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August 2018

April Street: The Mariners’ Grand Staircase (Armoured Stars and Flying Clouds)

August 19, 2018 @ 11:00 am - February 17, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St.
Santa Barbara, 93101 United States
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Inaugurating the Park Projects series at SBMA is a site-specific installation by Los Angeles-based artist April Street. The installation takes its inspiration from the historic voyage of Navigator Eleanor Creesy and Captain Josiah Perkins Creesy in the clipper ship Flying Cloud (1851), which set a record by sailing from New York to San Francisco (traveling around Cape Horn in South America) in only 89 days. Comprising 13 three-dimensional paintings in a salon-style configuration, Street’s installation evokes the portrait wall of…

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SBMA: Highlights of the Permanent Collection

August 27 @ 11:00 am - December 31 @ 5:00 pm
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Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St.
Santa Barbara, 93101 United States
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In celebration of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s 75th Anniversary in 2016, this installation highlights some of the most important works of art from SBMA’s permanent collection, as well as several of the most exciting gifts and acquisitions in the areas of modern and contemporary art, photography, and the arts of Asia.

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September 2018

wild Up at SBMA: GRADIENT

September 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St.
Santa Barbara, 93101 United States
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Free

Inspired by Nam June Paik’s TV Clock, violinist Andrew McIntosh brings a program of music about space, light, and the passing of time to SBMA. Situated in front of Paik’s work, four wild Up violinists perform elegant and visceral works by Anahita Abbasi, John Cage, Tashi Wada, and Steve Reich. Reservations are required as seating is limited. wild Up is a modern music collective; an adventurous chamber orchestra; a Los Angeles-based group of musicians committed to creating visceral, thought-provoking happenings. wild Up believes that music is…

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Fall Adult Ceramics Class

September 27 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Thursday, repeating until December 20, 2018

Ridley-Tree Education Center at McCormick House, 1600 Santa Barbara Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101 United States
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$485

Inspired by works of art in the Museum’s permanent collection and current exhibitions, students of all skill levels are able to develop and refine both sculptural and functional techniques of ceramics through hand building, throwing, surface decoration, and glazing techniques. This course features small group instruction and individual attention for beginners, while advanced students are welcome to work independently. Course includes all materials, firings, and a docent-led tour of the Museum. Located at SBMA's Ridley-Tree Education Center at McCormick House,…

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October 2018

Family First Thursdays

October 4 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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One event on October 4, 2018 at 5:30pm

One event on November 1, 2018 at 5:30pm

SBMA Family Resource Center, 1130 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA
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Bring the whole family and enjoy the first Thursday together in SBMA’s Family Resource Center located on the Lower Level. Museum Teaching Artists assist families in creating special exhibition-based art projects. Afterwards, enjoy galleries until 8 p.m.  Thursdays, September 6; October 4; November 1, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.  

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Ceramic Studio Saturdays

October 6 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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One event on September 8, 2018 at 10:00am

One event on October 6, 2018 at 10:00am

One event on October 13, 2018 at 10:00am

One event on November 3, 2018 at 10:00am

One event on November 10, 2018 at 10:00am

One event on December 1, 2018 at 10:00am

One event on December 8, 2018 at 10:00am

Ridley-Tree Education Center at McCormick House, 1600 Santa Barbara Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101 United States
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$80

Studio Saturdays are an informal opportunity for students of all skill levels to create ceramics without the long term commitment. Come on the first Saturday to develop or refine both sculptural and functional techniques of ceramics through hand building or throwing. Return the following Saturday to glaze your works of art. This two-part course features small group instruction and individual attention for beginners, while advanced students are welcome to work independently.  First and second Saturdays of the month, September –…

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A Kind of Song: Reading with Dana Gioia

October 11 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St.
Santa Barbara, 93101 United States
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Free

Join Dana Gioia, Poet Laureate of California, with a cohort of Santa Barbara’s own poets laureate, for a reading and celebration of poetry and creativity. One of the last stops on Gioia’s “poetry road trip” covering all 58 counties in California, this informal evening includes an introduction, reading, and question-and-answer period encouraging a public conversation about literature and literacy. Gioia is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning poet, former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, and is a native…

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Parker Quartet

October 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St.
Santa Barbara, 93101 United States
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$20 – $25

Inspiring performances, luminous sound, and exceptional musicianship are the hallmarks of the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet. Renowned for its dynamic interpretations and polished, expansive colors, the group has rapidly distinguished itself as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation. The Quartet has appeared at the world’s most important venues since its founding in 2002. Founded and currently based in Boston, the Parker Quartet’s numerous honors include winning the Concert Artists Guild Competition, the Grand Prix and Mozart Prize at…

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Studio Sundays

October 14 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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One event on October 14, 2018 at 1:30pm

SBMA Family Resource Center, 1130 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA
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Free

Visitors of all ages are welcome to participate in this hands-on workshop with SBMA Teaching Artists on the Museum’s front steps. On the second Sunday of each month participants explore a different medium, including clay, metal, ink, wood, photography, and paper. All projects are inspired by works of art in the Museum’s permanent collection or special exhibitions. Located at the SBMA’s Family Resource Center.

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Free Family Day: Día de los Muertos

October 28 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St.
Santa Barbara, 93101 United States
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Free

For the 29th year the Santa Barbara Museum of Art honors the Mexican tradition of remembering the dead with a variety of family festivities in the galleries, front steps, and back plaza including music, dance performances, art-making activities, bilingual storytelling, a special display of altars created by school and community groups, and traditional refreshments.

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November 2018

Pop-Up Opera

November 1 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St.
Santa Barbara, 93101 United States
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Free

Opera Santa Barbara returns to present another crowd-pleasing pop-up performance in the Museum galleries.

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