Join us to celebrate Sing Me Your Story, Dance Me Home: Art and Poetry from Native California and our concurrent exhibitions on Thursday, October 7 from 7-9 p.m.

Members: Enjoy a special members’ reception and gallery walk-through with the curator beginning at 6 p.m. on October 7.
Not a member but want to enjoy great benefits? Check out details on membership below!

On View
Sing Me Your Story, Dance Me Home: Art and Poetry from Native California
October 2 – December 5, 2010

Like the state of California itself, California Natives are remarkably diverse with more than 300 languages and distinct geographical centers shaping communities, traditions, ideologies, and ceremonies. Sing Me Your Story brings together California Native artists and poets in a powerful traveling exhibition. Based on the publication by Heyday Books, The Dirt is Red Here: Art and Poetry from Native California, this exhibition explores Native stories, songs, and dance through painting, poetry, basketry, jewelry, printmaking, photography, and sculpture. To learn more, click here.

LandsCApes: Glimpses of Everyday California
October 2 – December 5, 2010 and
January 15 – 28, 2011

We live in a fast-paced world where cell phones, email, Wi-Fi, and Twitter keep us constantly connected. We frequently rush through our days, focused on the tasks at hand or the desire to reach our final destinations. Although we see the world around us, we often forget to really look — to notice subtle shifts in the seasons or the way new development alters landscape. The artists in this exhibition dare to slow down, to examine their surroundings, and to give shape to the sites of everyday California. Click here to find out more.

Contemporary Native Works from the Permanent Collection

October 2 – December 5, 2010 and
January 15 – February 11, 2011

For more than forty years the de Saisset Museum has collected art and artifacts that speak to the rich heritage and cultural traditions of the Native inhabitants of this region. This exhibition highlights our collection of works by contemporary Native artists. Like the pieces in Sing Me Your Story, these works address a variety of themes, ranging from spirituality to politics to social commentary and cultural heritage. To find out more, click here.

The Saints of Mission Santa Clara: Discovering the Meaning Behind the Art
October 2 – December 5, 2010

Researched and curated by San Francisco State University graduate student Maureen Bourbin, The Saints of Mission Santa Clara focuses on nearly 20 paintings from the Mission-era that are housed in the de Saisset Museum’s permanent collection. The exhibition explores and identifies the religious symbolism in these Spanish Colonial devotional paintings, many of which have never been seen before.

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Learn More
Explore with Me Docent Tours

Have you ever walked into a museum and wished you knew more about the works on display? Now’s your chance! Our Explore with Me Docents can provide FREE, insightful tours to small groups. To find out more about the Explore with Me Docent program, click here. To book your tour, contact Elizabeth Carter at 408.554.4528 or

California History Docent Tours

Learn more about the history of California and Mission Santa Clara with an informative tour from a California History Docent. Tours focus on the history of Santa Clara Valley from pre-Contact to the Mission era and include the de Saisset’s permanent California History exhibition, the Mission Church, and the Mission gardens. To find out more about California History docent-led tours, click here. To inquire about booking a tour, contact Elizabeth Carter at 408.554.4528 or

Stay Tuned
Website Overhaul!
This fall, we’re getting a facelift…virtually that is. Stay tuned to as we roll out a complete redesign. Our new website will make finding what you’re looking for quicker and easier. You’ll have instant access to information on new exhibits, upcoming programs, education opportunities, and so much more!

Triton Takes a Trip
Want to see the de Young Museum’s newest blockbuster exhibition Post-Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musee d’Orsay, but don’t want to deal with crowds and parking? Santa Clara’s Triton Museum of Art has a solution. Join them October 28, 2010 for a bus trip to the de Young. $50 for de Young Museum members; $66 for non-de Young members. To find out more, contact Maria Ester Fernandez at the Triton Museum, 408.247.9340.

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