The Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center

Today is Thursday, February 23: Open 11am – 5pm
Directions & Admission
The MAH is open during construction. Enter on Cooper Street for your creative community experience.

Art Events

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

Fri, Mar 3, 2017, 5–9 pm

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

3rd Friday: Poetry and Book Arts

Fri, Mar 17, 2017, 6–9 pm

Dive beneath the printed word at an evening featuring the most impressive poetry and book arts in Santa Cruz County.

Historic Photo Processes Forum

Sat, Mar 18, 2017, 11  am–1 pm

The Historic Photo Processes Forum is a resource for photographers, collectors and conservators to study the history and practice of alternative (non-inkjet) photographic image making. Albumen, carbon, platinum, and other vintage techniques are used today not only for their nostalgic aesthetic, but also because they represent the pinnacle of photographic printmaking – unrivaled for image quality and stability. By combing “obsolete”l wet-processes with sophistical digital imaging tools, contemporary artist-photographers are creating expressive and technically innovative hand made photographs. Founded and…

Free First Friday

Fri, Apr 7, 2017, 5–9 pm

Explore three floors of exhibitions for free, dance to live music and get hands-on with an all-ages art activity. ARTIST TALK | 5:30-6:30PM | Auditorium | ART ACTIVITY | 5:00-9:00PM | Classroom| LIVE MUSIC | 6:30-9pm | Atrium | 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…

Community Rental: Santa Cruz Bonsai Kai 29th Annual Exhibit

Apr 8–9, 2017, 10  am–5 pm

Want to host your event at the MAH? Find how more here. Or contact the Event Operations Catalyst at The Santa Cruz Bonsai Kai is a local club devoted to promoting and teaching bonsai as an art form. The beautifully exhibited trees may be seen from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days and are the product of many years of horticultural development and artistic creativity. A bonsai is actually a living sculpture and an art form that dates back…