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Parallel Stories - Couples with Rachel Cusk, Siemon Scamell-Katz, and Andrew Winer

Thursday, February 9, 2023
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Inspired by the artistic collaboration of Ed Kienholz and Nancy Reddin Kienholz and the SBMA exhibition Scenes from a Marriage: Ed & Nancy Kienholz, Parallel Stories examines what happens in fiction and life when artist couples work together. Celebrated author and recent winner of the Femina Prize for a foreign novel, Rachel Cusk returns to read from her Mann Booker Prize-nominated novel, Second Place. In this enigmatic and compelling tale, Cusk explores the complicated geometry of relationships—freedom and gender, art and suffering, ego and self-sacrifice, illusion and will. Her husband and artist, Siemon Scamell-Katz, joins her on the stage, along with their longtime friend award-winning author Andrew Winer, whose novel, The Marriage Artist, provides a provocative snapshot of contemporary marriage.

Together, they examine a certain anti-domestic stance, the closeness of comfort and control of our constructed selves, the way we enlist love in our perpetual search for meaning, and what we give up to create art.

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 - Ingres’s Creoles (Secrets) with Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby

Thursday, March 2, 2023
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby, Ph.D.
Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby, Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor in the Arts and Humanities, UC Berkeley

In 1836 Ingres ordered an artistic encounter between two Creoles who had both been born in Saint-Domingue, renamed Haiti. From Rome, the fifty-six-year-old painter exerted his power over an “homme de couleur” and a black man by orchestrating a confrontation that left both men in ignorance of its ultimate purpose. Ingres’s sixteen-year-old student Théodore Chassériau, was being told secretly to paint the celebrated black model Joseph, famously placed at the apex of Géricault’s Raft of the Medusa: “See to it that [Chassériau] keeps this absolutely the greatest secret. He should bar the idle from his studio at this time.” While refusing to share his intentions with either man, Ingres confided to a friend that the subject was “Christ Chasing the Devil from the Mountain. As for the pupil, he does not need to know this.” Locked behind closed doors and left in the dark as to Ingres’s plans, two Creoles – painter and model - confronted one another; this lecture considers their meeting in light of France’s history of slavery.

Generous support for Art Matters is provided by the SBMA Women’s Board.

credit: Théodore Chassréiau, Étude de nègre, 1838. Oil on canvas. 59 x 73 cm. Musée Ingres Bourdelle, Montauban, France. Photo: Erich Lessing / Art Resource.  

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

Couples with Cassandra C. Jones and Mikael Jorgensen

Thursday, March 16, 2023
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Inspired by the artistic collaboration of Ed Kienholz and Nancy Reddin Kienholz and the SBMA exhibition Scenes from a Marriage: Ed & Nancy Kienholz, this series explores what happens in fiction and life when artist couples work together or in parallel, and sometimes within competitive creative spaces. 

Contemporary artist Cassandra C. Jones, whose work has shown in venues throughout the US and Europe, including Mass MoCA, Prix Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria, and the MFA Houston, is joined by her husband, Mikael Jorgensen, the Grammy award-winning keyboardist for Wilco. The two reflect on marriage and being a creative couple in an audio-visual presentation and guided conversation with James Glisson, SBMA Curator of Contemporary Art.

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 - School of New York Revisited: 11 + 11 + 1 with Karen Wilkin

Thursday, April 6, 2023
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Karen Wilkin

In 1959, the collector and critic B.H. Friedman published School of New York: Some Younger Artists, a selection of eleven artists of the period with varied approaches: Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Goodnough, Grace Hartigan, Jasper Johns, Alfred Leslie, Joan Mitchell, Ray Parker, Robert Rauschenberg, Larry Rivers, Jon Schueler, Richard Stankiewicz. Though admirably wide-ranging, this list is hardly definitive. School of New York Revisited proposes a broader, more diverse overview, adding twelve other artists, all of whom worked and exhibited in New York in the late 1950s, often in the same shows and institutions as the artists on Friedman’s list, but frequently investigated alternative ideas. They are: Peter Agostini, Ed Clark, Lois Dodd, Jean Follett, Judith Godwin, Stephen Greene, Alex Katz, Jacob Lawrence, Jan Müller, Alfonso Ossorio, Pat Passlof, Thomas Sills. Considering both groups together offers a capsule overview of taste in mid-20th century America and insight into how perceptions and evaluations of works of art evolve and change over time.    

Generous support for Art Matters is provided by the SBMA Women’s Board.

credit: Judith Godwin, Series 7 No. 9, 1958. Oil on canvas. 72 ¾ x 49 ½ in. (184.8 x 125.7 cm). Berry Campbell Gallery, GOD-00108. 

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

Art Matters Lecture - Men in Pink: Eighteenth-Century French Portraiture Art Matters Lecture with Melissa Hyde

Thursday, May 4, 2023
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Melissa Hyde

Though never as ubiquitous in the eighteenth century as the color blue, pink became the color par excellence of the French Rococo. The color was intimately associated with the so-called “Godmother of the Rococo,” Madame de Pompadour, the famous mistress of Louis XV. But even before Pompadour, pink was a hue much favored amongst elites in France, where it attained an unprecedented level of visibility in the visual and decorative arts and in the fashions worn by women, children and men. This talk will demonstrate why, in the eighteenth-century, to wear pink was to make a statement—a statement made all the more emphatic and enduring when memorialized in portraiture; and one in which gender, class and/or race played a fundamental role. These matters concerning portraiture “in the pink” will be addressed by way of some very basic, but actually quite complicated, questions:  what did pink mean in the eighteenth century? What colors were comprehended by “pink”? Who did or didn’t embrace this color and why?  In light of the complexities and nuances of pink, what might it have meant for a racially “white” Frenchman to wear this notionally feminine color (or to have himself depicted wearing it)? 

Generous support for Art Matters is provided by the SBMA Women’s Board.

credit: Jean-Baptiste Perronneau, Olivier Journu (1724–1783), 1756. Pastel on blue-gray laid paper, laid down on canvas. 22 7/8 x 18 1/2 in. (58.1 x 47 cm). Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2003.26. 

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