The Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center

Current Exhibitions

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Henrietta Shore, Women of Oaxaca, 1910, Lithograph
Gift of Ruth Frary

Shuffle Show: Henrietta Shore

2nd floor landing Shuffle Shows are curated by the community. Guest curators select artworks from the museum’s collection to create temporary exhibitions.  About the work “To be true to nature one must abstract. Nature does not waste her forms. If you would know the clouds, then study the rocks.” Henrietta Shore (1880-1963) The natural beauty of […]


Uncommon Threads: September 4th- December 6th, 2015

2nd floor Solari Gallery How can you wear candy wrappers? Or transform bones into bras? Explore the eclectic and creative style of Santa Cruz. Combining poetic materials in creative ways, local designers defy the runways. These one-of-a-kind pieces adorn the body and change our relationship to everyday materials. See how the past 10 years of […]

Peters Moment of Transcendence image by Garcia

Moment of Transcendence, 2015

Danielle Peters Paper Installation What moment transformed your life? Danielle asked her Boys and Girls Club students and MAH visitors at 3rd Friday: Beyond Borders to answer this question through drawing and writing. She folded, cut and arranged each individual moment together to form this collaborative sculpture. Read an interview with Danielle here. See images from […]


Plastic Pledges

Plastic Pledges features four 30″ x 30″ archival pigment prints mounted on aluminum and thirteen plastic jewelry items in shadow boxes by Judith Selby Lange and Richard Lange. This artwork is accompanied by a participatory text-based installation made of fishing nets hanging from the ceiling and paper strips resembling kelp asking the public to pledge […]


History Gallery

Long-term exhibit; History Gallery 2nd Floor.   Who makes history?  This gallery shares stories of people who made history here in Santa Cruz County. Farmworkers and fishermen. Street performers and surfers. Native Ohlone and migrants from around the world. Santa Cruz County is home to dreamers, artists, and activists. In this gallery, you will meet […]

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