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.

Ballooniverse; Balloon Art by Addi Somekh: August 4 2017 – November 19 2017

Leap into an immersive balloon experience that is fun, funky and 100% unique. Balloons are more than just a colorful toy. They can spread joy and laughter all over the world. Featuring self-taught balloon twister and artist extraordinaire Addi Somekh, this exhibit will showcase changing installations made entirely out of balloons and photographs from the […]

Miguel Arzabe: April 2017 – January 2018 (Stairwell Installation)

View colorful paper weavings by Miguel Arzabe as you climb the museum stairs. Miguel Arzabe transforms discarded paper into colorful weavings. Honoring his Andean heritage, Miguel’s patterns celebrate cultures that preceded and continue to survive colonization. He uses promotional materials from contemporary art exhibits and fairs. By collecting, cutting, and remixing images of artworks that are […]

Lost Childhoods: Voices of Santa Cruz County Foster Youth and the Foster Youth Museum: July 7 2017 – December 31 2017

Step into an exhibit about foster youth made with foster youth—and leave empowered to take effective action. There are 60,000 youth in California’s foster care system. They struggle to avoid homelessness, prison, and social stigma. Their stories– of loss and resilience– are often unknown. That’s why we created an exhibition about foster youth — with foster youth. Lost Childhoods: Voices […]

The Chamber of Heart & Mystery

The Chamber of Heart & Mystery is an imaginarium for all ages. Dive into this whimsical exhibit that’s a portal to The Word Lab, a new afternoon writing lab at the MAH. The Chamber of Heart and Mystery invites you to explore the mysteries surrounding the human heart. Staged as a fictional study for Dr. Cora […]

Movements for Change: Bob Fitch Photographs

New History Gallery Pod “I’m not a professional photographer, I’m a political organizer. I happen to use the camera to tell the story of the work I do.” – Bob Fitch Watsonville’s own Bob Fitch began his career as a photojournalist in 1965. Trained as a minister, he joined the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.’s […]

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