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Chiasmus: Zones of Political and Aesthetic Imagination (Opening Reception)

"...Political art does not constitute itself by blurring the borders between the registers of the aesthetic and the political, but, conversely it can only communicate itself meaningfully by crossing these borders." - Helmut Draxler

Continuing, the UAG's Critical Curatorial Exhibition Series, Chiasmus brings together eleven international artists working in such diverse mediums and strategies as: theatrical intervention, installation art and video, lyrical minimalism, sculptural systems, serial abstraction and gestural painting. In the exhibition, the viewer is invited to cross the borders between aesthetic and political concerns.  This crossing occurs in the form of a dialogue that takes place between the viewer and the artwork - which continues between the artworks themselves - an operation traced by the discerning viewer.  In the context of the current political landscape - from the Arab Spring to Occupy Wall Street to the Citizens


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

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 Renaissance Movement


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FLORA KAO AT INTERSECTION FOR THE ARTS

Here Be Dragons: Mapping Information and Imagination
Intersection for the Arts
Opening Reception: October 21, 2011, 7 - 9PM
October 21, 2011 - January 14, 2012


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YVONNE RAINER AT DIA:BEACON

Yvonne Rainer
Performances at Dia:Beacon
Saturday, October 22, 2011, 1pm and 3pm
Sunday, October 23, 2001, 1pm and 3pm


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ALEXIS DISSELKOEN AND PAUL PESCADOR AT WORKSPACE

What Have I Done to Deserve This
Workspace
Saturday, October 22, 2011, 2 - 6 PM

Workspace presents What Have I Done to Deserve This, curated by Paul Pescador (MFA '12) and featuring performances by Karen Adelman, John Burtle, Alexis Disselkoen (MFA '11), Paul Pescador and Christa von Sydow.


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FLORA KAO AND SOPHIE LEE AT 1019 WEST

HANGING GARDENS
1019 West
Opening Reception: October 9, 2011, 2 - 5PM
October 9 - 23, 2011
Closing Reception: October 23, 2011, 1 - 4PM


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BRUCE YONEMOTO AT THE JAPANESE AMERICAN NATIONAL MUSEUM

Drawing the Line: Japanese American Art, Design & Activism in Post-War Los Angeles
Japanese American National Museum
Opening Reception: October 15, 2011, 5:30 - 8PM
October 15, 2011 - February 19, 2012


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