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10/22/14 - SBMA presents "Pop-Up Opera" on Thursday, Nov 6 at 5 PM
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As SBMA prepares for its exhibition of Italian masterpieces from Glasgow Museums in 2015, Opera Santa Barbara gets a head start by performing selections from Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto in the Museum galleries. Enjoy musical pieces also paired with the permanent collection presentation Art to Zoo: Exploring Animal Natures. Free. WHEN: Thursday, November 6 at 5 pm
6/26/14 - Save the Date! A. Arthur Fisher Book Signing -- 7/24
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"Fiesta: A Coffee Table Book" .... This 240-page coffee table book revisits the history of Old Spanish Days’ annual Fiesta celebration, which first began in 1924. The hardbound book contains 640 intriguing photographs from various perspectives and historic locations, from front row and on-stage with the dancers, to middle-of-the-street parade, to backstage and behind the scenes. Local photographer A. Arthur Fisher served as the Official Old Spanish Days photographer. Join him through 11 years of photography of this colorful celebration, framed by editor Jim Youngson's culmination of historic quotes and contemporary retrospectives.
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6/24/14 - FREE Lunchtime Demonstration of Historical Dances on SBMA Front Steps July 1st @ Noon
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Participants of the Santa Barbara Historical Dance Workshop, produced by The New York Baroque Dance Company at UCSB, bring historical dances out of the studio and onto the steps of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art for a 45-minute lunchtime performance. Internationally acclaimed Richard Powers and his students―both professional and vintage dancers―will demonstrate waltz variations from the 19th century that are rarely seen today. Powers will speak about the unique aspects of the dance and then the students will perform variations which were all the rage across Europe. In addition, Bruno Benne, visiting guest artist from Paris, will demonstrate the Beauchamps Sarabande―a dance style at the root of what has grown into the classical French tradition and so beautifully captured in the paintings of Degas. Guest artists from The New York Baroque Dance Company Justin Coates, Carly Fox Horton, and Alexis Silver will perform in 18th-century costume, making a visual link between dance and the paintings and sculpture of the period, on view at SBMA. The New York Baroque Dance Company directed by Catherine Turocy is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. It is the leading historical dance company in the United States and has performed in Europe, Asia, Mexico and Canada. More information at www.nybaroquedance.org
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6/12/14 - Pulitzer Prize finalist play by Will Eno "Thom Pain (based on nothing)" at SBMA on June 26 and 28!
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Local theatre artists Mitchell Thomas (Westmont, Lit Moon) and Maurice Lord (Genesis West) collaborate to bring Thom Pain (based on nothing) to SBMA! A theatrical experience that promises to be intimate, mind-bending and brutally funny. Thom Pain examines a history of lost love and lost innocence through recklessly reckoning the only three or four things that have happened to him in his life. The writing cleverly subverts the audience's every expectation in this celebration of the extraordinary wonder of being utterly ordinary. As Thom Pain desperately and uncomfortably searches for the answers we come to realize that He's just like us, except worse and it isn't really his story at all, but ours.
Will Eno’s internationally heralded play Thom Pain (based on nothing) had a year-long run at the DR2 in New York following a sold-out run at the August 2004 International Edinburgh Festival (Fringe First Award and the Herald Angel Award), and a subsequent transfer to the Soho Theatre in London. The play has been produced across the United States, as well as Italy, Germany, France, Norway, Denmark, Israel, Mexico, and many other countries. Thom Pain (based on nothing) was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize in Drama.   Website
4/24/14 - Free Film Screening: "A Sense of Place: Santa Barbara’s Public Art Legacy"
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This is the debut screening of a documentary highlighting recent public art projects in Santa Barbara and the City’s cultural legacy through a series of interviews with artists and community leaders. It was produced by the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission in collaboration with City TV. (60 min.) This screening is made possible through a partnership with the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Mary Craig Auditorium Free Seating is limited. First come, first seated.   Website
4/18/14 - Become a Docent ... Recruitment Reception ... Tuesday, May 6, 3 – 5 pm
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For visitors to SBMA, docents are the institution's welcoming face and informed voice. A volunteer corps comprised of approximately 65 men and women from all backgrounds, docents support the arts by giving gallery tours to both adults and students. The Museum is currently looking for volunteers to participate in a training program that begins in September. For more information, attend the Docent Recruitment Reception or contact Rachael Krieps, Manager of School and Docent Programs at 884.6441 or rkrieps@sbma.net.   Website
4/14/14 - Docent Recruitment Reception
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Tuesday, May 6, 3 – 5 pm For visitors to SBMA, docents are the institution's welcoming face and informed voice. A volunteer corps comprised of approximately 65 men and women from all backgrounds, docents support the arts by giving gallery tours to both adults and students. The Museum is currently looking for volunteers to participate in a training program that begins in September. For more information, attend the Docent Recruitment Reception or contact Rachael Krieps, Manager of School and Docent Programs at 884.6441 or rkrieps@sbma.net.   Website
4/14/14 - Free Summer Concert Series
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2 p.m. on Thursdays, July 10, 17, 24, 31; August 31 Join us for a series of 60-minute concerts featuring Music Academy of the West Fellows. Mary Craig Auditorium Free Complimentary tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 1:30 pm at SBMA’s Park Entrance. No advance ticket distribution   Website
4/14/14 - Free Film Screening: Lost Frontier
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Thursday, July 17, 5:30 pm This documentary by Tamar Helpern and Chris Quilty provides an intimate glimpse into the mind and method of farmed artists and musician Llyn Foulkes, who is featured in the Museum’s exhibition Left Coast: Recent Acquisitions of Contemporary Art. Cited as illuminating and provocative, the film follows the artist for seven years as he creates, destroys, and recreates a contemporary masterpiece. Introduced by UCSB Critical Theory and Integrative Studies Professor, Colin Gardner Mary Craig Auditorium Free Reserve tickets at the Visitor Services desks or online at tickets.sbma.net.   Website
4/11/14 - Free Film Screening: Mama of Dada
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Thursday, June 19, 5:30 p.m. ... This documentary, written and directed by Thomas L. Neff, tells the story of Beatrice Wood, the renowned ceramist and member of the Dada art movement in the 1910s. The film adeptly examines this mercurial figure and her relationships with renown figures Marcel Duchamp, Henri-Pierre Roché, and others. (1994, 53 min.) Introduced by UCSB Critical Theory and Integrative Studies Professor, Colin Gardner Mary Craig Auditorium Free Reserve tickets at the Visitor Services desks or online at tickets.sbma.net.   Website
4/11/14 - Summer Art Venture Camps
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June 9 – August 15, Monday – Friday, 9 am – 3 pm Ages 5 – 12 ... At ArtVenture Camps children spend their day immersed in hands-on art making, cultural history, and creative problem solving. All camps include a visit to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art to learn about and be inspired by original works of art. The Museum's exceptional team of Teaching Artists includes painters and sculptors, a children's book illustrator, a ceramicist, a graphic designer, and an art historian who are all experienced art educators. $215 SBMA Members/$250 Non-Members To register, visit www.sbma.net/kidsfamilies   Website
4/11/14 - Mar Jewelry Trunk Show
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Thursday, June 5, 5 – 8 p.m. ... Mar Jewelry has been designed and made in Santa Barbara for over 30 years. Each piece is meticulously handmade in the studio using a variety of high-quality materials, including sterling silver, gold, seaglass, and pearls. The innovative designs have collected numerous awards and the pieces are showcased in galleries and museums stores throughout the United States. Museum Store   Website
4/11/14 - Curator's Choice Lecture: Francis M. Naumann Not the Mama of Dada: Beatrice Wood's Early Career in N
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Thursday, May 22, 5:30 p.m. ... This lecture by renowned Dada scholar Francis M. Naumann traces Beatrice Wood's early artistic career and involvement with the New York Dada community. Exploring her significant relationships with collectors Walter and Louise Arensberg, artist Marcel Duchamp, writer and diplomat Henri-Pierre Roché, and others, Naumann contextualizes the formative experiences that shaped Wood’s unique persona and art. Mary Craig Auditorium Free for SBMA Members and Students/$10 Non-Members/$6 Senior Non-Members Reserve or purchase tickets at the Museum Visitor Services desks, or online at tickets.sbma.net.   Website
4/11/14 - Walking While Talking: Daumier and the Salon
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Thursday, May 8, 6:30 p.m. ... Former SBMA exhibition intern Elizabeth Saari Browne provides an introduction to Honoré Daumier’s series of entertaining lithographs on view beginning March 23. Ridley-Tree Gallery FREE   Website
4/11/14 - Pearls of Whimsy Trunk Show
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Saturday, May 3, 12 – 5 p.m. ... With every piece of Pearls of Whimsy jewelry, artist Roxanna Keyani strives to create works of art that can be worn and enjoyed every day. Luxurious semiprecious stones, pearls, and Swarovski crystals are combined in delicate strands of wire crochet, which are sometimes braided together and sometimes left free to create unique "cloud" pieces. The results are light, brilliant, and whimsical pieces of jewelry that are unique and never duplicated. Museum Store   Website
4/11/14 - Pop-Up Opera
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Thursday, April 24, 6 p.m. ... Opera Santa Barbara returns to present another pop-up opera performance in the Museum's galleries. This concert pays tribute to SBMA's exhibition Michelle Stuart: Drawn from Nature and connects to contemporary American music. Museum galleries FREE   Website
4/11/14 - Exhibiting the Art of Yoga
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Sunday, April 13, 2:30 p.m. ... Debra Diamond, Associate Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and the Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution Yoga is a global phenomenon practiced by millions of people seeking spiritual insight and better health. Debra Diamond, curator of the Sackler’s exhibition, Yoga: The Art of Transformation, presents an illustrated lecture demonstrating how sculptures and paintings can shed new light on yoga’s centrality in Indian culture and its diverse manifestations in the past and present. She also addresses the interpretative and display strategies employed in this exhibition, in order to convey some of the challenges in exhibiting the artworks related to what is today a highly contested tradition. Yoga: The Art of Transformation, the world's first exhibition of yogic art, is currently on view at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum until May 25. This lecture is presented by SBMA’s Friends of Asian Art in collaboration with Drishti Yoga, the White Lotus Foundation, and UCSB's Department of Religious Studies, the South Asian Reading and Focus Group at the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center and the Department of History of Art and Architecture. Mary Craig Auditorium Free to SBMA Members and Students/ $10 Non-Members/ $6 Senior Non-Members Reserve or purchase tickets at the Visitor Services desks or online at tickets.sbma.net.   Website
4/11/14 - Studio Sundays on the Front Steps
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Visitors of all ages are welcome to participate in this hands-on workshop with SBMA Teaching Artists on the Museum’s front steps. Each month explore a different medium, including clay, metal, ink, wood, photography, and paper, and gain inspiration from works of art in the Museum’s permanent collection or special exhibitions. Front Steps of the Museum FREE! 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. April 13: Metallic Tempera: Reimagine marshes and ponds through a bird’s eye perspective by creating metallic tempera and pastel on paper compositions after abstract nature views featured in Heavenly Bodies.   Website
4/11/14 - Family 1st Thursdays
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June 5, 2014 ... Bring the whole family and enjoy 1st Thursday together in SBMA’s Family Resource Center located across from the Museum Café on the Lower Level. Museum teaching artists will assist families in creating special exhibition-based art projects. Afterwards, enjoy galleries until 8pm. FREE! 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.   Website
4/11/14 - Family 1st Thursdays
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Bring the whole family and enjoy 1st Thursday together in SBMA’s Family Resource Center located across from the Museum Café on the Lower Level. Museum teaching artists will assist families in creating special exhibition-based art projects. Afterwards, enjoy galleries until 8pm. FREE May 1 Sand Mandala Symbols Select a symbol from the Tibetan Kalachakra (“Wheel of Time”) Sand Mandala installed in the Family Resource Center, and draw your version of it with thin lines of glue and vibrant shades of colored sand.   Website
4/11/14 - Exhibition Opening: Left Coast: Recent Acquisitions of Contemporary Art
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May 25 – September 14, 2014 Since it opened its doors in 1941, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art has consistently been dedicated to collecting—an activity that has contributed to the growth of the permanent collection in significant ways. Art produced on the West Coast is a major part of this endeavor. Left Coast presents an overview of the Museum’s collecting habits in contemporary art over the past five years, focusing most heavily on artists living and working in Southern California. Featuring a variety of media, including painting, photography, works on paper, and sculpture, many of the works in the exhibition are on view for the first time. Tying these works together is the pervasive sense of individuality demonstrated in each, adding weight to the justification of the delineation of this side of the country as not just the West Coast, but also, as it’s commonly called, the “Left” Coast. The exhibition is comprised of works from artists of both regional and international renown, such as Amy Adler, Uta Barth, Russell Crotty, Carlee Fernandez, Llyn Foulkes, Jack Goldstein, Lyle Ashton Harris, Richard Jackson, Kim Jones, Mike Kelley, Elad Lassry, Kori Newkirk, Steve Roden, April Street, Mario Ybarra Jr., and many others. We invite you to become acquainted with these works, which have recently joined the collection to ensure the continued relevance and significance of the Museum.   Website
4/11/14 - Exhibition Opening: Living in the Timeless: Drawings by Beatrice Wood
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May 11 – August 31, 2014 Recognized for her vibrant lusterware pottery, Beatrice Wood (1893-1998) first emerged as an artist in 1917, making sketches as part of the provocative New York Dada scene. This exhibition examines the lesser known yet foundational role of drawing in the artist’s work, which she continued to develop over the next eight decades. Wood’s drawings served as visual diaries, allowing her to explore personal and often socially taboo subject matter in abstract and figurative styles. Providing an intimate glimpse into the artist’s life and legacy, Living in the Timeless also celebrates the recent gift of 166 works on paper by Wood from the collection of Francis M. Naumann and Marie T. Keller to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Largely autobiographical and frequently revisiting past characters and forms, Wood’s drawings allowed her “to live in the timeless,” as she wrote to a friend at the age of 103. Infused with humor, wit, and sexuality, Wood’s drawings delve into various aspects of human nature. In addition to works on paper, the exhibition also features selected figurative ceramic sculptures and tiles, as well as the artist’s illustrated books—all extensions of her draftsmanship. The idiosyncratic subjects of her drawings gave form to her exploits in these new mediums. Her figurative sculptures, described by the artist as “sophisticated primitives” often represent complex, adult themes in a deliberately naïve manner—mirroring a coquettish personality that Wood crafted and sustained throughout her life.   Website
11/21/13 - Have fun with running dog inspired stencils at the next FREE Studio Sunday on the Front Steps - at S
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FREE Studio Sunday on the Front Steps ... Sunday, December 8, 1:30 – 4:30 pm. Visitors of all ages are welcome to participate in this hands-on workshop with SBMA Teaching Artists on the Museum’s front steps. Each month explore a different medium, including clay, metal, ink, wood, photography, and paper, and gain inspiration from works of art in the Museum’s permanent collection or special exhibitions.
In December, create a chalk pastel landscape on paper using masking shapes, then stencil John Divola-inspired running dogs into your composition.
All participants receive a Free Family Pass to the Museum.   Website
9/17/13 - Julia Dawson Book Signing ... Thursday, October 3, 5 – 8 pm
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Santa Barbara resident and internationally-published author Julia Michelle Dawson signs her latest book, GENEVA―a fast-paced global thriller that takes the reader through four continents into the worlds of high finance, high-goal polo, terrorism, and scandal and deceit.   Website
6/14/13 - Work/Shops at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art -- Save the Dates!!
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A series of artist demonstrations highlighting handcrafted technique and design in conjunction with the Labour and Wait exhibition. Finished goods are available for purchase in the Museum Store. Free.

Sunday, June 30, 12 – 5 pm
Aymar Ccopacatty: Weaving Recyclables ... Aymar Ccopacatty learned the traditional textile art of the Aymara from his Peruvian grandmother. Using recycled plastic, he collages and weaves new objects such as blankets and hats. Plastic bags currently make up his primary medium, as he hopes to shed light on the ways these discarded items impact the environment. SBMA Front steps.

Sunday, July 28, 12 – 5 pm
Tanya Aguiñiga: Craft Happening and Pop-up Shop ... Tanya Aguiñiga is a Los Angeles-based designer and artist born and raised in Tijuana. Her award winning work is informed by border experiences: the interconnectedness of societies and cultures. Her accessories, furniture, and site specific installations translate emotions and stories through form, color, and texture. SBMA Family Resource Center.   Website
7/25/12 - Save the Date! -- Borneo/Sri Lanka Cultural Event and Textile Trunk Show -- July 28
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Join us for demonstrations of traditional Iban ikat weaving, music, and dancing, with many exquisite, handmade textiles available for purchase. Museum Store
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6/6/12 - Save the Date! -- SBMA: Double Feature/Double Parked -- June 7
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Take a spin through the Behind the Wheel exhibition, then hitch a ride with the actors appearing in car theatre, as three, 10-15 minute original plays are performed in actual automobiles.
Space is limited. Please arrive early to be added to the reservation list.
At 8 pm, the back plaza becomes a summer screening room for “American Graffiti” (1973, 110 min.). Mini-burgers, popcorn, malts, and soft drinks will be on sale.
Seating is limited to 200. First come, first seated. Photo credit: Jane Gottlieb, Dusty Ford. 1999. Courtesy of the artist.
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4/25/12 - Save the Date! -- Film Screening: Mama of Dada -- May 13
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This documentary, written and directed by Thomas L. Neff, tells the story of Beatrice Wood, a renowned ceramist and leading figure in the Dada art movement in New York in the 1910s. It also recounts friendships with Marcel Duchamp and Henri-Pierre Roché, and includes interviews with various art consultants, artists, and owners of art galleries who have exhibited Wood's art.
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition, Pasadena to Santa Barbara: A Selected History of Art in Southern California, 1951–1969 and introduced by UCSB Critical Theory and Integrative Studies Professor, Colin Gardner.
Free for SBMA Members/Regular admission for Non-Members
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4/24/12 - Learn about becoming an SBMA Docent - Recruitment Reception &Tea -- May 11th
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For visitors to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, docents are the institution's welcoming face and informed voice. A volunteer corps comprised of approximately 65 men and women from all backgrounds, docents support the arts by giving gallery tours to both adults and students. The Museum is currently looking for volunteers to participate in a training program that begins in September. Those interested in becoming a docent are encouraged to attend a Recruitment Reception and Tea on Friday, May 11 at 3:30 pm at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.
Docents at SBMA are also essential in integrating the art experience into the local student community, as many visit area classrooms to prepare students for upcoming Museum visits. Depending on individual interest, docents research and develop their own tours and can opt to be on teams specializing in the Museum’s permanent collection or various themes or special exhibitions.
Benefits of being a docent include attending bimonthly lectures by Museum curators and noted visiting scholars, participating in off-site activities such as visiting other museums or other social events, and meeting others with a passion for art.
The training course for provisional docents includes a full general course in Art History, and skill development in public speaking, research, and effective techniques for touring. Applications are accepted year round with classes beginning in September and continuing through early June.
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4/12/12 - Save the Date -- Curator’s Choice Lecture: Scenery, Story, Spirit -- May 17
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Peter John Brownlee, PhD., Associate Curator, Terra Foundation for American Art highlights particular trends in painting and sculpture of the United States made during the century extending from the Second Great Awakening of the early 1800s to the Great Depression of the 1930s. Exploring the cultural contexts in which American art evolved during this period, the lecture touches on key historical developments as addressed in landscape, genre, still-life, and portrait paintings, as well as in selected sculptures, currently on view in Scenery, Story Spirit: American Painting and Sculpture from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.
Curator’s Choice is an innovative lecture series featuring prominent speakers hand-picked by the Museum’s curators. Distinguished experts offer fresh perspectives on the visual arts and provide stimulating opportunities for discovery to adults in the Santa Barbara community. This Curator’s Choice lecture is sponsored by the curatorial support group, Dead Artists Society.
Mary Craig Auditorium
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3/23/12 - SBMA Lecture: Through the Photographer's Lens -- Sunday, March 25
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Photographer Enrico Natali will offer insights into his techniques and share his opinions about the blurring of private and public in his work. Mary Craig Auditorium
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2/6/12 - Armchair Travels: Best of Italy w/Nigel McGilchrist, Art Historian, Orvieto, Italy
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Sunday, February 19, 3 pm What better way to spend a winter afternoon than a trip to sunny Italy? SBMA’s favorite Italy expert Nigel McGilchrist takes us on a virtual tour of each of the major regions of Italy, including Sicily, with his picks for greatest works of art and architecture in each region. Mary Craig Auditorium Free for SBMA Members/Free with Museum admission (Non-Members)   Email   Website
12/1/11 - The Santa Barbara Quire of Voyces
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The Santa Barbara Quire of Voyces employs the sacred acapella choral music of the Renaissance to the modern age. The Quire is composed of professional singers from the Central Coast who volunteer their talents to present the highest quality of performance all in historic settings. The Quire will perform in Ludington Court as a part of 1st Thursday on December 1st at 6:30 pm.   Email   Website
11/29/11 - Save the Date -- Aviv Quartet -- December 1 @ 7:30 pm
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This award-winning quartet was founded in Israel in 1997 and since then has won numerous awards, including the Grand Prize at the Melbourne Chamber Music Competition. ----- They have performed at the Louvre, Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress, and twice at SBMA. ----- Mary Craig Auditorium $15 SBMA Members/$19 Non-Members Tickets may be purchased at the Museum Visitor Services desks, or by calling 963.4364 x400. ----- Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art.  Email   Website
11/8/11 - Save the Date -- A Fanatic Heart: The Life of Vincent van Gogh -- November 16 @ 5:30 pm
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Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith will speak about their new biography of Vincent van Gogh. They will talk about the revelations that emerged during ten years of research and the profound ways in which Van Gogh’s turbulent personal life, as well as his deep immersion in the art and literature of his era, helped shaped one of the signature imaginations in Western Art. 5:30 pm Mary Craig Auditorium Free for Museum Members/Free with Museum admission (Non-Members) ----- Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art.  Email   Website
11/4/11 - Save the Date -- Atelier -- November 17 & 18
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Thursday and Friday, November 17 and 18, 5:30 pm The Museum becomes a performance space as acclaimed British writer and actor Tim Crouch brings his play England to SBMA. In this performance, tailored to works in the Museum’s galleries, Crouch explores the veil between actor and audience, and between art and commerce in an intimate interactive two-actor play. ----- A discussion with the director and actors follows the performance. Includes hors d’oeuvres, wines, and signature cocktails. ----- The same performance occurs both nights. ----- Audience is limited to 60 guests each night. $25 Members and Students/$50 Non-Members For tickets, go to www.sbma.net/atelier ----- Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art.  Email   Website
9/15/11 - Picasso and Braque: The Cubist Experiment, 1910–1912, September 17, 2011 – January 8, 2012
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The Santa Barbara Museum of Art and the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth are co-organizers of this intimately scaled exhibition, featuring approximately 15 paintings and 25 prints conceived by Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso during one of the most prolific and intensely experimental exchanges in the history of art. This presentation is the first to dwell on a selection of the paintings, as well as nearly all of the prints produced during these two critical years, to demonstrate the visual point and counterpoint that fed into the invention of the revolutionary art form now known as Analytic Cubism. A central theme of the show is the role of format and its representational consequences in the Cubist experiment.   Email   Website
8/11/11 - Save the Date!!
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Nights is back! Offering a cultural cocktail of art, music, specialty martinis, and outrageous one-night-only interactive happenings in the Museum’s galleries. ----- In August, explore the world of portraits and still life inspired by Distilled Moments: Still Lifes from the Permanent Collection, New Faces of the Collection, and Ori Gersht: Lost in Time.   Email   Website
6/21/11 - SBMA Friday Night Films: Artists Pick - Aug 12 & 19 5:30 pm - Mary Craig Auditorium
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Free August 12 Mamma Roma Anna Magnani is Mamma Roma, a prostitute trying to extricate herself from her sordid past for the sake of her son. The film offers an unflinching look at the struggle for survival in postwar Italy, and highlights director Pasolini's lifelong fascination with the marginalized and dispossessed. Though banned upon its release in Italy for obscenity, today Mamma Roma remains a classic, featuring a powerhouse performance by one of Italy's greatest actresses and offering a glimpse at a country's most controversial director in the process of finding his style. Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1962 August 19 Floating Weeds In 1959, Yasujirô Ozu remade his 1934 silent classic A Story of Floating Weeds in color with the celebrated cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa (Rashomon, Ugetsu). Setting his later version in a seaside location, Ozu otherwise preserves the details of his elegantly simple plot wherein an aging actor returns to a small town with his troupe and reunites with his former lover and illegitimate son, a scenario that enrages his current mistress and results in heartbreak for all. In this later version, as in the original, the director captures the joy and sadness in everyday life. Directed by Yasujirô Ozu, 1959   Email   Website
6/14/11 - Nights at SBMA
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Nights is back! Offering a cultural cocktail of art, music, specialty martinis, and outrageous one-night-only interactive happenings in the Museum’s galleries. Friday, August 26, 5:30 – 9:30 pm Explore the world of portraits and still life inspired by Distilled Moments: Still Lifes from the Permanent Collection, New Faces of the Collection, and Ori Gersht: Lost in Time. $25 SBMA Members, $35 Non-Members For more information or tickets, go to www.sbma.net/nights, call 884.6414, or email nightstickets@sbma.net. Next event: January 20, 2012   Email   Website
6/10/11 - SBMA Summer Venture Camp
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June 6 – August 12 Summer Art Venture Camp At ArtVenture Camps children spend their day immersed in hands-on art making, cultural history, and creative problem solving. Lots of personal attention by professional artists and art educators. For more information or to register, visit www.sbma.net/kidsfamilies, or contact Rachael Krieps at 884.6441 or rkrieps@sbma.net.   Email   Website
6/9/11 - Ori Gersht: Lost in Time
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Ori Gersht: Lost in Time May 20 - September 4, 2011 Ori Gersht depicts scenes of natural beauty that perceptively disguise and reveal a history of violence. Featuring selections from a trilogy of works based on 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-century European still-life painting, and two new series based on Japanese history and scenery, this exhibition represents five years of recent work by the artist. This is the first solo museum exhibition of work by the artist in the Western United States. Gersht’s work fuses the past with what he has called the “ultimate present” by creating sublime scenes that become precipitously unsettling through both sudden and gradual obliteration. Each work renders a prolonged moment of suspense through the use of stop-motion photography and slowmotion film. Although achieved through the medium of photography and film, the visceral level on which these works operate most closely mimics that of their inspiration: painting. Referencing historic paintings by Juan Sánchez Cotán, Fantin Latour, and Chardin, among others, these photographs and films provide a meditation on life, loss, destiny, and chance. Allusions to the catastrophic violence of the French Revolution and the Spanish Civil War are found in these works and in later such events, including the bombing of Hiroshima and the suicide bombs that Gersht feared during his frequent visits to Israel, and that continue to threaten there and elsewhere in the Middle East.   Email   Website
6/7/11 - Van Gogh to Munch: European Masterworks from the Armand Hammer Foundation & Sarah Campbell Blaffer
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Van Gogh to Munch: European Masterworks from the Armand Hammer Foundation and Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation June 4 - August 28, 2011 The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is delighted to present a selection of important paintings that have been generously lent by two Foundations: the Armand Hammer Foundation and the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation. The mandate of both of these organizations is to share the works bequeathed to them by their founders with the public by lending to museums throughout the country. The paintings on view from the Hammer Foundation represent just a small fraction of the ravishing collection put together by Dr. Armand Hammer (1898-1990), perhaps best known for the extraordinary works of art he gifted to his namesake, the Hammer Museum at the University of California, Los Angeles from 1965 through 1990. The works on loan complement beautifully many of the most beloved works of art in the Museum’s collection of 19th-century French art and have been installed so as to demonstrate this easy dialogue. Works by Corot, Chagall, Degas, Fantin-Latour, Morisot, and Renoir from the Hammer Foundation are presented side-by-side with canvases by the same or related masters from the Museum’s own collection or from area private collections. Native Texan Sarah Campbell Blaffer (1885-1975) formed her Foundation in 1964. Its collection, much of which is on semi-permanent display at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, comprises mostly old master paintings dating from the Renaissance through the 18th century. The large canvases by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch (1863-1944) are powerful embodiments of Western sensibilities at the turn of the last century, and the paintings by Lyonel Feininger (1871-1956) and Max Beckmann (1884-1950) exemplify the German adaptation between the World Wars of French avant-garde technique   Email   Website
6/2/11 - Conversation with the Curator -- Sunday, June 19, 2:30 pm -- at SBMA
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In conjunction with the celebration of SBMA’s 70th anniversary, Museum Curatorial Research Fellow and Curator of the Drawn to Modernism: Selected Gifts from Wright S. Ludington exhibition, Rachel Sloan, will talk about her process of selection for the presentation, the legacy of Wright Ludington, and the importance of his contribution to the Museum’s permanent collection, its past, and its future.   Website
6/1/11 - Studio Sunday on the Front Steps -- June 12 & July 10
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Visitors of all ages are welcome to participate in this hands-on workshop with SBMA Teaching Artists on the Museum’s front steps. Each month explore a different medium, including clay, metal, ink, wood, photography, and paper, and gain inspiration from works of art in the Museum’s permanent collection or special exhibitions. ----- Sunday, June 12 -- Film -- Choose to be the photographer or the subject of a polaroid portrait that will become part of a large black and white torn paper collage, inspired by Grant Mudford's portraits. ----- Sunday, July 10 -- Gouache -- Put brush to paper to lay down expressive forms in vivid color using this opaque water-based paint.  Website
5/23/11 - Mystery in Masterpieces -- June 11 at Santa Barbara Museum of Art
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Intriguing clues and gallery maps will lead guests on their quest to solve the mysteries in the works of art. Fabulous prizes will be awarded to the winners for mysteries solved in the shortest time. Knowledge of art is not necessary. Looking at art is essential. Mystery Hunt begins at 7:00. ----- This popular event of sleuthing includes Wine & Cocktails; Buffet stations catered by Four Seasons Biltmore; Silent Auction provided by Tiffany & Co.; Raffle drawing for two Platinum Passes to the 2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Raffle tickets are $100. Only 50 will be sold. ----- Black tie optional. Sponsored by the Women’s Board and benefiting the Museum’s art education programs, exhibitions, and acquisitions.   Website
2/11/11 - Presenting Noh Drama: Theater Prints of Tsukioka Kōgyo exhibit opens tomorrow
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Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927) was a master print designer of Japan's Meiji and Taishō periods. He is best known for the hundreds of prints he produced depicting noh theater, a highly stylized form of performance dating to the 14th century, that incorporates the arts of recitation, song, dance, and mime. ----- Influenced by Western watercolors and photographs, as well as an interest in representing movement and three-dimensionality, Kōgyo developed a unique artistic style and created a new vision of the actors in the Japanese print tradition. In his celebrated series "One Hundred Noh Plays," the richly colored, meticulously printed, striking images of individual actors in each composition monumentalize the emotion and delicate movement expressed by each actor. ----- Selected from the Museum's Roland A. and Mary Louis Way Collection, this exhibition showcases approximately 60 prints from Kōgyo's series " One Hundred Noh Plays," supplemented with loans and related objects including a noh robe, mask, and noh-themed netsuke. This exhibition is co-curated by Susan Tai, Elizabeth Atkins Curator of Asian Art and Katherine Saltzman-Li, professor of Japanese literature and drama at the University of California at Santa Barbara with the assistance of her students. ----- Presenting Noh Drama: Theater Prints of Tsukioka Kōgyo, February 12 – May 15, 2011.   Website
1/24/11 - Save the Date!!
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Spring ArtVenture Camp At ArtVenture Camps children spend their day immersed in hands-on art making, cultural history, and creative problem solving. Lots of personal attention by professional artists and art educators. Monday – Friday, March 28 – April 1, 9 am – 3 pm Origami to Anime: The Arts of Japan Ages 5 - 12 This spring join SBMA Teaching Artists in the studio to explore the rich tradition of Japanese arts. Try your hand at Sumi-e brush paintings, draw contemporary Manga cartoons and design a theatrical mask, all inspired by the Museum’s special exhibition Presenting Noh Drama and Museum’s newly re-installed Japanese collection. $215 SBMA Members, $250 Non-Members Monday – Friday, March 28 – April 1, 9 am – 12 noon Spring Ceramics Camp Ages 7-12 This week-long, half-day camp introduces sculptural and functional ceramics and includes hand building, wheel throwing, finishing, and glazing techniques inspired by works of art in the newly re-installed Japanese collection. Class size is limited to 10. $185 SBMA Members, $220 Non-Members For registration, contact Rachael Krieps at 884.6441 or rkrieps@sbma.net, or go to www.sbma.net/kidsfamilies after 2/2/11.   Email   Website
6/17/10 - NIGHTS at SBMA
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Thursday, August 19, 5:30 – 8 pm Nights Offering a cultural cocktail of art, music, specialty martinis, and outrageous one-night-only interactive happenings in the Museum’s galleries. In August, celebrate the Chaotic Harmony exhibition. $25 SBMA Members, $35 Non-Members For information or tickets, contact Colette Petti at 884.6414 or nightstickets@sbma.net, or go to www.sbma.net/nights.   Email   Website
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