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Hunting for Narrative: A Curator-led Walkthrough of In the Meanwhile… Recent Acquisitions of Contemporary Art, Part II

Wednesday, October 20, 2021
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Exhibition curator and ArtCenter College of Design Senior Curator Julie Joyce will focus on the multiplicity of histories and stories to be captured in works by Nigel Cooke, Noah Davis, Vernon Fisher, Charles Garabedian, Tom Knechtel, Jeni Spota, and others.

Free with paid Museum admission.

Ticket Cost:
General Admission: FREE

Reading and Book Signing by Author Mary Tonetti Dorra: Two Lives on Four Continents: A Double Memoir (in Person)

Tuesday, November 2, 2021
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

During this intimate book signing, author Mary Tonetti Dorra shares her personal experience and gives a reading from her upcoming book Two Lives on Four Continents: A Double Memoir.

This double memoir tells the story of how Mary and her husband Henri Dorra, two people from different worlds, found each other and created a unified life. Against the sweeping history of the 20th century, readers will travel from Alexandria, Egypt to Washington DC, and from Fort Worth Texas to Central and South America and Italy as they follow the exciting lives of Mary and Henri Dorra.

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

Ticket Cost:
Non-Member: $5.00

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

Community-based Practice in Cultural Heritage Conservation: The Kamehameha I Sculpture of Hawai’i

Saturday, November 6, 2021
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

While the story of bronze sculpture is often told through the evolution of casting technologies and stylistic development, investigating human relationships with figurative sculpture is equally revealing. In this presentation, Dr. Wharton will discuss his three-year collaboration with residents in a semi-rural Hawaiian community to research the material and social history of the Kamehameha I sculpture on the Big Island, leading to a community decision about whether to gold leaf or paint it. The Kamehameha I sculpture was commissioned in 1878 to commemorate Captain Cook’s “discovery” of the Hawaiian Islands and promote a western style monarchy. Modeled in the image of a Roman emperor while wearing highly symbolic feathered garments, the figure has come to function as a spiritual, economic, educational, cultural, and political object. The participatory project aimed not only to conserve the painted sculpture but also to enable a process of local control over narratives of the Native Hawaiian past.  Wharton's ethnographic research reveals tensions that exist within the multicultural, post-plantation community, as local residents voice notions of what it means to be Hawaiian.

Glenn Wharton is a Professor of Art History at UCLA and Chair of the UCLA/Getty Program in the Conservation of Cultural Heritage. His diverse experiences in conservation include serving as Conservation Director for the Japanese Institute for Anatolian Archaeology at Kaman-Kalehöyük, Turkey. In a different vein, he initiated and managed MoMA’s program in video, performance, and software-based art conservation. He also co-directs the NYU-based Artist Archives Initiative that develops digital information systems for the display and conservation of contemporary art. Early in his career, he owned a private practice in sculpture conservation in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, serving many local museums including the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. He received his Ph.D. in Conservation from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, and his MA in Conservation from the Cooperstown Graduate Program in New York.

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

Ticket Cost:
General Admission: FREE

Alison Saar: The Alchemy of Metal and the Magic of Casting

Thursday, November 18, 2021
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Esteemed sculptor Alison Saar will discuss the ancient and transformative powers of metal and its casting. Referencing Western mythologies as well as Fon and Yoruba deities, the artist will cite her monumental commissions and smaller cast pieces. One such cast piece is her bronze sculpture Inheritance (2009), currently on view in the exhibition Fire Metal Monument: Bronze at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

Alison Saar’s work can be found in over sixty public collections, including the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, National Gallery of Australia, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian Institution. In addition to numerous awards and residences, she has had over thirty solo exhibitions, including the glowingly reviewed Alison Saar: Of Aether and Earthe, on view at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena and the Benton Museum at Pomona College through December 19. The Los Angeles Times recently described Saar as “among the finest American sculptors working today.”

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

credit: Alison Saar, Inheritance (detail), 2009. Bronze, cotton, wood. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Gift of Sarah Jane Lind in honor of Atkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara City College, 2010.2. © Alison Saar. Courtesy of L.A. Louver, Venice, CA.

Ticket Cost:
General Admission: 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

Art Meets Science in the Study of Bronze Sculpture (via Zoom)

Saturday, December 11, 2021
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join us for a close examination of artworks from across the ages and cultures and a series of unexpected discoveries about the almost alchemical processes of transformation inherent to bronze. This talk will reflect the interdisciplinary, collaborative work involved in the technical study of bronzes and their preservation.

Francesca G. Bewer is the Research Curator for Conservation and Technical Studies Programs at the Harvard Art Museums with expertise in bronze sculpture and on the history of conservation.

Ticket Cost:
Virtual Experience via Zoom: FREE