Upcoming Lectures & Films

“Modernist Inventions of the Brazilian Baroque”

Lecture by Dr. Amy Buono, UCSB

***POSTPONED***

Lecture 5:30 pm

Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara

The Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara is pleased to announce a lecture by Professor Dr. Amy Buono titled “Modernist Inventions of the Brazilian Baroque” on Friday, May 25, 2018, at 5:30 pm. There is a suggested donation of $10.00 to attend the lecture. There are 32 seats available for the lecture. Tickets will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis via Eventbrite, at the door, or by calling 805-965-6307.

This talk explores how the “Brazilian Baroque” was reinvented by leading intellectuals and architects in mid-twentieth century Brazil as a forerunner of a national modernist architectural idiom. We will see some of the most important late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Baroque churches, and consider how these buildings, during the Getúlio Vargas dictatorship, served to support nationalist politics through the construction of a “Brazilian” architectural lineage. In the process, Baroque architecture and sculpture in Brazil, particularly the works of “Aleijadinho” [Antônio Francisco Lisboa] (1730/8-1814) with the works of leading modernist architects and planners, such as Oscar Niemeyer (1907-1912) and Lúcio Costa (1902-1998).

Amy Buono is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Latin American Art at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an affiliated Researcher at Rio de Janeiro State University. Amy studies the visual and material culture of Latin America and the Atlantic world, with a particular focus on Brazil. Her interests include indigenous and Afro-Brazilian artistic practices; material and intangible heritage studies; and colonialism and ethnopolitics. Amy’s forthcoming books include Tupinambá Feathercraft in the Brazilian Atlantic (University of Pennsylvania Press), and, co-edited with Sven Dupré, A Cultural History of Color in the Renaissance (Bloomsbury Press). Her current book project centers on race, pedagogy, and the visuality of crime in the Civil Police Museum of Rio de Janeiro.

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 “450 Years of Cuban Architecture in 45 Minutes”

A Lecture by Brent Winebrenner, Photographer

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Reception 6-7 pm / Lecture 7-8 pm

Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara

**Tickets will go on sale May 10, 2018 at Noon**

The Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara is pleased to announce a lecture by photographer Brent Winebrenner on Thursday, June 7, 2018, at 7 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. There are 32 tickets available for the lecture. Tickets will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis via Eventbrite, at the door, or by calling 805-965-6307.

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.

Brent 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.