The Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center

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Free First Friday

Free First Friday: Screaming Hand Exhibition Opening

Fri, Aug 5, 2016, 11  am–9 pm

Celebrate the iconic Screaming Hand image and its creator Jim Phillips in the new exhibition Screaming Hand produced in collaboration with NHS, Inc. Explore original art by Phillips and 200 other contemporary international artists influenced by this fundamental icon of youth skate culture. ARTIST TALK | 5:30-6:30pm | Catch an Artist Talk by Jim Phillips, the creator of the Screaming Hand and Bob Denike, the CEO of NHS from 5:30-6:30pm. Hear from the people who made skateboarding and skate graphics…


Marathon Reading of Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass”

Fri, Aug 5, 2016, 5–9 pm

Kevin will host a cover-to-cover read-and-pass style marathon of the 1918 edition text. This show will have a brief intermission out of mercy. Bring a copy of the original 1918 edition (as opposed to the far longer later editions) if you’d like, but we will have some available.   Kevin Devaney Visit Kevin in the gallery from July 26th – August 22nd, 2016 Step into the Poetry Parlor and forge your own poems with Kevin Devaney. Kevin  is a graduate of the Sarah…


Let’s Gather at the Table

Fri, Aug 5, 2016, 5–9 pm

A time to test recipes, cook together and talk about all things food-related. Come and inhabit the kitchen together and share stories and memories about food! Abigail Han Visit Abigail in the gallery from July 12th – August 22nd, 2016 Taste the recipes of historical and contemporary Santa Cruz in our gallery kitchen. Abigail Han is a practicing artist originating from Singapore and currently living and working in Los Angeles. She makes experimental films and uses performance, video, installation, and drawing in…


Embroidery 101

Thu, Aug 18, 2016, 2–4 pm

Join Stef for a beginner’s class all about embroidery — french knots, daisy chains, and satin stitch. Participants will learn basic stitches and be offered a variety of pre-made designs to try their hand at. Supplies will be available. Best for ages 6 and up. Stef Wolf Visit Stef in the gallery from August 9th – September 25th, 2016 Tell your own stories of movement and place through the art of embroidery with Stef Wolf. Stef is a Santa Cruz based artist…


U.S. Historical Migrant Routes

Fri, Aug 19, 2016, 5–9 pm

Join Stef for a discussion of historical migrant routes in the United States and beyond. From forced migration to chosen migration, we’ll spend time discussing the impact of migration on place and community. Participants are encouraged to shared their own stories of migration at the end of the session and if time allows, stitch their path onto available fabric maps. Stef Wolf Visit Stef in the gallery from August 9th – September 25th, 2016 Tell your own stories of movement and place…