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CORINNE CHAN AND MARIA GUERRERO IN CATALYST GALLERY

Catalyst Gallery presents Margins, a two-person exhibition featuring Corinne Chan and Maria Guerrero.

Opening Reception: Thursday, December 1, 2011 | 6 - 9 PM
Live Performance Happening by Marcus Tutt
Exhibition Dates: December 1 - December 9, 2011

Catalyst Gallery
ACT 2223
UC Irvine 


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SCREENING OF SHORT FILMS BY RICHARD NEWTON

Join The Humanities Collective for a screening of short films by artist Richard Newton in conjunction with Laguna Art Museum’s Pacific Standard Time exhibition Best Kept Secret: the Development of Contemporary Art in Southern California, 1964-1971.

Friday, December 9, 2011
6:30 p.m. reception, 7:00 p.m. film screening
University of California, Irvine
McCormick Screening Room at the Humanities Gateway Building

Richard Newton was born in Oakland, California in 1948. At UC Irvine he received his BA in 1970 and MFA in 1973. He currently lives in Pasadena, California where he continues to work in film and performance. “Almost everything I’ve done,” he says, “has to do with the personal, social context, and political context of my life.”

Film screening is free and open to the public.

Richard Newton - films

Fine Arts Plaza, 1970, B&W, silent, 2 minutes
I can still feel the space opening itself


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Open Book: A Lecture by Visiting Artist Barbara T. Smith

Barbara T. Smith, a pioneer in West Coast performance art, was born in 1931 in Pasadena, California.  She studied painting, art history, and religion at Pomona College and received her MFA from the University of California, Irvine in 1971.  With Nancy Buchanan, Chris Burden, and other of her cohort, Smith co-founded the student-run F-Space Gallery as a venue for experimental work that could not be staged on campus, such as Burden's notorious Shoot (1971).  Smith's own pieces emphasized ceremony and corporeality, as in Ritual Meal (1969) and Field Piece (1971).

It is a common characteristic of performance artists that they are captivating people, and Smith is no exception.  It is less a sense of theatricality or flair, as with an actor, than one of dimly perceived mystical knowledge.  Performance artists, particularly those of Smith's generation, tread closer than most to the danger zones of the human psyche, leaving them uniquely prone to both


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OPEN BOOK: A LECTURE BY VISITING ARTIST BARBARA T. SMITH

Barbara T. Smith, a pioneer in West Coast performance art, was born in 1931 in Pasadena, California.  She studied painting, art history, and comparative religions at Pomona College and received her MFA from the University of California, Irvine in 1971.  With Nancy Buchanan, Chris Burden, and other of her cohort, Smith co-founded the student-run F-Space Gallery as a venue for experimental work that could not be staged on campus, such as Burden's notorious Shoot (1971) and Smith's Nude Frieze (1972).  Smith's pieces often emphasized corporeality as in Field Piece (1971) and ceremony as in The Celebration of the Holy Squash (1971).

It is a common characteristic of performance artists that they are captivating people, and Smith is no exception.  It is less a sense of theatricality or flair, as with an actor, than one of dimly perceived mystical knowledge.  Performance artists, particularly those of Smith's generation, tread closer than


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BEST KEPT SECRET PANEL DISCUSSION

Best Kept Secret: UCI and the Development of Contemporary Art in Southern California, 1964-1971
Panel Discussion with Miles Coolidge, Tony DeLap, and Peter Frank
Laguna Art Museum
Sunday, November 13, 2011
1 PM


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CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Grand Opening: Wednesday, November 9, 2011, 5:30 PM
The campus and the community are invited to attend.

The highlight of 2011 will be the inauguration of the Claire Trevor School of the Art's New Media Arts Building. The five-story, 59,000-square-foot building will provide facilities for new types of technology-driven instruction, research, and performance space.  Included in the building are digital arts instruction labs, motion capture studio, visual design studio, rehearsal halls, art gallery, mixed-media performance space, sound design studio lab and offices. While all four departments in the School will benefit from new facilities in the building, of particular interest to Studio Art are the 22 new MFA studio spaces that open onto generous outdoor balcony spaces on the top floor, the Colloquium Room (which will serve as a forum for visiting artist talks and other such events), the Mixed- Media Performance Space (a large, highly


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VISITING ARTIST JANE DICKSON

Jane Dickson
The Architecture of Distraction
Monday, November 7, 2011, 12pm
Contemporary Arts Center Colloquium Room 3201

Jane Dickson is a painter of the American road and its psychological underpinnings.  Her mash-ups of painterly technique, Film Noir subject matter, and industrial materials such as vinyl, sandpaper, and Astroturf, provide glimpses of facts we often ignore.

Dickson's work was exhibited this year in LA at MoCA's The Art of the Streets and at Subliminal Projects Gallery in the Colab Show.  In 2010, her work was shown in the Kunsthalle Vienna's The Street as Studio in Austria and a tthe MacNay Museum in San Antonio, Texas.  She completed a permanent 68 life-size figure mosaic mural commission for the NYC MTA Times Square Station in 2008.  She is currently working towards 2012 exhibitions in Tokyo and New York City.

Dickson's work is owned by more than 20 museums, including the Met, MoMA, the


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