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October / November

1st Thursday
Thursdays, 5 – 8 pm

Family 1st Thursdays, 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 8pm.

Guy Goodwin, Hotel Motel — IN, 2014. Acrylic and tempera on cardboard. SBMA, Courtesy of Brennan & Griffin, New York

Cardboard Constructions

Thursday, November 6, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Assemble organic cardboard shapes into shallow relief compositions, then add bold colors in tempera paint inspired by Guy Goodwin’s Hotel Motel — IN (2014).

Eadweard Muybridge, Untitled (Elephant), 1887. Collotype. SBMA, Gift of Margaret W. Weston

Animal Locomotion

Thursday, December 4, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Draw elephants or raccoons on sheets of acetate film to create the illusion of animals in motion after Eadweard Muybridge’s photographs in Art to Zoo: Exploring Animal Natures.



Studio Sundays on the Front Steps
November 9
1:30 – 4:30 pm
Visitors of all ages are welcome to participate in this hands-on workshop with SBMA Teaching Artists on the Museum’s front steps. Each month explore a different medium, including clay, metal, ink, wood, photography, and paper, and gain inspiration from works of art in the Museum’s permanent collection or special exhibitions. In the event of inclement weather, activities will be moved inside to the Museum’s Family Resource Center.

All participants receive a Free Family Pass to the Museum.
Front Steps of the Museum

Unknown, Untitled (Ants), n.d. Gelatin silver print. SBMA, Museum purchase. 
Art to Zoo: Exploring Animal Natures

Sunday, November 9, 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Design and build your own bug using exhibition images, wire, hardware, and beads, inspired by the interesting insects in Art to Zoo: Exploring Animal Natures.

Frederick Hammersley, In the pink, 1964. Oil on panel, artist-made fram. SBMA, Gift of Frederick Hammersley Foundation
Oil Pastel
Sunday, December 14, 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Create an abstract composition of organic shapes and rich colors using water soluble oil pastels and tempera paint, then cut it up and reassemble after Frederick Hammersley’s In the pink (1964).


The Odyssey, Rhapsodes, and Dengbêj: Oral Poetry from Ancient Greece to Kurdistan

Thursday, October 30, 5:30 pm
The Iliad and Odyssey that we read today were originally chanted by ancient Greek poet-musicians accompanied by the lyre. In this presentation, Raman Osman, Kurdish master tembûr musician and composer from Syria, exemplifies the exceptional artistry of oral tradition as storyteller and bard in the Kurdish tradition, bridging the gap between the Homeric poems and Kurdish folk tradition. Osman has performed at a variety of venues, including the Damascus Opera house and Universities in Syria.

Introduction on Homer and oral tradition by Andrea Fishman, Ph.D. in Classics with research and teaching interests in Comparative Women’s Lament Traditions and Receptions of Ancient Greek Drama and guest lecturer at SBCC for the Odyssey Project.

Museum Galleries

Pop-Up Opera

Thursday, November 6, 5 pm
As SBMA prepares for its exhibition of Italian masterpieces from Glasgow Museums in 2015, Opera Santa Barbara gets a head start by performing selections from Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto during the next Pop-Up Opera. Enjoy musical pieces also paired with the permanent collection presentation Art to Zoo: Exploring Animal Natures.

Museum galleries

Giorgio Morandi, Still Life (Natura morta), 1956. Oil on canvas. Yale University Art Gallery, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, B.A. 1929. © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SIAE Rome

Curator’s Choice Lecture: Carol Armstrong
The Matter of Still Life

Thursday, November 6, 5:30 pm
Renowned art historian and critic, Carol Armstrong teaches and writes about 19th-century French painting, the history of photography, art criticism, feminist theory, and the representation of gender in art and visual culture at Yale University. In this lecture, Armstrong looks closely at a wide range of still life paintings to flesh out the multivalence of materiality expressed through this traditional category of vanitas.

Mary Craig Auditorium
Free SBMA Members and students
$10 Non-Members/
$6 Senior Non-Members

Reserve or purchase tickets at the Museum Visitor Services desks, or online at

Wild UP at SBMA
Friday, November 7, 3 – 5 pm
wild UP is an experimental classical ensemble of Los Angeles musicians committed to creating though-provoking performances. The group, led by artistic director and conductor Christopher Rountree, holds fast that a concert space should be unique and as moving as the music heard in it.  In this performance, ten members of the ensemble use a variety of spaces throughout the Museum to create a unique experience.

Mary Craig Auditorium

This performance is co-presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures. See the world premiere production of wild UP’s PULP at the Music Academy of the West Saturday, November 8 at 7 pm. For more information visit

Staged Reading: A Female Philoctetes

Sunday, November 9, 2 pm
Join us as we present staged readings from Sophocles’ ancient play Philoctetes, Euripides’ Heracles, and other classic works including Homer’s Odyssey and Sophocles’ Ajax. In Philoctetes, Sophocles captures a reality for all combat veterans who have been physically or mentally wounded and explores ethical dilemmas, as dynamic and relevant today as they were to the Greeks 2,500 years ago. In Euripides’ Heracles, the most famous of all Greek warriors completes his final mission and returns home. The play asks its audience to consider the psychological cost that warfare places on its people, both home and away.

Post show talk backs follow the performance. This event is part of You|Stories―Aquila Theatre’s innovative public program funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, which uses ancient drama to inspire modern stories.

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Telegraph Quartet
Wednesday, November 12, 7:30 pm
Out of 48 competing ensembles from around the world, the Telegraph Quartet recently won the coveted Grand Prize of the 2014 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the Gold Medal in the Senior String Division. Their program includes Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 74, No. 1, Henry Cowell’s String Quartet No. 4 “United” and String Quartet K. 465 “Dissonance” by Mozart.

Mary Craig Auditorium
$18 SBMA Members
$22 Non-Members

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Maple + Mauve Pop-Up Shop
Sunday, November 15, 12 – 5 pm
A bit of concrete, wood, and clever design from the Pacific Northwest defines Maple + Mauve as a boutique jewelry studio, created by Sera Young in 2012. With a background in Interior Design, Young pulls much of her inspiration from architecture near and far. She stays curious by taking walks around Seattle's quirky Fremont neighborhood, which is home to Maple + Mauve. Young takes this opportunity to introduce her new line of handmade, one-of-a-kind ceramics.

Museum Shop

Lecture and Book Signing: Virginia Morell Animal Wise
Thursday, November 20, 5:30 pm
In conjunction with the exhibition Art to Zoo: Exploring Animal Natures, noted science writer Virginia Morell explores the frontiers of research on animal cognition and emotion, offering a surprising and moving exploration into the hearts and minds of wild and domestic animals. Morell is also the author of Ancestral Passions, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Blue Nile, and co-author, with Richard Leakey, of Wildlife Wars. She is also a prolific contributor to National Geographic, Science, and Smithsonian magazines and other publications.
A book signing follows the lecture.

Mary Craig Auditorium

Free SBMA Members and teachers and students
$10 Non-Members
/ $6 Seniors

eserve or purchase tickets at the Museum Visitor Services desks or online at

Erin Graffy Book Signing
Wednesday, December 3, 5 – 8 pm
Local author Erin Graffy promotes her most recent publication Old Spanish Days: Santa Barbara History Through Public Art, with her other books also available.

Mary Craig Auditorium

Images: Jack Spencer, Water Dogs, 1997. Gelatin silver print, ed. 14/15. SBMA, Gift of Arthur B. Steinman. Yuichi Hibi, Hibi’s Me-chan, 1993 (printed 2008). Gelatin silver print, ed. 1/15. SBMA, Museum purchase with funds provided by Lorna Hedges

Felix vs. Fido: Watch the Videos and Vote for Your Favorite
Thursday, December 4, 5 – 7:30 pm
Gather on the Museum's Front Steps and watch a curated collection of looped cat and dog videos—from six-second videos to short films and everything in between—curated by SBMA Curator of Photography Karen Sinsheimer and UCSB Professor of Critical Theory and Integrated Studies Colin Gardner. Then cast your vote (Cat vs. Dog) on slips of paper, and see who wins during 1st Thursday!

Museum Front Steps

Right: Jean-baptist-camille Corot, Les Glacis d’un Chateau-Fort en ruine (or La Freté-Milon), 1885-1865. Oil on canvas. SBMA, Gift of the A.E. Clegg Family.

Adult Art Studio Class
How Nature Frames the Landscape: Trees & Leaves, Branches & Twigs
Saturday, December 6, 9 am – 3 pm
Explore nature’s art forms using acrylic paint and printing inks. We’ve all looked up through leafy trees to discover intricate light patterns formed by foliage. December is the month for the “sky windows” that are framed by the nearly bare branches of the season. Capturing the interplay of natural botanical shapes against colorful backgrounds is the focus of this Adult Studio Class. Works from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art provide illustrations of how various artists integrate the positive shapes (foliage) with the negative space around it to create depth, visual interest, and bold design. Use different techniques to design leafy patterns, branch borders, and sky windows, and explore color and texture, expressive line, repetition of shape, negative space, and the transition from realism to abstraction.
Facilitators: Joni Chancer & Gina Rester-Zodrow, SBMA Teaching Artists Ridley-Tree Education Center at McCormick House

Mary Craig Auditorium

$85 SBMA Members/$90 Non-Members (includes all materials)
$10 Non-Members
/ $6 Seniors
Register online at

Suemae Willhite Pop-Up Shop and Calligraphy Demonstration
Saturday , December 6, 12 –5 pm
Calligrapher Suemae Willhite demonstrates the art of brush painting, also called Japanese Sumi-e painting. Her greeting cards and porcelains reflect her wide range of subjects and compositions and include Chinese impressionism and abstract images. Come experience her unique style — a fusion of East meets West.

Museum Shop

Gift Workshop All Wrapped Up: The Art of Giving
Saturday, December 13, 9 am – 3 pm
Ages 5 – 12
This one-day workshop provides the opportunity for children to gain inspiration from works in the Museum’s collection and create handmade cards, prints, ornaments, and more. Students draw, paint, print, collage, and sculpt artful gifts to share with friends and family. Workshop size is limited to 30 children grouped by age.

Ridley-Tree Education Center at McCormick House, 1600 Santa Barbara Street

$65 SBMA Members/$75 Non-Members
To register, visit or contact Rachael Krieps at 884-6414 or

Caron Miller Pop-Up Shop
Saturday , December 13, 12 –5 pm
Caron Miller’s wearable art and fashionable accessories fit every style and size. Her beautifully handcrafted products are made in Santa Barbara with travel, fashion, and function in mind. Come meet Caron and Bootsie (Caron's Chichuahua/Terrier mix) and try on something that makes you feel “beautimous” (Caron’s word for fabulous, gorgeous, and divinely beautiful!)

Museum Shop

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