Spoken/Unspoken: Stories on Living and Dying
Museum of Art & History
December 1, 2017 - March 25, 2018
Reception: Friday, December 1, 5:00-9:00pm
At the end of your life, what will you wish you had said?…
This exhibition invites you to share your story, make music, and listen to others.
Spoken/Unspoken is a sound installation that features intimate stories from hospice patients in end of life care. Hospice caregivers meet with people nearing the end of their lives. They listen to their stories. They learn what matters most to them. They help them live and die with dignity.
The MAH worked with Hospice of Santa Cruz County to record some of these stories. Hospice patients reflected on their lives and what they wished they could have said to friends and loved ones. Then, composer and sound artist Lanier Sammons wove their words into a symphony of stories. When you step into this immersive installation, you can listen to their stories and record your own.
Image credit: Joop Rubens Photography
Santa Cruz Art LeagueSpoken/Unspoken: Visual Politics January 5 – February 4, 2018
Reception: Friday, February 2, 6:00-8:00pm
Art is a democratic form of expression of the convoluted news around politics today… More Details
Utilizing both traditional and non-traditional mediums, artists all over the nation have been creatively expressing distaste or excitement about the happenings of national and international politics. This exhibition will showcase voices of artists who refuse to be silent and who actively engage in the citizens’ conversation.
Juror: T. Mike Walker, Artist/Author/Teacher
Image credit: T. Mike Walker
Santa Cruz Public LibrarySpoken/Unspoken: Unfinished Business
January 7 to April 8, 2018
Reception: Friday, February 2, 6:00-8:00pm
Narrative art is art that tells a story through imagery. Artists visually narrate by … More Details
ART IN THE LIBRARY presents 4 local artists:
Sara Friedlander’s photographs honor women immigrants. Beginning with her maternal grandmother, Sara has digitally combined vintage photos with additional images to create what she calls “creative nonfiction”.
Lidia Hasenauer’s series records current history in a circus poster format using symbolism, metaphor, color and words.
Felicia Rice arrived in Santa Cruz in 1974 to study with renowned San Francisco printer Jack Stauffacher and apprentice with poet/printer William Everson at the University of California, Santa Cruz. By 1977 she had set Moving Parts Press in motion. Her work has been fueled by political, sociocultural and historical commitment.
Bob Rogers’ pieces are a personal narrative. Developing over time, they combine his experiences with current world events, art, history, pop culture and literature. Bob created the name for our exhibit, “UNFINISHED BUSINESS,” and sums up our goal perfectly: ”to entice the viewer to look closely and ‘finish’ the narrative in their own minds - based on their own projections and imaginations.”
Artists: Bob Rogers, Felicia Rice, Lidia Hasenauer and Sara Friedlander
Image credit: Birds of inMigration-Ethel, Sara Friedlander
R. Blitzer GallerySCRAP – Santa Cruz Recycled Art Project
February 2 – February 24, 2018
Reception & Spoken Word Event: Friday, February 2, 5:00–9:00pm
After gleaning from the city's landfill, our artists create incredibly beautiful… More Details
… and diverse work–made from scrap metal, wood, discarded utensils and so much more, it speaks volumes. The need to not simply re-cycle but up-cycle is made obvious. Yet still, in a visit to the landfill, one can have more than a few words to say on how horrendous, exciting but perhaps hopeful we can be. Come look and listen to the sounds and sights of your city's dump!
Artists: Ann Altstatt, Vicki Assegued, Lucas Elmer & Chris Cravey, Cheryl Moreno and Lynne Todaro
Radius GalleryBIT by BIT
Feb 7 - April 8, 2018
Reception: Friday, February 9, 6:00-8:00pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, March 18 at 2:00pm
The art of Bean Finneran moves us through wonderment, a visual… More Details
…poetry without words. Much like listening to grass blow in the wind or watching sea life pulse in water, you feel a stillness inside you as you witness everything move around you.
Her forms suggest fragments of a conversation, sound bites from nature, or layering of language. Upon construction (and deconstruction) you experience the musicality of the work, clay tinking and sliding gently to create forms that reference the vocabularies of geometry and organized chaos. Each sculpture is composed of thousands of handmade ceramic elements, placed one by one, with the shape determined as space and form speak to the artist – no single piece is the same.
Image credit: Stripe Construction, Bean Finneran
Mary Porter Sesnon GallerySpoken/Unspoken: Forms of Resistance
curated by Shelby Graham and UCSC students
February 8 – March 17, 2018
Reception: Thursday, February 8, 4:30–6:30pm
Remarks at 6:00pm by visiting speakers Betty Avila and Alexa Kim from Self Help Graphics in Los Angeles
All events are FREE and open to the public.
Featuring work by Ruth-Marion Baruch, Laura Kina, Hung Liu,… More Details
…Yolanda Lopez, Irene Lusztig, Yoko Ono, Jo Hanson, Irene Carvajal, with artifacts about Angela Davis and posters from the Guerrilla Girls and artists from Self-Help Graphics.
As part of Santa Cruz's countywide SPOKEN/UNSPOKEN exhibitions, the Sesnon Art Gallery at UC Santa Cruz highlights a collection of artists and activists engaged with forms of resistance. The term resistance can represent various profiles from opposition to struggle; it can also portray resilience, strength, courage, and standing up for basic rights. Many artists examine the strength behind resistance and challenge the status quo from politics to art making. Selected artworks cover a range of outspoken topics of social justice from land rights to human rights and in a variety of unspoken print media and conceptual practices.
This grouping offers a diversity of topics and artistic approaches focused on particular moments and themes-from questions of immigration, representation to the fight for equality-that remain relevant today. At the core of the exhibition is the belief that artists play a profound role in transforming their time and shaping the future.
Sponsored by the History of Art and Visual Culture department and Chicano Latino Research Center at UCSC. All events are FREE and open to the public.
Image credit: Womens Work, Yolanda LopezSesnon Art Gallery, Porter College, UCSC, MAP
Porter Faculty GallerySpoken/Unspoken: ART AS RESPONSE/ARTIST AS CATALYST
February 8 – March 17, 2018
Reception: Thursday, February 8, 5:00–7:00pm
Museo Eduardo CarrilloUnseen/Seen: Stories into Creativity
…viewing the film online and responding to it in conversations with Betsy Anderson, Director of Museo Eduardo Carillo.
Documentary Film Maker Wallace Boss and Museo Eduardo Carrillo have partnered to enter the studios of three regional artists - sculptor Doyle Foreman, photographer Edward Ramirez, and painter Claire Thorson – whose art practice and process were shared with us. This film presents portraits of the artists and explores their creative process. Motivated by evocative found objects in nature, the desire to bring visibility to those who work to build and sustain our community, and world events that we are part of, even at a distance, these artists offer rare insights into the unseen becoming seen.
Filmmaker: Wallace Boss
Produced by: Museo Eduardo Carrillo
Artists:Doyle Foreman, Edward Ramirez, Claire Thorson
Image credit: Wallace Boss
Cabrillo GallerySpoken/Unspoken: Cyphers
March 12 – April 13, 2018, closed March 26 – 30
Reception: Saturday, March 10, 4:00-5:30pm
Cyphers presents artwork that, without words, visually communicates enigmas to be solved or codes to be deciphered.
Pajaro Valley Arts GallerySpoken/Unspoken: Museum of Curious Perceptions
March 21 – May 13, 2018
Reception: Saturday, March 24, TBA
Enter. Within these walls are works that will confound, surprise… More Details
The story tellers. Their words reverberate throughout the galleries… unsounded whispers, mute cries, gagged laughter, thunderous unheard sighs – the splintering profundity of their unspoken words resound silently throughout each gallery within this fictional museum. Look, watch and listen with your imagination. The artists in each of the exhibits mold and twist, conjure, proclaim, contort and extract a story from objects mundane and sublime. Be transported. Enter their stories.
Artists: Wendy Akin, Jody Alexander, Marie Bergstedt, Charlene Doiron Reinhart, Steve Gompf, Hope Kroll, Victoria May, Beverly Rayner, Diane R. Ritch and Rose Sellery.
Image credit: Gear Heads, Hope Kroll
Santa Cruz Mountains Art CenterSPOKEN/UNSPOKEN : Visual Stories of Migration
April 18 – June 16, 2018
Reception: Friday, April 20, 6:00-8:00pm
Since ancient times, people, animals, ideas, customs, and cultures have…
Our exhibit explores the impact of migration through the unspoken medium of art and the “spoken” medium of the written word.
The exhibit will include multimedia artworks that may be deeply personal—telling the story of ancestors and family—or more global in nature. We also invite submitting artists to include a written piece, such as a short story or poem, to go with their artwork.