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SANTA BARBARA– Sacred Art in the Age of Contact

January 3, 2018 @ 2:00 amJanuary 21, 2018 @ 9:00 am

SANTA BARBARA–The new exhibition brings together, for the first time, a diverse body of objects from local collections, 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.

Museum hours:
Tues-Sat 10am-5pm
Sun 12pm-5pm
Closed Monday & Holidays

This exhibit is also associated with Pacific Standard Time: Latin American and Latino Art in LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. Led by the Getty, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is the latest collaborative effort from arts institutions across Southern California.

Sacred Art in the Age of Contact webpage on PST/LALA

Sacred Art in the Age of Contact was supported in part by California Humanities through the Humanities for All Project Grant. To learn more about Humanities for All Project Grants, please visit our webpage HERE


January 3, 2018 @ 2:00 am
January 21, 2018 @ 9:00 am


Santa Barbara Historical Museum
136 E De La Guerra St
Santa Barbara, CA 93101 United States
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