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Art Matters Lecture - Olfactory Ecologies and Contemporary Art with Hsuan L. Hsu

Thursday, July 7, 2022
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Hsuan L. Hsu, Ph.D.
Professor of English, University of California Davis

Although the sense of smell has long been marginalized in the Western aesthetic tradition, contemporary artists have been experimenting with olfactory materials that act on breathers on a visceral level, entering and biochemically transforming their bodies, minds, and moods. Focusing on artwork by Peter De Cupere, Boris Raux, Anicka Yi, Renée Stout, and Tanaïs, this talk considers three ways of framing scent as a medium of environmental knowledge and intimacy: as a vehicle for communicating environmental toxicity, as an intoxicating and intimate form of human and more-than-human communication, and as a way of making public "smellscapes" more breathable and meaningful for people and communities whose olfactory experience has been attenuated by Western projects of deodorization and olfactory consumption.

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

Janna Ireland Artist Talk - The 2022 Lorna Spencer Hedges Photography Lecture

Saturday, July 9, 2022
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Acclaimed Los Angeles-based artist Janna Ireland discusses her multi-faceted practice that includes intriguing staged tableaux of family life and an extensive and ongoing photographic interpretation of the architecture of Paul R. Williams, the renowned 20th-century Black architect who designed many of Southern California’s iconic buildings. Janna Ireland’s three photographs of Paul R. Williams’s Hillside Memorial Park are now on view in the SBMA exhibition, The Lens of Architecture.

With thanks to SBMA PhotoFutures and the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation, Ojai, CA

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

Ticket Cost:
General Admission: FREE