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THE RADICALIZATION OF A '50s HOUSEWIFE: A SOLO PROJECT BY BARBARA T. SMITH

The Radicalization of a 50s Housewife revisits Barbara T. Smith's transgressive artwork Birthdaze, produced in 1980 and later performed on the occasion of the artist's 50th Birthday. Combining elements of Catholic hagiography with Eastern Tantric ritual, the performance symbolized Smith's journey away from 50s society life towards 60s feminism, avant-garde culture and beyond.  In addition to the original artwork, this exhibition features archival material documenting Birthdaze's making, illuminating Smith's political and aesthetic intentionality for the first time.   The Radicalization of a 50s Housewife further positions Birthdaze as the result of Smith's life's work – both as a feminist and an artist – beginning in the conservative post-war period of the 50s, through the cultural revolution of the 60s/70s and culminating in the nascent moment of the Reagan era, when the culture wars were looming on the horizon. Curated by Juli Carson


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...AND EUROPE WILL BE STUNNED: A FILM TRILOGY BY YAEL BARTANA

The UAG is proud to present the US premiere of Yael Bartana’s ... and Europe will be stunned.   This exhibition was the official Polish participation at the 54th International Art Exhibition in Venice. It is also the inaugural event to be held in the Contemporary Arts Center Gallery at UC Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts.  Bartana’s trilogy aesthetically references propaganda films of the 1930s, which, when presented as a gallery installation, collectively deconstruct a group of ideological positions that contributed to the founding of Israel – European anti-Semitism, Colonialism, Socialism, and Zionism.  In so doing, the historical origin and development of Zionism, vis-à-vis Israel’s contemporary political stance toward the Palestinians, is scrutinized.  Key to the installation is the viewer’s geographical transportation from Israel/Palestine to Poland, which is enacted in Bartana’s films through a fictional political movement, “The Jewish


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ULYSSES JENKINS AT LOS ANGELES CONTEMPORARY EXHIBITIONS

Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions presents Black Gold Fever, Ulysses Jenkins' multi-media performance ritual utilizing video projections, dance, music and spoken word. 

October 13, 2011, 7-9pm


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YARON HAKIM AND MORGAN WELLS IN STEVE TURNER'S LOS ANGELES ARTIST MAP

Steve Turner Contemporary presents Steve Turner's Los Angeles Artist Map, which features 24 studios of emerging artists, including current graduate student Yaron Hakim and alumnus Morgan Wells.

October 1 - 2, 2011


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JENNIFER BERGER AND STACY KRANITZ AT OCCCA

Orange County Center for Contemporary Art presents You First, a group exhibition curated by Rob Mintz and Dalibor Polivka.  The show includes current graduate students Jennifer Berger and Stacy Kranitz.

October 1 - 29, 2011

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 1, 2011, 5-10pm


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JOSH CHO AND PAUL PESCADOR AT THE NEW WIGHT GALLERY

UCLA Department of Art presents Circulate, Exchange: Nugget & Gravy at the New Wight Gallery. 

September 22 – October 6, 2011
Opening Reception: Thurs, September 22, 58pm

The exhibition Circulate, Exchange: Nugget & Gravy features the work of 17 artists from Southern California MFA programs, including the works of alumni Josh Cho and current MFA student Paul Pescador.  The works in this show manifest themselves as commodity fetish, exchange, currency, labor, relational sociability, and sharing. In the context of this show, the marketplace is a medium, a moment of reaction, a place of negotiation, and a thing to ignore.

Curated by


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BOOK LAUNCH AND DISCUSSION WITH JULI CARSON AND BRUCE YONEMOTO

MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House presents a book launch and discussion with Studio Art professors Juli Carson and Bruce Yonometo on Thursday, September 15, 2011, from 7pm to 9pm.

Please join us for a conversation, book launch, and work in progress screening with art historian and professor Juli Carson and artist and professor Bruce Yonemoto. The evening will feature a short reading from Carson's newest book The Limits of Representation: Psychoanalysis and Critical Aesthetics (Buenos Aires: Letra Viva Press, 2011), a screening of their collaborative film in progress, The End of the World at the Edge of the Earth, and a discussion in the Schindler House courtyard.

About the Book
Juli Carson's bilingual book The Limits of Representation: Psychoanalysis and Critical Aesthetics (Buenos Aires: Letra Viva Press, 2011


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AARON VALENZUELA at EM & Co

EM & Co presents NEW BODIES, a show featuring works by Studio Art graduate student Aaron Valenzuela.  The show runs from August 26 to September 21, 2011.  Opening reception on Friday, August 26, 7-10pm.

Aaron Valenzuela's work interrogates consumer culture, fashion histories, and language.  He focuses on the body as a utilitarian vehichle in order to reveal possibilities between organic/inorganic, excess/restraint, and lifestyle aspiration.

This series of paintings entitled NEW BODIES, acrylic layered on photographic images, were created after a few years of working in retail, as he became increasingly disheartened by the corporate process and the repetitiveness of the compositions in the fashion displays.  His works re-examine fashion imagery, in itself a simulacrum.  These paintings also served as


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MAURA BREWER AND NORITAKA MINAMI in GLAMFA 2011

California State University, Long Beach presents GLAMFA 2011.  The show features current work in painting, video, sculpture, relational aesthetics and installation by 30 artists, including recent Studio Art graduates Maura Brewer and Noritaka Minami.  The Opening reception will be held on Sunday, September 4, from 4pm to 8pm.  The show runs from August 29 to September 8, 2011.


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