Traction Art Talks

The artworks of Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds include multi-disciplinary forms of public art messages, large scale drawings, neuf series acrylic paintings, prints, works in glass and monumental porcelain enamel on steel outdoor sculpture.

You are invited to the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH) for an in-person conversation with contemporary artist Leonardo Drew, celebrated for jagged, tactile artworks that are rich in historical and cultural references, and art collector Jordan D. Schnitzer.

(from left to right) rafa esparza and Cassils

Cassils and rafa esparza are both internationally renowned performance and visual artists. They joined us  November 16, 2021 to discuss both their individual art practices and their large-scale socially engaged collaboration: In Plain Sight, 2020.

(from left to right) Delilah Montoya and portrait of Jackie Chavez.

For artist Delilah Montoya, transforming the past is a communal act in which revered symbols and their mystical and spiritual qualities are reborn in photographic representation.

Sharon Hayes engages multiple mediums–video, performance, and installation–in ongoing investigation into specific intersections between history, politics and speech.

Ken Gonzales-Day's interdisciplinary and conceptually grounded projects consider the history of photography, the construction of race, and the limits of representational systems ranging from the lynching photograph to museum display. For Traction: Art Talk, Gonzales-Day will be joined in conversation by Professor Karolina Karlic.

Abolition Then & Now with historian and cultural theorist Robin D. G. Kelley and artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien, co-presented with McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, is the next event in Visualizing Abolition.

Walid Raad, Appendix 153, 2018 ©Walid Raad

Walid Raad is an internationally renowned contemporary media artist.

Pablo Helguera, pictured in the Librería Donceles installation. Image by Tim Trumble.

Pablo Helguera (Mexico City, 1971) is a New York based artist working with installation, sculpture, photography, drawing, socially engaged art and performance.

Alphabet Abdal, 2015, woolen yarn, 190 × 495 cm. Installation view at Albertinum, Dresden, 2018. Photo Klemens Renner

Slavs and Tatars is an internationally-renowned art collective devoted to an area east of the former Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China known as Eurasia.