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Art Matters is presented by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and is a premier lecture series intended for continuing adult education in the history of art. Our distinguished speakers come from the Santa Barbara area, as well as across the country, and occasionally, abroad. Art historians, curators, and conservators offer fascinating insights into their areas of specialization.

Art Matters Lecture - Race, Society, and Identity in 19th-century Mexican Costumbrismo with Mey-Yen Moriuchi (via Zoom)

Thursday, November 5, 2020
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Mey-Yen Moriuchi
Associate Professor of Art, La Salle University

Costumbrismo, a genre that took hold in Spain and Latin America, manifested itself through the visual and literary arts and sought to capture the customs, costumes, and traditions of everyday people and everyday life. In Mexico, it garnered particular momentum and prominence as the nation’s leaders tried to stabilize the country both politically and economically. Costumbrista artists desired to capture the corporeal physicality and presence of the Mexican people through their emphasis on naturalistic depiction and attention to detail. They created personal, constructed portrayals of Mexican life that were often romanticized and politicized. Ultimately, costumbrismo created a propagandistic, subjective language of representation that evaluated, critiqued, and celebrated 19th-century Mexican culture and traditions.

credit: José Agustín Arrieta, La Sorpreza (detail), 1850. Oil on canvas. Museo Nacional de Historia, INAH, Mexico City.

Ticket Cost:
Virtual Experience via Zoom: FREE

Art Matters Lecture - "What Matters is Boldness": Mexican Modernism in Context with Mark Castro (via Zoom)

Thursday, December 3, 2020
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Mark Castro
Jorge Baldor Curator of Latin American Art, Dallas Museum of Art

In the aftermath of Mexico’s violent civil war from 1910 to 1920, artists played a vital role in the construction of a new national identity. The works of the famous mural painters José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, and David Alfaro Siqueiros epitomized this transformation, capturing scenes from Mexico’s past, present, and an imagined future. Although of critical importance, these monumental works represent one facet of the rich history of Mexican modern art. This talk offers a glimpse of the complex history of innovation and debate that shaped Mexican art and in turn influenced modern art across the globe.

credit: David Alfaro Siqueiros, La colina de los muertos (detail), 1944. Duco on board. SBMA, Gift of Mrs. MacKinley Hel, 1969.35.51. © David Alfaro Siqueiros / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/SOMAAP, Mexico City.

Ticket Cost:
Virtual Experience via Zoom: FREE