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The de Saisset brings Rouault's "Miserere" to museum goers this fall

SANTA CLARA, Calif.- August 27, 2001- Santa Clara University's de Saisset Museum today announced its fall exhibits, on display Sept. 22 through Nov. 30.

"Miserere" (1914-1927) is an exhibition of 58 etchings by Georges Rouault (1871-1958), a French painter and graphic artist known primarily as a deeply religious artist whose work resembles stained glass.

The exhibit reflects the time in which it was created-the beginning of the First World War. Sources of the "Miserere" are the Bible and Christian literature, political and social concerns of the day, and modern poetry and plays. Rouault's horror and compassion inspired by WWI impacted the poignant, haunting images in "Miserere", which have been described as having the power and clarity of icons.

"Rouault's work powerfully brings together history and art," said Museum Director Rebecca Schapp. "We are delighted to share with our visitors his album of etchings which is considered to be one of the greatest single works of 20th century religious art."

The images are on loan from The Museum of Contemporary Religious Art at Saint Louis University.

Resulting from its popularity, the "Father Hubbard: Glacier Priest" exhibit will continue its run at the de Saisset Museum for another season. During the exhibit's first five months at the museum, approximately 9,000 people visited the museum- a record number for the museum.

The exhibit, which premiered in January 2001 as part of the University's year-long sesquicentennial celebration, tells the story of Bernard Hubbard, a Jesuit priest from California who led annual expeditions to Alaska from 1927 until shortly before his death in 1962. He became known to a national audience as "The Glacier Priest." In 1931, Literary Digest described Father Hubbard's work in this way: "Half the year the highest paid lecturer in the world, the other half a wanderer among treacherous craters and glaciers."

As an explorer, Hubbard used Santa Clara University as his base camp and the "wilds" of Alaska as his destination. As a lecturer, Hubbard used his own photographs and films-and his storytelling skills to introduce audiences to Alaska's glaciers, volcanoes, industries, missions, strategic position, statehood, and native peoples.

The museum will also feature "Paintings from the Permanent Collection." The exhibit consists of 10 paintings by Ernest de Saisset (1864-1899), a resident of San Jose and alumnus of SCU. He died at age 35 in the midst of his career as an artist known for his portraits, genre, and landscape paintings.

The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be closed November 22- 26. Admission is free. For more information, call the de Saisset Museum at 408-554-4528 or visit www.scu.edu/deSaisset. For information about Santa Clara University, visit www.scu.edu.

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About the de Saisset Museum
The 17,000-square-foot museum opened next to the Mission Santa Clara de Asís on the Santa Clara University campus in 1955. The member-supported, privately funded institution operated by SCU has been accredited by the American Association of Museums since 1979.

About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University is a private, Jesuit university with 4,300 undergraduate and 3,050 graduate students offering a rigorous undergraduate curriculum and nationally recognized business, engineering and law schools, plus interdisciplinary centers that promote ethics, social justice, and explore the impact of technology.

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