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Richard Salas, Four Tenors, 2012. Inkjet print, ed. 1/5. SBMA, Museum purchase with funds provided by Tim Walsh and Ken Anderson.
  Art to Zoo: Exploring Animal Natures
September 28, 2014 – January 4, 2015

This exhibition of photographs, many produced by great masters of the medium, offers the viewer the opportunity to explore animal natures. Only relatively recently have scientists begun to probe animal knowledge; what senses and faculties animals have honed, and how adept their adaptive qualities. For example, ants can solve complex geometric problems, fish feel pain, both fish and birds swarm to protect against predation and to forage for food. Art lovers and scientists alike will find these images appealing on multiple levels. Drawn from permanent collection, this exhibition is shared with the College of Creative Studies at UCSB (on view September 26 – October 19, 2014). 

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Honoré Daumier, Madame, j’ai bien l’honneur! (Madame, I have the honor)... Published in Le Chairvari on January 26, 1848, Delteil 1721. Lithograph, SBMA, Gift of Robert M. Light.
  Daumier Reveals All: Inside the Artist’s Studio
Opens September 14, 2014

Following on the heels of Daumier's Salon: A Human Comedy, curated by former SBMA exhibition intern Elizabeth Saari Browne, Daumier Reveals All: Inside the Artist's Studio presents another selection of lithographs by Honoré Daumier (1808–1879) that provides an inside look into the 19th-century Parisian art world. In these works, Daumier reveals the artists everyday routines, as well as his career ups and downs, as played out in his studio. Like the previous installation, this selection of lithographs is drawn from the recent gift of more than 1,500 Daumier lithographs by long-time supporter Robert M. Light. Owing to this generous gift, SBMA is now one of the richest repositories of the work of this celebrated master of 19th-century caricature on the West Coast.






Jorge Pardo Cuban, Untitled (Sea Urchin), 2012 Aluminum, molded Plexiglas, canvas, electrical cords, light bullb. SBMA, Museum Purchase with funds provided by The Museum Contemporaries and the 20th Century Art Quasi Endowment Fund.
  Contemporary/Modern: Selections from the Permanent Collection
August 31, 2014 – January 4, 2015

This exhibition brings together a selection of painting and sculpture from the Museum’s permanent collection dating from 1958 to 2014. Recent works inventively reference and reinterpret the past—including both popular and obscure forms of painting, architecture, and design. Earlier works, each part of significant movements in abstract painting, articulate reductive forms suggesting a distinctively utopian view of the future. By sampling and mixing substantial works of the present with the past, this installation aims to provide a glimpse into an ongoing and dynamic dialogue between the two. 


Edgar Degas, Three Dancers in Yellow Skirts, ca. 1891. Oil on canvas. Michael Armand Hammer and the Armand Hammer Foundation.
  Degas to Chagall: Important Loans from The Armand Hammer Foundation

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is delighted to present a selection of important paintings that are on extended loan by The Armand Hammer Foundation. The mandate of the Foundation is to share an extraordinary collection of works bequeathed by its founder with the public by lending to museums throughout the country.

The paintings on view from The Armand Hammer Foundation represent just a small fraction of the ravishing collection put together by Dr. Armand Hammer (1898-1990), perhaps best known for the extraordinary works of art he donated to his namesake institution, the Hammer Museum at the University of California, Los Angeles, from 1965 through 1990. These works complement seamlessly our Museum's rich holdings in the areas of French Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. Artists represented include Pierre Bonnard, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Marc Chagall, Edgar Degas, Henri Fantin-Latour, Berthe Morisot, Camille Pissarro, and Auguste Renoir.

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