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SBMA IS NOW OPEN EVERY THURSDAY
5 – 8 pm FOR FREE!

Chase Free Thursday Evenings include:
  • Access to all galleries
  • Brief docent talks in select exhibitions
  • Refreshments available for purchase
  • Family Resource Center and Museum Shop open
  • Special programming – check back here for details

 

Every Thursday

Docent "Ten-Talks"
6:10 pm and 7:10 pm

Ten-minutes, one work of art, and informal, interactive conversation in the galleries.
Please meet at the State Street entrance.


Special Programming


April/May/June



Poetry in the Galleries: "...the beginning of always."

Domenichino, Landscape with St. Jerome, ca. 1610. Oil on panel. Glasgow Museums; Bequeathed by Archibald McLellan, 1856 (139). © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection. Courtesy American Federation of Arts.

Thursday, April 16, 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Santa Barbara poet laureates Perie Longo, Paul Willis, and Chryss Yost as well as Jon Snyder, Dante scholar and Professor of Italian Studies and Comparative Literature, Department of French and Italian at UCSB, read from selected works and original compositions inspired by the exhibition.

Preston Morton Gallery
Free



An Evening of Period Music

Thursday, April 30
 
5:30 – 6:30 pm   The Rosary Sonatas and early 17th-century Italian selections
6:30 – 7 pm   Quire of Voyces
7 – 7:45 pm   The Rosary Sonatas and early 17th-century Italian selections


The Rosary Sonatas were composed in the 1670s by Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, and are being performed by Andrew McIntosh and Arthur Omura with baroque violins, harpsichord, and organ. This brilliant, sublime, and famous set of works epitomizes many of those aspects of baroque music that are most compelling: inventiveness, reverence, eccentricity, wild virtuosity, meditative austerity, and unusual tunings. Early 17th-century selections from the violin repertoire complement Biber's pieces. 

The Quire of Voyces is a dynamic a capella group that was founded in 1993 to rediscover the sacred choral music of the Renaissance and modern age. Nathan Kreitzer conducts 25 professional singers from the Central Coast who volunteer their talents to present the highest quality of performance all in historic settings.

Museum Galleries
Free



Stick Performance by Emmett Chapman
Thursday, May 7, 5:30 – 6:30 pm


In 1969, the Stick was created to embody the advantages of an electric guitar, while exploring the range of two-handed playing. This is a special opportunity to hear canonical pieces by Impressionist composers, such as Claude Debussy and Maruice Ravel, as interpreted by the Stick’s inventor, Emmett Chapman, in conversation with important paintings from the ongoing exhibition Degas to Chagall: Important Loans from The Armand Hammer Foundation.

Ridley-Tree Gallery
Free





Domenichino, Landscape with St. Jerome, ca. 1610. Oil on panel. Glasgow Museums; Bequeathed by Archibald McLellan, 1856 (139). © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection. Courtesy American Federation of Arts.

Sketching in the Galleries: The Landscapes of Ray Strong
Thursday, May 28, 5:30 – 6:30 pm


Experience the tradition of sketching and be inspired by the dynamic landscapes on view in the intimate installation Ray Strong: Beyond Santa Barbara. All skill levels are welcome. Teaching Artists provide general guidance and all materials. This program is open to 10 participants (age 16 and above) on a first come, first serve basis. 

Sign-up begins at 5:15 pm at the State Street Visitor Services Desk.
Free




Lansdowne Hermes, Roman, Hadrianic Period (117-138 CE); Marble; Gift of Wright S. Ludington.

Sketching in the Galleries: The Landscapes of Ray Strong
Thursday, June 25, 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Capture the contour lines of the classically rendered human form after guided viewing of select Greco-Roman sculptures in the Museum’s antiquities collection. Practice drawing light and shadow on musculature and drapery through the use of dark and light values.
All skill levels are welcome. Teaching Artists provide general guidance and all materials. This program is open to 10 participants (age 16 and above)  on a first come, first serve basis.

Sign-up begins at 5:15 pm at the State Street Visitor Services Desk.
Free

 
     
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