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Art Matters: What Art Has to Say About the Law

Thursday, April 25, 2019
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Joan Kee, Associate Professor of Art History, University of Michigan

Beginning in the late 1960s, the contemporary art world was increasingly shaped by how its members engaged with the law. From contract-like conceptual artworks to confrontations with police and courts, artists like Suzanne Lacy, Ann Messner, David Hammons, Dennis Oppenheim, and Tehching Hsieh interacted with various facets of the law as an integral part of their creative process. Yet rather than focus on what art has done to law, contemporary artists produced works that raised pointed questions for lawyers, judges and for anyone interested in the legal institution.

Ticket Cost:
SBMA Member (Curators' Patron & above): FREE
SBMA Member (Collector's Patron and below): $10.00
General Admission: $15.00
Student (Valid student ID required): FREE

Art Matters: Matisse’s Hands

Thursday, May 2, 2019
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Todd Cronan, Associate Professor of Art History, Emory University

At the onset of World War II, Henri Matisse's art underwent a startling change of direction. Inventing a dramatic new technique of cut-outs, Matisse explored aspects of the world that were largely absent from his previous work. This talk will trace the development of Matisse's late cut-outs and the new forms of expression they provoked.

Ticket Cost:
SBMA Member (Curators' Patron & above): FREE
SBMA Member (Collector's Patron and below): $10.00
General Admission: $15.00
Student (Valid student ID required): FREE

Art Matters: What is Mid-Century Modern? The Architecture of Richard Neutra and The Eameses

Thursday, May 9, 2019
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Todd Cronan, Associate Professor of Art History, Emory University

The words “Mid-Century Modern” are everywhere. From Crate & Barrel to Craigslist, Sotheby’s to Walmart, Mid-Century Modern or MCM is the sought-after style for life today. What is it about kidney-shaped pools and steel beams, polished concrete and plate glass, womb chairs, and spider legs that continues to fascinate after all these years? Looking at the works of Richard Neutra and Charles and Ray Eames this talk will explore the competing visions of Mid-Century Modern in California.

Ticket Cost:
SBMA Member (Curators' Patron & above): FREE
SBMA Member (Collector's Patron and below): $10.00
General Admission: $15.00
Student (Valid student ID required): FREE

Parallel Stories - All Our Yesterdays (or filmic ones anyway): Geoff Dyer on Clint Eastwood, Richard Burton, Teutonic fortresses, and why 50 years later he still loves “Where Eagles Dare”

Thursday, May 30, 2019
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Geoff Dyer’s earlier book on film, Zona, was about Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker, so it was perhaps inevitable that he should next devote his unique critical and stylistic energies to Brian G. Hutton’s Where Eagles Dare—a thrilling 1968 Alpine adventure starring a magnificent, bleary-eyed Richard Burton and a dynamically lethargic Clint Eastwood. Broadsword Calling Danny Boy is Dyer’s hilarious tribute to a film that he has loved since childhood, including a scene-by-scene analysis that takes the reader from its snowy, Teutonic opening credits to its vertigo-inducing climax. In this special 50th-anniversary celebration of the movie, Dyer explains why it is indelibly imprinted on his consciousness and that of almost all British males of a certain age. This event includes film clips and, if watches can be synchronized correctly, perfectly matched readings from the book.

Book signing to follow.

Ticket Cost:
SBMA Member: $5.00
General Admission: $10.00
Senior (age 65+): $6.00

Parallel Stories - Autumn Light: Changelessness and Change amidst the Turning Seasons of Japan with Pico Iyer

Sunday, June 30, 2019
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Parallel Stories turns its gaze both inward and outward as the ever-engaging author and Santa Barbara favorite Pico Iyer shares his new book, the fruit of 31 years of reflection on his adopted home near Kyoto. In Autumn Light, Iyer describes a single season in his suburban neighborhood in Japan as the leaves turn, the skies grow ever more brilliant, and he watches elders die, grandchildren arrive, and all the universal questions of love and loss play out in a world of ancestor worship and moon-viewing. Walking every day to the post office, thinking about how autumn teaches "joyful participation in a world of sorrows" - and playing furious games of ping-pong daily with his aging neighbors-Iyer tries to set the beauty of the moment against the fact of our impermanence.

Pico Iyer is the author of more than a dozen books of fiction and non-fiction and has been writing regularly, for more than a quarter-century, for more than 200 periodicals worldwide. Two of his recent books, The Art of Stillness and The Open Road were national bestsellers. This spring he has been Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton. In September, as a further run-up to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, he will publish a companion book to Autumn Light, A Beginner's Guide to Japan, which looks at the Faraway Island through an almost contradictory lens.

Ticket Cost:
SBMA Member: $5.00
General Admission: $10.00
Senior (age 65+): $6.00