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 […]

Día de los Muertos Community Ofrenda: October 11th-November 30th

1st Floor Lezin Gallery This interactive exhibit invites members of the community to remember and honor loved ones who have passed on by bringing a photograph, memento or special object to place on our communal Day of the Dead altar. We built this altar in partnership with Vive Oaxaca.


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 […]


Princes of Surf: July 3 – November 29, 2015

3rd Floor Art Forum Gallery We are a city of surf; but the story behind the name doesn’t start with us. It begins with Three Hawaiian princes in 1885. That summer, David Kawananakoa, Edward Keli’iahonui and Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana’ole introduced surfing to the world beyond Hawaii. They rode Santa Cruz waves. Crafted surfboards from our […]

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 […]

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