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Solitary Garden with jackie sumell Solitary Garden at Sidewalk Ends Farm in Providence, RI
Solitary Garden with jackie sumell

In fall of 2019 the Institute of the Arts and Sciences will work with artist jackie sumell to build a Solitary Garden on UC Santa Cruz campus. This project calls for an end to the inhumane conditions of solitary confinement while building connection with those incarcerated.

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

The Institute of the Arts and Sciences (IAS) and the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery is pleased to announce their upcoming collaborative exhibition featuring Carlos Motta, January 23-March 14, 2020.

Barring Freedom, Traveling Exhibition on Race and Mass Incarceration Chandra McCormick, Men going to work in the fields of Angola prison, 2013
Barring Freedom, Traveling Exhibition on Race and Mass Incarceration

Barring Freedom is a traveling exhibition of contemporary art grappling with the historical and structural racism embedded within the systems of mass incarceration, criminal justice, and the prison industrial complex.

The Harrisons' Future Garden at the UCSC Arboretum Planting of Future Garden, April 2018
The Harrisons' Future Garden at the UCSC Arboretum

Future Garden, a major art and science project by Newton Harrison and his late wife and lifelong collaborator Helen Mayer Harrison, is now on view at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum and Botanic Garden.

Question Bridge: Black Males Question Bridge: Black Males
Question Bridge: Black Males

Question Bridge: Black Males is a collaborative multimedia project in which over 150 black men—from across the United States and also across age, class, profession, and sexuality— together explore some of the most troubling, poignant, personal, and sometimes incongruous aspects of their lived experiences.

Collective Museum with Public Doors and Windows Collective Museum Image Grid
Collective Museum with Public Doors and Windows

Tour Collective Museum, the campus-wide art project by Portland-based artist group Public Doors and Windows (PDW) at iascollectivemuseum.com.

FOREST (for a thousand years...) by Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller, FOREST (for a thousand years...) 2012, Installation view from dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel Germany.
FOREST (for a thousand years...) by Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller

FOREST (for a thousand years...), the beguiling and uncanny audio installation by renowned Canadian artists Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, can be experienced April 7- July 1, 2018 in the redwood grove of UC Santa Cruz's Arboretum and Botanic Garden.

Forest Law by Ursula Biemann and Paulo Tavares Ursula Biemann and Paulo Tavares, Forest Law, 2014, Multi-channel video installation and photo-text assemblage.
Forest Law by Ursula Biemann and Paulo Tavares

The Institute of the Arts and Sciences, in collaboration with the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery and the Center for Creative Ecologies, is proud to present Forest Law, an exhibition by artist-researcher Ursula Biemann and architect Paulo Tavares.

Futurefarmers Wandering Residency Futurefarmers Flatbread Society Bake House in Oslo, Norway, 2017
Futurefarmers Wandering Residency

The Institute of the Arts and Sciences presents Futurefarmers and the Wandering Residency, January 15- February 1, 2019.  Based in San Francisco and Gent, Belgium, Futurefarmers includes artist Amy Franceschini, architect and philosopher Lode Vranken, artist and activist Marthe Van Dessel, and other periodic partners and collaborators.

Video Installation: Unearthing Disaster I & II by Angela Melitopoulos and Angela Anderson Unearthing Disaster II, Angela Melitopoulos and Angela Anderson
Video Installation: Unearthing Disaster I & II by Angela Melitopoulos and Angela Anderson

Unearthing Disaster I & II, a video installation by Berlin- based artists, Angela Melitopoulos and Angela Anderson, is the result of years of research on the destruction of a pristine, mountainous forest region in Northeastern Greece by Eldorado Gold, a Canadian mining company.