Exhibition Catalogs

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Chiura Obata: An American Modern

  • Edited by: ShiPu Wang
  • Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9780520296541
  • January 2018
  • $40.00

Chiura Obata (1885–1975) was one of the most significant Japanese American artists working on the West Coast in the last century. Born in Okayama, Japan, Obata emigrated to the United States in 1903 and embarked on a seven-decade career that saw the enactment of anti-immigration laws and the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. But Obata emerged as a leading figure in the Northern California artistic communities, serving not only as an influential art professor at UC Berkeley for nearly twenty years, but also as a founding director of art schools in the internment camps. With a prodigious and expansive oeuvre, Obata’s seemingly effortless mastery of, and productive engagement with, diverse techniques, styles, and traditions defy the dichotomous categorizations of American/European and Japanese/Asian art. His faith in the power of art, his devotion to preserving the myriad grandeur of what he called “Great Nature,” and his compelling personal story as an immigrant and an American are all as relevant to our contemporary moment as ever.
This catalogue is the first book surveying Chiura Obata’s rich and varied body of work that includes over 100 beautiful images, many of which have never been published. It also showcases a selection of Obata’s writings and a rare 1965 interview with the artist. The scholarly essays by ShiPu Wang and the other contributors illuminate the intense and productive cross-cultural negotiations that Obata’s life and work exemplify, in the context of both American modernism and the early twentieth-century U.S. racio-ethnic relations—a still-understudied area in American art historical scholarship.

ShiPu Wang is Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Culture, Founding Faculty of the Global Arts Studies Program, and Founding Director of UCM Art Gallery at the University of California, Merced. A UCSB Art History alumnus, he is the author of Becoming American? The Art and Identity Crisis of Yasuo Kuniyoshi, and The Other American Moderns: Matsura, Ishigaki, Noda, Hayakawa.
Published in association with the Art, Design and Architecture Museum, UC Santa Barbara.
Exhibition dates:

Art, Design and Architecture Museum, UC Santa Barbara: January 13–April 29, 2018
Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City: May 25–September 2, 2018
Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art, Okayama, Japan: January 18–March 10, 2019
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento: June 23–September 29, 2019
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.: November 2019 - April 2020



Radical Bodies

Anna Halprin, Simone Forti, and Yvonne Rainer in California and New York, 1955-1972

  • Edited by: Bruce Robertson, Ninotchka Bennahum, and Wendy Perron
  • Hardcover, 192 pages
  • ISBN: 9780520293366
  • December 2016
  • $30.00

In August 1960, Anna Halprin taught an experimental workshop attended by Simone Forti and Yvonne Rainer (along with Trisha Brown and other soon-to-be important artists) on her dance deck on the slopes of Mount Tamalpais, north of San Francisco. Within two years, Forti’s conceptually forceful Dance Constructions had premiered in Yoko Ono’s loft and Rainer had cofounded the groundbreaking Judson Dance Theater. Radical Bodies reunites Halprin, Forti, and Rainer for the first time inmore than fifty-five years. Published in association with the Art, Design & Architecture Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Exhibition dates:
Art, Design & Architecture Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara: January 14–April 30, 2017


Walter S. White: Inventions in Mid-Century Architecture
Written by Volker M. Welter

  • Pub Date: January 2016
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Art, Design & Architecture Museum
  • Trim Size: 10 x 10
  • $20.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-942006-75-9

Walter S. White (1917-2002) was an ingenious inventor; builder; and architect who was propelled by three major concerns: inexpensive, even do-it-yourself domestic architecture; innovation in construction and materials; and concern for nature and the environment. This first book on White presents an overview of the architect’s career which unfolded in the Southern California desert of the Coachella Valley and the high-plateau of Colorado Springs.

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Carefree California: Cliff May and the Romance of the Ranch House
Written by Nicholas Olsberg and Jocelyn Gibbs

  • Pub Date: 2012
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Trim Size: 10 x 10
  • $20.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-3782-3

This landmark volume is an authoritative, richly illustrated examination of the origins, evolution, and influence of the California ranch house. Carefree California looks at a legendary figure in Southern California design, Cliff May, and the ubiquitous domestic icon his name evokes, the ranch house. We also see how other architects—from George Washington Smith to Rudolph Schindler—pursued different paths toward the same kind of relaxed domesticity exemplified by the ranch house.


The Stumbling Present:  Ruins in Contemporary Art 

Written by Elyse A. Gonzales with an essay by Brian Dillon

  • Pub Date: 2013
  • $10.00
  • ISBN 978-0-942006-76-6

This catalogue is about The Stumbling Present, an international group exhibition that examined the imagery of ruins in works of art produced since the turn of the last century. The ten artists included in the show—Lara Almarcegui, Carlos Bunga, Nigel Cooke, Adam Cvijanovic, Carlos Garaicoa, Simryn Gill, Valerie Hegarty, Kristen Morgin, Melanie Smith, and Rob Voerman—utilized neglected, willfully destroyed, or decaying places and objects to address three broadly defined themes: memory and obsolescence, failure, and transformation. These themes formed the unifying concepts of the exhibition and drove its organization.  The catalogue was funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, New York.


  • Pub Date: 2014
  • Publisher: Art Design & Architecture Museum, University of California Santa Barbara
  • Trim Size: 11 x  8   1/2"
  • $15.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-0942006-12-4

Exhibition summary catalogue featuring the collection of Barry and Jill Kitnick of Vietnamese Shamanic Art and Artifacts, with a monographic essay on the material by Asian art scholar Trian Nguyen. Richly illustrated with over 300 images.  Now also available in the Museum. 

Outside In: The Architecture of Smith and Williams

Edited by Jocelyn Gibbs, with essays by Gibbs, Debi Howell-Ardila, Anthony Denzer, Lilian Pfaff, and Alan Hess

  • Pub Date: 2015
  • Publisher: Getty Publications in association with Art Design & Architecture Museum, University of California Santa Barbara
  • Trim Size: 10 x 10, 192 pages
  • US Price: $20.
  • ISBN: 978-1-60606-451-1

From 1946 to 1973, Whitney Rowland Smith and his partner, Wayne Williams, designed more than 800 projects, from residential, commercial, and public buildings to housing tracts, multi-use complexes, and parks and master plans for cities. Working in the wake of the first generation of avant-garde architects in Southern California and riding the postwar building boom, their firm, Smith and Williams, developed a pragmatic modernism that, through remarkable planning and design, integrated landscapes with buildings and decisively shaped the modern vocabulary of architecture in Los Angeles.

Through a breathtaking array of images, Outside In unveils the core of Smith and Williams’s architectural practice. Their most influential designs, the authors show, are compositions of balanced opposites: shelter and openness, private and public, restraint and exuberance, light and shadow. Smith and Williams created spaciousness in their buildings by layering spaces and manipulating the relationship between structure and landscape. This spaciousness expressed modern ideas about the relationship of architecture to environment, of building to site, and, ultimately, of outside to in.

Jocelyn Gibbs is curator at the Art, Design & Architecture Museum at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Debi Howell-Ardila is an architectural historian at SWCA Environmental Consultants in Pasadena, California. Anthony Denzer is associate professor of architectural engineering at the University of Wyoming. Lilian Pfaff is the cofounder of the Foundation Architecktur Dialoge where she is also a curator and editor. Alan Hess is an architect, author, lecturer, and advocate for twentieth-century architectural preservation.