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1888 Center will feature a reading and showing of artwork by Antoinette LaFarge

This presentation focuses on Burning Time, a graphic book collaboration between writer Jonathan Alexander and artist Antoinette LaFarge, UCI Art Faculty that explores the intimacies of imagined memory and sexuality. The book consists of cycle of 8 poems and 8 associated panoramic paintings to tell the story of a young gay man arriving in New Orleans in the late 1950s to start a new life. Text and image interweave to evoke a particular time and place while also summoning the timelessness of self-exploration and desire— experience reimagined as mythic adventure. In this presentation, Alexander and Lafarge read poems and present art from the book, discuss their collaboration, and consider the possibilities of multimedia for queer storytelling.


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UCR Arts Exhibition Examines Architecture and Painting

A new exhibition heading to UCR Arts invites viewers to contemplate the distinctions between architecture and painting.

Kevin Appel’s paintings explore the relationship between architecture and the painted image. Using photographs of tangled rebar as a ground on which to build his painting, he applies layers of paint that act as screens, compressing the perceived space and bringing to the forefront the inseparability of an artwork’s medium and the final image.


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First Glimpse: Introducing The Buck Collection at the UCI Institute and Museum for California Art

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First Glimpse: Introducing The Buck Collection at the UCI Institute and Museum for California Art

Curated by Kevin Appel, Stephen Barker, and Cécile Whiting
On View: September 29, 2018 – January 5, 2019
Opening Reception: September 29, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

IRVINE, Calif. (August 24, 2018) – The UCI Institute and Museum for California Art will host a ‘First Glimpse’ of The Buck Collection – an exquisite but long hidden collection of California art – at the UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts.

“The First Glimpse exhibition will unveil this astonishing collection of California art and shed light on its mysterious collector, Gerald Buck,” said Stephen Barker, Executive Director of the UCI Institute and Museum for California Art. “This is also the first step in a larger project – creating a


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Ella de Búrca's FLAT AS THE TONGUE LIES bids sound, text, kinetic sculpture and video

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UC IRVINE’S CLAIRE TREVOR SCHOOL OF THE ARTS PRESENTS FLAT AS THE TONGUE LIES, A SOLO EXHIBITION BY ELLA DE BÚRCA

IRVINE, Calif. – UC Irvine’s Room Gallery is pleased to present new works by Ella de Búrca in her first U.S. solo exhibition Flat As The Tongue Lies, as a part of the University Art Galleries (UAG) Emerging Artist Series. The exhibition will open Saturday, September 29, 2018, with a reception from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

In Flat As The Tongue Lies, Ella de Búrca presents an installation of sound, text, kinetic sculpture and video. Using the structure of a three-act play, the installation explores the formation of meaning through reading, writing, and speech. The exhibition begins with Prelude, a sound piece that echoes the artist’s voice, leading you through a


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14 Art World “Bad Boys” Whose Macho Work Was Impossible to Ignore

At the height of Performance Art, University of California Irvine student Chris Burden asked a friend to shoot him in the arm with a .22 rifle. He titled the action Shoot (1971). The friend was supposed to just graze the artist’s skin. Instead, the bullet passed straight through. (Two years later, Burden would stage a second gun-related art outing; he went to LAX and shot at a plane flying overhead, calling the performance 747.)


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Simon Penny publishes " Making Sense: Cognition, Computing, Art, and Embodiment"

Making Sense: Cognition, Computing, Art, and Embodiment By Simon Penny. Why embodied approaches to cognition are better able to address the performative dimensions of art than the dualistic conceptions fundamental to theories of digital computing.


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Alexis Smith (BA 1970) to be honored at Venice Family Clinic Art Walks & Auction

The 39th annual Venice Family Clinic’s Art Walk & Auctions honors three world-renowned Venice-based artists: this year’s signature artist Alexis Smith (BA 1970) along with honorees Sam Durant and Ed Moses, posthumously. Venice Art Walk takes place on Sunday, May 20, from noon to 6pm at Google Los Angeles, 340 Main Street, Venice, CA 90291 and is the largest public event held by the tech giant. Guests can enjoy free, firsthand access to the city’s internationally renowned art scene and all winning bids in the silent art auction raise vital funds that directly impact the lives of people in need of health care.

A highlight of the 2018 Venice Family Clinic’s Art Walk & Auctions is the celebration of LA-based collage and installation artist Alexis Smith. Emerging from the LA art scene in the 1970s, she went on to exhibit extensively at prestigious museums around the world. Known for her meticulously crafted and colorful mixed-media collages, Smith has focused on universal


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Marcia Hafif, Painter of Monochromatic Works, Is Dead at 88

Marcia Hafif, an artist best known for monochromatic paintings that explored the intersection of color, brush stroke, surface and light, died on April 17. She was 88.

In 1969, Ms. Hafif returned to the United States to attend the University of California at Irvine, where she earned a master of fine arts degree in 1971.

“I took those two years at U.C.I. to explore other things, to see, read, study, meet people, make work,” she told The Orange County Register in 2011. “That was extremely useful to me and changed my way of thinking about painting. Afterward, I went back to painting, but I was painting with a different view.”


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Simon Leung participating in symposium, Art and Imperialism, at Public School Los Angeles

Simon Leung, Professor and Associate Chair of Graduate Studies in the Department of Art, will be participating in the Art and Imperialism symposium at Public School Los Angeles on April 29, 2018.

 


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Noritaka Minami MFA 2011 and Ashley Hunt BA 1994 awarded Graham Foundation Grant

Graham Foundation awarded over $530,000 in grants to individuals which included Noritaka Minami MFA 2011 and Ashley Hunt BA 1994.

Ashley Hunt - Degree of Visibility

Degrees of Visibility tackles the politics of erasure and camouflage that allow mass incarceration to take place through photography, text, and community partnership. Starting with an unprecedented survey of the architecture of mass incarceration, the project juxtaposes photography of over 250 prisons across all 50 US states and territories with histories, anecdotes and numbers—presenting a meditation on race, vision, photography, history, language, and space. Following ongoing research into the post-War shift toward camouflage in contemporary prison architecture, each facility is photographed from a publicly available point of view, seeing how it is situated among architecture, land uses, and with varying degrees of visibility and concealment. The exhibition includes a national tour that partners with


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Simon Leung Resident Faculty at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture

Simon Leung, Professor and Associate Chair of graduate studies in the Department of Art, will be resident faculty at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculputre this summer.


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Simon Leung to give lecture at Manetti Shrem Museum at UC Davis

Simon Leung, Professor and Associate Chair of Graduate Studies in the Department of Art, is giving a lecture, Simon Leung: To squat a country, to find the next Bed. at the Manetti Shrem Museum at UC Davis on April 20, 2018. 

 


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Kori Newkirk, MFA 1997, Artist in Residence at Pasadena City College

Alumnus Kori Newkirk (MFA 1997) is currently Artist in Residence at Pasadena City College. A solo exhibition in the Boone Family Gallery accompanies this appointment. 


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Laguna Art Museum’s centennial honors artist Tony DeLap

Just as DeLap’s art influenced and inspired new generations of younger artists, so too did his efforts in the classroom. DeLap taught and mentored some of today’s most notable contemporary artists, including Bruce Nauman, John McCracken and James Turrell. But while he pioneered art forms and founded a major artist community at UC Irvine, he never sought out the same level of attention as some of his contemporaries. For him, teaching, creation and experimentation were enough.

 


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Ken Gonzales-Day, MFA 1993, "Unseen: Our Past in New Light: Ken Gonzales-Day and Tituts Kaphar" exhibition at National Portrait Gallery

Ken Gonzales-Day, MFA 1993, is in a major 2-person exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery , "UnSeen: Our Past in a New Light: Ken Gonzales-Day and Titus Kaphar." The exhibition will be on view from Friday, March 23, 2018 through January 6, 2019.

As the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery marks its 50th anniversary, it will not only honor the past with special exhibitions but also shape the museum's next chapter. The first contemporary exhibition of the museum's anniversary season, "UnSeen: Our Past in a New Light: Ken Gonzales-Day and Titus Kaphar" examines how people of color are missing in historical portraiture, and how their contributions to the nation's past were rendered equally invisible. Focused around two contemporary artists, Ken Gonzales-Day and Titus Kaphar, the exhibition brings to the forefront African Americans, Native Americans and Latino Americans to amend America's historical narrative. Reworking traditional art presentations, Gonzales-Day and


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The Art Department congratulates Liat Yossifor, MFA 2002, on the exhibition of her most recent paintings

The Art Department congratulates Liat Yossifor, MFA 2002, on the exhibition of her most recent paintings at Miles McEnery Gallery, opening in New York on Saturday, March 17. The exhibition will run from March 17 - April 14. 

In 2011, Liat Yossifor definitively turned her painting practice toward abstraction, and has since been making works that adhere to a specific formal approach. Limiting herself to three days to complete a painting, the time pressure turns into a kind of psychological pressure. In this way, her work becomes a self-conscious performance. Yossifor chases an elusive composition around the canvas, though she does not seek to achieve a composition that is thoroughly “resolved.” Her struggle to locate something creates contradictory forces that simultaneously push and pull the viewer.

The resulting monochromatic paintings are equally pictorial and physical. Using an alla prima (“at first attempt”) technique, Yossifor works within the durational


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Hong-An Truong MFA interviewed in Artforum about her recent work

Hương Ngô and Hồng-Ân Trương’s (MFA) work The Opposite of Looking is Not Invisibility. The Opposite of Yellow is Not Gold, 2016, pairs vernacular photographs of the artists’ mothers with texts from 1970s-era US congressional hearings regarding Vietnamese refugees. It is featured in “Being: New Photography 2018,” which will be on view at the Museum of Modern Art in New York from March 18 to August 19, 2018. Here, the artists discuss the political and personal impetuses behind their approach and how race, gender, and labor are often made invisible in cultural narratives.

Excerpts from an interview with Huong Ngo and Hong-An Truong


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Alum James Luna (1950-2018)

James Luna (BA 1977) passed away on March 3. He was a highly influential Native American performance artist with an international reputation.

"Luna has had more than forty solo shows and participated in eighty-five group exhibitions. His work was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, the New Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Native Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico; and the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario; among other institutions. He was also the recipient of numerous awards, including a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation in 2017; a grant from Art Matters in 2014; an honorary Ph.D. from Santa Fe’s Institute of American Indian Arts in 2011; a Distinguished Visiting Faculty Award from the University of California, Davis, in 1994; and a Bessie Creator Award from the New York Dance Theatre Workshop in 1991."


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Alumni and Faculty to be featured in Made in LA 2018 at the Hammer Museum

Opening June 3, Made in LA 2018, the Hammer Museum’s biennial survey exhibition of recent artwork from Southern Californian artists, is featuring two UCI alumni- Linda Stark (MFA 1985) and Alison O’Daniel (MFA 2010)- and one current UCI professor- Daniel Joseph Martinez- amongst its roster of 32 participating artists. 

 


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The ambiguities of Daniel Joseph Martinez’s blunt statements.

"Not so much the imagery but the title of Daniel Joseph Martinez’s recent exhibition at the Roberts & Tilton gallery (newly renamed Roberts Projects) in Culver City, California, led me to wonder about that sense of identification between a male artist and his female subject that Flaubert and Williams are supposed to exemplify—although in the case of Martinez, the subject is not fictional but a historical personage. The exhibition was called “I am Ulrike Meinhof or (someone once told me time is a flat circle).” Leaving aside for a moment the show’s more obviously riddling subtitle, what could Martinez mean by his “Ulrike Meinhof, c’est moi”? It would be wise not to answer too quickly: Martinez has a history of hanging his work on blunt first-person statements that get more ambiguous the closer you look at them. One of them has kept me pondering for almost 25 years."


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