The Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center

Today is Tuesday, October 16: Open 10am-8pm
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Explore three floors of exhibitions for free, dance to live music and get hands-on with an all-ages art activity.

EXHIBITION TALK | 5:30-6:30PM | Auditorium | Imaginations Ignited! The Word Lab and the Chamber of Heart & Mystery are projects of the Young Writers Program currently operating out of the Museum of Art & Mystery. Come hear about the history, development, and operation of these adjoining projects. Young writers will read their work. The earth will tremble!

ART ACTIVITY | 5:00-9:00PM | Classroom | What do you want to stand up for in the new year? What do you want to question? Design paper hands to make a large collaborative mural of new year goals.

LIVE MUSIC | 6:30-9pm | Atrium | Kangaroo Rat | Based in Provincetown, MA, Kangaroo Rat is a colorful fusion of original pieces & beautiful European works. A delightful mix of accordion, glockenspeil and joy.

FREE EXHIBITIONS | Explore three floors of exhibitions for free.

Santa Cruz Collects – Explore personal items from curious collectors all over Santa Cruz County. Learn about people in Santa Cruz through the flip-flops, corks, and cat whiskers they collect. Explore how artists use collections to create extraordinary assemblage sculptures. Examine how the items we collect do more than tell us about ourselves; they shine a light on things we may never have known about each other.

Screaming Hand – Celebrate the Screaming Hand’s 30th anniversary. Explore original art by Jim Phillips and 200 contemporary international artists influenced by this fundamental icon of youth skate culture on the 3rd Floor Art Forum Gallery.

Chamber of Heart & Mystery —  Dive into this imaginarium for all ages. The Chamber of Heart and Mystery invites you to explore the mysteries surrounding the human heart. Staged as a fictional study for Dr. Cora X. Crux, renowned explorer of the heart and its mysteries, this exhibition is filled with curious objects and art work.

Vital Current- Seeking the San Lorenzo by Camille Utterback- Dip your fingers into San Lorenzo River history with Camille Utterback’s interactive installation. This large-scale river-shaped projection in the MAH lobby windows shows an ever-changing collage of historic and contemporary images of the San Lorenzo River. Explore the river’s history by “dipping” your fingers into the river via a touchscreen surface.



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