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Tuesday - Sunday from 11 am - 5 pm.

General Admission entry into SBMA.

Ticket Cost:
SBMA Member: FREE
Adult: $5
Senior (age 65+): $3
Child (ages 6-17): $3
Under 6: FREE

Art Matters: Making Connections - Representations of Reflections/Refractions of Light

Thursday, February 21, 2019
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Keith Christiansen, Chairman, Dept. of European Paintings, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

That art has this power to haunt us to such a degree that we scheme of ways to see what we have heard about or seen in reproduction or can easily access on the internet is one of those fascinating mysteries of modern life. A mystery, because it is by no means certain that the thing that haunts me will have the same effect on someone else. Because in the end, our responses to works of art are complex and personal and attempts to intellectualize the process seem to me doomed to failure. In this talk, Keith Christiansen shares some of his strategies for looking at Renaissance and baroque painting.

Ticket Cost:
SBMA Member (Curators' Patron & above): FREE
SBMA Member (Collector's Patron and below): $10
General Admission: $15
Student (Valid student ID required): FREE

Armchair Travels: California Dreaming - A Lecture by Dylan Turk on Frank Lloyd Wright and the Architecture of Southern California

Saturday, February 23, 2019
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Dylan Turk is an architectural historian and curator at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. Crystal Bridges, which opened to the public in 2011, was founded by Wal-Mart heiress Alice Walton, who hired Turk in 2015. In that same year he led the curatorial force behind reconstructing Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bachman-Wilson House on the grounds of Crystal Bridges. As the complicated reconstruction of the house occurred, Turk researched Wright, the unique history of the Bachman-Wilson House, and the Modernist connections to the regions. Turk has since curated several exhibitions at Crystal Bridges, published two architecture books and many articles for art publications, and has become a favorite leader of SBMA tours.

Turk’s talk will explore Frank Lloyd Wright and the Arkansas architect Fay Jones, connecting Arkansas's architecture to that of Los Angeles, where he will lead a SBMA tour in the fall of 2019.

Turk is a Little Rock, Arkansas native who earned his bachelor’s degree in History of Art and Architecture from the University of Arkansas.  

Ticket Cost:
SBMA Member: $5
General Admission: $8

The Erotic Art of Japan’s Ukiyo‑e Masters in a Comparative Context with Dr. Ellis Tinios

Sunday, February 24, 2019
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Dr. Ellis Tinios, University of Leeds, England

All of Japan’s great “floating world” (ukiyo-e) print artists—Moronobu, Sukenobu, Masanobu, Harunobu, Kiyonaga, Utamaro, Hokusai, Eisen, Kunisada, Kuniyoshi and Hiroshige—openly engaged in the production of sexually explicit art that celebrated “the way of love.” They imbued their numerous erotic works with humor and joy, visually affirming the conviction that “making love is the prime glory and height of pleasure.” Only recently have scholars begun to explore this facet of “floating-world pictures.” In this lecture, Dr. Ellis Tinios offers comparisons with European erotic art to highlight distinctive aspects of Japanese attitudes toward sex and the representation of the human body in the Edo period (1603–1868).

Dr Tinios lives in the UK. He is a Research Associate of the Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto and Special Assistant to the Japanese Section at the British Museum. He is author of Understanding Japanese woodblock-printed illustrated books with Prof Suzuki Jun (Brill) and Japanese Prints: Ukiyo-e in Edo (British Museum Press). He also contributed to the 2013 British Museum exhibition catalogue Shunga: Sex and Humour in Edo Japan.

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credit: Torii Kiyonaga, Japanese, 1752–1815, Sode no maki (Handscroll for the Sleeve) (detail), c. 1785. Color woodblock printed handscroll. Image courtesy of Ebi Collection, Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University.

Ticket Cost:
General Admission: FREE

Art Matters: Creole Degas

Thursday, February 28, 2019
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby, Professor of European and American Art Since 1700, UC Berkeley

When Edgar Degas traveled across the sea to visit his Creole family in New Orleans in 1872, he continually expressed his anxiety about his sight and his difficulty apprehending or painting the black persons so novel to him. The artist claimed that the brevity of his visit justified his decision not to depict this foreign place so pervaded by a boldly visible racial difference. The unfamiliarity of the spectacle of blackness made Degas think about other French artists who might have attempted to meet such a challenge, for instance Manet. This talk analyzes the intersection of sight, blindness, race and Creole identity in the writings and art of Degas during this period in New Orleans and his return to Paris.

Ticket Cost:
SBMA Member (Curators' Patron & above): FREE
SBMA Member (Collector's Patron and below): $10
General Admission: $15
Student (Valid student ID required): FREE

Art Matters: A History of 3D in 12 Examples

Thursday, March 7, 2019
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Britt Salvesen, Curator of Photography, LACMA

3D: Double Vision (on view at LACMA through March 31, 2019) is the first American exhibition to survey a full range of artworks, dating from 1838 to the present, that produce the illusion of three dimensions. While 3D may seem to have a peripheral relationship to mainstream culture and traditional art history---catching our attention at "peak" moments and then disappearing again into obscurity---in fact it forms a continuous thread across modernity, taking many forms from the Industrial Revolution to today. This talk will explore the history of 3D with examples from the realms of art, science, and popular culture.

Ticket Cost:
SBMA Member (Curators' Patron & above): FREE
SBMA Member (Collector's Patron and below): $10
General Admission: $15
Student (Valid student ID required): FREE

Parallel Stories - Dismantling Hierarchies: Alex Espinoza

Sunday, March 10, 2019
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Described by Sandra Cisneros as "capable of renewing one's faith in new fiction," Alex Espinoza's writing is filled with a sense of place and longing, and an idiosyncratic search for love, meaning, and unflinching truth. In an afternoon of reading and conversation, the author shares his thoughts on Southern California, masks, identity, cultural displacement, faith, the world of lucha libre, belonging, and why what should exclude us, empowers us.

Ticket Cost:
SBMA Member: $5
General Admission: $10
Senior (age 65+): $6

Art Matters: View-Master - Novelty and Nostalgia

Thursday, March 14, 2019
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Britt Salvesen, Curator of Photography, LACMA

The View-Master is one of the most familiar, yet least investigated, formats of stereoscopic photography. This talk will outline its history, from its invention and debut at the 1939 New York World’s Fair to its 21st-century reinvention as a virtual reality system. After considering key products and marketing strategies, I will suggest some reasons for the View-Master’s absence from histories of mass visual culture and its enduring popularity among children and collectors alike.

Ticket Cost:
SBMA Member (Curators' Patron & above): FREE
SBMA Member (Collector's Patron and below): $10
General Admission: $15
Student (Valid student ID required): FREE

Mandelring Quartet

Thursday, March 14, 2019
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Formed in 1983 in the German wine region in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse, three Schmidt siblings – Sebastian, Nanette and Bernhard – join with violist Andreas Willwohl in a partnership dedicated to exemplary performances of chamber music. The Mandelring Quartet’s success in winning some of the world’s great competitions – the Munich (ARD), Evian, and Reggio Emilia (Premio Paolo Borciani) – launched an impressive international career that brings them to all corners of the globe. Today, their performing commitments take them to international musical centers such as Vienna, Paris, London, Madrid, New York, Los Angeles, and Vancouver, as well as regular tours to Central and South America, the Middle East, and Asia. Their discography include more than thirty CD recordings, which have been repeatedly awarded the German Music Critics’ Prize, and been nominated for the International Classical Music Award, confirming the Mandelring Quartet’s exceptional quality and wideranging repertoire.

Their program includes Beethoven's Op. 18, No. 1; Bartók's String Quartet No. 2; and Mendelssohn Op. 44, No.2.

Ticket Cost:
SBMA Member: $20
General Admission: $25

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
General Admission: $25

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
General Admission: $15
Student (Valid student ID required): FREE