francisco-based Sixth Street Photography Workshop. The Power of Portraiture will provide an opportunity for Santa Clara University faculty, students, and the larger community to explore the issue of homelessness through the medium of photography. MORE »


Game Face: What Does a Female Athlete Look Like?

October 12 - December 9, 2006

Game Face is the extraordinary exhibition of 139 color and black-and-white photographs that explores the role sports have played in the lives of girls and women. The engaging images in the exhibition feature a variety of genres—documentary, conceptual, vernacular, sports action—as well as subjects,time periods, locations, ethnicities, and ages. MORE »


Acquisitions for Diversity: Recent Additions to the Permanent Collection

October 12 - March 4, 2007

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. MORE »


The Innocents: Headshots—Photographs by Taryn Simon

May 2 - July 1, 2006

Featuring 45 dramatic photographs by award-winning photographer Taryn Simon, The Innocents provides a unique glimpse of the wrongly condemned. In these dramatic portraits, Simon uses her camera to document the victims of mistaken identity and corrupted justice. The resulting images provide profound examples of the humanity and diversity of the victims of wrongful convictions. MORE »


A Life Reclaimed: The Journey of Recent Exonoree Alan Crotzer— Photographs by Vance Jacobs

May 2 - July 1, 2006

In this exhibition, San Francisco-based photographer Vance Jacobs provides us with an in-depth and up-close look at the story of one recent exoneree Alan Crotzer, a Florida man who spent almost 25 years in prison for crimes he did not commit. Jacobs’ dramatic images showcase Crotzer’s struggles as he attempts to reclaim a normal life after more than two decades in prison. MORE »


ArtsConnect: Connecting with Creativity

May 2 - July 1, 2006

The de Saisset Museum, in partnership with ArtsConnect, serves as the venue for this lively exhibition program on an annual basis. This year represents the eighth year of this important collaboration. MORE »


From the Seen to the Unseen: Brother Mark Mahoney

May 2 - July 1, 2006

Brother Mark Mahoney’s dynamic paintings of the human figure explore the potential of body and spirit. These works reflect the artist’s lifelong commitment to spirituality. Mahoney is a brother at the New Camoldoli Hermitage in Big Sur, CA. MORE »


Michael C. McMillen: Red Trailer Motel

January 27 – March 18, 2006

Michael C. McMillen’s Red Trailer Motel installation is an immersive experience that ignites the imagination. Featuring the artist’s characteristic interest in miniature, and sound and visual effects, the large-scale work of art transforms simple found objects into a profound viewing experience. According to the artist, “I have always been attracted to the cast-offs of our material society and continue to incorporate such materials in the ongoing search to find a visual/spiritual poetry.” MORE »


Dark Detour: Tracey Snelling

January 27 – March 18, 2006

Oakland-based artist Tracey Snelling finds beauty in the overlooked. Incorporating mixed media sculpture, architecture, photography, collage, film, and audio, her artwork taps into a distinctively American nostalgia. MORE »


Impossible to Forget: The Nazi Camps Fifty Years After—Photographs by Michael Kenna

October 1 – November 20, 2005

Impossible to Forget is a powerful and moving exhibition of 80 photographs by internationally recognized English-born photographer Michael Kenna. The photographs, selected from several thousand images produced over a twelve-year period, document the Nazi concentration and extermination camps in Germany, Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic, Belgium, France, Italy, Holland, and Latvia, which Kenna began photographing in 1988. MORE »


Multiply by Six Million: A Personal Perspective on the Holocaust— Portraits of Survivors from the Legacy Project by Evvy Eisen

October 1 – November 20, 2005

Multiply by Six Million is a powerful new photography exhibition that provides a local and personal perspective on the tragedy of the Holocaust. The exhibition showcases Inverness-based photographer Evvy Eisen’s decade-long project to create portraits of Holocaust survivors living in the Bay Area and Europe and to collect their personal histories. MORE »


Recovered Views: African American Portraits, 1912-1925

May 15–July 31, 2005

Recovered Views: African American Portraits, 1912-1925 presents 40 photographs from a truly extraordinary collection. The black-and-white portraits were made by an anonymous African-American who lived and worked in Lincoln, Nebraska in the early part of the twentieth century. Made between about 1912 and 1925, these portraits are more than just stunning images—they document life in a vibrant, middle-class black neighborhood in a small Midwestern city, a portion of society rarely depicted in any medium. Moreover, they provide an insider’s view of a small but thriving African American community during a period of transforming and increasingly charged race relations. MORE »


Here and Now

May 15-July 31, 2005

Here and Now features the work of six African American photographic artists living and working in the Bay Area: April Banks, Keba Konte, Emmanuel Pratt, Bayeté Ross Smith, Hank Willis Thomas, and Carla Williams. MORE »


Faculty Choice: SCU Art Department Faculty Select Ernest de Saisset Paintings from the de Saisset Museum Permanent Collection

May 15–May 31, 2005

This exhibition includes approximately ten paintings by Ernest de Saisset from the permanent collection. Paintings featured in the exhibition have been selected by faculty members in the Art and Art History Department. Each faculty member has contributed a statement about each work for the extended label. MORE »


ArtsConnect: Beyond Boundaries

May 15–July 31, 2005

This exhibition presents artwork created by youth working with ArtsConnect artists in residence. The ArtsConnect program is a vehicle for inspiring creativity, exploration, and learning for youth in nontraditional settings throughout Santa Clara County. ArtsConnect brings together two of Santa Clara Valley’s greatest resources: youth (ages 12-18) and professional artists. MORE »


Translucent Transformations: Joseph Zirker Innovations in Printmaking—The Cast Acrylic Print

January 22–March 11, 2005

Through more than four decades 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. Zirker’s most recent contribution to the field is a revolutionary new printmaking process. In this new process, Zirker has transcended the traditional elements of printmaking—paper and printed image—creating cast acrylic monotypes that fuse these individual elements into one unique whole. MORE »


The World is a Gift: Frank LaPena

January 22–March 11, 2005

This exhibition features a sampling of recent paintings and prints by internationally exhibited artist and poet Frank LaPena. LaPena’s vividly colored and dramatically composed paintings explore tradition and ceremony, nature and spirituality. This exhibition will include several works inspired by his longstanding dedication to Native American ceremonial dance, the subject of his recent Heyday Books publication Dream Songs and Ceremony: Reflections on Traditional California Indian Dance. MORE »


Peaceful Painter: Hisako Hibi

September 18 – December 3, 2004 and January 22 – March 11, 2005

This exhibition will feature approximately 30 paintings produced by Hisako Hibi (1907-1991), an Issei (first-generation Japanese American) artist. For more than 60 years, Hibi used her painting as a way to document and understand her world, resulting in a body of work that is both personal and universal. Hibi is perhaps best known for the paintings she completed while at the Tanforan, California relocation center and the Topaz, Utah internment camp. MORE »


Pressing Pleasures: Recent Prints by Matt Phillips

September 18 – December 3, 2004

The de Saisset is pleased to present a 15-year survey of prints by Emeryville-based painter and printmaker Matt Phillips. Featuring monoprints, monotypes, linocuts, drypoints, and artist sketchbooks, this exhibition showcases Matt Phillips’ ongoing interest in celebrating the pleasures of life (literature, love, food, and travel) in his art. Pressing Pleasures will focus on several of the subjects that have preoccupied Phillips throughout his career: travel scenes, landscapes, still lifes, figure studies. MORE »


Dark Matter: The Art of David Huffman

April 17-Aug. 1, 2004

Berkeley-based David Huffman's compelling paintings, works on paper, and ceramic sculptures offer us a unique glimpse into a powerful alternate world. Huffman's work combines references to Japanese animation and cartoon imagery with powerful social commentary. Huffman describes trauma as being at the core of his work: the pain of slavery and minstrelsy internalized by African Americans for centuries. MORE »


Reverse Anthropology Archives: Works on Paper by Enrique Chagoya

April 17-Aug. 1, 2004

Enrique Chagoya describes his work as representing a "conceptual fusion of opposite cultural realities." In his bold and dynamic works on paper, Chagoya combines images from diverse sources (such as Mexican Catholicism, popular culture, and advertising) and crafts them into works of art with powerful and resonant meanings. As this exhibition demonstrates, Chagoya is a masterful printmaker. Reverse Anthropology Archives will feature numerous examples of his work in the medium, including lithographs, monotypes, etchings, Iris prints, and codex books. MORE »


ArtsConnect: Dare to Dream

April 17-Aug. 1, 2004

This exhibition presents artwork created by youth working with ArtsConnect artists in residence.The ArtsConnect program is a vehicle for inspiring creativity, exploration, and learning for youth in nontraditional settings throughout Santa Clara County. ArtsConnect brings together two of Santa Clara Valley's greatest resources: youth (ages 12-18) and professional artists. MORE »


Prints by Francisco Goya

April 17-Aug. 1, 2004

This exhibition will include prints by Francisco Goya drawn from the de Saisset Museum's permanent collection and varied private collections. Featuring prints from Goya's most important series - The Caprichos, The Disasters of the War, and The Tauromaquia. MORE»