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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.

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Art Matters Lecture - Keith Haring in 3-D: Graffiti and Beyond with Lowery Stokes Sims (via Zoom)

Thursday, November 4, 2021
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Lowery Stokes Sims
Independent curator and cultural analyst

This lecture demonstrates how Keith Haring evolved from engaging the wall as a renegade “tagger” in the context of 1980’s street art to expanding his artistic ambitions to include sculpture and objects. In this process he brought his 2-dimensional work out into space through his free-standing routed and painted figures and recruited a variety of objects—both found and pre-existing—as surfaces for his impulsive and compulsive embellishments. Haring’s interest in African and Oceanic Art was particularly evident in his collaborations with chanteuse/provocateur Grace Jones and dancer/choreographer Bill T. Jones that encompassed the performative aspects of body painting and masking.

This ecumenical approach indicates that Haring participated in the blurring of the lines among design and art that can also be seen in the ambient impulses of his contemporaries such as Kim McConnell, Rhonda Zwillinger, and Kenny Scharf.

This event is virtual via Zoom.

Ticket Cost:
SBMA Member (Zoom) (Curators' Circle & above): FREE
SBMA Member (Zoom) (Enthusiast and below): $10.00
General Admission (Zoom): $15.00
Student (Zoom) (Valid student ID required): FREE

Art Matters Lecture - Power and Metals: Regalia of the Moche of Ancient Perú with Alicia Boswell (in Person)

Thursday, December 2, 2021
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Alicia Boswell
Assistant Professor, History of Art and Architecture, University of California, Santa Barbara

In the ancient Andes, metallurgical technology was driven by an ideological system that imbued metals with sacred properties. Unlike Old World societies, where metallurgical technology developed in response to the demand for utilitarian goods, in the ancient Andes, gold, silver, and copper alloys were used to create regalia worn by elites. These objects lended authority and power to those that wore them—in life and death. This lecture discusses the role of regalia in the Moche world, a society that thrived on what today is the north coast of Peru in the first millennium. 

This event is in person at Santa Barbara Museum of Art's Mary Craig Auditorium.

Ticket Cost:
SBMA Member (Curators' Circle & above): FREE
SBMA Member (Enthusiast and below): $10.00
General Admission: $15.00
Student (Valid student ID required): FREE