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Art Matters Lecture - Lucia Moholy: Documentary Absurdities with Jan Tichy

Thursday, October 6, 2022
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Jan Tichy
Assistant Professor at the Department of Photography, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

The artist and educator, Associate Professor at SAIC, Jan Tichy shares his work and research on the writer and photographer Lucia Moholy and discusses the place of contemporary art within historical research and preservation. This lecture will include glass plates once thought lost, now recreated through modern technology, as well as parts of the artist’s personal history that were only recently recovered by researchers working with Tichy.

credit: Jan Tichy, Installation no. 30 (Lucia), 2016. Photo credit: the artist.

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

Ticket Cost:
SBMA Member (Museum Circles): FREE
SBMA Member (Enthusiast and below): $10.00
Non-Member: $15.00
Student (Valid student ID required): FREE

Reading and Conversation - I’m goin’ to mess with you: T.C. Boyle

Thursday, October 20, 2022
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

In a reading and discussion of his electric, darkly humorous collection of 13 new short stories, the inimitable T.C. Boyle, Santa Barbara resident and bestselling writer of Talk to Me and Outside Looking In, ”messes with us” as the book inscription from Willie Dixon’s “I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man” promises.

In the title story of I Walk Between the Raindrops, a woman sits down next to a man at a bar and claims she has ESP. In “Thirteen Days,” passengers on a cruise line are quarantined, to horrifying and hilarious effect. And “Hyena” begins simply: “That was the day the hyena came for him, and never mind that there were no hyenas in the South of France, and especially not in Pont-Saint-Esprit—it was there, and it came for him.” A virtuoso of the short form, T.C. Boyle returns to share with us these inventive and masterfully told short stories characterized by his always biting satire, resonant wit, and a boundless, irrepressible imagination.

Book signing to follow.

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

Ticket Cost:
SBMA Member: $5.00
Non-Member: $10.00

Art Matters Lecture - What Might Have Been: The Promise of Thomas Cole’s Late Career with Frank Kelly

Thursday, November 3, 2022
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Frank Kelly, Ph.D.
Curator of American Paintings, National Gallery of Art

American landscape painter Thomas Cole was at the height of his artistic powers when he died at the age of 47 in 1848. We will never know for certain what Cole might have done, but there are clues in the works he left behind, both finished and unfinished, in his studio when he died. Large canvases—including the one in the Santa Barbara Museum of Art known as The Meeting of the Waters—suggest that he had many subjects in mind to paint, so fertile was his imagination. This lecture outlines what Cole was doing artistically in his last years and the works he actually created then. It further considers what he might have accomplished had he lived to paint longer.

credit: Thomas Cole, The Meeting of the Waters, 1847. Oil on canvas. SBMA.

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

Ticket Cost:
SBMA Member (Museum Circles): FREE
SBMA Member (Enthusiast and below): $10.00
Non-Member: $15.00
Student (Valid student ID required): FREE

Parallel Stories - Mecca with Susan Straight

Thursday, November 17, 2022
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

The New York Times award-winning author Susan Straight returns to read from her latest and much lauded novel, Mecca. Set in Southern California’s inland and high desert area, this is a story of freeways, wildfires, secrets, and struggles that is, at its heart, a love song for a place and its people. Told from different points of view in interwoven narratives, Mecca speaks of loneliness and grief, family, and home, and the ways in which language, with its power and peculiarities carries a culture’s hopes and fears. With courage and grace, Straight, noted as “an essential voice in American writing and in writing of the West,” looks closely at the California few see, pushes deep into the difficult territories of the past few years, and shifts how we see the land and each other.

Book signing to follow.

Parallel Stories is a literary and performing arts series that pairs art and artists with award-winning authors and performers of regional, national, and international acclaim. This series functions as a multidisciplinary lens through which to view the Museum's collection and special exhibitions.

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

Ticket Cost:
SBMA Member: $5.00
Non-Member: $10.00

Art Matters Lecture - Looking at Impressionism and Thinking About Climate Change

Thursday, December 1, 2022
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Harmon Siegel, Ph.D.
Junior Fellow, Harvard Society of Fellows

Impressionism has, from the beginning, been seen as an art of nature. Today, however, in the moment we call the Anthropocene, when human projects have transformed every corner of the planet and threaten to make it uninhabitable, this commitment may seem hopelessly naive. In fact, however, impressionist paintings illuminate our condition, revealing the entanglement of nature and society. In so doing, they help us overcome nostalgia for a lost nature and recognize our responsibility for shaping the world we inhabit

credit: Camille Pissarro, La Machine de Marly à Bougival, c. 1869. Image courtesy of Sotheby's, Inc.

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

Ticket Cost:
SBMA Member (Museum Circles): FREE
SBMA Member (Enthusiast and below): $10.00
Non-Member: $15.00
Student (Valid student ID required): FREE