events in santa barbara, ca near hotel indigo at the state house

Funk Zone Art Walk

Friday, February 9, 2018 - Friday, February 9, 2018
The Funk Zone Art Walk is a bi-monthly event initiated to highlight the neighborhood’s vibrant artistic community. This February walk is a make-up for the January walk that was cancelled due to the Thomas Fire and Montecito mudslide. The next Funk Zone Art Walk will be next month, March, and will continue to be bimonthly for the rest of the year.

On February 9th over a dozen artist studios, galleries, and art-centric venues open their doors to the public from 5-8pm, making it the ideal opportunity to casually experience the Funk Zone’s art scene.

At any given venue, visitors can expect events such as exhibition openings, artist receptions, open studios, insightful art lectures or demonstrations, live music and performances, pop-up artist booths, beer and wine tastings, and various other interactive activities.

Curated Cocktails | Satellite Grooves

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - Thursday, March 1, 2018

Enjoy an evening at Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara with delicious signature cocktails, a special set of groovy cocktail tunes by DJ SkyPounce, an interactive puppet theatre, and after-hours admission to the exhibitions Cecily Brown: Rehearsal and Midori Hirose, Of the Unicorn (and the Sundowner Kids).


Bloom Projects Exchange Series: Midori Hirose, Of The Unicorn

Sunday, January 28, 2018 - Sunday, June 3, 2018

 In collaboration with Portland Museum of Modern Art (PMOMA), Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB) presents Midori Hirose’s first solo museum exhibition, Midori Hirose: Of The Unicorn (and the Sundowner Kids). The room-sized installation of newly-commissioned sculptures traces her explorations into the mythologies, historical accounts, ecologies, and communities of Santa Barbara, CA which unfolded from a series of conversations and excursions with Santa Barbara residents over the course of Hirose’s multiple visits to the area. Meetings with an anthropologist and ethnobiologist at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, a botanist, a fireman, a Chumash elder, a motel manager, and several artists, combined with Hirose’s more abstract sensory impressions of the landscape, inform her conceptualization of various objects in the exhibition. Together the work offers timely narratives about this city, touching on issues including immigration, indigenous reality, and climate change.

Hirose, a multidisciplinary artist based in Portland, OR, often creates projects that engage lesser-known personal and collective stories as points of departure for addressing broader social topics. Her simultaneously focused and open-ended inquiries into certain topics of interest are born out of a diverse range of encounters that reveal fundamentally significant yet often overlooked or misconstrued aspects of a place or situation. Hirose refers to these as the “never not heres.” For this exhibition she asks, “What exists in Santa Barbara that holds it up—makes it unique—but also is somehow camouflaged by the everyday? What are the magic qualities of this city that are never not here?”Midori Hirose (b. 1973, Hood River, OR) has participated in exhibitions including The Portland 2016 Biennial, Portland, OR; PICA TBA Festival, Portland, OR; Fylkingen – New Music and Intermedia Art, Stockholm, SE; and Samson Projects, Boston, MA; and her work has been featured in publications including Three Artist Books, Publication Studio, Portland, OR; Studio Journal Knock, Book Series Issue 3, Fukuoka, JP; and Zehn Sense Forever, Nova Contemporary Culture & Outscapes, Rojo Magazine, Rio de Janeiro, BR. Hirose lives and works in Portland, OR. http://www.midorihirose.usOf The Unicorn (and the Sundowner Kids) is co-organized by curator Brooke Kellaway, and Libby Werbel, director of PMOMA.

Cecily Brown: Rehearsal

Sunday, January 28, 2018 - Sunday, June 3, 2018

Cecily Brown: Rehearsal is the artist’s first museum show on the West Coast and the first exhibition dedicated to her drawings. Arranged thematically, the more than eighty small drawings, large-scale works, and sketchbooks on view will foreground Brown’s iterative reworking of motifs from her wide-reaching arsenal of source material—prints by eighteenth-century draftsman William Hogarth, pages from animal clip-art books, and the cover of Jimi Hendrix’s 1968 album Electric Ladyland are just some of the images that Brown has rendered again and again in her own hand. These drawings are not studies for her paintings but rather a distinct form of aesthetic inquiry, one that isolates the investigatory impulse that grounds Brown’s art in general.

Where Brown’s canvases revel in the visceral immediacy of paint, her drawings offer fragmentary motifs that build upon and undo each other. Their logic productively relates to the concept of ‘rehearsal’—a term derived from the Old French rehercier that originally meant to go over something again with the aim of more fully understanding it. The notion that this repetitive action was geared toward a culminating performance was a later conceit that has obscured the original definition of the word as valuing inquiry in its own right.

Indeed, what we witness in Brown’s sketches is the artist’s desire to visualize and respond to the images that attract and confound her (Brown has said that learning to draw is teaching yourself how to see). Painstaking and obsessive in their efforts to work and rework either an entire scene or the slightest of gestures—a turn of a lion’s head here, the arch of a boy’s torso there—Brown’s drawings take the act of looking as their very subject.

First Thursday Art Walk

Whole Year

The first Thursday of every month, 5–8 p.m.

An evening of art and culture in downtown Santa Barbara. On the first Thursday of each month, participating museums, galleries and art-related venues offer free access to visual and performing art in a fun and social environment. 

Image Caption: Julia Barbosa Landois, Culo de Oro/The Golden Ass, 2011, Performance still. Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, Courtesy Walley Films.