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5 – 8 pm FOR FREE!

Chase Free Thursday Evenings include:
  • Access to all galleries
  • Brief docent talks in select exhibitions
  • Family Resource Center and Museum Shop open


Every Thursday

Docent "Ten-Talks"
6:10 pm and 7:10 pm

Ten-minutes, one work of art, and informal, interactive conversation in the galleries.
Please meet at the State Street entrance.

Special Programming



Family 1st Thursday
August 6, 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 8 pm.

Moholy-Nagy, László (or Ladislaus), Untitled, ca. 1924. Linoleum cut. SBMA, Museum purchase with funds provided by the Ala Story Purchase Fund.

Abstract Prints
August 6, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Experiment with different hatched, lined, and dotted patterns to create prints in silvery inks on dark paper.

László Moholy-Nagy, Z vi, 1925. Oil on canvas, 37 1/2 x 29 3/4 inches. Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, The Fredric Wertham Collection, Gift of his wife Hesketh

Film Series

Light Play and Abstract City 
Thursdays, July 30; August 13, 20, 5:30 pm

Programmed by Peter Bloom, Professor of Film and Media Studies, and Colin Gardner, Professor of Art, UC Santa Barbara, this three-part film series addresses Moholy-Nagy’s involvement with cinema as filmmaker, production designer, and participant in the wide-ranging context of interwar, avant-garde art and documentary filmmaking culture, and highlights the function of urban space, abstraction, light play, and experimental design.

Mary Craig Auditorium


Stick Performance by Emmett Chapman
Thursday, August 6, 5:30 – 7 pm

Emmett Chapman, the inventor of this acoustic, 10-stringed instrument, takes the stage with two other Stick prodigies: Bob Culbertson and Don Schiff. Each lends their unique improvisational sensibility to accompanying Moholy-Nagy’s kinetic light sculpture, Light Prop, as recorded in a video and displayed on screen, and riffing on music of the early 20th-century avant-garde.

Mary Craig Auditorium


Lecture by Jan Tichy
Thursday, August 27, 5:30 pm

Jan Tichy, artist and Assistant Professor of Photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, works at the intersection of video, sculpture, architecture, sound, and photography. Tichy is known for his dynamic use of projected light and video in installations that incorporate objects and architecture. He discusses his work as an artist and educator in relation to Moholy-Nagy and the politics of light.
Mary Craig Auditorium
Free SBMA Members / $10 Non-Members / $6 Senior Non-Members
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