Past Classroom Connections: Exhibitions
WHAT'S YOUR STORY?
In the winter and spring quarters of 2010, Communication Department faculty member Jonathan Fung developed the project entitled What's Your Story? in conjunction with the de Saisset Museum's exhibition What Makes a Picture a Portrait? Students enrolled in his visual communications courses were asked to create a self-portrait using five visual images and sound. They were encouraged to employ association and metaphor rather than literal representation to convey who they are to the viewer. The images they selected had to be original and diverse. At least one had to include a full or partial view of their space. Upon completion of these video projects, exhibition curator Lindsey Kouvaris, made a selection of works to include in What Makes a Picture a Portrait? The chosen videos were installed in the galleries throughout the entire run of the show.
EYE ON THE SIXTIES: VISION, BODY, AND SOUL - SELECTIONS FROM THE COLLECTION OF HARRY W. AND MARY MARGARET ANDERSON
In 2008, the de Saisset Museum presented Eye on the Sixties, an important exhibition drawn from the collection of Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson. The exhibition celebrated the artistic legacy of the 1960s in all of its dynamic diversity. The show looked beyond 1960s Pop to include neglected movements of the period such as post-painterly abstraction, Op Art, and new approaches to figuration.
Santa Clara University students enrolled in the art history course Exhibiting the 1960s with Andrea Pappas, SCU professor and exhibition curator, played an important role in this exhibition. Under the guidance of Pappas and former de Saisset Assistant Director Karen Kienzle, students contributed their own writing to labels in the galleries and bios for the artists. They also helped organize Guide-by-Cell content and lesson plans for the Museum's student Explore with Me Docents.