Upcoming Exhibitions


Barton Myers: Works of Architecture and Urbanism 

Sept. 12-Dec. 12, 2014

With works as varied as a Vidal Sassoon Salon from 1968, the U.S. Expo Pavilion in Seville, Spain in 1992, and his steel houses, this exhibit will present an overview of almost fifty years of architecture. Barton Myers first attracted attention in the late 1960s for his civic buildings and urban projects in Canada. He returned to the United States in 1984 to open a Los Angeles office and became known for his performing arts centers, campus buildings, and steel houses among many projects. 

The Barton Myers papers were donated to the Architecture and Design Collection of the AD&A Museum, UC Santa Barbara in 2000.  The archive covers Myers’s work from 1968 through 2002 and includes sketches and computer drawings, watercolors, images by well-known photographers, detailed study models and models of blocks-long sections of cities, as well as research notes, correspondence, lectures, and writings. 

Image: A.J. Diamond and Barton Myers; Wolf House, 1974; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; designed by Barton Myers. Photo Credit: John Fulker, Courtesy of the West Vancouver Museum.

Artist-in-Residence: Eric Beltz

Sept. 12-May 1, 2015

As the 2014 Artist-in-Residence Eric Beltz will create an ambitious site specific wall drawing in the Museum’s Nachman Gallery. This will be a monumental departure for Beltz who is known for his intimately-scaled, highly-detailed graphite drawings on Bristol. Working in series with titles like Back to Eden, Trance Farm, Elementary Forces, and American Visions, Beltz deals with themes relating to psychedelics, Colonial American history, rural Americana, transcendence, herbal healing, and apocryphal religious writings. 

Bollywood 101: The Visual Culture of the Bollywood Film Poster

Sept. 12-Dec. 12, 2014

This exhibition explores the history of Bollywood posters and their influence on popular culture, religion and art.  Showcased alongside the posters are popular prints, calendars, and images of temples dedicated to Bollywood film stars, as well as wedding posters and other appropriations both personal and commercial.

How to Make the Universe Right

Jan 16- May 1, 2015

How to Make the Universe Right presents an unprecedented group of scrolls and ceremonial objects of the Yao people and other groups from Vietnam and Southern China. This rich tradition of Shamanist practice brings together Daoist and Buddhist deities, Confucian ancestor worship, and Animism.

These scroll paintings, costumes, masks, instruments and the other ceremonial objects represent an unbroken link to the past of Asian mountain cultures whose roots go back 2000 years. Scrolls vary in number from sets of three to complete sets of seventeen or more depending on the shaman’s stature and the intended purpose of the work. The com


plete Daoist pantheon is usually represented, including the Three Pure Ones, the Jade Emperor, and Master of Saints. The spiritual stories represented in the scroll paintings also include celestial beings such as the Three Merciful Ones, the Four Heavenly Messengers, and the Ten Kings of Hell, and divine animals such as tigers, dragons, lion-dogs, and others.

With the help of scrolls and other spiritual objects, such as the ones exhibited in this show, the shamans guide their people’s vital spiritual life binding them together and helping them “make the universe right.”


Image: Courtesy of Jill and Barry Kitnick