From Paris to the 42nd Parallel
An exhibition at the Santa Cruz County Government Center
October 27, 2017 - January 5, 2018
The photographs in this exhibit were all taken in October of 2016. They span a month in time and a distance of 1,033 miles.
The 42nd Parallel by John Dos Passos was published in 1930. It has been described as the novel as mural. It looks at those living “below the headlines” across America in the early part of the 20th century.
These photographs serve as a mural of the two countries, France and Spain, that meet along the 42nd parallel in Europe. For the most part, they are photographs in and around famous tourist destinations. They are not the famous landmarks themselves.
A few juxtapose consecutive moments in time, some conjure distant centuries. As a whole they ask us to consider history as a continuum. They speak to the importance of preserving the tangible emissaries of the past for those who will come after.
How Much to Remember: One Family’s Conversation with History
Celia and Morris Elbaum, now an elderly couple, are Jewish survivors of the Holocaust. Fifty years after leaving Poland, they make a return trip to their homeland, bringing their children and grandchildren with them. The film accompanies this family on their journey and explores the legacy of the Holocaust from the vantage point of three distinct generations.
Celebrating Youth (CY) is an educational outreach program for young musicians sponsored by the Santa Cruz Chamber Players. The program is open to 7th—12th grade instrumentalists and singers who are interested in learning to play ensemble chamber music.
Keeping The Faith
Made as a graduate student film, Keeping the Faith “is a sort of ‘Big Chill’ made with more warmth and telling moments. There is a grace and underlying sadness to the story, but ultimately it ends on a moment of strength. The ideal of the 60’s may have ended up in disillusionment, but the people have survived, for the most part, with their humor in tact.