The Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center

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Current Exhibitions & Installations

To learn more about an exhibition or installation, please click on its title.

Infinite Other: Monica Canilao and Xara Thustra. October 5, 2018 – March 24, 2019

In 2016, Monica Canilao & Xara Thustra combined their vision, talents, and activism to form a legendary creative partnership: MCXT. Their work is big in scale and heart. MCXT uses drawing, installation, murals, and other media to cultivate a sense of wonder and mindfulness that can help us see the infinite stories in and between people, objects, and ideas. […]

History Gallery

Long-term exhibit; History Gallery 2nd Floor.   Who makes history?  This gallery shares stories of people who made history here in Santa Cruz County. Farmworkers and fishermen. Street performers and surfers. Native Ohlone and migrants from around the world. Santa Cruz County is home to dreamers, artists, and activists. In this gallery, you will meet […]

Mary and Harry Blanchard Sculpture Garden

Permanent Exhibit The Mary and Harry Blanchard Sculpture Garden is a new exhibition space designed to showcase outdoor sculpture from the Museum’s permanent collection. The rooftop gallery is also an inviting space in which to view Santa Cruz and the surrounding mountains. The garden presently showcases a large scale granite sculpture by Davenport artist Richard […]

Mirando al Futuro: The Beach Flats Community Garden: November 2, 2018-September 2, 2019

  New Year-Long History Gallery Pod This exhibition takes a look at the history of the Beach Flats Community Garden, tracing a unique story of cultivation, community change, and historical preservation.  The garden, located in the Beach Flats, has for over twenty five years been an important space for youth education, food production, passing along agroecological […]

Lay of the Land: Rodrigo Valenzuela. November 2, 2018 – February 17, 2019

What does it feel like to be an immigrant in a new place? What do you do when the lay of the land is unfamiliar? Dive into disorienting landscapes in this installation of photography, painting, and video by Chilean-born artist Rodrigo Valenzuela. The materials and methods he uses to create his artwork speak to his […]

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