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

MCASB Satellite - The Vastness is Bearable

Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara curates the art housed in our hotel and we are pleased to have our third Satellite exhibition The Vastness is Bearable on view from January 26 - December 7, 2014. 

This fabulous, FREE and open to the public exhibition features artists who contemplate the vastness of the cosmos and contact between humanity and a more technologically advanced, extraterrestrial life form. 

Photo credit: Courtesy the Artist; Russell Crotty, Milky Way Over Ponderosas, 2001.

Santa Barbara Vintners Spring Weekend

This is a fabulous weekend full of fun and wine that attracts wine lovers from near and far for an opportunity to attend wine maker lunches, dinners open houses, vineyard walks and the Vintners Festival to catch over 100 wineries pour their tasty wines! 

There are multiple events and venues in Santa Barbara County beginning Thursday, April 10 thru Sunday, April 13. 

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MCASB Presents Almost Anything Goes: Architecture and Inclusivity

The Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara welcomes six LA-based artists whose work embrases cross-fertilization, collaboration and adaptation creating new methodologies for implementation in fields of architecture and beyond. 

These enticing exhibits will be on view from January 5 - April 13, 2014 at MCASB's Paseo Nuevo location on the Upper Arts Terrace. 

Image credit: Ball-Nogues Studio, Cradle, 2010, Stainless steel spheres, cable, and hardware, Santa Monica, CA, Courtesy the Artists. Photo: Monica Nouwens

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MCASB Presents Bloom Projects: Zack Paul, Geometric Landscapes

The Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara presents the local, Santa Barbara-based artist Zack Paul and his exhibition Bloom Projects: Zack Paul, Geometric Landscapes. Paul's work refers to the architectural aerial photos of roofs that denote the repetitive geometrization of the planet's surface. 

This exhibition will be available at MCASB's Paseo Nuevo location on the Upper Arts Terrace from January 5 - April 13, 2014. 

Photo credit: Zack Paul, Detail of Geometric Landscape, 2013, Sandpaper and vinyl on wood panel, Courtesy the Artist

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La Belle et la Bete

UCSB Arts & Lectures brings La Belle et la Bete to the Arlington Theatre on Wed, April 30 at 8:00pm. This romantic film by Jean Cocteau with music by Philip Glass premiered in 1946. Its allegorical story, poetically evocative script and stunning visual effects established the work as a masterpiece of mid-century filmmaking. The evening will also include a live performance by the Phillip Glass Ensemble conducted by Michael Riesman. 

Photo Courtesy of Janus Films

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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. 

Our museum partner, Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara offers a First Thursday contemporary performance each month at their main space located in the Paseo Nuevo Mall on the Upper Arts Terrace. April 3rd will be Julia Barbosa Landois & Erik Sanden performing Live Ballast.  Check it out.  Free admission.  Come early and enjoy their pre-performance Happy Hour. Happy Hour begins at 5pm and the show at 7. 

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


MCA Santa Barbara presents Marinella Senatore: Building Communities

Sunday, May 11, 2014 - Sunday, August 17, 2014 The Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara will host a retrospective exhibition by internationally acclaimed artist Marinella Senatore. Building Communities is a thoughtful selection of Senatore's operatic work, often taking the form of collaborative films that assert the audience as a key protagonist. "Her process rethinks the possibilities of art as a potent agent of exchange and cultural growth," says the Chief Curator of Castello di Rivoli, Italy's foremost museum of contemporary art. 

Building Communities will be available from May 11 - August 17, 2014 at MCA Santa Barbara, 653 Paseo Nuevo, Upstairs on the Art Terrace. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, May 10 from 6-8pm. 

Photo: Marinella Senatore, ROSAS - OPERA IN 3 ACTS, 2012, HD video on Blu-Ray, Courtesy the Artist and Peres Projects, Berlin