2022/23 MexiCali Biennial

The Land of Milk and Honey/ La tierra queue mana leche y miel
Opens September 1 at Santa Cruz MAH

The Land of Milk & Honey / La tierra que mana leche y miel
September 1-December 31, 2022 / 1 de septiembre – 31 de diciembre, 2022

705 Front St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

The Land of Milk & Honey is a traveling multidisciplinary arts and culture program that focuses on concepts around agriculture in the regions of California and Mexico and is presented by the MexiCali Biennial. Drawing inspiration from John Steinbeck’s portrayal of the region as a corrupted Eden, the program questions ethical, cultural, and regional practices related to foodways, and the venture from seed to table. The biblical reference of a “land of milk and honey” first became associated with California as a tool for promoting the state as a land of opportunity; a destination for those in search of a better way of life – a terra firma that would provide sustenance and abundance. This boosterism also served as an ethos that fueled “Manifest Destiny” and resulted in land grabs, ecological destruction, and social injustices.

This inaugural exhibition at Santa Cruz MAH explores artists’ views around multi-layered topics associated with agriculture including environmental impacts, cultural culinary traditions, identity and migration, regional histographies, and familial and mythical connections to food.

Participating Artists:
Boo Alejo Sorondo, Janeth Aparicio, David Bacon,
Pablo Castañeda & Eduardo Kintero, Carlos Castro Arias,
Emily C-D, Cat Chiu Phillips, Janet Diaz, Melora Garcia, Katie Herzog,
Cynthia Hooper, Albert Lopez Jr, Juan Luna-Avin,
Narsiso Martinez, Hillary Mushkin, Isidro Pérez García,
Sol2Soul Arts Collective (Fernando Armenghol, Yari Montes, Tarisse Iriarte Medina, Andrea YaYA Porras, Viviana Rubi Cruz Lopez)
Devon Tsuno, Annabel Turrado, Jessica Wimbley and Chris Christion

The Land of Milk and Honey is organized by Ed Gomez, Luis G. Hernandez, Rosalía Romero and Enid Baxter Ryce, and April Lillard-Gomez.

Please visit the EVENTS page for associated programs.

This project was made possible with support from the Mellon Foundation, and the California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional support provided by a 2022 American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Sustaining Public Engagement Grant, supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the American Rescue Plan Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (SHARP) initiative.


The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art and Culture of the Riverside Art Museum (Riverside, CA)

The Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History (Santa Cruz, CA)

Library of Congress, Hispanic Reading Room (Washington, D.C)

California State University, San Bernardino Department of Arts and Letters (San Bernardino, CA)

Steppling Art Gallery at San Diego State University, Imperial Valley Campus (Calexico, CA)

NIH-ESTA (National Institutes of Health-Environmental Science through Art) (Monterey, CA)

Best Practice Gallery (San Diego)

Planta Libre Espacio Experimental (Mexicali)