Highlighted Events

  • September 10, 2016 to December 4, 2016
    The evolution of the chair has depended upon the human body and the history of previous designs. The challenge of chair design is to balance form and function; it is as important to look at a chair as it is to sit in it. This exhibition explores the morphology of chair design and the 'object ness' of the chair as a sculptural statement....
  • September 10, 2016 to December 4, 2016
    Irving J. Gill (1870–1936) created a distinctive
    architecture in Southern California, using a refined and
    abstracted architectural vocabulary which he described
    as “the straight line, the cube, the arch, and the circle.”
    This exhibition examines Gill’s architectural language
    and his experiments with materials and...
  • September 10, 2016 to December 4, 2016
    Through sketches, masks and prosthetics, LIFEFORMS: The
    Makeup Art of Michael Westmore, explores this legendary makeup
    artist’s process of creating singular film and television characters
    and creatures. This is the first exhibition to display the designs of
    Westmore (BA 1961, Art History) through the development of
    ...
  • September 24, 2016
    Join award-winning makeup artist Michael Westmore for a close encounter with his
    alien creations as he discusses the exhibition, LIFEFORMS: The Makeup Art of Michael Westmore on view.
  • September 28, 2016
    The UCSB Department of the History of Art & Architecture , in the final event of its 2015-2016 lecture series, Taking Place, presents Anthony McCall, an artist best known for his "solid-light" installations. McCall will show his seminal work, "Line Describing a Cone" (USA 1973, 16mm, b/w, silent, 30 min), then discuss his work and career with...
  • September 29, 2016
    Poetry Reading:
    Jodie Hollander, the poet in residence at the
    Morris Squire Foundation, will read from her
    debut collection, The Humane Society. Her
    collection has been described as, “romantic,
    surreal and tender, it paints a family portrait
    that is a mixture of memoir, ghost story and
    artistic obsession,...
  • September 29, 2016
    Set in nineteen-eighties Tehran during the almost decade-long span of the Iran-Iraq War, horror thriller UNDER THE SHADOW (2016) follows a mother and daughter as they struggle to cope with the terrors of the post-revolutionary period, only to find that a mysterious evil haunts their home. A special post-screening discussion with UCSB Alumnus Nate...
  • September 30, 2016
    TALK: The Heart of the Declaration: The Founders’ Case for an Activist Government
    Steven Pincus (History, Yale University)
    Friday, September 30, 2016/1:00 PM
    4041 HSSB
    Historian Steven Pincus speaks on his recently published book, The Heart of the Declaration, which revises our understanding of the Declaration of...
  • September 30, 2016 to October 2, 2016
    After last season’s epic saga The Death of Kings, NAKED SHAKES now turns to
    one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies and crowd pleasers, Much Ado About
    Nothing. This timeless story of two of literature’s all-time greatest lovers, Beatrice
    and Benedick, features some of the wittiest banter in all of Shakespeare. We are
    ...
  • October 6, 2016
    A Night with
    Michael Westmore
    Reception with Michael Westmore at AD&A
    Museum followed by a screening of Star Trek:
    First Contact at Pollock Theater. Afterward,
    join us for a Q & A with Theater Director Matt
    Ryan and Michael Westmore to learn more about
    the man behind the masks as they...
  • October 6, 2016
    Join us to celebrate the career of the legendary, award-winning make-up artist and UCSB Alumnus Michael Westmore. The evening begins with the 20th anniversary screening of Star Trek: First Contact. We meet the man behind the masks in a post-screening conversation as we talk about his film work (Raging Bull, Rocky, and his Academy Award® for Mask...
  • October 7, 2016
    TALK: The Specter of Social Engineering: Scientism and its Critics in the Long 1950s
    Andrew Jewett (History, Harvard University)
    Friday, October 7, 2016/1:00 PM
    4041 HSSB
    Andrew Jewett’s talk traces fears about science’s cultural impact among intellectual and political leaders and ordinary citizens in postwar America....
  • October 12, 2016
    Highlighting serial print projects featured in the
    exhibition The Serial Impulse at Gemini G.E.L.,
    currently on view at LACMA, this presentation
    will examine the history and culture of seriality at
    the renowned Los Angeles artists’ workshop
    and print publisher as well as how the impact,
    effect, and meaning of...
  • October 13, 2016
    TALK: The Color Line and the Borderline: Locating William Ellis, the Texas Slave who Became a Mexican Millionaire, in the Archives and in Family History
    Karl Jacoby (History, Columbia University)
    Members of the Ellis family
    Thursday, October 13, 2016 / 1:00 PM
    McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB
    To his contemporaries in...
  • October 13, 2016
    INAUGURAL LECTURE: Insubordinate Spaces for Intemperate Times: Why Civic Engagement Matters Now
    George Lipsitz (Black Studies, UCSB)
    Barbara Tomlinson (Feminist Studies, UCSB)
    Thursday, October 13, 2016 / 4:00 PM
    McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB What is a university and why does the work we do here matter? What is the...
  • October 13, 2016
    What makes for a meaningful chair? How might
    it be the site for the convergence of form,
    function, environment, and intentionality? Join
    international collector and designer Michael
    Boyd and Lilit Sadoyan, Curatorial Fellow
    and Doctoral Candidate, History of Art and
    Architecture, in an intimate conversation...
  • October 16, 2016
    Flutist Jill Felber has been hailed for her "beautifully finished performances" by The Detroit News and has been praised by Musical America for her "handsome performance." The British journal PAN writes, "Felber was stunning...not only refined but also full of fun." Ms. Felber will be joined by several of her...
  • October 19, 2016
    John Nava (BA 1969 CCS Art) will use test
    swatches and his newly completed work, Lizzie
    with a Knit Cap, to discuss the process for making
    his extraordinary tapestries. Join us for this
    informal, seminar–like format discussion which
    allows participants to see these tapestries up
    close and handle them where...
  • October 20, 2016
    An eclectic/electroacoustic mix of Middle Eastern
    instrumentalists, the poetry of Rumi, and music
    of the "24th century" featuring Kavi Alexander,
    Scott Fraser, Ziyad Marcus, Daniel Moltke-
    Mogtaderi, Sally Mosher, Ben Seilhamer, and a
    special guest artist.
  • October 25, 2016
    TALK: Driving Richmond: From Pop-up Public Art Exhibition to University Class—and Transit Museum
    Laura Browder (English, University of Richmond)
    Tuesday, October 25, 2016 / 4:00 PM
    McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB
    In 2013, Laura Browder was commissioned by the city of Richmond to produce a piece for the RVA Street Art...
  • October 27, 2016
    This exhibition will explore the political, cultural, and social struggles of Isla Vista to become an independent, cohesive community, from 1970 to the present day. Since the protests of the 1970s, grassroots activism has improved conditions in the area, but Isla Vista, populated mainly by UCSB students, still faces difficulties as an...
  • October 27, 2016
    The science fiction genre is fertile ground for
    exploring the boundaries of human nature and
    the truly alien. Irwin Appel, Professor of Theater
    and Director of the BFA Actor Training Program
    at UCSB, will direct professional and student
    performers in staged readings from a diverse
    selection of science fiction...
  • October 27, 2016
    TALK: Taiwanese Nationalism in the Age of Cross-Strait Integration under Ma’s Administration
    Da-chi Liao (Political Science, National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan)
    Thursday, October 27, 2016 / 6:00 PM
    3824 Ellison Hall
    Dr. Da-chi Liao is a Senior Professor at the Graduate Institute of Political Science at National Sun Yat...