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FREE FIRST FRIDAY: Opening of We Who Work; Prints and Tapestries by Hung Liu

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Celebrate the opening of brand new exhibition We Who Work; Prints and Tapestries by Hung Liu. 

Zhuangjia (Crop), Hung Liu, 2008, Courtesy of Paulson Bott Press

ARTIST TALK | 5:30-6:30PM | Auditorium | Catch an artist talk from internationally renowned artist Hung Liu. Growing up under the Maoist regime, Hung Liu uses historical Chinese photographs to create vibrant prints and tapestries that honor everyday workers. She lives in Oakland and exhibits internationally.

ART ACTIVITY | 5:00-9:00PM | Classroom| Get messy and make collagraph prints ontop of historical photographs of Santa Cruz laborers.

LIVE MUSIC | 6:30-9pm | Atrium | Blue Summit | Enjoy an exciting repertoire of originals and covers spanning the genres of Bluegrass, Folk, Western Swing, Jazz, Blues and more.

FREE EXHIBITIONS | Explore three floors of exhibitions for free.

We Who Work; Prints and Tapestries by Hung Liu–  What does “work” look like? Explore vibrant, mixed media portraits of laborers by Hung Liu. Learn about low wage work in Santa Cruz by Working for Dignity. Learn stories from workers in Santa Cruz County.

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.

Movements for Change: Bob Fitch Photographs

New Section in History Gallery

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 organization, The Southern Christian Leadership Conference. During a long career, Fitch documented the U.S.’s civil rights movement in the South, as well as local activism. These powerful images reveal how communities organized for the cause of freedom.

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