de Saisset Museum

South Bay's free museum of art and history

Upcoming Exhibitions

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Mari Andrews & 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 inspiration 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 »

Portrait of Paula and Phillip Kirkeby

Building Forward/Looking Back

February 13 - March 16, 2014
and April 10 - June 15, 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 »

Frank Lobdell Untitled (Nude)

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 contribution 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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California History from the Permanent Collection

Permanent exhibition

The de Saisset Museum serves as the caretaker of Santa Clara Univeristy's California History Collection. Through historical objects and artifacts, this permanent exhibition tells the history of the area from the pre-contact period to the founding of Mission Santa Clara de Asís, through the Gold Rush, and the early years of Santa Clara College. MORE »