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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 - Terms of Endearment: Social Parameters of Yasuo Kuniyoshi’s American Success with Bert Winther-Tamaki (via Zoom)

Thursday, July 1, 2021
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Bert Winther-Tamaki
Professor of Visual Studies, University of California, Irvine

The painter Yasuo Kuniyoshi (1889-1953) received more exhibitions, reviews, and prizes than any other Japanese American artist of his generation. In addition to his talent, skill, and perseverance, this exceptional success may be attributed to his ability to forge an oeuvre of nudes, still lifes, and landscapes that held novel appeal while avoiding taboos that circumscribed the activities of Asian male immigrants in American society in the early and mid-20th century.

Ticket Cost:
Virtual Experience via Zoom: FREE

Art Matters Lecture - Restoration/Revelation: The Conservation Treatment of the "Ghent Altarpiece" with Bart J.C. Devolder (via Zoom)

Thursday, August 5, 2021
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Bart J.C. Devolder
Chief Conservator, Princeton University of Art

The Ghent Altarpiece (1432) by Jan and Hubert van Eyck is one of the most iconic works of Western art as it embodies the birth of new skills and vision. The artwork in itself is often claimed to be the most stolen painting in history and in spite of its many voyages it is a miracle that until this day only one panel is missing.

Still housed in Saint Bavo Cathedral, Ghent, Belgium, the site for which it was created, The Ghent Altarpiece or Mystic Lamb has undergone conservation and restoration treatment by the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA, Brussels) since 2012. No one expected this restoration to turn into a revelation: the real Van Eyck had been hidden beneath overpaint for centuries! In his lecture, Bart Devolder shares remarkable discoveries from the first phase and second phase. 

Ticket Cost:
Virtual Experience via Zoom: FREE