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Visting Artists: Stanya Kahn + Jedediah Caesar

University of California, Irvine
Graduate Studio Art Lecture Series  Perfect Lovers
Visiting Artists:  Stanya Kahn and Jedediah Caesar
Wednesday, April 14th at Noon
ACT (Arts, Culture and Technology) 160
Stanya Kahn
As a videomaker, performer and writer, Kahn combines storytelling with visceral performances, blurring the lines between the fictional and the real to show how language is forged out of trauma. Her new body of work aims beyond the notion that humor alleviates bad feelings in bad times, proposing that bad times can reconfigure our language and the way we make meaning, thus giving rise to new forms of articulation. Paralleling the ways in which jokes compress and expand meaning, Kahn organizes her narratives along the lines of a psycho-emotional unpacking. Less concerned about linear time or plot arcs, she makes full use of the moving pictures' spectacle of

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Shirin Neshat: Women Without Men

Monday, April 5
6:30pm, Reception
7:00pm, Artist Talk and Conversation
Humanities Instructional Building (HIB), Room 100
UC Irvine
Admission is free and open to the public.

Shirin Neshat, in conversation with Simon Leung, will be discussing past work and current projects, including Women Without Men, her first feature length film and the winner of the Silver Lion Award at the 66th Venice International Film Festival in 2009.

Shirin Neshat is perhaps the most famous contemporary artist to emerge from Iran.  Known for her hauntingly beautiful explorations of Islam and gender relations, Neshat has created provocative expressions drawn on her personal experiences in exile, and on the widening political and ideological rift between the West and the Middle East.

Neshat has won numerous awards,

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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