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Art Matters

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.

This season, in an effort to better serve the educational needs of the greater Santa Barbara area, Art Matters is moving to Thursdays at 4:30pm. Lectures will continue to follow a loosely chronological trajectory, from antiquity to present-day. We are pleased to continue offering the Special Topics format in which specialists are given the opportunity to explore their subjects in depth through consecutive lectures devoted to a particular research area or book project. Tickets will be available for individual purchase, rather than season pass. As always, students can enjoy free admission with valid student ID.

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