You Are Going On A Trip brings together a selection of highlights from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art‘s (SBMA) wide-ranging collection of Modern and Contemporary prints. Focusing on works produced between the 1940s and 1970s, the exhibition presents an eclectic array of works on paper created by artists from the United States and other countries around the world. Coinciding with the summer, a season typically designated for travel, the presentation offers the viewer a metaphoric venture to various new destinations. Titled after an etching by Charles Garabedian that depicts the gentle hand of the artist touching the viewer’s consciousness, the exhibition, like the image, plants the seed of a journey.
Organized by writer and independent curator Michael Duncan, the exhibition is loosely divided into themes, including dreams, icons, notions of home and travel, history, and images of humans and wildlife. “Prints take us places,” Duncan states. “They lead us to exotic and familiar locales, offering mind-expanding fantasies as well as fresh takes on everyday objects. They present new considerations of well-known people and stories and revisit historical events. They confront desires and goals and sometimes lead to an expansion of our definitions of art.”
The exhibition touches on various distinctly American themes, including works from a bicentennial portfolio by Alex Katz, Marisol, Fritz Scholder, and Red Grooms. Coupled with other politically charged and film noir themed works, they play off of one another to reveal unexpected affinities and latent subtexts.
You Are Going On A Trip is on view from Sunday, May 28 through Sunday, August 20. SBMA is open Tuesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is free on Thursday Evenings from 5 to 8 p.m. Visit sbma.net or call 805/963-4364 to learn more.
—Victoria Tai Murphy