Highlighted Events

  • September 12, 2014 to May 1, 2015
    As the 2014 Art, Design & Architecture Museum Artist-in-Residence, Eric Beltz will present an ambitious new project, The Cave of Treasures, a dramatic departure for the artist who is known for his intimately scaled, highly-detailed graphite drawings. The title refers to three recurring themes in Beltz’s work that are commonly...
  • January 14, 2015 to March 13, 2015
    The MultiCultural Center's winter exhibit “Of Water and the Spirit” shows Zéna Carlota Pearl Allen’s most recent artwork as it relates to ritual, mythology, and dreams in diasporic African and Indigenous cultures. Navigating the realms of the subconscious in her art, Zéna explores the meaning of identity and liberation for people of color...
  • January 17, 2015 to May 1, 2015
    "Fletcher Benton: The Artist's Studio" examines the artistic process of sculptor Fletcher Benton, known for his large-scale, geometric steel sculptures. The exhibition will reveal how Benton's practice relies on intuition to create grand, abstract gestures from modest, industrial materials. Works included in the exhibition are drawn directly from...
  • January 17, 2015 to May 1, 2015
    "How to Make the Universe Right" presents an unprecedented group of scrolls and ceremonial objects of the Yao people and other groups from Vietnam and Southern China. This rich tradition of Shamanist practice brings together Daoist and Buddhist deities, Confucian ancestor worship and Animism. These scroll paintings, costumes, masks, instruments...
  • January 17, 2015 to May 1, 2015
    After World War II, a generation of young, London-based architects, artists and writers rethought the art and architecture of a culture fascinated with American consumerism, pop culture, mass communication and visions of a better tomorrow. In 1956, several of these architects, painters and sculptors collaborated on This is Tomorrow. This...
  • February 10, 2015 to June 30, 2015
    This exhibition, which explores Indigenous peoples’ heritage and identity, features ancient and modern objects from the Library’s Special Research Collections, and items on loan, including a Chumash canoe called a tomol; pre-Columbian artifacts; medicinal plants; and contemporary graphic art, literature and theater. Opening Event: At 4 p.m....
  • February 26, 2015 to February 27, 2015
    The Department of Theater/Dance presents the annual Freshman Dance Company Concert.
  • February 27, 2015
    Three panelists -- Joaquin Becerra, Assistant Director in the Office of Judicial Affairs at UCSB; attorney Laurel Kaufer, co-founder of Prison of Peace; and Lizzie Rodriguez, co-executive director of the Conflict Solutions Center in Santa Barbara -- will speak about how they use restorative justice with students, in the prisons, and in the...
  • February 27, 2015 to March 7, 2015
    The Department of Theater/Dance at UC Santa Barbara presents a play by 2013 MacArthur fellow Tarell Alvin McCraney, In the Red and Brown Water. Drawing on folk tales, Yoruba mythology and contemporary poets, this first work in McCraney’s The Brother/Sister Plays trilogy tells a coming-of-age story set in a Louisiana bayou housing project.  In the...
  • March 1, 2015
    Take an electrifying journey into some of our planet’s most extreme environments with a fearless photographer who has captured never-before-seen images of places few humans have ever dared to go.
  • March 2, 2015
    The Religion, Experience, and Mind (REM) Lab Group at UCSB hosts a talk with scholar Adrian Hermann about the uses of filmmaking in contemporary religion. In 2012, Wanderlust Productions released its third Christian documentary film, "Father of Lights," and accompanied that release with a film-screening/ worship-event-tour in over 40 US...
  • March 3, 2015
    To celebrate the opening of the Library exhibition “Indigenous Peoples of the Americas: Roots, Resistance, and Resurgence,” Chumash ceremonial dances will take place outside the Library, followed by a reception in the Mary Cheadle Room on the third floor. This exhibition, which explores Indigenous peoples’ heritage and identity, features ancient...
  • March 3, 2015
    Professor, author and historian Eric Forner will discuss his latest book in this Capps Forum on Ethics and Public Policy. Building on fresh evidence—including a detailed record of slave escapes secretly kept by Sydney Howard Gay, one of the key organizers in New York—Foner elevates the underground railroad from folklore to sweeping history. A...
  • March 3, 2015
    This year’s Diana and Simon Raab Writer-in-Residence will be Booker International Prize winner Lydia Davis. Davis will read from her latest collection of stories, Can’t and Won’t, which appeared last spring. She will also read new work and talk about the writing process, including how her work as translator affects her own writing. A...
  • March 4, 2015
    This panel discussion is part of the events scheduled for the ninth annual UCSB Reads program, in which UCSB and the Santa Barbara community read the same book. The 2015 book selection is Piper Kerman's memoir "Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison." Panelists are Sister Terry Dodge from Crossroads, Billi Jo...
  • March 4, 2015
    Citizenfour is a 2014 documentary film directed by Laura Poitras concerning the 2013 NSA spying scandal. Poitras travels to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with Edward Snowden. The film won the Oscar™ 2015 for "Best Documentary Feature". There will be a post screening discussion with Department of Film and Media Studies faculty...
  • March 5, 2015 to March 6, 2015
    UCSB Dance Company
    Directed by Delila Moseley Choreography by Genevieve Carson, Nancy Colahan, and Jerry Pearson. Featuring “There is a Time” by Jose Limon.
  • March 8, 2015
    You’ve never seen a circus like this: a dazzling whirl of acrobats, cyclists and mind-blowing, one-of-a-kind machines!
  • March 8, 2015
    You’ve never seen a circus like this: a dazzling whirl of acrobats, cyclists and mind-blowing, one-of-a-kind machines!
  • March 10, 2015
    Transparent is a Golden Globe winning, Amazon Studios original series revolving around a Los Angeles family with serious boundary issues, and their lives following the discovery that their Father, Mort (Golden Globe winner Jeffrey Tambor) is transgender. After one secret is revealed, their past and future begin to spill out. Join us for a...
  • March 10, 2015
    Nearly 60 years after its founding, The Joffrey Ballet remains on the forefront of American dance, with exemplary dancers who demonstrate “the amazing power of the human body and the crazy reach of the artistic imagination.”
  • March 11, 2015
    Shane Harris, senior correspondent at The Daily Beast and author of @War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex, will delve into the frontlines of America’s new cyber war, investigating the recent revelations that have shown how government agencies are joining with tech giants like Google and Facebook to collect vast amounts...
  • March 12, 2015
    FOCUS ON: ANTHROPOCENE - RACING EXTINCTION shows an unlikely team of activists and innovators who hatch a bold mission to save endangered species. There will be a post-screening Q&A with Director Louis Psihoyos. FOCUS ON: ANTHROPOCENE will study a series of films that examine humanity's dominant influence on the climate and the...
  • March 13, 2015
    Two of South Africa’s true freedom fighters and beloved musical icons come together to honor 20 years of democracy in South Africa and the official end of apartheid.
  • March 19, 2015
    As part of its 2014-2015 lecture series "Materiality," the Department of the History of Art and Architecture welcomes Rebecca Messbarger, of Washington University in St. Louis, in the talk "Revision and Reform of the Body in Peter Leopold's New Florence, 1765-1790," on Thursday, March 19, at 5:30 p.m. In her presentation, Messbarger explores the...