In Memoriam, Stranger Than Fiction

In Memoriam: artist and curator Noah Davis, American, 1983-2015


0 Comments 31 August 2015

Artist Noah Davis died Saturday at his home in Ojai, as reported by the Los Angeles Times. The Santa Barbara Museum of Art pays tribute to the artist and founder of the Underground Museum in Los Angeles by remembering his painting, inBoil and Margaret (2010). This large scale work on canvas was included in […]

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Film Screening, László Moholy-Nagy, Lecture

Synaesthesia and the Music of Light: László Moholy-Nagy’s “Vision in Motion.”


0 Comments 17 August 2015

August 20: Light Play Presented by Colin Gardner (Department of Art, UCSB) Rythmus 21 (dir. Hans Richter, 1921, 3’) Symphonie Diagonale (dir. Viking Eggeling, 1924, 5’) Anemic Cinema (dir. Marcel Duchamp, 1924, 6′) Ein Lichtspiel Schwarz Weiss grau [A Lightplay black white gray] (dir. László Moholy-Nagy, 1930-32, 5’17”) Opus I-IV (dir. Walther Ruttmann, 1921 – […]

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Community Voices, Education, School Programs

SBMA Visits the United Boys & Girls Club of Goleta


0 Comments 14 August 2015

The United Boys & Girls Club teamed up with SBMA! A field trip to tour The Paintings of Moholy-Nagy: The Shape of Things to Come opened the program. The 4th–7th grade students were fascinated by how modern Moholy-Nagy’s art looked to them, despite being made nearly a century ago. Following the tour, art classes were held twice […]

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Colin Gardner, Exhibitions, Film Series, Public Programs

Fade to Gray: László Moholy-Nagy and the Abstract City


0 Comments 10 August 2015

The Museum’s Light Play and The Abstract City free film series continues this Thursday with a specific focus on László Moholy-Nagy’s influence on the so-called “City Symphony” films which received widespread acclaim in the 1920s and ’30s and whose “day in the life” chronological format established a template for later fiction films such as the gritty […]

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Colin Gardner, Film Screening, Lecture

Whither Modernism? László Moholy-Nagy and The Shape of Things to Come


0 Comments 27 July 2015

The involvement of Modernist artists with mainstream cinema has always been fraught with missed opportunities and, perhaps inevitably, an over-commercialization of otherwise cutting edge, avant-garde intentions. One thinks in particular of Salvador Dali’s pseudo-Freudian – i.e. high on clichéd symbolism — dream sequences for Alfred Hitchcock’s Spellbound (1945), and Oskar Fischinger’s ambitious plan for a […]

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ArtReach, Community Voices

SBMA Remembers the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act


0 Comments 15 July 2015

    July 15 marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which became law in 1990. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The law was passed in […]

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Exhibition Preview

The Visionary Photomontages of Herbert Bayer, 1929 -1936


0 Comments 19 June 2015

The Visionary Photomontages of Herbert Bayer, 1929-1936 is now on display in a small section of the Ridley-Tree Gallery until mid-October of this year. Exhibited in tandem with the major exhibition, The Paintings of Moholy Nagy: The Shape of Things to Come, the twelve photographs explore the complex and personal expressions of the late Bauhaus […]

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Art & Ecology, ArtVenture Camp, Education, Public Programs

Summer ArtVenture Camp: Garden Party – Digging into Sustainability


0 Comments 08 June 2015

June 15 – 19 or July 27 – 31, 9 am – 3 pm Reuse, renew, recreate, and reinvent are just a few themes in this summer’s SBMA Garden Party – Digging and Sustainability ArtVenture Camp. The younger campers will become garden architects packing up their sketch pads and watercolor pencils to capture botanical inspirations […]

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Ray Strong:, SBMA Behind the Scenes



0 Comments 03 June 2015

Have you ever wondered what the Museum does when a work that is selected to be in an exhibition needs a frame? While frames sometimes come with a work or are purchased, they can also be made on site at SBMA in our art preparator’s studio. In fact, Strong’s plein air painting, Aspen Pines (ca. 1970), […]

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SBMA’s Homework/Artwork After-School at the Eastside Library

After-School Programs, Education, Permanent Collection

SBMA’s Homework/Artwork After-School at the Eastside Library


0 Comments 22 May 2015

The images of Kabuki actors in the exhibition Visions of Modernity: 20th-Century Japanese Woodblock Prints currently on view in the Asian Galleries inspired these Homework/Artwork students’ after-school spring lesson theme of exploring portraiture through the technique of printmaking.  During their tour and sketching field trip to the Museum, the young artists made exciting discoveries about […]

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