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UPCOMING EVENTS

Museum Admission

Tuesday – Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm (last entry 4 pm)
Thursdays, 11 am – 8 pm (last entry 7 pm)

Welcome to SBMA! Advance ticketing reservations are highly recommended and guarantee your entry time.

Art Matters Lecture with Judith Mann - Artemisia Gentileschi: New Understandings

Thursday, March 7, 2024
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Judith Mann
Senior Curator of European Art to 1800, Saint Louis Art Museum

Over the last 75 years, Artemisia Gentileschi has developed into an icon of female empowerment and the emotive drama of baroque painting. Identified with images of Judith decapitating the general Holofernes, she has come to be understood as a woman who succeeded in a man’s world, overcoming considerable obstacles to do so. While not entirely inaccurate, such an understanding fails to address the reality of the artist’s life in 17th-century Italian society, and has caused her less dramatic paintings to remain misunderstood or overlooked. Dr. Mann will discuss seven of the artists’ paintings, including well-known titles such as Susanna and the Elders along with a series of works that have come to light within the last 20 years. Her talk will provide a richer and more nuanced version of the painter than has generally been offered in exhibitions and recent publications.

Generous support for Art Matters is provided by the SBMA Women’s Board.

Ticket Cost:
SBMA Member (Museum Circles): FREE
SBMA Member (Enthusiast and below): $10.00
Non-Member: $15.00
Student (Valid student ID required): FREE

Sketching in the Galleries

Thursday, March 14, 2024
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

All skill levels are invited to experience the tradition of sketching from original works of art in current exhibitions. Museum Teaching Artists provide general guidance and all materials.

Writing in the Galleries

Thursday, March 21, 2024
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Writers of all levels are invited to participate in this informal exploration of the Museum’s galleries as an impetus to writing. Monthly sessions are led by a visiting writer who begins with a conversation and prompt, partially inspired by works on view. Participants write on their own, then reconvene to share and comment on each other’s work. Please bring something on which to write.

In March, visiting writer-in-residence, Bahamian poet, essayist, and creative writing teacher Bernard Ferguson leads the session. Please note, this session will be via Zoom due to the writer being unable to travel this spring. Registrants for this session will receive a link in advance.

More about Bernard Ferguson:
Ferguson is currently working on a book of nonfiction, The Climate Sirens (Graywolf, 2024), about Hurricane Dorian, the effects of climate change on Small-Island Developing States, and how centuries of far-flung injustices and inequalities—have come to cause the climate crisis. They and their writing have been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, and The Paris Review among others. They teach creative writing at New York University and The New School.

Ticket Cost:
General Admission: FREE

Chamber Music Concert: Verona Quartet

Thursday, March 21, 2024
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Acclaimed as an “outstanding ensemble…cohesive yet full of temperament” (New York Times), the Verona Quartet has firmly established itself amongst the most distinguished ensembles on the chamber music scene today. The quartet received the Chamber Music America’s coveted 2020 Cleveland Quartet Award and has captivated audiences at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, and Wigmore Hall, as well as at numerous festivals worldwide.

A string quartet for the 21st century, the group champions the rich breadth of the string quartet repertoire from the time-honored canon through contemporary classics and its members are committed advocates of diverse programming. Notable commissions and premieres include works by composers Julia Adolphe and Texu Kim. Their newest album SHATTER reached #1 on the Billboard classical charts this summer. For their first performance at SBMA, they will perform Walton’s String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Texu Kim’s Ritus Sanitatem, and Dvorak’s String Quartet No. 14 in A-flat Major Op.105.

Chamber Music Concerts at SBMA are supported by the Katharine Putnam and Reginald M. Faletti Concert Fund with additional support from the Curletti Fund.

Ticket Cost:
SBMA Member: $20.00
Non-Member: $25.00

An Evening of West Coast Jazz with The Ted Nash Trio

Tuesday, March 26, 2024
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

The work of acclaimed Los Angeles-based artist Janna Ireland, currently on view at the Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, includes her photographic interpretation of the architecture of Paul R. Williams, the renowned 20th-century Black architect who designed many of Southern California’s iconic buildings. A gifted designer across genres, Williams transformed the face of Los Angeles, including chic celebrity spots like the Beverly Hills Hotel’s Polo Lounge, the Ambassador Hotel’s Coconut Grove, and the cool jazz corridors of Central Avenue.

In a nod to those favored night spots and the music of the jazz greats, The Ted Nash Trio performs against a backdrop of images of Williams’ mid-century Los Angeles world and photographs from Ireland’s Regarding Paul R. Williams.

Ticket Cost:
SBMA Member: $20.00
Non-Member: $25.00

Art Matters Lecture with George Shackelford - Bonnard’s Worlds

Thursday, April 4, 2024
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

George Shackelford

Over the course of his fifty-year career, Pierre Bonnard painted the spaces of his personal experience again and again. In complex compositions employing luminous color and sensitive brushwork, Bonnard explored the realms of his visual and sensory experience–from landscape to garden to terrace to house, looking along a path, through an open window, down at a tabletop or a bathtub, or into a mirror. George Shackelford will explore these worlds across time and place, through images drawn from the exhibition he organized for the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, and The Phillips Collection, Washington. D.C.

Generous support for Art Matters is provided by the SBMA Women’s Board.

credit: Pierre Bonnard, Garden with a Small Bridge (Jardin au Petit Pont), 1937, oil on canvas, 39 × 48 7/8 in. (99.1 × 124.1 cm). SBMA, Bequest of Wright S. Ludington, 1993.1.1.    

Ticket Cost:
SBMA Member (Museum Circles): FREE
SBMA Member (Enthusiast and below): $10.00
Non-Member: $15.00
Student (Valid student ID required): FREE

Sketching in the Galleries

Thursday, April 11, 2024
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

All skill levels are invited to experience the tradition of sketching from original works of art in current exhibitions. Museum Teaching Artists provide general guidance and all materials.

Ticket Cost:
General Admission: FREE

Sketching in the Galleries

Thursday, May 9, 2024
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

All skill levels are invited to experience the tradition of sketching from original works of art in current exhibitions. Museum Teaching Artists provide general guidance and all materials.

Ticket Cost:
General Admission: FREE

Writing in the Galleries

Thursday, May 16, 2024
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Writers of all levels are invited to participate in this informal exploration of the Museum’s galleries as an impetus to writing. Monthly sessions are led by a visiting writer who begins with a conversation and prompt, partially inspired by works on view. Participants write on their own, then reconvene to share and comment on each other’s work. Please bring something on which to write.

In May writer and SBCC professor, Emma Trelles leads the session.

Ticket Cost:
General Admission: FREE