Lectures & Films

The Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara organizes and presents special lectures and films on an occasional basis on topics of general interest to the public related to architecture and design. Seating is limited so please plan to arrive early!


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The Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara is pleased to announce a lecture by Prof. Jenni Sorkin, UCSB’s newest historian of contemporary art, hosted at the AFSB Art Gallery in downtown Santa Barbara.

Where & When:
January 14, 3:00pm, 229 E. Victoria St. at the Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara.

This talk coincides with AFSB’s current exhibition of the Abstract 10, a group of ten women artists who live and work in Santa Barbara, currently on display at the AFSB Art Gallery. Members of the Abstract 10 will be in attendance.

To reserve your $10.00 ticket please RSVP at info@AFSB.org, or pay at the door. Seating is limited to the first 35 attendees, and reserved tickets will be held until 2:50pm.

Refreshments will be provided, and there will be a reception at the conclusion of Prof. Sorkin’s talk.

Material Decisions: Women, Process, and Form

In the history of modernism, sculpture was a dominant and exclusionary medium for women. Yet through their persistence and ambition, women artists have transformed the culture of making since the 1960s. Jenni Sorkin examines the process of material discovery through abstract sculpture and object making, in relation to the gendered history of women’s sculptural practices in the post-war period through to the present moment.

Jenni Sorkin is Assistant Professor of contemporary art history at University of California, Santa Barbara and co-curator of the recent exhibition, Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women, 1947-2016, held at Hauser, Wirth & Schimmel in Los Angeles, USA.

Image credit: Phyllida Barlow installation, Revolution in the Making. Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, Los Angeles, 2016. Photographer: Brian Forrest. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth, London.


Lecture, Dr. Allan Langdale
for the Santa Barbara Architectural Foundation, 2016

Title: “Petra: the Ancient Stone City of Jordan”

Date: Thursday, July 21 at 7p.m. at the Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara 229 E. Victoria Street. Suggested donation of $10 at the door.

Description:

The fabled Nabatean city of Petra, in Jordan, is one of the world’s wonders. A UNESCO World Heritage site since the mid-1980s, Petra continues to provide new discoveries. It is one of the world’s most remarkably conceived urban environments: a city whose major monuments were not constructed but carved out of the sandstone of massive cliffs, valleys, and outcrops. This lecture takes us on a tour of the ruins of the 2000 year-old city, from its unique entrance—a canyon called the Siq—to its monumental tombs known as the ‘Treasury’ and the ‘Monastery’, as well as its open air ritual sites, streets, and temples. Other topics include the complex hydrological projects of the people who built Petra, struggling to preserve water in a dry desert environment.

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Allan Langdale is an art and architectural historian who teaches at UC Santa Cruz but who also works half the year as a tour leader for Smithsonian Journeys, Lindblad/National Geographic, and Zegrahm Expeditions. He is the author of the definitive guidebook to the art and architecture of north Cyprus and a recent travel book Palermo: Travels in the City of Happiness. He has traveled extensively in the Eastern Mediterranean; Greece, Italy, Turkey and the Middle East. He has also made a documentary film on the historical architecture of the little known medieval Cypriot city of Famagusta.

For more on Mr. Langdale… click here


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Title and Description: Lecture, Dr. Allan Langdale
for the Santa Barbara Architecture Foundation, 2015

Title: “The Church of the Holy Cross and Armenian Architecture in Eastern Turkey”

Description:

The masterpieces of Armenian architecture are not well known in the west, except perhaps to Armenians themselves who treasure it as part of their rich heritage. In the first two weeks of May of this year, Allan Langdale went on a journey in eastern Turkey to visit two of the most important Armenian sites: the Church of the Holy Cross (Acht’Amar) and the ruined churches found at the ancient Armenian capital of Ani near the modern city of Kars. Dr. Langdale’s lecture is on the history, form, function, and sculptural decoration of these monuments, focusing on the church of the Holy Cross, a remarkable 10th century monastic church situated on an island in Lake Van, dramatically surrounded by towering volcanic mountains.

Biographical Statement:

Allan Langdale is a historian of art and architecture who specializes in the architecture of Cyprus, where he lived from 2005-07, and where he made an award-winning documentary film on the medieval city of Famagusta. He has published several articles on the architecture of Cyprus and has written the definitive guidebook to the archaeology and historical architecture of north or ‘Turkish’ Cyprus. Allan has worked in the University of California system for many years, at UC Santa Barbara and UC Santa Cruz. He also regularly works as a lecturer in the field for Lindblad/National Geographic, Smithsonian Journeys, and Zegrahm Expeditions, on small ships mostly in the Mediterranean and Black Seas. His most recent book is a travel book entitled “Palermo: Travels in the City of Happiness”. His travel blog can be found at ‘Allan’s Art and Architecture Worlds’.


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“450 Years of Cuban Architecture in 45 Minutes”
A Lecture by Brent Winebrenner, Photographer
Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 6 pm
Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara

The Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara is pleased to announce a lecture by photographer Brent Winebrenner on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 6 pm.  Mr. Winebrenner will present an illustrated talk entitled “450 Years of Cuban Architecture in 45 Minutes.”  There will be a suggested donation of $10.00 at the door.

The Cuba that we know lies beneath a crumbling facade, the silent victim of the relentless family feud between the Castro brothers and the aging exiles in Miami’s Little Havana.  While true that most of Cuba’s architectural heritage is in irreparable ruins, there are priceless treasures that have been lovingly maintained, often hidden from even the most observant visitor’s eye.  Local photographer Brent Winebrenner was given unprecedented access to Cuba’s finest buildings while traveling throughout the country, producing images for Rizzoli’s The Splendor of Cuba.  The coffee table book, recognized by the Washington Post as one of the best photography books of 2011, was written by Michael Connors and designed by the legendary designer Massimo Vignelli.  The beautifully illustrated work spans 450 years of Cuba’s very rich and oversized architectural patrimony.

Join Brent Winebrenner for an entertaining and enlightening survey of Cuba’s architectural heritage. Along the way, he’ll provide an overview of the social, economic, physical and political forces that shaped the continually evolving Cuban architectural trends – from the early colonial period until May 1, 1961, the day that Fidel stopped time and declared Cuba a socialist state.  Mr. Winebrenner is a freelance photographer, filmmaker and producer.  He taught location lighting and editorial photography at Brooks Institute, and is currently on the faculty of the Eclipse Photography Institute.

The Architectural Foundation is located in the historic Acheson House at the corner of Garden and East Victoria Streets in Santa Barbara. The primary entrance on Garden Street is ramp accessible.  For further information, please call 805-965-6307.


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‘A Meditation on the Spanish Colonial Revival Idiom’

A Lecture by Kevin A. Clark, Artist and Architectural Designer
Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 6 pm
Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara

The Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara is pleased to announce a lecture by Kevin A. Clark on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 6 pm. Mr. Clark will present an illustrated talk entitled “A Meditation on the Spanish Colonial Revival Idiom.” There will be a suggested donation of $10.00 at the door.

Kevin A. Clark’s work explores the connection between art and architecture, and evokes a European style and sensibility, with an exquisite flair for detail and precision. Pictured is his rendering of the entry way for the majestic El Sueno residence in Santa Monica, which celebrates the legacy and tradition of California architecture. He has been working on residential design in Southern California for over 30 years, with a particular admiration for the achievements of the preeminent architects of the 1920’s. Mr. Clark has a private rare book collection of over 10,000 books on fiction and architectural history. The lecture will include a selection of Kevin Clark’s tools, books and art work, and a demonstration of the architectural drawing process. He brings a unique perspective to the process of self-education and design, along with his diligence and considerable passion for the Spanish Colonial Revival style. His work has been featured in Architectural Digest, Town and Country, Veranda, Elle Décor, and Malibu Magazine, and his personal home in Ojai appeared in a recent edition of the Wall Street Journal.

The Architectural Foundation is located in the historic Acheson House at the corner of Garden and East Victoria Streets in Santa Barbara. The primary entrance on Garden Street is ramp accessible. For further information, please call 805-965-6307.


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“Kem Weber, Designer and Architect”
A Lecture and Book Signing by Christopher Long, Ph.D.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara

The Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara (AFSB) announces a lecture by Christopher Long, Ph.D. on Tuesday, November 11th at 7:00 pm. Professor Long will present an illustrated talk entitled “Kem Weber, Designer and Architect.” There will be a suggested donation of $10.00 at the door. The new Kem Weber book will be available for purchase, with an opportunity to have books signed by the author.

AFSB is pleased to partner with UCSB’s Art, Design and Architecture Museum for this important presentation. Please note that this lecture was previously scheduled to take place at the AD&A Museum.

Christopher Long, professor and chair of history and theory in the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin, will share insights from his new book, Kem Weber, Designer and Architect. One of the leading modernists on the West Coast from the 1920s through the early 1950s, Weber (a long-time Santa Barbara resident) played a central role in shaping California design. Born and educated in Berlin, he was an early advocate of streamlined design, but in later years he came to develop a free, human-centered version of modernism that was responsive to the real needs of people. Weber was forgotten after his death, and Professor Long’s book, based on extensive new research, is a significant new look at this seminal designer and his work. The lecture will examine Weber’s long career and his remarkable designs.

Christopher Long studied at the universities of Graz, Munich, and Vienna, and received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He taught at the Central European University in Prague before returning to Austin, where he is now University Distinguished Teaching Professor in the School of Architecture. His many publications include Josef Frank: Life and Work (2002), Paul T. Frankl and Modern American Design (2007), The Looshaus (2011), Josef Frank: Schriften/Writings (2012; with Tano Bojankin and Iris Meder), and Paul T. Frankl: Autobiography (2013; with Aurora McClain).


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“Lutah: a Passion for Architecture: a Life in Design”
A Special Documentary Film Screening
Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara

The Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara announces a special screening of the documentary film, “Lutah: a Passion for Architecture: a Life in Design,” on Thursday, October 30 at 7:00 pm. There will be a suggested donation of $20.00 at the door. Architectural historian Melinda Gándara will introduce the film and conduct a Q&A after the screening.  “Lutah” explores the life of a little known architect who left a big legacy. Gretchen Lieff and Leslie Bhutani are executive producers of this film, which was directed by Kum-Kum Bhavnani; the director of photography was Ryan Pettey.  The world premiere was held at the historic Lobero Theatre at the S.B. International Film Festival in January 2014, and was greeted with critical acclaim and sold out screenings.

Lutah Maria Riggs was the first licensed female architect in Santa Barbara, and the first woman in California to be named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.  After receiving a B.A. in Architecture in 1919 from UC Berkeley, Riggs worked closely with noted Spanish Revival architect George Washington Smith until his death in 1930.  Together they designed iconic buildings including the Lobero Theater, and their firm was integral to rebuilding Santa Barbara after the 1925 earthquake.  Among Riggs’ most celebrated buildings are the Santa Barbara Vedanta Temple, noted for its reflection of early South Indian wooden temple architecture, and the Blaksley Library at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.  She also designed exquisite residences in different styles for local philanthropists, and volunteered many hours to establish the S.B. Landmarks Commission.

AFSB is pleased to offer this exclusive screening for our audience as a result of our collaboration with the Lutah Maria Riggs Society.  Be sure to arrive early to ensure your seat.  Doors will open at 6:30 pm.  The Architectural Foundation is located in the historic Acheson House at the corner of Garden and East Victoria Streets in Santa Barbara. The primary entrance on Garden Street is ramp accessible.  We look forward to seeing you!


Adobes of Old Santa Barbara

ADOBES of OLD SANTA BARBARA 1782-1872
A Lecture by John C. Woodward
Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara

The Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara is pleased to announce a lecture by historian John C. Woodward on Thursday, August 28th at 7:00 pm.  Mr. Woodward will present an illustrated talk entitled “Adobes of Old Santa Barbara 1782-1872.”  Founded in 1782, the pueblo of Santa Barbara evolved over the next 90 years with almost all structures made of adobe.  Then in 1872 something happened and adobe-building came to an abrupt halt.  Using early photographs and paintings, many never published, we will be taken on a virtual tour of adobe Santa Barbara as it looked 150 years ago.

John C. Woodward is a local attorney whose real passion is the study of Santa Barbara and California history.  He has been actively involved in most local historical organizations, having served on the boards of the S.B. Historical Museum, the S.B. Mission Archive-Library and as chairman of both the City and County Historic Landmarks Commissions.  In 1976 he drafted a complete revision of the El Pueblo Viejo Historic Landmarks Ordinance that was enacted into law and greatly strengthened protections for our city’s many historic landmarks, including 17 surviving old adobes.  Mr. Woodward has conducted his own research over the past 45 years to comprehensively document all of the 200 adobe buildings that once dominated Santa Barbara’s architecture.


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“Southern Pacific’s Depots of Santa Barbara County”
A Lecture by Jean-Guy Tanner Dubé, Draftsman & Historian
Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara

The Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara is pleased to announce a lecture by Jean-Guy Tanner Dubé on Thursday, August 21st at 7:00 pm.  Mr. Dubé will present an illustrated talk entitled “Southern Pacific’s Depots of Santa Barbara County.”  There will be a suggested donation of $10.00 at the door.  Join architectural historian and draftsman Jean-Guy Dubé as he highlights some of the historic railroad depots of Santa Barbara County.  The audience will travel back 125 years via slideshow to see rare photographs, maps and ephemera.  The lecture will feature an exhibition of Mr. Dubé’s detailed depot blueprints as well as a quarter scale model of the 1888 Indio Depot, and some physical artifacts of the depots themselves.  Mr. Dubé will have a few blueprints, suitable for framing, available for purchase.

Jean-Guy Dubé studied architectural history under David Gebhard at UCSB, and he holds degrees in History and the History of Art and Architecture.  Dubé is a professional draftsman, working towards his architect’s license, and is employed by Marc Appleton of Appleton & Associates, Inc.  Dubé’s blueprints are featured in an authoritative book about California Depots, and he was recently awarded “Honorable Mention” for the 2014 Leicester B. Holland Prize, an annual competition held by the National Park Service for documenting historic buildings throughout the United States.  His blueprint entry was entered into the Library of Congress.


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“The Norman Art and Architecture of Sicily”
A Lecture by Allan Langdale, Ph.D.
Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara

The Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara is pleased to announce a lecture by art and architectural historian, Allan Langdale, Ph.D. on Thursday, July 17 at 7:30 pm. Professor Langdale will present an illustrated talk on the “The Norman Art and Architecture of Sicily.” There will be a suggested donation of $10.00 at the door.

The Norman art and architecture of medieval Sicily represents one of history’s most remarkable creative moments.  When French Normans conquered Sicily in the 11th century—in the same era that they conquered England, in 1066—they ruled over an island that had been Muslim for almost three centuries and Byzantine several centuries before that. The resultant merging of cultures produced some of the most compelling works of architecture and architectural decoration the world has ever seen. This lecture takes you on a tour of some of Sicily’s Norman-era masterpieces: the Palatine Chapel and the Church of the Admiral in Palermo; and the spectacular church and monastery cloister at Monreale.

Allan Langdale is a freelance scholar, travel writer, and documentary filmmaker who has taught at the University of California at both Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara. An art historian specializing in architecture, Allan has taught several courses in many aspects of world architecture. He is the author of many articles on the archeology and historical architecture of northern Cyprus, and has travelled widely in the Mediterranean, Black Sea, Red Sea, and Indian Ocean. He also directed and produced the award-winning documentary film The Stones of Famagusta: the Story of a Forgotten City, which tells the remarkable story of one of the Mediterranean’s most famous medieval cities. He is the author of the definitive field survey of the art and architecture of Northern (Turkish) Cyprus and regularly works on small-ship cultural cruises for Zegrahm Expeditions and Smithsonian Tours. He is currently writing a book entitled Palermo: Travels in the City of Happiness.


Taking Liberties

“Taking Liberties” A Lecture by Robert Wechsler
Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara

The Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara is pleased to announce a lecture by contemporary artist, Robert Wechsler on Thursday, July 10 at 7:00 pm.  Mr. Wechsler will present an illustrated talk entitled “Taking Liberties.”  There will be a suggested donation of $10.00 at the door.

Robert Wechsler is a Los Angeles-based artist whose work is part of the permanent collection at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and is currently in the exhibition Left Coast: Recent Acquisitions of Contemporary Art.  The artist uses everyday objects to create architectonic sculptures and investigate the use of space and place.  Wechsler will discuss his work and will bring samples of his most recent creations.  For further background information visit: www.robertwechsler.com


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“My Friends Call Me Miss Chase: The Story of a Woman and a City”
Pearl Chase film screening, Courtesy of Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation, Introduced by Dr. Anne Petersen
Friday, August 16, 2013 at 7:00 pm
Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara

The Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara will present a documentary film screening about preservationist Pearl Chase on Friday, August 16th at 7:00 pm at the historic Acheson House. Dr. Anne Petersen, Associate Director for Historical Resources at the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation, will introduce the film, entitled “My Friends Call Me Miss Chase: The Story of a Woman and a City”. There will be a suggested donation of $10.00 per person at the door, and the doors will open at 6:30 pm. DVDs will be available for purchase at the event.

AFSB is pleased to collaborate with the Trust for Historic Preservation, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. An early civic activist, Dr. Pearl Chase (1888-1979) was a leader of Santa Barbara’s social welfare, urban planning, city beautification, conservation and historic preservation efforts. Through her efforts the Trust for Historic Preservation was established in 1963 to preserve and reconstruct El Presidio de Santa Barbara. Featuring interviews with individuals who knew and worked with her, we invite you to discover the “force of nature” that was Pearl Chase.


Past Lectures & Films

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November 1, 2013
Santi Visalli Gallery Talk


JEREMY LECTURE

August 23, 2013
UCSB Professor Jeremy White, PhD, AIA
“The Ostrich and the Bird: Architecture, Image, and Santa Barbara’s Built Environment”.


Pearl Chase DVD

August 16, 2013
Film: “My Friends Call Me Miss Chase: The Story of a Woman and a City.”


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August 9, 2013
Lecture: “The Recreation of the County Courthouse Spirit of the Ocean Sandstone Fountain”
with Master Sculptor Nathan Hunt and Santa Barbara County Architect Robert Ooley AIA.


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July 26, 2013
Allan Langdale lecture
“Elements of Ritual Architecture in India”