The Vastness is Bearable

In his book, Contact (1985), noted astronomer and science writer, Carl Sagan wrote, “She had studied the universe all her life, but had overlooked its clearest message: For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.” Inspired by this quote and the themes of the book—contact between humanity and a more technologically advanced, extraterrestrial life form—the third annual exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara’s satellite location at Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara features artists who contemplate the vastness of the cosmos. Whereas last year’s exhibition looked to the mysteries of the sea, this year’s presentation gazes up, featuring artists whose works reflect human fascination, curiosity, and awe with the universe.

Participating artists include: Rodolfo Choperena, Russell Crotty, Ala Ebtekar, Desirée Holman, Cassandra C. Jones, and Vargas-Suarez Universal.

Special Thanks to:

Josh Blumer, AB Design Studio, Santa Barbara, CA; Ginny Brush, Santa Barbara County Arts Commission, CA; Casa Magazine, Santa Barbara, CA; Historical Landmarks Commission, Santa Barbara, CA; Hotel Indigo, Santa Barbara, CA; Milpas Rentals, Santa Barbara, CA; Montecito Journal, CA;Santa Barbara Independent, CA; Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, CA; Santa Barbara Sentinel, CA; Barry Winick, Winick Architecture + Design, Santa Barbara, CA; Visual Art in Public Places Committee, Santa Barbara, CA; Nathan Vonk, Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative, CA; and Youth Interactive, Santa Barbara, CA.

MCASB Satellite @Hotel Indigo SB

From 2012 – 2018, Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB) programmed year-long exhibitions and events at a satellite location at Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara, a boutique art hotel that combines historic Santa Barbara architecture and a sleek modern style. Functioning as an extension of the Museum, the MCASB satellite site offered world-class exhibitions and public programs to hotel guests and a larger segment of the community—free of charge.

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