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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.

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: 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