Artists in Residence: MCXT

Monica Canilao and Xara Thustra (MCXT) return to Santa Cruz for a hybrid residency that melds art and history into a kaleidoscopic experience of our present moment.

October 14, 2022–February 26, 2023

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3rd Floor
Art Forum Gallery

The MAH welcomes Monica Canilao and Xara Thustra, the collaborative duo behind MCXT, back to Santa Cruz for a hybrid residency that melds art and history into a kaleidoscopic experience of our present moment.

Throughout the Winter and Spring of 2022, the artists will delve into the MAH’s archives and connect with local artists and historians to illuminate the stories behind the early Venetian Water Carnivals of Santa Cruz. This research and collaboration process will culminate in a site-specific installation that will reimagine this historic local event through the expansive lens of MCXT. Their new installation will debut as part of CommonGround 2022, a new biennial outdoor arts festival hosted by the MAH to celebrate and explore our relationships to place, and each other.

The Venetian Water Carnival was an annual event along the San Lorenzo River in Santa Cruz from 1895 to 1927. The event was based on the water carnivals of Venice, Italy to support the image of Santa Cruz as the “Florence of the West.” The carnivals featured floats and live performances that guests would enjoy from the bank of the river. After the boardwalk opened in 1904 the water carnival slowly started to fade and the last water carnival took place in 1927.

Meet the Artists

Monica Infinite Other

MCXT

Monica Canilao

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Xara Infinite Other

MCXT

Xara Thustra

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