Take a spin through the Behind the Wheel exhibition, then hitch a ride with the actors appearing in car theatre in the back plaza, as three, 10-15 minute original plays are performed in actual automobiles.
Space is limited. Please arrive early to be added to the reservation list.
At 8 pm, the back plaza becomes a summer screening room for American Graffiti(1973, 110 min.). Mini-burgers, popcorn, malts, and soft drinks will be on sale.
Seating is limited to 200. First come, first seated.
image: detail, Joseph Sterling, The Age of Adolescence 1959-1964, 2006. Gelatin silver print.
Tags: sbarts, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, sbma, American Graffiti, car plays
Full disclosure, I contributed a little bit o text to this show. I did because Laurel is always making interesting work. Go check it out and see for yourself!
Join us for the opening of our new exhibitions at the Art, Design & Architecture Museum @ Jane Deering Gallery 128 E. Canon Perdido Street . Santa Barbara CA 93101
Laurel Beckman: One Minute to Heaven
June 8–July 28, 2012 Tuesday - Friday 11am-5pm
Opening reception: First Thursday, June 7th, 5-9pm
For her latest exhibition, multi-media artist Laurel Beckman has created an installation that alludes to transcendent moments both in the everyday and under extraordinary circumstances. A focal point of the exhibition is a suite of seven new video animations by the artist. Eschewing traditional narrative, each sixty-second vignette takes as its main character an animal or fruit that has beenlevitated in research labs exploring gravity and resistance. These whimsical characters undergo both comical and harrowing ordeals which point to ideas such as redemption, perfection, and agency.
The animations are offset by writings submitted by invited participants who describe personal, sublime experiences found in public spaces. Gallery visitors are encouraged to include their own writings about such encounters. Digital prints accompany some of the texts, bridging the written experiences with the video creatures.
Beckman is a Professor of Art at UC Santa Barbara. With video/animation and public-space projects in Pittsburgh, New York, San Francisco, New Orleans and Los Angeles, Beckman's exhibitions include those in Istanbul, Berlin, Belgrade, Austin, TX, San Francisco, Palestine, New York, and Los Angeles. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the California Institute of the Arts.
Writers who participated in the project include: Dee Hibbert-Jones, Robert Dansby, Alex Bogdanov, Pat Gomez, Mary Ann Chafin, Samantha Fretwell, Barry Markowitz, Stephanie Washburn, Annetta Kapon, Katy McCarthy, Christine Lorenz , Erik Sultzer, Susan Lakin, Emily Halbardier, Kim Beck, Kate Sorensen, Terri Zitnick, Tracey Morris
Santa Barbara is rich in classical music choices, from the Santa Barbara Symphony, Community Arts Music Association (CAMA) and Camerata Pacifica to the youngest musicians fo the Santa Barbara Strings. The Santa Barbara Strings students will play their Spring Concert at the Music Academy's Hahn Hall on Saturday. If you have kids this will be a great opportunity to introduce them to classical music. (and it's FREE)
from the press release:
On Saturday evening, May 12th the student musicians of Santa Barbara Strings will perform their “Storytelling with Strings Attached” Spring Concert at 7 pm in Hahn Hall at The Music Academy of the West (1070 Fairway Road in Santa Barbara). This concert features four different and progressive levels of string ensembles playing a variety of Classical works as well as the premiere of the “2012 Storytelling with Strings Attached” a professional orchestrated arrangement of student compositions which is performed accompanied by student illustrations and narration. The four ensembles performing are Toccata (ages 4 through 6), Sinfonietta (ages 7 through 14) , Intermezzo (ages 11 through 16) and the Santa Barbara Strings-MERIT Quartet. Mary Beth Woodruff is the Artistic Director of Santa Barbara Strings.
In addition to the original composition, the concert will include works by the masters Respighi, Vivaldi, Handel, Gastoldi and Rameau. Violin and Cello soloists selected through the winter concerto competition will be featured. The Santa Barbara Strings-MERIT Quartet will perform the first and third movements of the Haydn Quartet Op. 77 #1. The concert is a FREE musical gift to the community and children and families are most welcome. A reception will follow.
Santa Barbara Strings is a non-profit multi-tiered string orchestra education program currently training and inspiring young musicians from ages 4 through 18 through studying and performing classical repertoire from the Renaissance/Baroque era to the Modern period.
One of the little-known, under-utilised and free services at UCSB is the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center's series of lectures and films by leading scholars. Often sparsely attended by students and professors these lectures can actually be attended by the public - that means you!
This one caught my eye because I know and respect all of these artists who have a long history of work in the often contentious public art realm.
Laurel Beckman (Art, UCSB) Rita Ferri (Visual Arts Coordinator, Santa Barbara County Arts Commission) Colin Gray (local artist) Harry Reese (Art, UCSB) Thursday, May 10 / 4:00 PM McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB
Something happens when art goes public. Cultural interventions in spaces designated as belonging to the public are subject to greater and more varied kind of scrutiny than works exhibited or performed in the private sphere. Site specificity, community values, and notions of what constitutes “good art” all come into play when art goes public. This panel will examine public art in Santa Barbara as a public good precisely because it is an object of public debate.
Check out the IHC's calendar and see if there's something that appeals to you.