Exhibitions

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.

Hank Willis Thomas, If the Leader Only Knew, 2014

Barring Freedom creatively engages and educates multiple publics about issues of prisons, policing, and justice through an innovative traveling exhibition of contemporary art, a participatory public art project, and online events and programming around the theme of Visualizing Abolition.

jackie sumell and Tim Young, UC Santa Cruz Solitary Garden, 2019-ongoing

Solitary Garden, the participatory public sculpture and garden project by jackie sumell, is on view at UC Santa Cruz Baskin Art Studios.

The three eco-domes at the UCSC Arboretum that are the main focus of the 'Future Garden' project.

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.

Carlos Motta, Legacy, Video still, 2019

The Institute of the Arts and Sciences (IAS) and the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery at UC Santa Cruz are pleased to present Carlos Motta: We The Enemy, the West Coast premiere solo exhibition by the internationally acclaimed artist. 

Futurefarmers Wandering Seminar

UC Santa Cruz Institute of the Arts and Sciences is pleased to present Fog Inquiry: Wandering Seminar by Futurefarmers February 18-29, 2020.

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

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.

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

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.

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.