Art à la carte


Art à la carte, held in 2016-17, was a series of lectures by acclaimed speakers who inspired new ways of thinking about art, culture, and travel.  Speakers included:

Meher McArthur • The Contemporary Crease: New Expressions in Origami

Discover the intricacies of origami, reimagined by contemporary artists,
with a prominent Asian art curator, educator, and author.

Nigel McGilchrist • Europe North and South:
Art from the Low Countries 
to the Mediterranean

Join everyone’s favorite travel companion as he regales us with tales of
European destinations with rich artistic, architectural, and culinary traditions.

Paul Hayes Tucker • Making Art as a Septuagenarian:
Reflections on Monet’s Late Works

A world-renowned Monet expert takes us inside the heart and mind of the artist,
discussing some of Monet’s most beloved works including his Water Lilies series,
created in the artist’s later life.

Featured Speakers

November 4, 2016, Meher McArthur

meher-pic-2007Meher McArthur is an independent curator, author, and educator, who specializes in the art of Japan. She worked for nine years as Curator of East Asian Art at the Pacific Asia Museum, where she curated 15 exhibitions and several permanent galleries. Her most recent major exhibitions include Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami (traveling 2012–2016) and Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami (2015–2017). She is Creative Director for the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden in Pasadena. McArthur will lead an upcoming SBMA travel tour to Japan.


March 6, 2017, Nigel McGilchrist

nigel-mcgilchristNigel McGilchrist was born in Glasgow, educated in England, and for the past 30 years has lived and worked in Greece, Turkey, and Italy. He was educated at Winchester College and Oxford University. Between 2002 and 2009, he walked every path and village of the 60 inhabited Greek Islands in order to write a completely new Blue Guide to the archaeology, history, and ecology of the Greek Islands. A frequent guest lecturer at SBMA, Nigel will lead an upcoming SBMA trip to the Low Countries, focusing on Dutch and Flemish art and architecture.

May 19, 2017, Paul Hayes Tucker

tucker-headshot-fall-2011Paul Hayes Tucker is Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Boston where he taught for 36 years. A specialist in 19th and 20th century art, with a Ph.D. from Yale University, Paul is considered the leading authority on Claude Monet. He has written and edited 11 books, curated more than half a dozen international exhibitions, and contributed numerous essays to museum catalogues and art historical publications. The recipient of numerous academic awards, Paul has also been heard on NPR and has appeared frequently on television including Good Morning America, The Today Show, and The Charlie Rose Show. Now a resident of Santa Barbara, he is presently writing a textbook on modern art.