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April 16, 1995 | Suzanne Muchnic, Suzanne Muchnic is The Times' art writer
Call it proof of American art's rising status. Or call it one more example of a budget-conscious museum focusing on its own artworks instead of costly imported exhibitions. The Santa Barbara Museum of Art's reinstallation of American art from its permanent collection, unveiled last week, is definitely attuned to national trends. But it's also a celebration of this collection's distinctive personality and increasing riches.
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March 6, 2014 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
SANTA BARBARA - Michelle Stuart and Alice Aycock are very different artists. Stuart is a kind of cartographer, mapping not just the land but our intimate experience of it. Aycock is more literary, transforming familiar themes like the intrusion of technology into nature and society's spiritual discontents into sculptures that are sometimes participatory. However, the juxtaposition of two sizable, retrospective exhibitions of their drawings at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art is fortuitous.
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July 19, 1998 | Suzanne Muchnic, Suzanne Muchnic is The Times' art writer
Arriving in the wake of President Clinton's visit to China, "Eternal China: Splendors From the First Dynasties" which opens Tuesday at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, appears to be a case of perfect timing.
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November 11, 2012 | By Allan M. Jalon
SANTA BARBARA - Chinese scrolls often show landscapes of mountains, deep-cut gorges and paths that spiral through them and past caves in foliage. On these paths, often barely visible, smallish robed figures walk alone or sit in a group. Even people relatively familiar with this kind of art have peered at the finely drawn figures and wondered: Who are they? What are they up to? The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is offering an unusually comprehensive answer to such questions with a far-reaching show called "The Artful Recluse: Painting, Poetry, and Politics in 17th Century China.
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February 28, 2002
* Desire and Devotion: Art From India, Tibet and Nepal in the John and Berthe Ford Collection (Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State St., Santa Barbara, [805] 963-4364). Representations of gods, goddesses and human figures in sculpture, painting and ritual objects from the collection of John and Berthe Ford will go on exhibit Saturday. Included is Krishna and Radha, left, 16th century gilt copper alloy figures from Nepal. Ends June 2.
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February 7, 2003
New boss: Phillip M. Johnston, director of the Museum of Art at the Rhode Island School of Design, has been named director of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. He'll start May 1. * New host: MSNBC, in its quest for personalities who can boost it out of its third-place hole, made its hiring of outspoken former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura official Thursday after weeks of speculation.
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August 27, 1998
"Cocaine True, Cocaine Blue"--A buyer, above, waits for his dealer outside Brooklyn's Red Hook Housing Project in a detail from Eugene Richards' photograph currently on display at Laband Art Gallery on the Loyola Marymount campus. * "The Graphic Art of Tanaka Ikko"--An exhibition of approximately 20 posters by the Japanese graphic designer will go on display Saturday at the Pacific Asia Museum, 46 N. Robles Ave. in Pasadena. Ends Oct. 11.
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August 15, 2007 | Suzanne Muchnic
Diana du Pont, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, has resigned to pursue other opportunities in curatorial work, writing and teaching. During her 15-year tenure, Du Pont expanded and reorganized the museum's collections of European, American and Latin American art.
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April 12, 1997 | Associated Press
"Beatrice Wood: A Centennial Tribute" is on view at the American Craft Museum through June 8. The exhibition, curated by art historian Francis M. Naumann, is the first to be organized by museum director Holly Hotchner since she took over last year. The exhibition publication, "Beatrice Wood: A Centennial Tribute" (American Craft Museum, $50 hardcover, $29.95 paperback), features an introduction by Hotcher and includes scanned reprints of articles about Wood and her work.
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December 7, 2007 | Suzanne Muchnic
Larry J. Feinberg, a curator of European painting and sculpture at the Art Institute of Chicago, has been appointed director of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. A scholar of Italian Renaissance and French 18th century art and a strong advocate of art education, Feinberg will succeed retiring director Phillip M. Johnston on March 1.
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August 15, 2010 | By Scarlet Cheng, Special to the Los Angeles Times
With the end of martial law in South Korea in 1987, the arts recovered independent voices. One art form that took off was photography, and 10 years ago when Karen Sinsheimer, photography curator at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, saw a special exhibition of contemporary Korean photography at Fotofest in Houston, she was electrified. Later she and Anne Wilkes Tucker, her counterpart at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, agreed on a collaboration. The result, "Chaotic Harmony: Contemporary Korean Photography" (at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art through Sept.
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September 20, 2009 | Scarlet Cheng
The tomb raiders dug down 30 feet into Mawangdui -- a mound in Hunan, China, long known as a burial site for ancient nobility -- but they missed the mark. At some point they did find, and loot, the nearby tombs of her husband, the Marquis of Dai, and their son, but hers was the larger one, and more luxurious. That is because Lady Dai, as she is now known, outlived both of them and had more time to prepare for her trip to the afterlife. In 1972, more than 2,000 years after her death in 163 BC, Lady Dai was finally discovered.
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December 7, 2007 | Suzanne Muchnic
Larry J. Feinberg, a curator of European painting and sculpture at the Art Institute of Chicago, has been appointed director of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. A scholar of Italian Renaissance and French 18th century art and a strong advocate of art education, Feinberg will succeed retiring director Phillip M. Johnston on March 1.
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August 15, 2007 | Suzanne Muchnic
Diana du Pont, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, has resigned to pursue other opportunities in curatorial work, writing and teaching. During her 15-year tenure, Du Pont expanded and reorganized the museum's collections of European, American and Latin American art.
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August 26, 2004 | Marc Weingarten, Special to The Times
Santa Barbara is beloved for many things, but art is not necessarily one of them. Sure, the city can be picturesque, with its Mediterranean minarets and whitewashed Spanish-tiled buildings. It can be a party town. And it can be a consumerist fever dream. Yet as a destination for viewing art, Santa Barbara has long had an inferiority complex. Connoisseurs sniff at the touristy galleries hawking bronze dolphin sculptures and watercolor seascapes.
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April 25, 2004 | Suzanne Muchnic, Times Staff Writer
What's new at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art? Just about everything but the collection. And that, too, looks different. In the first big project launched by director Phillip M. Johnston, who took charge less than a year ago, the museum has transformed its galleries and reinstalled a major portion of its permanent collection in an unorthodox exhibition with grand ambitions.
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September 9, 1999
* Theater. "The Bad Seed," Theater 911's 1996 spoof of Maxwell Anderson's '50s Broadway play-turned-B movie, reopens on Sept. 18 at 8 p.m. at the Hudson Avenue Theatre, 6537 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, playing Saturdays and Sundays at 8 p.m. through Oct. 3, then Thursdays through Sundays through Oct. 29. $20. (323) 856-4200. * Movies.
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August 26, 2004 | Marc Weingarten, Special to The Times
Santa Barbara is beloved for many things, but art is not necessarily one of them. Sure, the city can be picturesque, with its Mediterranean minarets and whitewashed Spanish-tiled buildings. It can be a party town. And it can be a consumerist fever dream. Yet as a destination for viewing art, Santa Barbara has long had an inferiority complex. Connoisseurs sniff at the touristy galleries hawking bronze dolphin sculptures and watercolor seascapes.
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July 13, 2003 | Suzanne Muchnic, Times Staff Writer
After decades of waiting in the wings to do an occasional star turn, Latin American art is edging onto center stage at mainstream museums. From New England to Southern California, institutions that pride themselves on geographic diversity but primarily focus on Europe and North America are paying more attention to the art of Central and South America.
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February 7, 2003
New boss: Phillip M. Johnston, director of the Museum of Art at the Rhode Island School of Design, has been named director of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. He'll start May 1. * New host: MSNBC, in its quest for personalities who can boost it out of its third-place hole, made its hiring of outspoken former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura official Thursday after weeks of speculation.
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