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Visiting Artist: A.L. Steiner

A.L. Steiner is a Brooklyn-based artist who uses constructions of photography, video, collage, installation, collaboration, performance, writing and curatorial work as seductive tropes channeled through the sensibility of a cynical queer eco-feminist androgyne.

"Ms. Steiner is, like Nan Goldin, Terry Richardson or Ryan McGinley an astute photographer of intimacy.  Unlike them she avoids any connotation of exploitation, intrusion, self-indulgence or sensationalism.  Her images are utterly straightforward about their true content, which is nothing more or less than equality."         - Roberta Smith, NY Times

Steiner is a collective member of Chicks on Speed ("Creating under all difficult circumstances"), the co-curator of Ridykeulous ("Confusing the world, one post at a time."), a co-organizer of Working Artists and the Greater Economy [W.A.G.E.] - "working to draw attention to economic inequalities that exist in the

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Edgar Arceneaux + Rob Fischer

University of California, Irvine  Graduate Studio Art Lecture Series Perfect Lovers
Visiting Artists:  Edgar Arceneaux and Rob Fischer
Tuesday, March 16th at 4:00pm
ACT (Arts, Culture and Technology) Courtyard
open to the public
Not your traditional artist talk: participants will work with Edgar and Rob to build a temporary, portable video viewing room, evoking both artists' ongoing practices dealing with the built environment and art.  Participants will be invited to screen their videos in the space during the event.
Edgar Arceneaux lives and works in Los Angeles.  He received his BFA from Art Center College of Design in 1996, and his MFA from CalArts in 2001.  In addition to his recent position as the Director of the Watts House Project, he has shown his drawings, sculptures, and installations in solo exhibitions at ArtPace, San Antonio, Texas; The Kitchen, New York; at the San Francisco

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Cheryl Dunye Screening | The OWLS

Monday, March 1st
Humanities Gateway, Building 1070
McCormick Screening Room

Free and Open to the Public

Reception at 6:00PM

Cheryl Dunye, Director of  The Watermelon Woman and My Baby's Daddy, will attend this University of California Irvine screening event.

A generational anthem for Older Wiser Lesbians, aging revolutionaries in a world they cannot control. A funny, humane look at the bonds that restrain, and the dreams that remain.
Organized by the Gladys Bentley Research Unit, and the Department of Studio Art, with thanks to Professor Yvonne Rainer.

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Doug Ischar | Pushing the Lens | Visiting Artist Lecture

Wednesday, March 3rd
Art Studio, Building 722
Room 165

Pushing the Lens: Conceptual Practices in Photography

Since the early 1990s, Doug Ischar's work has focused on the potentials of video and sound in ever more distilled manifestations. Following large multi-media installations such as Orderly (1994) and Wake (1996), Ischar turned to more minimal forms. His 1997 project for InSite (San Diego/Tijuana) used a high school basketball court as locale for a multimedia meditation on adolescent homosexual desire. 

His 2001 work, ground, uses twenty-four channels of audio to replicate the sound of a gallery floor being swept. His 2005 public installation, Water Music, explores the relationship between personal and artistic histories of the Pacific Rim cultures in which Ischar lived as a child. 

Since 2007, Ischar has been producing single-

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JOE SOLA -- Grin and Bear It: Joe Sola's Performance Work

Feb. 11, 2010 6 pm
UCI Studio Art Bldg. room 160

Joe Sola's most recent exhibitions are: Hard Targets: Masculinity and Sport at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art 2008-9.  He is represented by Happy Lion gallery in Los Angeles, Blackston Gallery in New York City, and Hilary Crisp in London.

CONSTANZE RUHM -- In an Act, There Is No After: On the Project Series X
Feb, 25, 2010 6 pm
Orange County Museum of Art Auditorium

Constance Ruhm focuses on contemporary forms of an art practice established around the relation of cinema and New Media with an emphasis on notions of identity, representation and (feminist) film theory.  Ruhm will have a solo exhibition at Engholm Engelhorn Gallery Vienna this year.

KERRY TRIBE -- Image an Amnesia: Recent Work By Kerry Tribe
Mar. 4, 2010 6


In an Act there Is No After: On the Project Series X Characters

Constanze Ruhm
UC Irvine UAG / Room Gallery and Orange County Museum  of Art Presents:
The artist will speak after the screening.
Feb. 25, 2010 at 6 pm  in the OCMA Auditorium
"In film noir, there is a proliferation of point-of-views and a struggle within the text for one viewpoint to gain hegemony. For the image of women in these films, this may have a number of different implications." (Women and Film Noir, E. Ann Kaplan)
850 San Clemente DriveNewport Beach, California 92660
Phone | 949-759-1122
Admissions Desk: ext. 243

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Saturday, February 6th, 2010
Admission is free

2692 South La Cienega Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA

Matthew Bakkom was born in Minneapolis in 1968. Starting in the early 1990s, working as a visual artist in North America and Europe, he has participated in exhibitions at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia and the Queens Museum of Art, New York. Bakkom has received awards of support from the Jerome Foundation, Bush Foundation, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs of the City of Paris. The creative interpretation of archives often serves as the basis for his work.

Bennett Simpson is Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles, where he recently co-curated the exhibitions Collecting


MARK HOSLER : ADVENTURES IN ILLEGAL ART: Creative Media Resistance and Negativland

Lecture / Performance by Mark Hosler
February 4th, 2010
McCormick Screening Room
Humanities Gateway Building, Room 1070
Reception:  6:00PM
Performance:  7:30PM
Admission is free and open to the public.

In this 90-minute presentation (followed by Q&A) Mark Hosler presents a video and story-telling performance about the work of Negativland, made in collaboration with a number of experimental filmmakers. Hosler, a founding member of the group, illustrates the many creative projects, hoaxes, pranks. and "culture jamming" characteristic of Negativland's work. The presentation covers issues of media-literacy, creative and humorous anti-corporate art/activism, the role of advertising and corporate power in our lives, intellectual property issues, and the evolution of art, law and resistance in a media saturated multi-national world. None of the short films shown will ever be seen on TV and much of it is visually in the same

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Penelope Umbrico | Pushing the Lens | Visiting Artist Lecture

Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Art Studio, Building 722
Room 165

Pushing the Lens: Conceptual Practices in Photography

Penelope Umbrico's work is as much a study of photography as it is photography. She looks for images in the public realm that depict ideas of beauty, status, intimacy and love - specifically those images that elicit desire. The focus is on publicly accessible often corporate, or corporate-sponsored "private" spaces promoting idealized life-styles. Through re-photographing, scan, and screen-capture, Umbrico selects details in the images that point to a deflation or rupture in the idealized fictions. Collecting, compiling, de-contextualizing and re-contextualizing this material, makes Umbrico a 21st Century archivist, and through her re-appropriation of the imagery the viewer is confronted with a new perceived value, meaning and function. She has had solo and

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VIDEO DADA | An exhibition and project by Martha Gever

January 7- February 6, 2010
Opening Reception
Thursday, January 7, 6-9 pm
University Art Gallery

VIDEO DADA: No repeat of history, not neo-Dada, but still wreaking havoc with conventional parameters of art.  Nowadays inventive, intelligent, and aesthetically sophisticated videos can be seen far afield, outside traditional art venues like museums and galleries.  And artists circulate their videos on a much wider scale than that achieved by any television network.  VIDEO DADA asks how these changes complicate the conceptual and aesthetic contours of art. The exhibition features 300 plus videos -- playing on eight screens -- by individual artists and art collectives that circulate in the hurly-burly multiverse of the internet.  Some serious, some humorous, and some both at once, these works exercise manifold strategies: absurd drama, wry animation, politically astute collage, wild performance, and uncategorizable others.  Some play with music; some

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