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

Curated Cocktails | November

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos with MCASB, Guatemala style! The soundtrack for the evening will be provided by KCSB DJ TioChuy while participants will be encouraged to make a giant kite in the style of the Guatemalan Barriletes Gigantes and check out our current exhibition, Guatemala from 33,000 km. Part of Downtown Santa Barbara’s 1st Thursdays.

Sacred Art in the Age of Contact

Friday, September 15, 2017 - Monday, January 15, 2018
Sacred Art in the Age of Contact
Chumash and Latin American Traditions in Santa Barbara

Sacred Art in the Age of Contact brings together, for the first time, a diverse body of objects from Santa Barbara area collections, many of which have never been on display, dating from the first decades following the Chumash’s first contact with the Spanish, c. 1769-1824.

Together, these materials offer a fuller picture of the relationship between art and spirituality in both Chumash and Spanish traditions, and demonstrate the sustained deployment of Chumash visual systems by native artists in early colonial visual culture. Highlighting themes of sacred geography, language, materiality and resistance, Sacred Art investigates the mutually transformative interaction between these traditions, which have immediate implications on the ways in which the cultural dynamics of Santa Barbara County are understood today.


An Evening with Samantha Bee, late night’s queen of political satire

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - Thursday, November 9, 2017
The first woman to host her own late-night satirical news show, Samantha Bee has changed the tone of the genre with her bare-knuckle delivery. The Emmy Award-nominated Full Frontal with Samantha Bee walks a line between outrage and hilarity, and Bee is well-equipped for the job: She is “a news junkie, an unapologetic feminist; she is direct and sincere and also bitingly funny” (New York magazine). Bee was the longest-serving correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, where she cut her teeth as the only female correspondent for five years. Bee will appear in a whip-smart moderated conversation full of her “wry, smarty-pants charm” (Vogue). (Mature content)

Guatemala from 33,000 km: Contemporary Art, 1960 – Present

Sunday, September 17, 2017 - Sunday, December 17, 2017
Organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB) with Guest Curator, Emiliano Valdés, Guatemala from 33,000 km: Contemporary Art, 1960-Present brings together works that have rarely been seen beyond Guatemala, but that speak to a range of formal, political, and social concerns that permeate contemporary art both in Latin America and throughout the globe. This exhibition marks the first ever in-depth commitment to the study of Guatemalan art in the late 20th and early 21st century, bringing innovative and visually arresting works produced by Guatemalan artists to a public audience in the United States and abroad.

Valeska Soares: Any Moment Now

Sunday, September 17, 2017 - Sunday, December 31, 2017
This exhibition brings together 49 artworks, consisting of installation, sculpture, photography, and video, dating from the early 1990s to the present. A distinctive figure in the international legacy of installation art, Soares interweaves themes of love, desire, memory, and time in her minimal, conceptual, and multi-sensorial bodies of work.
Location: Santa Barbara Museum of Art

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. 


Curated Cocktails | November