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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.

Henri Fantin-Latour, Chrysanthemums of Summer (Chrysanthemes d'Ete), ca. 1887. Oil on canvas. SBMA, Gift of Mary and Leigh Block.

Watercolor Still Life

Thursday, October 2, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Paint in watercolor directly from flower arrangements, inspired by the five floral paintings on view in Degas to Chagall: Important Loans from The Armand Hammer Foundation.

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
October 12, 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

Lucas Samaras, Reconstruction #107, sewn fabric on canvas. SBMA, Gift of Alan Shayne

Sunday, October 12, 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Play with patterns and contrasting colors by piecing together a fabric collage inspired by Lucas Samaras’ Reconstruction #107 (1979).

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).


Water festival ( Jal Vinar), Indian, Rajasthan, early 20th century. Ink and color on cotton, 78 x 91 in. Lent by Julia Emerson 

Fall Adult Studio Class
Lilies & Light: The Pond in Printmaking

October 11, 9 am – 3 pm 
In this full-day Adult Studio Class, inspired by works in the Asian Collection of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, create two projects: a multi-colored, layered monoprint and a chine-collé piece using delicate, abstractly printed papers. Both works explore the effects of adding shadows and highlights to water, creating the sense of reflection and movement in ponds, lakes, or river scenes. Use the large, on-site printing press and more easily accessible printmaking materials and methods.
Facilitators: Joni Chancer, SBMA Program Consultant and Teaching Artist, & Gina Rester-Zodrow, SBMA Teaching Artist

Ridley-Tree Education Center at McCormick House
$85 SBMA Members
$90 Non-Members

(includes all materials for the class)
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Pasquier Trio

Wednesday, October 15, 7:30 pm
The French musicians that comprise this trio have been playing together for over three decades since they were students at the National Conservatory of Music in Paris. Each graduated with top honors from the Conservatory where they went on to hold important faculty positions and rapidly established major solo careers. In the years since, they have toured extensively throughout Europe, the United States, and Canada. Their performance includes Schubert’s Trio No. 2 in B-flat Major, D. 581, Schnittke’s String Trio, Op. 191, Machuel’s String Trio, “
Leçons Des Ténèbres” and Beethoven’s Trio No. 1 in E-flat Major, Op. 3.

Mary Craig Auditorium

$18 SBMA Members
$22 Non-Members

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Curator’s Choice Lecture: William Ewing

Landmark: The Fields of Photography: From the Sublime to the Ridiculous
Thursday, October 16, 5:30 pm
William A. Ewing is a curator, author and museum director whose 40-year career has been split equally on both sides of the Atlantic. Former Director of the Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland, Ewing speaks about the rich tradition of landscape photography. A book signing of his newest publication Landmark: The Fields of Landscape Photography follows the lecture.

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

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Curator's Choice Lecture: Jorge Pardo

Thursday, October 23, 5:30 pm
Artist Jorge Pardo is known for sculptures and large-scale installations that deftly straddle art, design, and architecture—challenging the conventional boundaries of these realms as well as the protocols of the museum exhibition. In conjunction with the Contemporary/Modern: Selections from the Permanent Collection exhibition, which features Pardo’s colossal lamp sculpture Untitled (Sea Urchin) (2012), the lecture is a special opportunity to hear the artist reflect on his work and process.

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

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Stabiles Santa Barbara Pop-Up Shop
Saturday, October 25, 12-5 pm
Samuel Guzman is a Santa Barbara designer and artist in full swing and focused on the work he truly loves. Guzman’s Stabiles are hand-crafted wire sculptures made from a single wire accentuated by a Tillandsia (air plant) and constructed without the use of adhesives or welding. The structures embody a unique aesthetic by balancing weight and space in an organic form.

Museum Shop


Día de los Muertos

Sunday, October 26, 1 – 4 pm
The Museum honors the Mexican tradition of remembering the dead with a variety of family festivities in the galleries and back plaza including music and dance performances, art-making activities, bilingual storytelling, a special display of altars created by school and community groups, and traditional refreshments.


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

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

Thursday, November 6, 5 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
$6 Senior Non-Members

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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.

Museum galleries
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Telegraph Quartet
Sunday, 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
Saturday, 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

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