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Maria Gaspar: Compositions

Tuesday, September 26, 2023 - 12:00pm to Sunday, March 3, 2024 - 5:00pm
Institute of the Arts and Sciences: 100 Panetta Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Institute of the Arts and Sciences

Iron bars recast as glass with sonic reverberations. Concrete walls made porous by precisely cut holes. A building disappearing into clouds, piece by piece. In Compositions, Chicago-based artist Maria Gaspar’s first solo exhibition on the West Coast, artworks are acts of alchemy. And video footage and debris salvaged from the demolition of a wing of the Cook County Department of Corrections, the largest single-site jail in the United States, becomes the material with which to build a liberated world.

Compositions features newly commissioned and existing works from the award-winning artist. From public actions, sound broadcasts, sculptures, paintings, to videos, for more than a decade Gaspar has explored the role of art within the collective struggle against the United States carceral system. The exhibition is organized as part of Visualizing Abolition, an arts-based initiative that reaches across prison borders to contribute to the unfolding collective story and alternative imagining underway to create a future free of prisons.


- Free and open to the public
- Ongoing exhibition: September 26, 2023 – March 3, 2024
- Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 12-5 p.m. Closed Mondays and holidays. Please visit for more information. 


- Free parking is available at the Institute of Arts and Sciences Galleries.
- Accessible parking on High Rd.