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When They SayFall 2021 (Nov. 1, 2021 – Feb. 19, 2022)

Featured artists: Thomas Kiefer, Hector Dionicio Mendoza, Nye' Lyn Tho, and Fortune Sitole

This exhibition examines constructed and unseen borders and boundaries, which speak to our shared needs for respect and dignity, kindness and resilience.

How to Visit the Exhibition

The exhibition is open to De Anza students and employees this fall – on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

  • Please show your student or employee ID at the front desk
  • You must follow all rules for coming to campus – these include proof of COVID-19 vaccination and wearing a face mask indoors.

Art at Lunch on Wednesday

  • Students and employees can enjoy free snacks between noon and 1 p.m. on Wednesdays. 

Check Back for Public Visiting Information

  • We hope to be open in January for members of the public who are not students or employees. Please check back for public hours and instructions.


Tom Kiefer

Tom Kiefer's series, "El Sueño Americano/The American Dream," is a photographic documentation of personal belongings carried by migrants and those seeking asylum that were seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at a processing facility near the U.S./Mexico border.

Kiefer's intent is to explore the humanity of those who risk their lives crossing the desert into the United States and to inspire compassion and empathy for those who seek a better life.

Young Love

Young Love


Blanket Assembly

Blanket Assembly


Duct Tape Bottle

Duct Tape Bottle 



Hector Dionicio Mendoza

In his "White Wilderness/Maleza Blanca" series, Hector Dionicio Mendoza explores the complex relationship between nature and migration, immigration and class. Maleza are weeds or undergrowth, a plant that takes root where it's not wanted. His larger-than-life figurative sculptures and drawings emphasize the vulnerability and strength of those crossing through the wilderness and contested spaces and our deep connection to nature.

Pulling Jalando

Pulling/Jalando


Hercules/El Mundo

Hercules/El Mundo 


Pushing/Holding/Leaning

Pushing/Holding/Leaning



Nye' Lyn Tho

Thought Seed

Thought Seed


 

Nye' Lyn Tho's "Natural Heir" series is a visual pun of natural hair and the embracing of it by people of the African Diaspora.

As recently as 2019, California passed the Crown Act to prohibit discrimination against workers and students based on natural hair.

"Having to mask one's identity to avoid racial injustices of course has huge psychological effects," Nye' says.

The series "is a celebration and support to people who decide to embrace their own natural state of being."

When They Say

When They Say


Kokobar

Kokobar


Visit In the Museum and Previous Highlights to view more of earlier shows.

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