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March 2016

Santa Clara University’s de Saisset Museum Celebrates the Art of Gold

The de Saisset museum hosts party after-hours to fundraise for educational programs

The de Saisset museum hosts party after-hours to fundraise for educational programs

SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 4, 2016 —The de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University will host Art of Gold on Saturday, March 5, from 8-11 p.m. Designed as a fundraiser for the museum’s educational programs and an opportunity to highlight a different side of the Museum to the community, this after-hours Museum party offers guests a “rustic chic” atmosphere featuring beer tastings, live music, and a dance floor.

The event is inspired by themes associated with the current exhibition Gold Rush which explores how value is defined and projected and encourages reflection on the many effects of greed, hope, and aspiration. The exhibition not only showcases gold as a symbol of triumph and reward, but also highlights it as a tool for racism in the context of ever-shifting economic powers. Some of the works look at the effects of the global migration of early California, which, today, continues to be an integral and vital part of the State.

All guests receive a commemorative beer glass and guests 21 and over receive a tasting flight comprised of one sample from each of the four breweries participating in the event: Gordon Biersch Brewing Company, Hermitage Brewery, Santa Clara Valley Brewing, and Strike Brewing Co. (Non-alcoholic beverage options will replace the beer flight for those under 21 or choosing not to drink.) Guests may opt to purchase additional beers or other beverages after their complimentary flight. Light snacks will be provided.

While enjoying their beverages in the Museum’s auditorium, guests will experience live music ranging from rock to folk to soul jive, and even a DJ set. The evening opens with San Jose duo Q&A, comprised of artists Quynh­Mai Nguyen and Alice Chen, who have recently been making the gallery and museum circuit in the South Bay. Nguyen and Chen describe their music as “comprised of harmonized soulful voices accompanied by our multi-­instrumentalist stylings that we perform simultaneously.”

Next, Royal Jelly Jive – who will perform at this year’s BottleRock Napa Valley – take the stage. As this seven-piece ensemble explains of their work, “Royal Jelly Jive dives deep head-first into the old school throwback sounds of the 1940's with a groovy new twist. Rapturous horns, sleek bass, elegant keys and swingin’ cymbals are just some of the sweet tastes you may devour if you’re lucky enough to catch them.” The evening closes with Sepehr, another Bay Area native, known for “DJ sets that range from Detroit house and psychedelic techno, to heady electro, classic acid, and the occasional crowd pleasing underground anthem.”

Guests may also explore the Museums’ galleries. Currently on view:

Gold Rush – closing March 13, 2016
On Top of the Game, Santa Clara Sports 1851-1950 – on view through June 12, 2016
de Saisset: From Family Name to Artistic Legacy – on view through June 12, 2016
Replay: Douglas Davis, "Falling/Reaching" – on view through June 12, 2016
California History – Permanent Exhibition

Art of Gold
Saturday, March 5, 8-11 p.m. Tickets: $25 advance purchase; $35 at the door To purchase tickets: (408) 551-3277 or Free event parking is available at The North Campus Garage, 1063 Alviso Street, Santa Clara, CA 95053. This event is supported in part by Gordon Biersch Brewing Company, Hermitage Brewery, Santa Clara Valley Brewing, and Tiny Prints. Proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Museum’s permanent exhibition California History.

About the de Saisset Museum
The de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University is the South Bay’s free museum of art and history. The museum was founded adjacent to the Mission Santa Clara de Asís on the Santa Clara University campus in 1955 and is one of only three museums in the South Bay accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The de Saisset Museum supports Santa Clara University’s goal of educating the whole person through a diverse and accessible range of exhibitions, collections, and educational programs that highlight the art and history of the San Francisco Bay Area. As a center for lifelong learning, the de Saisset facilitates discovery, experience, and inspiration through engaging objects of art and history.

About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its more than 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, theology, and engineering, plus master’s and law degrees and engineering Ph.D.s. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, see

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