The Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center

Today is Tuesday, October 16: Open 10am-8pm
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Past Exhibitions

Barridos Unidos Art Show: Art Behind Walls. Temporary Art Exhibition Sept 5 2018 – Sept 10 2018

Visit the temporary exhibition, Art Behind Walls, featuring artists who are currently incarcerated. The work is curated by the Santa Cruz Barrios Unidos Prison Project. The Santa Cruz Barrios Unidos Prison Project is dedicated to providing cultural and spiritual education, support, and hope to incarcerated individuals. As a way of giving back and feeling connected […]

See, Be Seen: Community Portraits. May 4 – September 23 2018

“Historically in the West portraiture has been used to document the history of those in power who had the wealth to hire artists to paint their images. As artists we have chosen to uplift those in our community, making images of the people who have struggled to change the world we live in.” – Jesus Barraza […]

Gender Revolution: June 20th, 2018 – June 22nd, 2018

Join several artists and performers from Santa Cruz and Monterey County in an exploration of gender through photography, poetry, film, live music and more. Artists of varying gender expressions, orientations, and cultural experiences will be showcasing works that are representative of their lived experiences.     Go deeper with related events Dialogue: Art & Identity […]

All Part of Somebody’s Family: The Black Panthers in Photographs, 1968. Temporary Installation May 16 – May 21 2018

“We are all part of somebody’s family… [Ruth-Marion and Pirkle] captured the real love and inspiration of what the Black Panther Party was all about.” – Elbert “Bigman” Howard, Black Panthers co-founder Fifty years ago, artist Ruth-Marion Baruch launched a project to document  the Black Panther Party’s community of activism in California. When the now-iconic photographs […]

We Feed You: Works by Victor Cartagena. April 6th — July 22nd 2018

Behind every salad is a story. From almonds and brussel sprouts to grapes and sugar beets, California produces and distributes nearly half of the fruits, nuts, and vegetables in the country. But who is responsible for all the work that goes into putting food on our tables? This exhibition explores the systemic injustice of food […]