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Santa Barbara Museum of Art

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1130 State St.
Santa Barbara, 93101 United States
805/963-4364

May 2018

Nam June Paik: TV Clock

May 20 @ 11:00 am - October 14 @ 5:00 pm
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One event on September 24, 2018 at 11:00am

Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St.
Santa Barbara, 93101 United States
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Free – $10

Korean-born, American artist Nam June Paik (1932–2006) blazed a trail with video art that remains influential to this day.

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July 2018

Fauvism to Fascism

July 8 @ 11:00 am - November 11 @ 5:00 pm
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One event on September 24, 2018 at 11:00am

Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St.
Santa Barbara, 93101 United States
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The tumultuous period between the two World Wars is the backdrop for this intimately scaled and timely exhibition, which explores the little known relationship between modern art and totalitarianism in the work of the French Fauves, Maurice de Vlaminck (1876-1958) and André Derain (1880-1954).

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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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Ongoing
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

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

September 25 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until February 17, 2019

Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St.
Santa Barbara, 93101 United States
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Free – $10
Image: April Street, "Park Projects: April Street, The Mariners’ Grand Staircase (Armoured Stars, Flying Clouds)," 2018. 12 paintings with accompanying sound. Installation view, Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

Inaugurating the Park Projects series at SBMA is a site-specific installation by Los Angeles-based artist April Street.

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Sketching in the Galleries

September 27 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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One event on October 25, 2018 at 5:30pm

One event on November 29, 2018 at 5:30pm

Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St.
Santa Barbara, 93101 United States
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Free

Experience the tradition of sketching from original works of art in "Highlights of the Permanent Collection." Museum Teaching Artists provide general guidance and all materials. 

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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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October 2018

Let it Snow! Paintings of Winter

October 7, 2018 @ 11:00 am - January 6, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
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One event on September 24, 2018 at 11:00am

Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St.
Santa Barbara, 93101 United States
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In this installation, a range of European and American artists are represented and in each canvas, a different motif allows the artist to take expressive advantage of the picturesque effects of snowfall.

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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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Writing in the Galleries

October 25 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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One event on October 25, 2018 at 5:30pm

One event on November 29, 2018 at 5:30pm

Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St.
Santa Barbara, 93101 United States
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Free

Writers of all levels are invited to participate in this informal exploration of the Museum’s galleries as impetus to writing. Each session is led by a visiting writer/facilitator who begins with a conversation and prompts, partially inspired by works on view. Participants are free to write on their own and then reconvene as a group to share and comment on each other’s work.

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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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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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