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 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 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
    Gevirtz Graduate School of Education Core Lunch Series, Conversations on Research in Education, presents “Prospective Mathematics Teachers’ Conceptions of Equitable Mathematics” with Dr. Sarah Roberts Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education. Roberts’ research focuses on issues of equity in mathematics education. In research with colleagues at...
  • 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...
  • March 19, 2015
    In this incisive and timely talk, Former CIA Director and U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates shares his insights about the most pressing threats to America’s security and global stability today.
  • March 21, 2015
    Get a rare glimpse into the disappearing world of sharks through the lens of National Geographic's most published underwater photographer and his journalist partner.
  • March 22, 2015
    From the great Miles Davis bands of the ’60s to their unparalleled careers ever since, Hancock and Corea have proven themselves to be among the most important influences on jazz – and beyond – of our time.
  • March 31, 2015
    One of the foremost violinists of our time, Gil Shaham, the winner of multiple Grammy Awards and other prizes, plays Bach's <i>Sei solo</i> in an exciting live recital to a video production by David Michalek.
  • April 8, 2015
    UCSB faculty, alumni and local authors will discuss writing, publishing and teaching memoir, creative nonfiction and fiction. Panelists include Sameer Pandya, author of "The Blind Writer: Stories and a Novella," from the Department of Asian American Studies; Jervey Tervalon, author of six novels, most recently "Monster’s Chef,...
  • April 8, 2015
    A select episode of "Orange Is the New Black" — an American crime comedy-drama series created by Jenji Kohan, based on Piper Kerman’s memoir, "Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison" — will be screened followed by a discussion with director Allison Anders (award-winning director of "Gas Food Lodging,"...