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.

Free 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 |…

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…

Qing Ming Festival and Work Party

Sat, Apr 1, 2017, 9:30 am–12:30 pm

*Please note that this event is not at the MAH, but at Evergreen Cemetery across from Harvey West Park. Make your mark and restore local Chinese history. Join the Evergreen Restoration Committee in a work party to celebrate the Chinese cultural holiday of Qing Ming. Qing Ming is about honoring the departed spirits of your family members. This is traditionally celebrated by cleaning their grave sites and making an offering. MAH’s Evergreen Cemetery Restoration Committee has been working for years…

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…

Historic Photo Processes Forum

Sat, Apr 15, 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…

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