IN THE NEWS: Santa Clara University photo exhibit is a bank loan with interest

By: Sal Pizarro


This article was originally published in The Mercury News.

"Jazz Greats," a photography exhibition on loan through Bank of America’s Art in Our Communities program, is on display at the de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University through June 16.(Sal Pizarro/Bay Area News Group)

Bank of America Regional President Raquel Gonzalez would guess that her institution's relationship with Santa Clara University goes back a good century. And the Rev. Michael Engh, SCU's president, concurs, saying that it would have made sense for the school's Jesuit leaders to begin banking with the then-fledgling Bank of Italy, which opened its first branch in San Jose in 1909.

Well, that relationship has paid a nice dividend for visitors to Santa Clara University's de Saisset Museum, who this week saw the opening of "Jazz Greats," a photography exhibition on loan through Bank of America's Art in our Communities Program. While the banking giant has exhibitions on loan throughout the world, Gonzalez says this is the first time one has been on display in Silicon Valley.

"At a time when we seem to be so fractured, it's important that this exhibition represents this most American of art forms, jazz," Engh said at a reception for the exhibition that naturally included a jazzy performance by the Ren Geisick Trio.

The collection showcases 34 photographs -- covering a time period from the 1920s through the 1980s -- made by such illustrious photographers William Gottlieb, Aaron Siskind, Milt Hinton, Gordon Parks and Barbara Morgan. And their lenses captured some real jazz legends, including Louis Armstrong, Billie Holliday, George Gershwin, John Coltrane and Ella Fitzgerald.

"Jazz Greats" will be on display at the de Saisset through June 16.


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