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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

wild Up at SBMA: GRADIENT

Thursday, September 27, 2018
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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.

Ticket Cost:
General Admission: FREE

A Kind of Song: Reading with Dana Gioia

Thursday, October 11, 2018
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

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 Californian of Italian and Mexican descent. He currently serves as the Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at the University of Southern California.

Ticket Cost:
General Admission: FREE

Parker Quartet

Thursday, October 18, 2018
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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 France’s Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition, and Chamber Music America’s prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award. They are now Blodgett Artists-in-Residence at Harvard University’s Department of Music, and also in-residence at USC School of Music, along with numerous other residencies.

They will perform Debussy’s Quartet in G minor, Op. 10; Paul Wiancko’s Strange Beloved Land; and Beethoven’s Quartet in E-Flat major, Op. 74, “Harp.”

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

Art Matters: Spirantia aera, vivos vultus – Breathing bronze, living faces: the making of portraits at Aphrodisias and Rome

Thursday, November 1, 2018
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Chris Hallett, Professor of Roman Art, UC Berkeley

For almost the entire history of Greek and Roman art, bronze was unquestionably the leading sculptural medium for public statuary monuments. In the latter part of the second century CE, however, because of changes in imperial fashion and the development of new techniques for working stone, marble became the leading medium for public portraiture. Taking as his example a well preserved marble portrait head of superlative quality discovered two summers ago in Aphrodisias, Hallett reflects on this ancient rivalry of bronze and marble.

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: Ancient Bronzes as Art Objects: Roman Collectors and Corinthian Bronzes

Thursday, November 8, 2018
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Chris Hallett, Professor of Roman Art, UC Berkeley

An art market came into being in the late Hellenistic period that supplied bronze statues, large and small, to wealthy collectors. With the emergence of competitive art collecting in Rome, bronze figurines seem to have acquired a new function; and this dramatically changed their form and their appearance. The result was a novel kind of bronze statuette referred to as aes Corinthum, or Corinthia — “Corinthian bronzes”. The popularity of the collectible bronze figurine in contemporary culture also stimulated the use of “processional statuettes” in rituals and public ceremonies throughout the Roman world—a usage well documented for us today in Roman historical relief.

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: Visions of Immortality/Paradise in Ancient China and Egypt

Thursday, November 15, 2018
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Anthony Barbieri-Low, Professor of History, UCSB

This talk explores the concept and visual representations of post-mortem paradises in Ancient Egypt and Early China. These expressions would have a lasting impact on the development of paradisiacal realms in the later universal religions of Christianity and Buddhism. A special focus will be on certain ritual practices that would assist oneself or one’s deceased relatives in attaining entrance to paradise, including the playing of ritual board games like senet and liubo.

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: Egypt’s Sunken Cities: Recent Underwater Archaeology Discoveries

Thursday, November 29, 2018
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Jan-Lodewijk Grootaers, Curator of African Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art

More than 1200 years ago, two ancient cities were lost to natural disasters and the rising tides of the Mediterranean Sea. Two decades ago, underwater archaeologist Franck Goddio and his team discovered those cities, revealing monumental statues, ritual objects, exquisite jewelry, and a greater understanding of ancient Egypt under Greek rule.

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: Protecting Africa’s Cultural Heritage

Thursday, December 6, 2018
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Jan-Lodewijk Grootaers, Curator of African Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art

Worldwide, the illicit trade in art is on a par with the drugs or arms trades. While Egypt has had laws in place since 1951 to protect its antiquities, making it punishable to export cultural property without a permit, Sub-Saharan African countries are struggling to regulate or prevent the sale of their rich artistic heritage.

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

Maxwell Quartet

Thursday, January 31, 2019
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

1st Prize winner and Audience Prize winner at the Trondheim (Norway) International Chamber Music Competition in 2017, the Maxwell Quartet has been hailed for "great communication" by The Strad Magazine and as "brilliantly fresh, unexpected and exhilarating" by The Scottish Herald. The Glasgow-based Maxwell Quartet is now firmly regarded as one of Britain's finest string quartets, with a strong connection to their folk music heritage and a commitment to bringing together wide-ranging projects and programs to expand the string quartet repertoire. Performing widely across Scotland, the quartet has established a reputation for delighting audiences with their "panache and conviction" (Strathearn Herald) and their "unnaffected enthusiasm" (North Highland Times). The quartet has held residencies at Oxford University, Perth Concert Hall and many chamber music festivals across the UK, including their own Loch Shiel Festival in the Scottish highlands.

The program includes Haydn’s String Quartet in E-flat major, Hob.III:71; Roukens’ Visions at Sea; Scottish Folk Music, and Beethoven’s Quartet in B-flat major, Op. 130

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

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