Highlighted Events

  • June 1, 2015 to August 31, 2015
    This exhibition, on display in the UCSB Arts Library Lobby through Aug. 31, was inspired by a recent multimedia presentation of "The Langston Hughes Project / Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz" at UCSB’s Multicultural Center, under the direction of Dr. Ron McCurdy. The performance brought Hughes’ epic poem “Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for...
  • June 3, 2015 to September 30, 2015
    This exhibition at the UCSB Library, in the Tower Gallery on the 1st Floor through September 30, 2015, showcases student work produced in the 2015 Symmetry & Aesthetics in Contemporary Physics course, an experimental College of Creative Studies seminar. Most of the students in the course are undergraduates majoring in physics, not art. The art...
  • June 29, 2015 to September 18, 2015
    UCSB is involved in a project to digitize, preserve, and store historic minute books of the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors dating back to 1850. Once the handwritten ledgers are digitized, they will be housed in UCSB Library’s Special Research Collections, where they will be publicly available. To help bring awareness to the project and...
  • September 2, 2015 to September 3, 2015
    Adapted and directed by Irwin Appel A PREVIEW OF THIS WINTER'S EPIC WORLD PREMIERE EVENT For its 10th anniversary at UCSB, Naked Shakes presents an epic world premiere event, The Death of Kings, two plays performed together in repertory, adapted and directed by Irwin Appel from the history plays of William Shakespeare. Part One: “I Come But...
  • September 9, 2015
    Every second, somewhere in the universe, a dying star explodes. These supernovae are so bright that for a brief period the dying star outshines its entire galaxy. In fact, about 1000 years ago, there was a supernova so bright it was visible in the day, and cast shadows at night. In our own Milky Way galaxy, a supernova occurs about once every 100...
  • September 12, 2015 to December 6, 2015
    An exhibition of recent acquisitions by the Art, Design & Architecture Museum explores the different narratives that works of art and architecture reveal about influences, biography, materials, place, and technical advancements. Every new acquisition has a story to tell, and talks back to all the other objects and collection in the Museum. ...
  • September 12, 2015 to December 6, 2015
    This is the first exhibition to examine the work of an ingenious inventor, builder, and architect, Walter S. White (1917-2002). White’s designs for the Coachella Valley desert cities of Palm Desert, Indio, La Quinta, and Palm Springs in the 1940s and 1950s addressed the extreme climate with thrilling, expressionistic forms that took inspiration...
  • September 12, 2015 to December 6, 2015
    This exhibition considers photographs taken by Garry Winogrand from of his suite of prints, "Women are Beautiful," 1975. In these candid photographs young women are shown going about their daily lives, mostly in New York City. Since their publication the public reception of these photographs has been problematic. For some, the images represent a...
  • September 12, 2015 to April 24, 2016
    New York-based artist Stephen Westfall, is the Museum’s 2015 Artist-in-Residence. Westfall has been commissioned to execute a wall painting in the Museum’s soaring Nachman Gallery.  Spanning all four walls of the gallery, Westfall’s massive painting will include a series of multicolored diamonds, clustered together and floating individually. As...
  • September 18, 2015
    With hard-edged funk, jazz, rock and hip-hop that delivers big on rock-star swagger and has the musical chops to back it up, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue are an “unstoppable force” in today’s music scene, says the New York Times.
  • September 25, 2015
    Fall 2015 Exhibitions opening reception for Walter S. White, Inventions in Midcentury Architecture, Talking Back: New Acquisitions, Stars and Candy Wrappers, Artist-in-Residence, Stephen Westfall, Women are Beautiful: Photographs by Garry Winogrand
  • September 29, 2015
    In a most exceptional pairing, master multi-instrumentalists Ry Cooder and Ricky Skaggs will come together on stage to deliver a revelatory program of blues, gospel and bluegrass.
  • October 1, 2015
    Drawing from private diaries, notebooks, scrapbooks and more than 1,000 letters, award-winning author David McCullough tells the human side of the Wright Brothers’ story.
  • October 5, 2015
    A lively musical journey into the world of music, dance, dynamic rhythm and spirituality that characterizes India.
  • October 7, 2015
    Don’t miss this comedian, actor and <i>New York Times</i> best-selling author in an evening of irreverent, sidesplitting stand-up.
  • October 9, 2015
    To celebrate her 50th year in the business, Tharp takes a new company of 12 dancers on a national tour with a new set of works that showcases her signature style.
  • October 11, 2015
    This Quebec-based troupe of six acrobats is already lauded for its technical ability and panache. Don’t miss this fast-paced, innovative circus show.
  • October 13, 2015
    The global phenomenon bids audiences “adiós” with its grand farewell tour, featuring original members.
  • October 16, 2015
    "…powerful voice and eclectic mix of north and east African tunes, as well as Arabic sounds and traditions” – The Guardian Sudan-born and Yemen-raised, Alsarah is a singer, songwriter, and ethnomusicologist who gives voice to a narrative of displacement that encompasses her Sudanese musical canon. Based in Brooklyn, The Nubatones blend a...
  • October 18, 2015
    Featuring new theatrical works performed in Anna Deavere Smith's signature style, <i>Never Givin’ Up</i> shares the potency – and timeliness – of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s seminal text, “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.”
  • October 23, 2015
    "Whether they're kicking out Cuban jams or taking afro-pop to the bridge, Lemvo and company will make you sweat." – Time-Out New York Ricardo Lemvo's innovative blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms and Pan-African styles have been described by The Los Angeles Times as “seamless and infectious.” Since forming Makina Loca in 1990, Lemvo...