A visit to UCSB’s Art, Design & Architecture Museum is always full of delights, and last week was no exception. Curator Elyse A. Gonzales kindly walked me through the current exhibitions.
This includes “Alice Aycock Drawings: Some Stories Are Worth Repeating, Early Work,” a fascinating complementary exhibit to the current Santa Barbara Museum of Art show which also highlights the prolific Aycock, an artist best known for her large-scale installations and outdoor sculptures. Drawing, however plays a vital role in her creative process and the AD&A Museum installation focuses on the early years of the artist’s career, 1971–1984, and includes detailed architectural drawings, maquettes, and photodocumentation for both realized and imagined projects. It is on view through April 19.
Also currently on view through April 19 is artist-in-residence Fran Siegel‘s innovative drawing project that examines the landscape, history and current state of the Santa Barbara region through 50 unique drawings and related porcelain components. She basically deconstructs the city, using data sets from different time periods.
Both exhibitions are well worth a look, as is the student-curated show “Duke and the Masters: The Sedgwick Collection, ” on view through April 19.
The Art, Design & Architecture Museum on the UCSB Campus is open Wednesday–Sunday from noon–5 p.m. Admission is free.
Originally published in Santa Barbara SEASONS on February 25, 2014.