As the DeSaisset Museum at Santa Clara University reopens this Friday, there will also be the opening of two new exhibitions.
First up is Clay in the Bay. This exhibition consists of works that with the use of clay, displays deep roots in Northern California. These featured works takes the ingenuity and vision, thus stretch the creative boundaries of what clay sculpture has been defined initially. The artists featured in this exhibition, come from all around the Bay Area, and have truly utilized clay as a form of self-expression. These artists include Bean Finneran, Don Fritz, Spring Montes, and Stan Welsh. One example (which can be seen on the museum’s website) is a piece by Francisco “Pancho” Jimenez titled Cara a Cara, which is showed beautifully in red, looking like a pair of large Aztec designed bookends.
The second exhibition opening on Friday is Henrietta Shore: Understanding Nature. The featured works comes from an artist, who paintings, prints, and drawings are often compared to Georgia O’Keeffe, and would influenced photographer David Wetson. She was even called one of the most important living painters of this century. But while O’Keeffe became one of the most recognizable artists of the 20th century, Shore who died in 1963, was like an unsung hero, and had fallen into obscurity. Now, her legacy rises from those shadows in this exhibition, as it features fifteen paintings and prints, some of which are highlights of the DeSaisset Museum’s collection. They each express the artist’s versatility and growth with her commitment to exploring nature through form and line.
Both exhibitions will be on view until March 17th. However, the Henrietta Shore exhibition will reopen on April 12th, and be on view until June 30th. Log on to www.scu.edu/desaisset for more information.