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Art Matters: Spirantia aera, vivos vultus – Breathing bronze, living faces: the making of portraits at Aphrodisias and Rome

Thursday, November 1, 2018
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Chris Hallett, Professor of Roman Art, UC Berkeley

For almost the entire history of Greek and Roman art, bronze was unquestionably the leading sculptural medium for public statuary monuments. In the latter part of the second century CE, however, because of changes in imperial fashion and the development of new techniques for working stone, marble became the leading medium for public portraiture. Taking as his example a well preserved marble portrait head of superlative quality discovered two summers ago in Aphrodisias, Hallett reflects on this ancient rivalry of bronze and marble.

Ticket Cost:
SBMA Member (Curators' Patron & above): FREE
SBMA Member (Collector's Patron and below): $10
General Admission: $15
Student (Valid student ID required): FREE

Art Matters: Ancient Bronzes as Art Objects: Roman Collectors and Corinthian Bronzes

Thursday, November 8, 2018
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Chris Hallett, Professor of Roman Art, UC Berkeley

An art market came into being in the late Hellenistic period that supplied bronze statues, large and small, to wealthy collectors. With the emergence of competitive art collecting in Rome, bronze figurines seem to have acquired a new function; and this dramatically changed their form and their appearance. The result was a novel kind of bronze statuette referred to as aes Corinthum, or Corinthia — “Corinthian bronzes”. The popularity of the collectible bronze figurine in contemporary culture also stimulated the use of “processional statuettes” in rituals and public ceremonies throughout the Roman world—a usage well documented for us today in Roman historical relief.

Ticket Cost:
SBMA Member (Curators' Patron & above): FREE
SBMA Member (Collector's Patron and below): $10
General Admission: $15
Student (Valid student ID required): FREE

Art Matters: Visions of Immortality/Paradise in Ancient China and Egypt

Thursday, November 15, 2018
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Anthony Barbieri-Low, Professor of History, UCSB

This talk explores the concept and visual representations of post-mortem paradises in Ancient Egypt and Early China. These expressions would have a lasting impact on the development of paradisiacal realms in the later universal religions of Christianity and Buddhism. A special focus will be on certain ritual practices that would assist oneself or one’s deceased relatives in attaining entrance to paradise, including the playing of ritual board games like senet and liubo.

Ticket Cost:
SBMA Member (Curators' Patron & above): FREE
SBMA Member (Collector's Patron and below): $10
General Admission: $15
Student (Valid student ID required): FREE

Art Matters: Egypt’s Sunken Cities: Recent Underwater Archaeology Discoveries

Thursday, November 29, 2018
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Jan-Lodewijk Grootaers, Curator of African Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art

More than 1200 years ago, two ancient cities were lost to natural disasters and the rising tides of the Mediterranean Sea. Two decades ago, underwater archaeologist Franck Goddio and his team discovered those cities, revealing monumental statues, ritual objects, exquisite jewelry, and a greater understanding of ancient Egypt under Greek rule.

Ticket Cost:
SBMA Member (Curators' Patron & above): FREE
SBMA Member (Collector's Patron and below): $10
General Admission: $15
Student (Valid student ID required): FREE

Art Matters: Protecting Africa’s Cultural Heritage

Thursday, December 6, 2018
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Jan-Lodewijk Grootaers, Curator of African Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art

Worldwide, the illicit trade in art is on a par with the drugs or arms trades. While Egypt has had laws in place since 1951 to protect its antiquities, making it punishable to export cultural property without a permit, Sub-Saharan African countries are struggling to regulate or prevent the sale of their rich artistic heritage.

Ticket Cost:
SBMA Member (Curators' Patron & above): FREE
SBMA Member (Collector's Patron and below): $10
General Admission: $15
Student (Valid student ID required): FREE