Past Atelier Events
Inspired by the exhibition The Artful Recluse: Painting, Poetry, and Politics in 17th-Century China, the timeless poetry of Li Po, and in the spirit of the gatherings of poets and scholars, this intimate event for 300 guests will recreate an evening with the literati. Wine sampling, poetry reading and impromptu composition, brush painting demonstration, authentic food, music and dance all under the influence of the reluctant moon.
Image: Lan Ying, Autumn Landscape after Huang Gongwang (detail), 1656. Ink and color on paper. SBMA, Gift of Peggy Maximus.
The Museum serves as muse as members of The Garden Club of Santa Barbara make the galleries bloom with artful floral arrangements inspired by works in the Museum's permanent collection.
Image: Arrangement by Lynn Shafer, inspired by the Indian Mandala of the Jinas, Rajasthan, 14th century.
ENGLAND slyly works in searing observations about how we choose to value the things that are most dear to us–like art or family–as it exposes the stark contrasts between the boundless pursuit of health and happiness and the hidden costs of such endeavors. What better place to explore such universal and contemporary questions than in an art museum–a venue held by many to be place of heightened awareness of both beauty and privilege.
Images left to right: Jane Prophet, The Heart. Silver on copper plated rapid prototype of healthy human heart. Photo by Steve Payne; Tim Crouch, Hannah Ringham ©Greg Piggot.
The Museum takes an alternative look at the Venice Biennale as the galleries stand in for the dual watery worlds of Venice and Varanasi. Inspiration stems from Geoff Dyer's novel,
Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi, hailed by The New York Times and The Guardian as a combination of "fiction, autobiography, travel writing, cultural criticism, literary theory, and a kind of comic English whining; a louche and canny delight."
Image: Sonus Quartet
Guests have a rare opportunity to listen in as featured artist Tony de los Reyes and composer Jake Heggie, whose opera Moby-Dick premiered in Dallas earlier this year, discuss the motifs and melodies that made this classic their mutual muse.
Image: Scott Hilzik, Pianist
Guests are invited for a special performance by featured exhibition artist Frohawk Two Feathers, and a special screening of Manhatta (1921), Paul Strand's lyrical silent film tribute to America with live music performed by Santa Barbara-based Jim Connolly and company.
Image: Exhibition Artist, Frohawk Two Feathers taking guests pictures in the Imperial Portrait Studio