SBMA Upcoming Events

Posted on Feb 3 by SEASONS Magazine

The cold and rainy weather this winter season may cause Santa Barbara residents to wonder what leisure activities they can do outside their homes. The activities we once enjoyed during the summer—a picnic at the park, a tan at the beach, a swim in the ocean to cool our perspiring bodies—are no longer doable what with the rain chasing us within the comfort of our homes.

Fortunately, Santa Barbara Museum of Art presents us a cold-and-wet-free solution: events and art exhibitions.

Read these upcoming exhibitions and events below with a pen and calendar at the ready.

Exhibitions on View

Those who fancy taking a stroll through a gallery, fingers resting on chin in contemplation, would enjoy these various exhibitions. Exhibitions feature Latin American photography, art restorations and abstract art, among others.

Looking In, Looking Out: Latin American Photography

Through Mar. 20

Those interested in Latin American culture would enjoy Looking in, Looking out: Latin American Photography. In this highly nostalgic look at Latin American life, Latin American photographers capture scenes of culture, politics, environment, as well as its native inhabitants. Thus, these photographers demonstrate not only the differences between Latin American cultures and traditions but also its similarities. Additionally, they explore the countries’ history: their past, present as well as their future.

In capturing these images, the photographers revisit their home country while simultaneously educating those unfamiliar with Latin American culture.

This sensitive and intimate depiction of Latin American countries will melt the hearts of many.

Interventions: Cayetano Ferrer

Through Mar. 13 

Remnant Recomposition (2014) by Cayetano Ferrer, courtesy SBMA

Remnant Recomposition (2014) by Cayetano Ferrer, courtesy SBMA

In Interventions, Cayetano Ferrer brings overlooked art works to the fore. Ferrer, with the use of technology and his vast imagination, restores fragments of damaged art. The once obsolete wood, sculptures and ancient textile, among many others, are reborn into their contemporary and utile forms.

Ferrer also installs some rarely displayed works buried deep within the Museum vaults at Ludington Court, as well as existing and fabricated works that interact with the Court’s empty space. Installed works include: Roman columns, capitals and decorations. Although these pieces are on view in Ludington Court, they are considered unworthy of display…until now.

Visit Ferrer’s Interventions  and witness the resurrection of long forgotten works.

Geometry of the Absurd: Recent Paintings by Peter Halley

Through Feb. 21

Bluff by Peter Halley, 2007, acrylic, florescent acrylic and Roll-A-Tec on Canvas. Collection of Nicholas Hunt.

Bluff by Peter Halley, 2007, acrylic, florescent acrylic and Roll-A-Tec on Canvas. Collection of Nicholas Hunt.

Peter Halley‘s exhibition features eight large vibrant, geometric paintings, representing prisons, cells and conduits. Colin Gardner, a British film and media studies theorist, describes Halley’s work as  “a twist on the artist’s earlier horizontal, side by side cell and conduit paintings (with their necessary sense of enclosure).”

Despite its seemingly simplistic appearance, the metaphor behind the art is, indeed, far from simple. The double-stacked squares positioned atop one another symbolizes the frenzy of technological and social connections that dominate society.

One could spend hours lost in the colorful rectangles proliferating within those canvases.

Exhibition Openings

Below are exhibitions opening this spring season.

Puja and Piety: Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist Art from the Indian Subcontinent
Apr. 17 – Jul. 31

Puja and Piety

Puja and Piety

Those interested in South Asian religion should visit this exhibition which explores the devotional practice puja. Puja and Piety exhibits 160 artworks—such as temple hangings, meditations diagrams, stone sculptures, etc.—of differing mediums created for temples, homes, festivals, and roadside shrines.

Lewis deSoto: Paranirvana (Self-Portrait)

Apr.17 – Jul. 31

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Unlike most artworks, Lewis Desoto‘s 26-ft. long sculpture breathes like a human being. The Paranirvana (Self-Portrait), which is activated with a silent industrial fan, inhales when switched on and exhales when switched off. This inhalation and exhalation alludes to prana or spiritual breath in Hindu philosophy.

This sculpture is a must-see for those who crave to behold a marvel.

Highlights of the Permanent Collection
Opens Feb. 7

Edgar Degas, Three Dancers in Yellow Skirts, ca. 1891. Oil on canvas. Michael Armand Hammer and the Armand Hammer Foundation.

Edgar Degas, Three Dancers in Yellow Skirts, ca. 1891. Oil on canvas. Michael Armand Hammer and the Armand Hammer Foundation.

To celebrate Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s 75th Anniversary in 2016, SBMA exhibits its most praised works from the permanent collection. Works include Aristide Maillol‘s sensuous sculpture Bather Putting Up Her Hair (1932), the Chinese Yuan dynasty‘s  solemn figure Seated Luohan (13th century), and Bay Area Figuration artist Richard Diebenkorn‘s early paintings.

Additionally, Ridley-Tree Gallery still exhibits 19th-century Impressionist art and photography. Impressionist works to see include Claude Monet’s Villas in Bordighera (1884), as well as loans from the Armand Hammer Foundation and collections of Michael Armand Hammer. Photographs include Michael Light’s captivating Southern Lunar Hemisphere (1999).


Sat., Apr. 30, 5 p.m.

Guests at a past OFF THE WALL event, courtesy of SBMA.

Guests at a past OFF THE WALL event, courtesy of SBMA.

During this social event, located at  Junipero Serra Hall, guests can enjoy food and drinks while admiring local and regional art. Art collectors can also auction and purchase an original piece from the artists.

Those interested can contact Karen Kawaguchi at or 805/844-6428  or SBMAWB’s website.


If scrutinizing art does not satisfy, and you prefer hands-on activities, read below for event details.

Winter After-School Classes

These after-school classes, often inspired by exhibitions at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, are open to children ages 6 to 12.

Classes are located at SBMA’s Ridley-Tree Education Center at McCormick House, 1600 Santa Barbara St.

To register, visit or contact Rachael Krieps at 805/884-6441 or

Re-Mixed Media: Inspired by Looking In, Looking Out: Latin American Photography

Through Mar. 23, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

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Parents interested in enrolling their children ages 6 to 12 in an extra-curricular activity should consider “Re-Mixed Media.”

This 12-week after-school program teaches students to paint, sketch and construct art. Fun art projects include: creating a three-dimensional fabric version of Cuban photographer Raúl CorralesBlue Jean, Cuba (1948), painting a portrait of Frida Kahlo, and creating a personalized version of Leysis Quesada Vera’s photograph Cuba (2006).

Ceramics After-School Class: Inspired by Piranesi: Architecture of the Imagination

Through Mar. 24, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

image for ceramics after school class_loresChildren ages 7 to 12 learn the art of sculptural and functional ceramics in a friendly and tranquil environment. In a mere span of a few weeks, students will master hand building and wheel throwing. Additionally, they will learn two important techniques: decoration and glazing.


Family 1st Thursdays

5:30-7:30 p.m.

Family 1st Thursday SBMAThese free family events occur every Thursday at SBMA’s Family Resource Center located across the Museum Café (lower Level). Instructors will teach families how to create special exhibition-based art projects.  Below are a few of the exhibition-inspired art activities.


Mixed Media Mini-Installation

Feb. 4

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In this Eniac Martínez inspired activity, participants create a mixed media, mini-market installation. Participates sculpt objects in terracotta clay and pair them with images and words, inspired by Martínez’s Herbal Medicine, Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca, Mexico (1988).

Limited Palette Abstract Painting

Mar. 3

limited paletteParticipants experiment with chalk pastel in a limited palette to create one’s version of Jack Tworkov’s Sky (1954).

Studio Sundays on the Front Steps

1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Visitors of all ages participate in this free hands-on workshop on Sundays, working with various mediums such as clay, metal, ink, wood, photography and paper. SBMA’s instructors will be teaching at the Front Steps.


Feb. 14

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Participants use colored paper, chalk pastel and sandpaper to create a textural contrasted cityscape.

Water Soluble Oil Pastels

Mar. 13

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Participants paint landscapes using water-soluble oil pastels.


Indulge your ears with SBMA’s must-see musical performances. Visit this site or the SBMA’s service desks to purchase tickets.

Quatuor Danel

Wed., Feb. 17, 7 p.m.

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Those searching for new musical groups should watch Quatuor Danel‘s performance at the Mary Craig Auditorium. This Belgian quartet, although popular in Europe for over twenty years, has yet to receive its rightful representation in the U.S. The audience will undoubtedly enjoy their new and vibrant twist on traditional quartet music as much as the public and press does.

Quatuor Danel’s performance includes music from Mendelsson, Mieczyslaw Weinberg and Schubert.

Szymanowski Quartet

Wed., Feb. 24, 7 p.m.

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The Polish musical group Szymanowski Quartet performs at the Mary Craig Auditorium for the eighth time. Those who missed their previous seven performances must watch them play pieces by Mozart, Bacewicz and Beethoven on Feb. 24.

Pop-Up Opera

Thurs., Mar. 3, 5:30-6:10 p.m.

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Do you enjoy musical groups performing at unexpected places? Then visit SMBA’s galleries on March 3 to experience a pop-up Opera. This free—yes, free—performance will enhance guests’ gallery experience.

Youth Symphony Concert

Sat., Mar. 5, 2-3 p.m. (rehearsal); 4-5 p.m. (concert)

YOUTH SYMPHONYThis free concert offers a great opportunity to witness the making of the magic. Guests are not only welcome to attend the concert but also the rehearsal, a rare opportunity.

Unlike regular concerts, Youth Symphony encourages guests to play with the musicians. If that doesn’t excite, the concert offers refreshments for all. Catch this fun, interactive event at the Museum’s back plaza.

Borealis String Quartet

Thurs., Mar. 31, 7:30 p.m.

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The last group on this list, the Borealis String Quartet, performs pieces by Beethoven, Shostakovich, Imant and Raminsh.


Those with a taste for knowledge can attend the lectures listed below. Topics include photography, ancient Greek and Japanese art. Interested? Click here for tickets (or visit the Museum’s service desks) and scroll down for more details.


Art Historian Meher McArthur on An Appreciation of Japanese Art and Aesthetics

Sun., Mar.6, 3 p.m.

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Those interested in Japanese art will enjoy McArthur‘s lecture. This lecture, located at the Mary Craig Auditorium, focuses on the history of Japanese art and aesthetics.

Lorna Spencer Hedges Annual Photography Lecture: Martin Berger

Thurs., Mar. 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Come join Santa Barbara Museum of Art for its Studio Sunday on the Front Steps and create your own work of art.

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Have you ever wondered about SBMA’s history? Particularly the history of SBMA’s photography collection? If you answered yes to both, Berger‘s lecture is the lecture for you. Focusing on the last twenty-five years, Berger shares the development of the Museum’s photography collection.

Located at Mary Craig Auditorium.

With these numerous events presented to you by SBMA, we are no longer fated to spend the rest of winter hiding from the cold weather, watching netflix.

—Anne Felicitas






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