Tonight from 5:30 – 7:30 pm, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art celebrates 500 years of Italian art with Atelier: Primavera in Winter, inspired by the exhibition Botticelli, Titian, and Beyond: Masterpieces of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums (on view through May 3).… read more
Stumped on finding the perfect Valentine’s Day gift this week? Whether you’re looking for romantic or casual, shopping for the art lover, style saavy, or outdoorsy type, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art is your one-stop shop!
For the delicate jewelry lover: Each piece of Talia jewelry starts from a shape cut from a metal sheet. After cleaning and surface preparation, layers of finely ground glass are sifted onto both sides of each piece and they are fired in a kiln.… read more
SBMA’s most recent exhibition, Botticelli, Titian, and Beyond: Masterpieces of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums (on view through May 3), brings together 500 years of Italian painting under one roof. With works from Glasgow Museums as well as SBMA’s own permanent collection, the exhibition traces the development of Italian art from the Renaissance—when scholars and artists rediscovered ancient classical Greek and Roman text, sculpture, and painting—to the 19th century, when patriotism and modern life became preoccupations of Italian artists.… read more
SBMA’s Stanley McCormick Gallery turns 74 years old this month. The 4,800-square-foot gallery was donated by Katharine Dexter McCormick in 1941 in honor of her husband. Katharine would also go on to donate her residence, now the Ridley-Tree Education Center, and nine Impressionist paintings including three Monets—which ended up in the SBMA holdings (and can be seen today in the Ridley-Tree Gallery). Despite her original plan to send them to MFA Boston, SBMA Director at the time, James Foster, impressed upon Mrs.… read more
This spring brings new exhibitions, new programming, and new opportunities at SBMA, including a new session of the Museum’s Teen Internship Program! … read more
Michael Fried, J.R. Herbert Boone Chair in Humanities at The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, visits SBMA Thursday, January 15 for a special lecture on two miraculous years of production by 17th-century Italian painter Guercino. Author of the influential essay “Art and Objecthood,” which appeared in 1967, Fried has gone on to publish richly on a wide range of subjects, from Caravaggio through contemporary “art” photography.… read more
The chance to experience photographs of our wise, kind, mischievous, and emotional fellow creatures is nearing an end. As we welcome in the New Year we hope you seize the final opportunities to view Art to Zoo: Exploring Animal Natures before it closes Monday, January 5. The personalities of the animal kingdom have captured the attention of photographers since the invention of the photographic process, but for only three more days can you view this impressive array of masterworks in person.… read more
Are you looking for a fun and educational after-school activity for the kids this winter? SBMA’s new ArtVenture After-School Class Athena to Zeus: Exploring the Art of Ancient Greece and Rome (Thursdays, January 8 – March 26) provides the opportunity for kids ages 6 – 12 to draw, paint, and sculpt artwork inspired by works in the Museum’s antiquities and European collections. This 12-week program includes an interactive docent tour of the Museum and weekly hands-on lessons at the Ridley-Tree Education Center at McCormick House, where students reimagine ancient Greco-Roman characters, creatures, and epics.… read more
Croatia has been a land ruled by foreign empires throughout most of its 2,000-year history, leaving behind a wake of conflict and a mosaic of artistic influences. Traveling from Zagreb to Dubrovnik is a trip back in time; beginning with the northern villages, battle-scarred from the Homeland War of the 1990s, and ending on the Dalmatian Coast with the Illyrian and Greek ruins dating back to the fourth century BC.… read more
Currently on view in the Contemporary/Modern: Selections from the Permanent Collection (on view through January 4, 2015) exhibition is In the pink (1964), an oil painting by Frederick Hammersley housed in a unique frame made by the artist. This striking painting, in dialogue with pieces produced in years earlier and later, appears just as fresh as the most recent works in the show.
In addition to its visual command, In the pink has a unique exhibition history at SBMA.… read more