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Alice Aycock, Rock, Paper, Scissors (India '07), 2010. Watercolor and ink on paper. Miami Art Museum, Gift of Jerry Lindzon.
Alice Aycock Drawings: Some Stories Are Worth Repeating
January 26 – April 20, 2014

This exhibition is the first comprehensive exploration of this vital aspect of the renowned sculptor’s creative process. Partnering with the Art, Design & Architecture Museum at the University of California, Santa Barbara, this two-venue exhibition traces Alice Aycock’s career from 1971 to the present, highlighting the major themes that have governed her artistic practice. While Aycock is best known for her large-scale installations and outdoor sculptures, her drawings capture the full range of her ideas and sources.

Consisting of approximately 100 works, the exhibition will be presented in two parts. The works at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (January 26 – April 20), cover the years 1984 to the present, when Aycock developed an increasingly elaborate visual vocabulary, drawing upon a multitude of sources and facilitated in part by the use of computer programs. The works on view at the AD&A Museum (January 25 - April 19) focus on the years 1971–1984, including detailed architectural drawings, sculptural maquettes, and photo documentation for both realized and imagined architectural projects.

This exhibition was organized by the Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York. It is accompanied by a 160-page hardcover catalogue with an essay by Jonathan Fineberg.

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Related Programming

1st Thursday
Thursdays, 5 – 8 pm

Family 1st Thursdays, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Bring the whole family and enjoy 1st Thursday together in SBMA's Family Resource Center located across from the Museum Café on the Lower Level. Museum Teaching Artists will assist families in creating special exhibition-based art projects. Afterwards, enjoy selected galleries until 8pm.

April 3
Paper Sculpture
Alice Aycock Drawings: Some Stories Are Worth Repeating

Construct a monochromatic architectural sculpture in cardstock inspired by Aycock's capturing of the forces of wind and water in her Leonardo's Swirl.


Left image: Alice Aycock, Rock, Paper, Scissors (India '07), 2010. Watercolor and ink on paper. Miami Art Museum, Gift of Jerry Lindzon.

Atelier: Moons, Mapping, Memory, and Fantastic Machines
Friday, April 4, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
The Museum covers the micro and macro and everything in between in this evening exploration of mock-logical systems, time, space, the celestial, and the sensory, inspired by Alice Aycock Drawings: Some Stories Are Worth Repeating, Michelle Stuart: Drawn from Nature, and Heavenly Bodies. Enjoy choreography inspired by images from space performed by Strange and Elegant, LA's most innovative dance group; try your luck at the Golden Goose Gallery Game, where egg hunt meets Monopoly; and experience delicious herbal elixirs and musical distillations at the Botany Bar, connecting map points from Rome, Peru, Amagansett, Babylon, and San Cristobal in a blend of world music by the UCSB Middle Eastern Ensemble. Create a seed calendar or construct constellations, and then sip on the featured cocktail, the "Mars Rover"—a vodka martini on the rocks, or sample Savoir Faire's savory Crescent Moon pies, deviled eggs with candied bacon, masa sopes with Peruvian style pork, and other out of this world flavors. Spread the word: some stories are worth repeating.

$25 SBMA Members / $35 Non-Members
Includes hors d'oeuvres, wines, and signature cocktails
Purchase tickets at the Museum Visitor services desks, call 884.6423, or online at


Gallery Tours
With admission to SBMA, you are always invited to participate in a free docent-led gallery tour, which begins every day at noon in the lobby at the State Street entrance. The following tours focus on this exhibition:

March - 26 at noon; 23 at 1pm; 30 at 2pm
April - 1, 5, 6, 9, 12, 13, 18, 20 at noon


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