Santa Barbara is full of architectural buffs, from Spanish Revival lovers to modernist enthusiasts. Over the next few months, cultural institutions all over California will be celebrating the history of modern architecture. As part of this initiative backed by The Getty Foundation, UCSB’s Art, Design and Architecture Museum will debut a new exhibit tonight titled “Outside In,” with an opening reception at 5:30 p.m.
Co-curators Jocelyn Gibbs and Christina Chiang utilized the extensive UCSB Museum archives to create an exhibit that celebrates the modernist architectural influence of the Smith and Williams firm, which operated in post-World War II Los Angeles and Pasadena. The “Outside In” exhibit derives its name from the architects’ reputation for incorporating the landscape and architecture, bringing the natural world into the synthetic one. Despite the historical renown of the architectural firm and the many awards that their plans received, the “Outside In” exhibit is the first monograph to exclusively examine the Smith and Williams firm.
Tonight’s free opening reception features gallery walk-throughs with the curators and special guests, including family and friends of the architects. Additionally, both tonight’s reception and the gallery are free and open to the public. Directions to the exhibit and reception can be found on the UCSB Museum website.