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Virtual Gallery Talks: Creativity in Quarantine

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Friday, March 19, 2021,
6pm - 7pm

Online via Zoom

$5 General | Free for MAH Members & Exhibiting Artists

Learn more about the artworks and themes of our new community-sourced exhibition, In These Uncertain Times, in our new weekly Virtual Gallery Talk series.

As we await the day we can welcome you back inside the museum to experience the exhibition for yourself, join exhibiting artists and MAH staff for an hour of art and conversation.

RSVP on Eventbrite (Link Coming Soon!) for new topics every week as we highlight the artwork and creative process of individuals from across Santa Cruz County. So grab a drink, a cup of tea, or order your favorite local take out and join us every Friday at 6pm.

March 12th: Creativity in Quarantine

“Experience - mystifying, overwhelming, conscious, subconscious - rolls over everybody. We try to adapt, to learn, to accommodate, sometimes resisting, other times submitting to, whatever confronts us.” ― Zadie Smith, Intimations

This pandemic has forced many of us to slow down and take stock of our lives. And in the months since March of 2020, it has continued to be a moment of collective pause and deep reflection. For some it has provided time to experiment with their creativity, while some have used this space to dig deep into their artistic practice.

Featured Films

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Essential Workers: Campesinos & #LaborEsencial

By Gabriel Medina

I was invited to join a caravan of artist, activists, and leaders from Watsonville, CA who wanted to thank and show our appreciation for our farm workers.”

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By Madison McGain

“It’s an attempt to reconcile with the experiences of the last 6 months. To consider the impact of western society’s culture of separation and avoidance of mortality. My experience of the pandemic has led me to understand nature as a constant reminder of ephemerality and to acknowledge the profoundly beautiful side of impermanence.”

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Fear is a Virus

By Erin Single

“This experimental film originated out of a personal response to the alienated environment and unsettling temporality suddenly imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. It complicates the performance of everyday life and vanity in times of apocalypse.”

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How Do You Spend Your Time in Quarantine?

By Marilia Kaisar

"This video essay traces my own personal routine of walking through different landscapes of Santa Cruz and reflects on being in between languages and continents. It is an attempt to portray the experience of being quarantined across borders in an unfamiliar country with a foreign language and culture. To disconnect from the screen and reconnect with nature and myself.”

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By Marian Mafnas

"This is our campus void of life. Void of everything that makes it ours.

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The Fridge

By Gioh Sung

"Passing of time can mean very different during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Days and nights just blend into one another during these confusing times. Lately, the only way to keep track of time is checking my fridge, sometimes cold, sometimes hopeful.”

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Schedule of Virtual Gallery Talks