The Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center

Past Exhibitions

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Site-Sound: March 6th – June 21st, 2015

3rd floor Art Forum Gallery Site-Sound is a musical universe waiting for you to look, listen, touch, and play.  Explore a landscape of musical artworks made up of materials of the unusual and the everyday. You’ll find custom electronic speakers, hand-blown glass, found objects, reclaimed pianos and digital printing. Make your way through a sonic […]

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Toy Trains 2014

Join us for a rotating cavalcade of  operating toy trains from the 1920s to the 21st century. Watch a massive standard gauge steam engine from the 1920s start up-headlight flashing, drive wheels spinning, smoke flowing from the smoke stack and of course a mighty whistle. On another track, see a remote controlled modern production of […]

Felix Lucero, Blind Curve, 2010; courtesy William James Association

The Cell and the Sanctuary: Art and Incarceration: November 7, 2014 – February 22, 2015

3rd Floor Art Forum Overcrowded? Inhumane? Necessary? In a California prison, what does art look like? See for yourself. Explore the paintings, drawings, sculptures and writing made by incarcerated individuals from prisons around California. These will be alongside installation, audio/video and 2-D works by teachers from their impactful art-in-prisons programs. The incarcerated artists in this exhibition […]

Amelie Rider  "Border Walled," 2014,  Acrylic on Canvas, 18" x 24"

Everybody’s Ocean: December 19th, 2014 – April 19, 2015

2nd Floor Solari Gallery Opening reception of Wave II: Free First Friday, March 6th 5-9PM. Click here for more information.  Words of thanks by curator Justin Hoover at 7:30. The ocean represents anything from womb to tomb. We personify it as a wrathful god, a seductive spirit, or an indomitable force. The four oceans of […]

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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.