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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



Family 1st Thursday
June 4, July 2, August 6, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Bring the whole family and enjoy 1st Thursday together in SBMA's Family Resource Center located across from the Museum Café on the Lower Level. Museum Teaching Artists will assist families in creating special exhibition-based art projects. Afterwards, enjoy selected galleries until 8 pm.

Animal Mask and Bird Designs for Bronze Vessels
July 2, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Colorize line drawings of elaborate decorative patterns with metallic oil pastels and pencils and form an animal mask and bird design, inspired by a 3,000-year-old Chinese ritual vessel.

Moholy-Nagy, László (or Ladislaus), Untitled, ca. 1924. Linoleum cut. SBMA, Museum purchase with funds provided by the Ala Story Purchase Fund.

Abstract Prints
August 6, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Experiment with different hatched, lined, and dotted patterns to create prints in silvery inks on dark paper.

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.

Film Series
Light Play and Abstract City 
Thursdays, July 30; August 13, 20, 5:30 pm

Programmed by Peter Bloom, Professor of Film and Media Studies, and Colin Gardner, Professor of Art, UC Santa Barbara, this three-part film series addresses Moholy-Nagy’s involvement with cinema as filmmaker, production designer, and participant in the wide-ranging context of interwar, avant-garde art and documentary filmmaking culture, and highlights the function of urban space, abstraction, light play, and experimental design.

Mary Craig Auditorium


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

Emmett Chapman, the inventor of this acoustic, 10-stringed instrument, takes the stage with two other Stick prodigies: Bob Culbertson and Don Schiff. Each lends their unique improvisational sensibility to accompanying Moholy-Nagy’s kinetic light sculpture, Light Prop, as recorded in a video and displayed on screen, and riffing on music of the early 20th-century avant-garde.

Mary Craig Auditorium
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