Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History
In 2016, Monica Canilao & Xara Thustra combined their vision, talents, and activism to form a legendary creative partnership: MCXT. Their work is big in scale and heart. MCXT uses drawing, installation, murals, and other media to cultivate a sense of wonder and mindfulness that can help us see the infinite stories in and between people, objects, and ideas.
The artists often sketch and paint over one another, layering their visions to create large scale artwork that challenges the viewer to step back and think about topics like love, self determination, one’s own stories, and others’ possible stories.
Coming up in the Bay Area’s thriving DIY community, Monica and Xara bonded over their shared feminist and anti-capitalist ethics.
Infinite Other is their first large scale museum exhibition– most of the artwork was made just in the last 18 months. However, not all the artwork in the exhibition is new. MCXT thoughtfully chose artifacts from the MAH’s archives to incorporate into the show. The mix of new and repurposed objects creates art that explores the infinite stories and intimate connections we share as people.
Date: October 5, 2018 – March 24, 2019