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

Then They Form Us at MCASB

Saturday, August 8, 2015 - Sunday, October 25, 2015
As computers increasingly co-opt the human body during an age of ultra-connectivity, the artists in this exhibition explore the precarious status of the self during its pixelated or roboticized evolution. Their works question the ways in which identities are altered with immersion into the digital realm. They navigate the territory of online culture, where personal data, expressions, behavior, and emotions are stored and processed in often unseen or recondite behind-the-screen operations. Some of these are within our control, while others are beyond it.

Featuring Artists: Xavier Cha (b. 1980, Los Angeles, CA); Constant Dullaart (b. 1979, Leiderdorp, NL); Cecile B. Evans (b. 1983, Cleveland, OH); Devin Kenny (b. 1987, Chicago, IL); Hayal Pozanti (b. 1983, Istanbul, TR); and Julien Previeux (1974, Grenoble, FR).

Exhibition on display at Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara on the Upper Arts Terrace in Paseo Nuevo. Join us for the opening reception on Saturday, August 15 from 6-8pm! 

Image: Cécile B. Evans, Hyperlinks or it didn't happen, 2014, HD video, 22 minutes. Courtesy the Artist and Seventeen Gallery, London.

Woodies Car Show

Friday, August 14, 2015 - Sunday, August 16, 2015
Join the Woodie Club for all the fun! Friday welcome breakfast at Rincon Point. Friday night welcome dinner at Cody's restaurant. Saturday Woodies At The Beach from 9:00am to 3:00pm at Santa Barbara City College, West Campus. Sunday breakfast on Sterns Wharf at Longboard Grill for woodie owners. Come and enjoy the weather, picnicking on the lawn gorgeous cars, and view of the ocean. The public is welcome and there is no admission fee.

For More Info contact:
George Pumphrey


Bloom Projects: Border Control at MCASB

Saturday, August 8, 2015 - Sunday, October 25, 2015
Yara El-Sherbini (b. 1978, London, UK; lives and works in Santa Barbara, CA) is an artist who uses humor and play to address structures of power that inform our everyday existence. From building a mini-golf course hole that represents contested territories under occupation to publicly broadcasting on a PA system questions such as “Does anybody know how to believe in government?”, her accessible works engage viewers with complex social and political issues. El-Sherbini is interested in using these recognizable formats, which also include bar quizzes or word searches, to explore the often invisible systems and processes of knowledge production that influence culture. For her Bloom Project exhibition at MCASB, the artist will present a new interactive sculpture.

Yara El-Sherbini, Putting a Hole in the Wall, 2015, Astroturf, concrete, metal, 6 x 2 x 1.2 M, Commissioned by EM15. Photo: Thierry Ball

Visit Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara on the Upper Arts Terrace in Paseo Nuevo Shopping Center.

MCASB Satellite - Magic Mountain

Sunday, March 8, 2015 - Sunday, January 31, 2016
Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara curates the art housed in our hotel and we are pleased to have our fourth satellite exhibition, Magic Mountain, on view from March 8, 2015 - January, 31, 2016. 

This fabulous, FREE, and open to the public exhibition is a group exhibition exploring the healing and therapeutic properties of the natural world. 

Magic Mountain, titled after the classic 1924 novel by Thomas Mann, pays homage to Santa Barbara's history as a spa town that begain in 1857. The exhibition includes is a rich array of video, drawings, painting, and photography. 

Image caption: Zachary Cahill, USSADREAM, 2014, 9 X12 in., Watercolor on paper. Courtesy the Artist. 

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. 


Beachside Art Walk

Every Sunday
Local artists and artisans display their work by the beach alongside Cabrillo Blvd., just east of Stearns Whart. About 9 a.m. to about 4 p.m.

Take the Train & Show Your Ticket for the Santa Barbara Car Free Experience

Will you be one of our guests taking the Amtrak train into Santa Barbara? Hold onto your ticket stub and beginning May 3rd enjoy kayak adventures, wine tastings, whale watching and more with Santa Barbara Car Free!

With your ticket stub you can enjoy a complimentary specialty cocktail or dessert at our adjoining restaurant, Blue Tavern!

Check out the website for more details and don't forget to hashtag #SBCarFreeExperience and #hotelindigosb on social media!