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Artificial Intelligence and Art: The Case of Harold Cohen with Justin Underhill (via Zoom)

Tuesday, December 1, 2020
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This talk explores the work of Harold Cohen (1928 – 2016), a pioneer of art made by artificial intelligence. Cohen taught for decades at UC San Diego and wrote the art-making computer program AARON in the 1970s.

Justin Underhill, Ph.D., runs the Visualization Lab for Digital Art History at UC Berkeley and co-edits the International Journal for Digital Art History. He has published on topics ranging from Leonardo's Last Supper to Aztec architecture.

Ticket Cost:
Virtual Experience via Zoom: FREE

Art Matters Lecture - "What Matters is Boldness": Mexican Modernism in Context with Mark Castro (via Zoom)

Thursday, December 3, 2020
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Mark Castro
Jorge Baldor Curator of Latin American Art, Dallas Museum of Art

In the aftermath of Mexico’s violent civil war from 1910 to 1920, artists played a vital role in the construction of a new national identity. The works of the famous mural painters José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, and David Alfaro Siqueiros epitomized this transformation, capturing scenes from Mexico’s past, present, and an imagined future. Although of critical importance, these monumental works represent one facet of the rich history of Mexican modern art. This talk offers a glimpse of the complex history of innovation and debate that shaped Mexican art and in turn influenced modern art across the globe.

credit: David Alfaro Siqueiros, La colina de los muertos (detail), 1944. Duco on board. SBMA, Gift of Mrs. MacKinley Hel, 1969.35.51. © David Alfaro Siqueiros / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/SOMAAP, Mexico City.

Ticket Cost:
Virtual Experience via Zoom: FREE

Kwame S. Brathwaite in Conversation (via Zoom)

Sunday, December 13, 2020
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Kwame S. Brathwaite
Archive Director, The Kwame Brathwaite Archive

Kwame S. Brathwaite speaks with Charles Wylie, SBMA Curator of Photography and New Media, about the groundbreaking and enduringly relevant art of his father, the renowned photographer Kwame Brathwaite. With family and friends, Kwame Brathwaite created an irrepressible multi-faceted cultural movement in 1950s and 60s Harlem from which arose the affirmative personal and political statement, “Black is Beautiful.” Inspired by ideas of Pan-Africanism and attuned to the newly-derived central role of mass media in contemporary society, Brathwaite forged a new visual and cultural identity for African Americans via photography, fashion, and performance whose influence is still being felt. In an ongoing initiative, in 2018 the Santa Barbara Museum of Art acquired the first of its five photographs by Kwame Brathwaite, a selection of which will be on view at SBMA in the coming months.

credit: Kwame Brathwaite, Untitled (Self-Portrait) (detail). 1964, printed 2018. Archival pigment print, ed. 2/5. SBMA, Museum purchase with funds provided by PhotoFutures. © Kwame Brathwaite

Ticket Cost:
Virtual Experience via Zoom: FREE