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Museum Admission

Tuesday – Sunday from 11 am – 5 pm.

General Admission entry into SBMA.

Ticket Cost:
SBMA Member: FREE
Adult: $5.00
Senior (age 65+): $3.00
Child (ages 6-17): $3.00
Under 6: FREE

Quatuor Danel

Friday, April 5, 2019
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The Quatuor Danel has been at the forefront of the European music scene since its founding in 1991, with major concert performances worldwide including Paris, London, and San Francisco. They have also been recognized for a number of groundbreaking recordings, including their recently reissued recording of the complete cycle of string quartets by Russian composer Shostakovich, considered one of the benchmark interpretations of [the quartets]. The Quartet made its American debut during the 2015-16 season, featuring concerts at New York's Frick Collection and the Clarice Smith in College Park, MD, as well as at concert series across the country. The ensemble is famous for its bold, concentrated interpretations of the string quartet cycles of Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Shostakovich, and Weinberg. Their lively and fresh vision of traditional quartet repertoire has won them lavish praise from both the public and the press.

The Quatuor Danel will perform Beethoven's Quartet in B-flat major; Op. 18, No. 6; Shostakovich's Quartet No. 6 in G major, Op. 101; and Weinberg's Quartet No. 6.

Ticket Cost:
SBMA Member: $20.00
General Admission: $25.00

Emotion and Belonging - A New Look at Literati Aesthetics in China with Peter Sturman

Sunday, April 7, 2019
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Lecture held in conjunction with the SBMA exhibition Bamboo, Rocks, and Old Trees: Chinese Calligraphy and Literati Painting.

In November 2018, Su Shi's (1037–1101) Old Tree, Rock, and Bamboo, one of the most famous Chinese paintings "never seen" suddenly emerged into public view and sold for an extraordinary sum of money at a public auction in Hong Kong. Peter Sturman, Professor of Chinese Art, Department of History of Art and Architecture at UCSB, recounts the importance of this singular painting and presents new research that helps shed light on the very beginnings of what is known as literati painting in China. Behind the quirky image of Su Shi's twisted tree and strange rock is a sophisticated iconography that draws from ancient philosophical ideals and communicates with the artist's closest friends. Su Shi's work represents the start of a longstanding tradition of painting by scholar-officials that came to dominate much of China's recent history, and its indirect influence in works of art produced in late imperial China and modern times.

This event is sponsored by:

image credit: Su Shi, Chinese, 1037-1101, Old Tree, Rock and Bamboo (detail). Ink on paper; handscroll. Private collection.

Ticket Cost:
General Admission: FREE

Parallel Stories - T.C. Boyle: Outside Looking In

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Bestselling author and Santa Barbara native, T.C. Boyle returns to Parallel Stories to read from his new novel exploring the first scientific and recreational forays into LSD and its mind-altering possibilities. Outside Looking In deals with the early years of LSD, from its first synthesis by Albert Hofmann in 1943, to the time when it broke free of strictly psychiatric use and set society afire in the Harvard-based experimentation of the 1960s. Boyle could not be more timely, as he examines through his fiction what it might mean now that psychedelic drugs are once again being used clinically. And, yes, says the author, "Dr. Leary does appear as a subsidiary character in this one, just as Dr. Kinsey appeared in my novel The Inner Circle and Dr. Kellogg in The Road to Wellville." Join SBMA for an utterly engaging and occasionally trippy look at the nature of reality, identity, and consciousness through the idiosyncratic and always entertaining lens of T.C. Boyle.

Book signing to follow.

Ticket Cost:
SBMA Member: $5.00
General Admission: $10.00
Senior (age 65+): $6.00

Art Matters: What Art Has to Say About the Law

Thursday, April 25, 2019
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Joan Kee, Associate Professor of Art History, University of Michigan

Beginning in the late 1960s, the contemporary art world was increasingly shaped by how its members engaged with the law. From contract-like conceptual artworks to confrontations with police and courts, artists like Suzanne Lacy, Ann Messner, David Hammons, Dennis Oppenheim, and Tehching Hsieh interacted with various facets of the law as an integral part of their creative process. Yet rather than focus on what art has done to law, contemporary artists produced works that raised pointed questions for lawyers, judges and for anyone interested in the legal institution.

Ticket Cost:
SBMA Member (Curators' Patron & above): FREE
SBMA Member (Collector's Patron and below): $10.00
General Admission: $15.00
Student (Valid student ID required): FREE

Art Matters: Matisse’s Hands

Thursday, May 2, 2019
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Todd Cronan, Associate Professor of Art History, Emory University

At the onset of World War II, Henri Matisse's art underwent a startling change of direction. Inventing a dramatic new technique of cut-outs, Matisse explored aspects of the world that were largely absent from his previous work. This talk will trace the development of Matisse's late cut-outs and the new forms of expression they provoked.

Ticket Cost:
SBMA Member (Curators' Patron & above): FREE
SBMA Member (Collector's Patron and below): $10.00
General Admission: $15.00
Student (Valid student ID required): FREE

Art Matters: What is Mid-Century Modern? The Architecture of Richard Neutra and The Eameses

Thursday, May 9, 2019
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Todd Cronan, Associate Professor of Art History, Emory University

The words “Mid-Century Modern” are everywhere. From Crate & Barrel to Craigslist, Sotheby’s to Walmart, Mid-Century Modern or MCM is the sought-after style for life today. What is it about kidney-shaped pools and steel beams, polished concrete and plate glass, womb chairs, and spider legs that continues to fascinate after all these years? Looking at the works of Richard Neutra and Charles and Ray Eames this talk will explore the competing visions of Mid-Century Modern in California.

Ticket Cost:
SBMA Member (Curators' Patron & above): FREE
SBMA Member (Collector's Patron and below): $10.00
General Admission: $15.00
Student (Valid student ID required): FREE

Parallel Stories - All Our Yesterdays (or filmic ones anyway): Geoff Dyer on Clint Eastwood, Richard Burton, Teutonic fortresses, and why 50 years later he still loves “Where Eagles Dare”

Thursday, May 30, 2019
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Geoff Dyer’s earlier book on film, Zona, was about Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker, so it was perhaps inevitable that he should next devote his unique critical and stylistic energies to Brian G. Hutton’s Where Eagles Dare—a thrilling 1968 Alpine adventure starring a magnificent, bleary-eyed Richard Burton and a dynamically lethargic Clint Eastwood. Broadsword Calling Danny Boy is Dyer’s hilarious tribute to a film that he has loved since childhood, including a scene-by-scene analysis that takes the reader from its snowy, Teutonic opening credits to its vertigo-inducing climax. In this special 50th-anniversary celebration of the movie, Dyer explains why it is indelibly imprinted on his consciousness and that of almost all British males of a certain age. This event includes film clips and, if watches can be synchronized correctly, perfectly matched readings from the book.

Book signing to follow.

Ticket Cost:
SBMA Member: $5.00
General Admission: $10.00
Senior (age 65+): $6.00

Parallel Stories - Autumn Light: Changelessness and Change amidst the Turning Seasons of Japan with Pico Iyer

Sunday, June 30, 2019
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Parallel Stories turns its gaze both inward and outward as the ever-engaging author and Santa Barbara favorite Pico Iyer shares his new book, the fruit of 31 years of reflection on his adopted home near Kyoto. In Autumn Light, Iyer describes a single season in his suburban neighborhood in Japan as the leaves turn, the skies grow ever more brilliant, and he watches elders die, grandchildren arrive, and all the universal questions of love and loss play out in a world of ancestor worship and moon-viewing. Walking every day to the post office, thinking about how autumn teaches "joyful participation in a world of sorrows" - and playing furious games of ping-pong daily with his aging neighbors-Iyer tries to set the beauty of the moment against the fact of our impermanence.

Pico Iyer is the author of more than a dozen books of fiction and non-fiction and has been writing regularly, for more than a quarter-century, for more than 200 periodicals worldwide. Two of his recent books, The Art of Stillness and The Open Road were national bestsellers. This spring he has been Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton. In September, as a further run-up to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, he will publish a companion book to Autumn Light, A Beginner's Guide to Japan, which looks at the Faraway Island through an almost contradictory lens.

Ticket Cost:
SBMA Member: $5.00
General Admission: $10.00
Senior (age 65+): $6.00