The Santa Barbara Museum of Art invites guests to celebrate the Chinese New Year at “Nights” on January 20. Inspired by the newly reinstalled Asian Art permanent collection and recent Asian Galley renovation, the event will welcome the Year of the Dragon with a cultural cocktail of art, music, specialty martinis and one-night-only interactive happenings in the museum’s galleries.
“Nights” patrons can view world-class art collections throughout the museum.
In the McCormack Gallery, guests can make zodiac animal masks that celebrate both the yin and the yang of their own personalities. In the Davidson Gallery, a black and white Chinese landscape will come to life as guests use traditional brushes to paint side by side with museum teaching artists, who have created the initial scene in pencil. Also, patrons can practice their Chinese calligraphy skills and add symbols to create poems.
The back plaza comes alive during this extended-hours event. From 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., guests make their offerings by writing regrets from 2011 or including their portraits and sealing them in red envelopes. The offerings will then be delivered to Matthew Woodford, Los Angeles-based painter and set designer and DJ, VJ and multimedia artist Brian Szymanski to inspire the dance music and artistic installation. Guests will also be treated to original dance performances inspired by traditional Chinese ribbon and fan dance. At 7:30 p.m., the winter night will heat up with audio and visual thrills as DJ Mr. Hurley Live and Brian Syzmanski switch off between dance music sets, custom visual projections and live percussion, to keep patrons dancing throughout the remainder of the evening.
All funds raised by “Nights” will support SBMA’s education programs that serve more than 400,000 people through 40 programs every year. To purchase tickets or for more information call 805/884-6414 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.