The Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center

Today is Friday, August 26: Open 11am – 9pm, event tonight
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Past Exhibitions

The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection: February 26th, 2016 – May 22nd, 2016

2nd floor Solari Gallery Explore one of the largest private collections of African American art and artifacts. Spanning 400 years of history, the Kinsey Collection reflects a rich cultural heritage. Includes work by Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence, and Richard Mayhew alongside archival material related to Frederick Douglass, Zora Neale Hurston, and Malcolm X. […]

Sutranic, Jeremy Morgan

UnLandscape: April 1st- July 24th, 2016

3rd floor Art Forum You’ve seen Santa Cruz sunsets 100 times. Imagine pulling one apart. That’s what Jeremy Morgan and Tra Bouscaren do in UnLandscape. Morgan is a landscape painter. Bouscaren is an abstract media artist. Together, they deconstruct traditional landscape art with new formats, materials and images. Jeremy Morgan doesn’t paint specific locations. Instead, […]


Labor Tea

Víctor Cartagena Labor Tea, 2015 black and white photographs, tea bags, string From his Invisible Nation series, artist Victor Cartagena presents Labor Tea, a portraiture installation about memory, displacement and labor. Experiencing the Salvadoran civil war in the 1970’s and 1980’s influenced the artist’s work. These photographs depict Salvadoran citizens at that time in rigid, […]


Strength & Struggle: December 18th, 2015 – February 7th, 2016

2nd Floor Solari  When you struggle, how do you find strength? Find power in the stories of boxers, Derby Girls, transgender performance artists and women skaters. These artists knit together body, mind, and spirit. They transform themselves through action. They fight social and familial expectations with strength. Bodies become a site for personal struggle and self-realization.  Dive […]

Zeke-Smith-poisonous High Res

Wild Mushrooms & Functional Fungi: December 4th, 2015 – March 20th, 2016

3rd Floor Art Forum Mushrooms: good on pizza, sometimes psychedelic, and also the world’s oldest and most uncelebrated tool. See how mushrooms push fungal forms: as bricks, as environmental cleaning tools, as vibrant dyes. Today, mushrooms have become a pioneering tool for designers,a  subject for artists, and important biotechnology for scientists. Explore how these fungal […]