Christine Wertheim

IMG_8575Christine Wertheim is a poet, performer, critic, curator, author of 8 books, crafter and collaborator teaching at CalArts. She came into the KZSC studio to talk about her upcoming Exhibit at the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery: Crochet Coral Reef: CO2CA-CO2LA Ocean by Margaret and Christine Wertheim and the Institute For FiguringThe Exhibition runs from February 10 to May 6, 2017. Corresponding events include:

FullSizeRender 3■ Artist talk: February 10, 4:00 pm, Digital Arts Research Center (DARC) 108 with Christine Wertheim

■ Reception: Friday, February 10, 5:00 –7:00 pm, Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery

■ Artist meet & greet: Saturday, February 11, 2:00– 4:00 pm, Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery

These events are FREE and open to the public. Permits will be for sale at the Performing Arts Lot and the Porter College Lot for $5.

The Crochet Coral Reef is a project created by Margaret Wertheim and Christine Wertheim of the Institute For Figuring, a Los-Angeles based non-profit that pioneers creative new methods for engaging the public about scientific and mathematical issues by putting people and communities at the core..

IMG_8580The Crochet Reef project resides at the intersection of mathematics, marine biology, handicraft and community art practice, and also responds to the environmental crisis of global warming, acidification of the oceans and the escalating problem of oceanic plastic trash.

In 2005, Los Angeles-based twin sisters, Margaret and Christine Wertheim tried a different approach to communications by starting the Crochet Coral Reef project. The idea was born from their love of the Great Barrier Reef, their oceanic neighbor, and their appreciation for handiwork and the community it can create, simply by participation. Margaret, with a background in physics, math and science communication, and Christine, a professor of experimental writing and feminism, created a revolutionary art program to engage the public in coral reef science.

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James Clifford


On October 1st, James Clifford came onto Artists on Art to talk about the the Sesnon Gallery Traveling Exhibition: An Uncommon Place: Shaping the UC Santa Cruz Campus

This well-received exhibition was invited for a second showing at the Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery, Cowell College  September 18 – October 25, 2015

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Curated by Emeriti Professors James Clifford, Michael Cowan, Virginia Jansen, and emeritus campus architect Frank Zwart for the 50th Anniversary of UCSC.

Originally shown at the Sesnon Gallery Spring of 2015.

Irene Lusztig, UCSC film professor, filmmaker, and new media artist

PrintUCSC film professor, filmmaker, media archeologist, and new media artist, Irene Lusztig spoke about curating the latest Sesnon Gallery Exhibition, COMPLICATED LABORS feminism, maternity, and creative practicethat features many practicing feminist artists from the 1969 to today.

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Irene’s film and video work mines old images and technologies for new meanings in order to reframe, recuperate, or reanimate forgotten and neglected histories. Her work can be seen at her website,

COMPLICATED LABORS GALLERY exhibition runs February 5 – March 15, 2014 at the Sesnon Gallery and features work by: Lenka Clayton, Mary Kelly, Natalie Loveless, Irene Lusztig, Jill Miller, Mother Art Collective, Alejandra Herrera Silva, Mierle Laderman Ukeles. The show also features a screening series of work by: Myrel Chernick, Beth Hall and Mark Cooley, Masha Godovannaya, Courtney Kessel, Ellina Kevorkian, Dillon Paul and Linsey Wolkowicz.

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Newton & Helen Mayer Harrison

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Screen shot 2013-02-01 at 9.51.44 AMOn January 28, 2013, Artist on Art had the incredible privilege and honor to speak with Environmental & Ecological Artists, Professors Emeriti Newton & Helen Mayer Harrison about their work and upcoming exhibition, The Harrison Studio: On Mixing, Mapping and Territory, at the Mary Porter Sesnon Gallery at  UCSC.

The Harrison Studio has been producing multi-media collaborative dialogic installation Eco-Activist art internationally for over 40 years.  After teaching at UC San Diego in the Art department for nearly thirty years, they retired and moved to Santa Cruz. Since then, they are back teaching in the Digital Arts and New Media MFA Program and began the Center for the Force Majeure Studies.

The Harrison’s lecture is  free, open to the public, and takes place  February 6, from 4:30-6pm at the Digital Arts Research Center with a Reception from 6:00–7:30pm  at the Sesnon Gallery in Porter College. The show runs from February 6 to March 15, 2013.

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Katerina Lanfranco


On January 31, 2012, multi-media installation artist-in-residence and UCSC alumna, Katerina Lanfranco came into the UCSC, KZSC studio to talk on Artist on Art about her new large-scale, site-specific, hand-cut installation made in collaboration with UCSC students. Katerina was accompanied by one of those students, Heidi Kramer, who assisted her greatly in the production of this fabulous panoramic and completely embodying work entitled, Natural Selection.

 Katerina lives in NYC where she makes paintings, mixed media works, sculptures, and installations. She is a studio arts educator at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. She is represented by the Nancy Hoffman Gallery and was the recipient of the 2010 N.E.A. Japan-US Friendship Commission Creative Arts Fellowship.

Please take a look at the newly created blog, Natural Selection Art Show.

Exhibition Dates are February 1 – April 13, 2012 with Gallery Reception, Wednesday February 1, 5:00- 7:00 pm with artist talk at 6:30pm. Lucky for us the show was extended.

Mitsuyo Tao, president of the Ikenobo Ikebana Society [Northern California Chapter], and Don White of the Watsonville and Santa Cruz Bonsai clubs, came to the Sesnon gallery this week in preparation for their demonstrations that will be taking place on for the First Friday Art Tour, February 3rd from 2:00 – 4:00PM at the Sesnon Gallery.

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