An Uncommon Place: Shaping the UC Santa Cruz Campus

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An Uncommon Place: Shaping the UC Santa Cruz Campus

April 24, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

| Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery | Free

Art PhotoExhibition Dates:                                                                 
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 – Saturday, May 9, 2015


Public Reception at the Sesnon Gallery at Porter College:
Wednesday, April 8, 5:00pm-7:00pm
Curated by Emeriti Professors James Clifford, Michael Cowan, Virginia Jansen, and Emeritus Campus Architect Frank Zwart.
All events FREE


Alumni Weekend:
Sesnon Reception at Porter koi pond and Curators’ walkthrough:
April 24, 4-6PM


Alumni Weekend campus walk with curators:
April 25, 2:15 PM, (meet at Cowell College)


Everyone agrees that the UC Santa Cruz campus is breathtaking. How was it created? An Uncommon Place traces decisive moments in the site’s early development. Here an innovative educational project engaged with a beautiful and challenging environment. The university took shape among steep ravines and dramatic trees in a way that respected as it transformed the landscape. Using architectural plans, photographs, and oral histories, the exhibition illustrates paths taken and not taken-decisions, constraints, and hopes. It celebrates the achievement of UCSC’s founding planners while analyzing the tensions and contradictions that were built into their project. Through its many subsequent transformations, the UC Santa Cruz campus remains an extraordinary work of environmental art.

Remembering these formative years can perhaps help us renew a powerful utopian experiment. At UC Santa Cruz, architecture and environment still conspire to create an uncommon place, a setting for teaching, research and imagination outside the bounds of the ordinary.

Sponsored by UCSC Alumni Association; Divisions of the Arts, Humanities, Physical and Biological Sciences, Social Sciences; Colleges: Cowell, Eight, Kresge, Oakes, Porter, and Stevenson; McHenry Library Special Collections & Archives; and University Relations.

In conjunction with An Uncommon Place exhibition,The Sesnon Gallery also presents, Rhythms of Place: Photographic Explorations of the UCSC Campus.


Faculty Gallery at Porter College
April 8- May 9, 2015

Reception April 8, 5-7pm
Curated by James Clifford, Irene Reti, and Richard Wohlfeiler


Sesnon Gallery Hours

Tuesday – Saturday, Noon to 5 p.m.
Open LATE: Wednesday 12:00-8:00 p.m.
The gallery is wheelchair accessible and admission is free. Parking is free on Saturdays. Group tours are available by appointment (831) 459-3606. Please visit our websites


April 24, 2015
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery
Porter College, 1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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