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de Saisset Museum to host nationally recognized Bay Area artists

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- March 16, 2004. From April 17 to Aug.1, Santa Clara University’s de Saisset Museum will feature exhibitions by two renowned Bay area artists, Enrique Chagoya and David Huffman.

Reverse Anthropology Archives: Works on Paper by Enrique Chagoya: Mexican-born and San Francisco-based Enrique Chagoya describes his work as a “conceptual fusion of opposite cultural realities.” In his bold and dynamic art, Chagoya combines images from diverse sources, such as Mexican Catholicism and popular culture, and crafts them into works of art.. The show will feature an estimated 20 of Chagoya’s works on paper, including examples of his lithographs, monotypes, etchings, Iris prints, and codex books.  Chagoya has had solo exhibitions at the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco and Gallery Paule Anglim. Chagoya is an associate professor of art at Stanford University. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the San Francisco Art Institute and a master of fine arts from the University of California, Berkeley.

Dark Matter: The Art of David Huffman.   Berkeley-based David Huffman’s compelling paintings, works on paper, and ceramic sculptures combine references to Japanese animation and cartoon imagery with powerful social commentary. Huffman describes trauma as being the core of his work: the pain of slavery and ministrelsy internalized by African Americans for centuries. Huffman has exhibited his work in California and New York since 1993. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the California College of the Arts and is currently a lecturer at Santa Clara University and California College of the Arts.

“While Enrique Chagoya and David Huffman have distinctive individual styles, both combine diverse sources in their work—from popular culture to art historical references— in order to reclaim their cultural histories,” said Karen Kienzle, curator of exhibits and collections at the de Saisset Museum.   The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will be closed from July 3-5 for the Independence Day holiday.

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 two museums in the South Bay accredited by the American Association of Museums. The de Saisset Museum collects, preserves, exhibits, and interprets objects of art and history for the educational and cultural enrichment of all people. The museum achieves its mission through an active program of exhibitions, collections, education programs, and publications.

About Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its 8,047 students’ rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master’s and law degrees. Distinguished nationally by the fourth-highest graduation rate among all U.S. masters’ universities, California’s oldest higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. More information is online at


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