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Pete and Susan Barrett Art Gallery


Barrett Art Gallery

SMC’s Pete and Susan Barrett Art Gallery is located at the SMC Performing Arts Center (Santa Monica Blvd. & 11th St., Santa Monica). For information and gallery hours, please call (310) 434-3434 or (310) 434-8204, or visit the gallery website.

Exhibits, opening receptions, and gallery talks and lectures are FREE.​

Pop! Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation

Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery

Curated by Billie Milam Weisman

September 4 - October 13, 2018

Reception: September 8, 5pm – 8pm 

When the Pop Art movement first surfaced in the mid-1950s, artists sought to challenge traditional conceptions of art making by incorporating consumer culture and everyday objects into their work. Artists during this period transformed icons associated with mass media, comic books, and popular culture into visual expressions that often reflected a growing societal infatuation with consumerism. When it originated, the Pop art movement sought to ironically emphasize images representing the commonplace or kitschy elements of a given culture. Today, contemporary artists have elaborated on the traditions established by the Pop artists who created an aesthetic style that reflected the changing needs and interests of varying societies. This exhibition merges art that reflects and comments on popular culture from the vernacular of the 1960s until the present with selections curated from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation.

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Roy Lichtenstein, Foot and Hand, 1964, Lithograph

© Estate of Roy Lichtenstein



James Griffith – "Relative" The Tar Paintings of James Griffith

October 30 to December 8, 2018

Reception: November 3, 6 - 8pm 

From its evolutionary origins to the contemporary ecological crisis, Nature inspires James Griffith's paintings.  Over the last decade, Griffith has made detailed paintings of animals with tar collected from the La Brea Tar Pits.  By substituting tar for paint, his depictions of living animals suggest the transformative cycles of evolution and extinction.  His tar renderings also bring to mind our current environmental crisis caused by the burning of petrochemicals.

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James Griffith, Strangers and Relatives 1, Tar on panel, 2018




Holiday Student Art Sale

Fri & Sat, December 14 & 15 | 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. 

Sun, December 16 | 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Barrett Art Gallery | SMC Performing Arts Center​

Here's your once-a-year chance to buy some truly unique works of art — prints, ceramics, jewelry, and more created by SMC art students — to keep for yourself or to give as gifts this holiday season.​​​

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