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FEATURED EVENTS
Tim Cope: On the Trail of Genghis Khan
Tim Cope: On the Trail of Genghis Khan, Nov. 18.

POP: Politics of Place, September 20-December 21, Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.–3 p.m., Jane Deering Gallery, 128 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara POP brings together a selection of works that demonstrate the politically charged nature of real and imagined sites. While some are overtly polemical, all of the works take on a loaded quality when viewed through the lens of environmental uncertainty or city planning techniques. Artists include: Kim Abeles, Isabella Kirkland, Barrie Mottishaw, Enoc Perez, Fran Siegel and LA Fine Arts Squad, and others. An opening reception will be held on Oct. 3, from 5–8 p.m. MORE INFO
Ambiguous Histories: Selected Works from the Exit Art Portfolios, October 19– December 13, Weds.–Sun., 12–5 p.m., Art, Design & Architecture Museum Ambiguous Histories explores contemporary artists’ use of history through their references to traditional artistic processes and canonical works of art and architecture. This exhibition highlights a recent gift of works from Exit Art, a now closed alternative art space that provided a platform for multicultural or emerging artists to respond to critical and controversial contemporary issues. This exhibition has been curated by UCSB alum, Anna Muriello ’13. An opening reception will be held on Oct. 25, from 5:30–7:30 p.m. MORE INFO
Artist-in-Residence: Fran Siegel, Translocation and Overlay, October 19–April 19, 2014, Weds.–Sun., 12–5 p.m., Art, Design & Architecture Museum  As an artist-in-residence, Fran Siegel has developed an innovative drawing project that examines the landscape, history and current state of the Santa Barbara region. Through 50 unique drawings and related porcelain components, Siegel visually deconstructs the city. Her drawings, based on typical and atypical data sets from different time periods are related to items such as topography, rock distributions, population dispersals, migratory pathways and the location of swimming pools. Her installation will construct an alternate, imaginary version of Santa Barbara that collapses time and space but is also built on the use of real data. This exhibition has been curated by Elyse A. Gonzales, Curator of Exhibitions. An opening reception will be held on Oct. 25, from 5:30–7:30 p.m.  MORE INFO
Art and Its Discontents, October 19– December 13, Weds.–Sun., 12–5 p.m., Art, Design & Architecture Museum The works in this group exhibition employ playful, serious and innovative means of addressing artists' discontent with issues surrounding, political figures and politics, identity, gender and race. Drawn largely from the Museum’s collection, Art and its Discontents focuses on the vital role art continues to play in highlighting and combating abuses of power, stereotypes, inequality, and suppression. Artists include: Laylah Ali, Nancy Dwyer, Lyle Ashton Harris, Hung Liu, Rachel Lachowicz, Raymond Pettibon, Lari Pittman, Ellen Rothenberg, Ben Sakoguchi, Ilene Segalove, Travis Somerville and Fred Wilson, among others. An opening reception will be held on Oct. 25, from 5:30–7:30 p.m. MORE INFO
 
Leon Wieseltier, “Israel and America: Two Zions?” Free Lecture, November 14, 7:30 p.m., Congregation B’nai B’rith, Santa Barbara Noted writer, critic, and literary editor of The New Republic, Wieseltier is the author of Kaddish (1998), which was a finalist for the National Book Award, Against Identity (1996) and Nuclear War, Nuclear Peace (1983). He is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards including Israel’s prestigious Dan David Prize in 2013 for being “a foremost writer and thinker who confronts and engages with the central issues of our times, setting the standard for serious cultural discussion in the United States.” His talk is presented by the Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Foundation Endowed Symposia in Jewish Studies at UCSB. MORE INFO
A Visual Music Symposium: Exploring Visual Music, November 16, all day, California NanoSystems Institute, Elings Hall To further the development of new modes and technologies for representation and creation in the field of Visual Music, the Media Arts & Technology program, the Center for Visual Music and the Corwin Chair present a one-day symposium investigating the aesthetics, techniques and histories of visual music. The event will include a series of 20-minute talks by invited presenters followed by Q&As, plus short screenings of contemporary and historical visual music work. Presenters include Clarence Barlow, Cindy Keefer, Jack Ox, Xarene Eskander, Casey Mongoven, and special guest Barbara Fischinger. MORE INFO
Tim Cope, On the Trail of Genghis Khan: An Epic Journey Through the Land of the Nomads, November 18, 8 p.m., Campbell Hall Australian adventurer Cope, who was featured in the 2012 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, recalls his journey, by horseback, across the entire Eurasian steppe, from the ancient capital of Mongolia to the Danube River. The incredible 6,000-mile, three-year-long trip across a vast and formidable landscape took him into the heart of a nomadic way of life that dominated the region for millennia. In a riveting multimedia presentation, Cope will discuss his trek over wolf-infested plateaus, glaciers and the subzero steppe, desert, deep forests and mountains, accompanied only by his trusty dog and horses. MORE INFO
Millie Dresselhaus, Personal Perspectives on Advancing Energy Sustainability, November 20, 4 p.m., Engineering Sciences Building 1001 A professor in physics and engineering at MIT, Dresselhaus is the UCSB Dow Distinguished Lecturer for 2013. Her efforts to advance energy sustainability — in the course of her career in science and engineering — are the focus of her talk. A leader in promoting opportunities for women in science and engineering, Dresselhaus received a Carnegie Foundation grant in 1973 to encourage women’s study in traditionally male-dominated fields. She is a former Fulbright Fellow who earned her master’s degree at Radcliffe College and her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. MORE INFO
 
Freedom Now! Forgotten Photographs of the Civil Rights Struggle, October 19–December 13, Weds.–Sun., 12–5 p.m., Art, Design & Architecture Museum
Freedom Now!
Unknown photographer, Woman Resisting Arrest, Birmingham, Alabama, April 14, 1963, courtesy of Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images, Los Angeles, California.
 The best-known images of the civil rights struggle show black Americans as nonthreatening victims of white aggression. Though this imagery helped garner the sympathy of liberal whites in the North for the plight of blacks, it did so by preserving a picture of whites as powerful and blacks as hapless victims. Freedom Now! showcases photographs rarely seen in the mainstream media, which depict the power wielded by black men, women and children in remaking U.S. society through their activism. This exhibition has been curated by Martin Berger, Professor, History of Art and Visual Culture, UC Santa Cruz. An opening reception will be held on Oct. 25, from 5:30–7:30 p.m. MORE INFO

Year of Rebellion: The 1970 Isla Vista Riots, Photographs by Joe Melchione, October 19 - December 13, Wed. - Sun., 12 - 5 p.m., Art, Design & Architecture Museum
Isla Vista Riots
Joseph S. Melchione; Stop the Business of War; gelatin silver print; 40 ½ x 35 in; ©The Estate of Joseph S. Melchione.
A show documenting a tumultuous year in Isla Vista, filled with protests against the Vietnam War and UCSB policies. The violent and nonviolent confrontations of 1970 resulted in the burning of the Bank of America, one death, hundreds of arrests, as well as increased student involvement in UC governance. Joe Melchione, undergraduate photo-editor for the student paper at the time, documented these large-scale student movements with his first camera. Melchione's suite of photographs will be accompanied by issues of the student newspaper, in which they first appeared, and ephemera produced by student organizations on campus. This exhibition has been curated by Chris Marino, Project Archivist for the Architecture and Design Collection at the AD&A Museum. An opening reception will be held on Oct. 25, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. MORE INFO

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