de Saisset Museum

South Bay's free museum of art and history

Current Exhibitions

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Closer by the Minute | David & Hi-Jin Hodge

September 18 - December 6, 2015

Through two captivating and immersive installations, artists David and Hi-Jin Hodge address universal issues in a way that artfully blends documentary and creativity. Niagara Falling explores the rapid decline of the city of Niagara Falls, a story of urban blight that is repeated across the nation and around the world. Life on Wheels, newly created for this exhibition, explores on multiple levels the culture of transportation and what it means to drive a car in today's world. MORE »

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de Saisset: From Family Name to Artistic Legacy

September 18 - December 6, 2015
and January 15 - March 13, 2016

In celebration of the de Saisset Museum's 60th anniversary, De Saisset: From Family Name to Artistic Legacy explores the story of the organization as it grew from the surname of an ambitious young painter to an accredited university museum. Through a selection of photographs, correspondence, and archival records the exhibition traces key events from Ernest de Saisset's birth in 1864 to the founding of the Museum in his honor in 1955. MORE »

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Keep, Care and Collect On

Extended: September 18 - October 25, 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, Andy Warhol, and Jo Whaley. MORE »

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Rewind: Works from the Video Collection

September 18 - December 6, 2015

The de Saisset Museum holds one of the most important collections of video art in the Bay Area. Comprised of rare videos and films, the collection represents a period in which the museum was a leader in commissioning and exhibiting video art. Rewind presents a special opportunity to experience some of the museum's rarely-seen video works. The exhibition is programmed in conjunction with the museum's 60th anniversary, celebrated in 2015. MORE »

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California History from the Permanent Collection

Permanent exhibition

The de Saisset Museum serves as the caretaker of Santa Clara University'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 »