Art Without Distance

Art Without Distance

While UC Santa Cruz Institute of the Arts and Sciences (IAS) has had to suspend in-person exhibitions and arts programming to support efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we firmly believe that communal engagement with art remains crucial. Art Without Distance, our new online program in art and culture, is committed to cultivating the arts as part of our daily lives, helping our minds stay open to the creative possibilities of even troubled times.

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jackie sumell, Solitary Garden, UC Santa Cruz

What does it mean to think of abolitionism as a vision—one that challenges the social, economic, and political worldviews that prisons promote? For the 2020/21 academic year, UC Santa Cruz Institute of the Arts and Sciences, in collaboration with Gina Dent, associate professor, feminist studies, is pleased to present a series of online events featuring artists, activists, scholars, and others united by their commitment to the vital struggle for prison abolition.

Nicholas Payton playing the trumpet

"Music for Abolition," directed and curated by Terri Lyne Carrington, brings together musicians across a variety of genres to create a soundtrack—and provide a heartbeat—to our shared struggle for abolition. Expressing grief, rage, exhaustion, and resolution in the face of the U.S.

jackie sumell, Solitary Garden, UC Santa Cruz Installation view, 2019

Welcome to the online resources for Solitary Garden the participatory public sculpture and garden project by award-winning artist jackie sumell at UC Santa Cruz.

Carlos Motta, Corpo Fechado—The Devil’s Work, 2018

We The Enemy: A Political Reckoning and a Rising Resistance

"Fundamentally, the dead should be formally prohibited from stirring up disorder in the present." ~Achille Mbembe 

Future Garden for the Central Coast of California, 2017-ongoing

We are pleased to present online tools for Future Garden for the Central Coast of California, 2017-ongoing, by Newton Harrison (b.1932) and his collaborator and life partner, the late Helen Mayer Harrison (1927–2018) and the Center for the Study of the Force Majeure.

Public Doors and Windows, Collective Museum, 2015-ongoing

With teaching and learning now being done remotely due to the COVID-19 crisis, it doesn’t take long to begin to miss the UC Santa Cruz campus. For those of us who have been lucky enough to visit, learn, research, teach, or work at UC Santa Cruz, we know the university is one of the most beautiful colleges in the world.