Art is all around, and smells better, too. Plus: Free Folk Fest, Ambient Grace, Chinatown Dragon, Hella Warped, Cockettes, more to do
By MARKE B.
JULY 6, 2023
Staying on the theme of liberation, with a more literal bent: Two exhibitions are open this Friday, 5pm-7pm, at the 100 Panetta Avenue galleries in Santa Cruz as part of the Institute of the Arts and Sciences at UC Santa Cruz’s ambitious and striking Visualizing Abolition project, a scholarship program and ongoing initiative exploring art, prisons, and justice. Sadie Barnette—gosh, she is fabulously everywhere—presents “Family Business” (a multi-sited project at IAS through August 13, continuing through October 15 at the San Jose Museum of Art through October 15) alongside Carolina Caycedo and David de Rozas’ “The Blessings of the Mystery” (through August 13) and a showing of several of their films. Barnette explores the personal side of incarceration, delving into family history and the shared experience of Black resistance and oppression, while Caycedo and de Rozas “draw from research into the carceral, cultural, scientific, industrial, and economic forces that shape landscapes from West Texas to the Central Coast of California.”
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