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'Urban Light': Everything you didn't know about L.A.'s beloved landmark

The artwork, one of the city's most popular landmarks, turns 10 this month. To mark its first decade, the museum has switched from incandescent light bulbs to LEDs, a birthday gift from the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.

It’s something that the late Burden’s wife, Nancy Rubins, said would have pleased the artist.

“Chris was a super proponent of the environment and that LEDs can be found, now, to the exact same light and intensity and color and tone that the initial light bulbs gave off, I think it would be marvelous for him,” she said. “Because that’s what drew him to the piece. It was light.”


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Daniel Joseph Martinez has been selected for the Vancouver Biennale

Professor Daniel Joseph Martinez has been selected to be featured at the Vancouver Biennale in July.


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Professor Daniel Joseph Martinez has been selected for the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency

Professor Daniel Joseph Martinez has been selected for the very prestigious Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency for the summer. He will begin new projects in Italy.


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Celebrating a Leader of Chicano Art

"That’s what Gilbert Luján loved to create. The late artist, who went by the nickname “Magu,” was a pioneer in the Chicano art movement in Los Angeles starting in the 1960s. A member of the Chicano art collective Los Four (which, ironically, later gained a fifth member in Judith Hernandez), he created murals in East Los Angeles and eventually the rest of the city. His mainstream work included helping design the Hollywood/Vine Red Line Metro station before his death in 2011."


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SoCal Sculptor Eric Johnson Brings Wood and Resin Masterpieces to Doyle Arts Pavilion

The work of second-genteration "Finish Fetish," or "L.A." Look," arist Eric Johnson, MFA, will be on view at Orange Coast College's Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion from February 8 until April 7 in an exhibit entitled "Helix2: Sculptures by Eric Johnson."

Johnson - whose art combines shipwright-like woodworking with the resins of hot rods, aerospace industry, and surfboards, alll allusiions to his family history and youthful activities from the 1960s and 70 - is well-known in the art world for large-scale sculptues that incorporate elements of mathematics, biology, physics and cosmology.

"Helix2"  is curated by former OCC art instructor and alumus Tom Dowling.


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UCI Art Department Alum Alexis Smith's Exhibition at Pepperdine’s Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art

January 20 - April 1, 2018

For over 40 years, Alexis Smith's art has explored the depths of popular culture. She begins with an array of images—ranging from thrift-store finds to nostalgic advertisements—and juxtaposes them with poetic and poignant texts. Her art underscores how the media shapes our self-image and reminds us that meaning is often fugitive and always surprising.


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Artforum names UCI faculty and alum in the "Best of 2017" issue

Congratulations to the Department of Art faculty and alumni from the were recently named in Artforum's “Best of 2017” issue.

Rhea Anastas (faculty)
Curator Jamillah James selects Cauleen Smith’s  "Lessons in Semaphore", curated by Rhea Anastas at UCI’s University Art Galleries, as one of the years 10 best exhibitions. (p.160)

Alice Wang (lecturer)
Curator and writer Venus Lau selects exhibition at Capsule Shanghai as one the year's 10 best. (p.171)

Amanda Ross-Ho (faculty)
Cat Kron reviews her recent exhibition “My Pen is Huge” at Mitchell, Innes & Nash. (p.194)

Keith Mayerson


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Two UCI Art Department MFA alumni, Sarah Ross and Jonas Becker, are joining the faculty at School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) this fall.

 

School of Arts Institute of Chicago is proud to announce 13 new full-time faculty members representing diverse artistic techniques, media, and practices that will focus on SAIC's indisplinary studies. Among these 13, are MFA alumini Jonas Becker and Sarah Ross joining the faculty. 

 Jonas Becker is an Assistant Professor in the Photography department. Becker is an interdisciplinary artist whose  projects span photography, video installation, sculpture, and community engagement. Their work explores how beliefs form around specific sites and geographies. Becker is interested in these landscapes as an intersection of personal identity, cultural mythologies, and political power. Becker’s most recent projects focus on rural America, questioning what is natural and the relationship between humans, technology, and the environment. Becker has a Bachelor of Arts from Smith College and a Master of Fine Arts from University of California, Irvine.

Sarah Ross is an


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Preview: Aztlán to Magulandia: The Journey of Chicano Artist Gilbert "Magu" Luján

Enjoy this preview of the art exhibition Aztlán to Magulandia: The Journey of Chicano Artist Gilbert "Magu" Luján featuring Stephen Barker, Dean of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts; Hal Glicksman, co-curator; Rhea Anastas, co-curator; and Naiche Luján, Magu's son and respresentative for the estate of Gilbert "Magu" Luján.

Film by Will Yang.
Artwork used with permission from the estate of Gilbert "Magu" Luján.

This exhibition has been made possible by the generous support of The Getty Foundation as part of the Getty Museum's Pacific Standard Time: Los Angeles/Latin America (LA/LA) exhibition.


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"Schmitt, You and Me" by Omar Mismar

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UC IRVINE’S CLAIRE TREVOR SCHOOL OF THE ARTS PRESENTS SCHMITT, YOU AND ME BY OMAR MISMAR

IRVINE, Calif. (October 3, 2017) – UC Irvine’s Room Gallery is proud to present Omar Mismar’s video installation Schmitt, You and Me as part of the UAG’s Emerging Artist Series, curated by Juli Carson and presented in the Room Gallery.

Mismar’s body of work – equally influenced by conceptual art, critical studies and design – is project driven. His process entails drifting through a given city, clinging parasitically onto different frameworks and situations, wherein he forms temporary alliances to the space and the publics he encounters. His latest video installation, Schmitt, You and Me, is a result of one such “drift.” While residing in Skowhegan, Maine, Mismar frequented a local gun


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Opening celebration for PST: LA/LA exhibition Aztlán to Magulandia: The Journey of Chicano Artist Gilbert “Magu” Luján at UCI

 

MEDIA ADVISORY

Opening celebration for PST: LA/LA exhibition Aztlán to Magulandia:
The Journey of Chicano Artist Gilbert “Magu” Luján
at UCI

EVENT:
Celebration for the opening of Aztlán to Magulandia: The Journey of Chicano Artist Gilbert “Magu” Luján exhibition, part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA Initiative. Guests will be able to view the exhibitions in the CAC Gallery and UAG Gallery as well as enjoy live entertainment and activities for all ages. Actor and art aficionado, Cheech Marin, will make an appearance and say a few words about his friend Magu.

WHEN/WHERE:
2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Saturday, October 7, 2017. Mesa Parking Structure, 4000 Mesa Rd., Irvine, CA 92697 (grid D-3 on campus map: https://communications.uci.edu/documents/pdf/UCI_16_map_campus.pdf).


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Jennifer Bornstein joins the UCI Art faculty

The Department of Art is very pleased to announce the newest addition to the faculty, Jennifer Bornstein.

Recognized professionally by awards such as the Foster Prize (Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston), a Radcliffe Fellowship (Harvard University), and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award, Jennifer Bornstein is an artist with an exceptionally strong record of producing work in a variety of media associated in ways both material and conceptual with photographic processes. Bornstein is a deeply committed instructor as well, having taught extensively at such well-recognized institutions as Pasadena's Art Center College of Design, Yale University and, most recently, Harvard University, from whom she received the Harvard Bok Teaching Award for excellence in teaching.

Bornstein's international exhibition record includes solo exhibitions in highly respected venues including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Fargfabriken Center for Contemporary Art, Stockholm


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Faculty Amanda Ross-Ho in New York

Mitchell-Innes & Nash is pleased to present an exhibition of installation, sculptures, and paintings by Los Angeles-based artist Amanda Ross-Ho: MY PEN IS HUGE, on view from September 7 to October 14, 2017. The exhibition is the gallery’s third solo exhibition with the artist, and will feature an installation of works that Ross-Ho will produce on-site at the gallery during the month of August including fabricated, oversized objects, and a series of paintings based on works on paper created over the past year.

Ross-Ho’s distinctive and diverse practice broadly engages material culture and artifacts of everyday life and work. For over a decade, her work has explored the ecology of the studio as a primary subject, engaging it through close forensic examination and reflexive call and response. Past works have imported the architectural entirety of the studio into galleries and museum spaces, enacted meticulous theatrical reenactments of authentic activity, and systematically


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University Art Gallery Catalogues for sale online!

The University Art Gallery (UAG) is now offering a collection of catalogues for sale though its website. The collection currently includes Ed Moses: Cross-Section (2015) and will feature the upcoming Aztlán to Magulandia: The Journey of Chicano Artist Gilbert ‘Magu’ Luján (2017) this Fall.

 

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ED MOSES: CROSS-SECTION
Essays by Kevin Appel, Juli Carson and Barbara Rose 
Edited by Juli Carson
Published by © 2015 University Art Gallery, UC Irvine Ed Moses: Cross-Section traces the common thematic thread binding Moses’s prolific and continuous act of exploration through painting, from the 1960s to present. In so doing, the philosophical continuity of the artist’s disparate visual strategies are framed, strategies the artist has repeated and contradicted, as his investigation into the painted form has changed direction or reversed course over the past five decades. Featuring dynamic color plates of the work and


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Professor Daniel Joseph Martinez participating in HOME - So Different, So Appealing at LACMA

Daniel Joseph Martinez will be participating in HOME - So Different, So Appealing: Art from the Americas since 1957 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Organized in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, HOME - So Different, So Appealing features U.S. Latino and Latin American artists from the late 1950s to the present who have used the deceptively simple idea of "home" as a powerful lens through which to view the profound socioeconomic and political transformations in the hemisphere. 

Martinez will be represented by two monumental and involving sculptural installations: The House that America Built (2004/2017) and the west bank is missing, i am not dead, am i (2008/2017). 

HOME - So Different, So Appealing is organized by the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and curated by Chon Noriega, Director, UCLA Chicano Studies Research


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Rosalind Nashashibi, Featured in UAG show "On This Island" curated by Allyson Unzicker, nominated for Turner Prize

This morning, Tate Britain revealed that the four nominated artists for the 2017 Turner Prize are Hurvin AndersonAndrea BüttnerLubaina Himid, and Rosalind Nashashibi.

The jury is formed by Dan Fox, co-editor of Frieze Magazine; the art critic Martin Herbert; LUX director Mason Leaver-Yap; and Emily Pethick, director of the Showroom, London.

Like in recent years, the resulting shortlist features three women and just one man. What’s remarkable this year is that all nominees are over 40—


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Opening Reception for Heather Rasmussen & Tomory Dodge

Opening reception: Saturday, May 13, 2017, 3-6 PM

ACME. is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new works by Los Angeles based artist Heather Rasmussen. Included in the show are recent photographs, sculptures, and video. Greatly influenced by Hans Breder, Ujj Zsuzsi and Rene Magritte in this new body of work, Rasmussen remade one of each of their pictures, in order to walk in their footsteps. From this recitation of surreal and visceral images, Rasmussen was able to develop new forms and methods in her studio for her current photographs and sculptures. Rasmussen relays through photographs and sculptures her interest in what it is to have a body as a woman and as a dancer, and what it is to live among a messy accumulation of things. She choreographs scenes using her own body, plaster casts of her legs and feet, oddly shaped vegetables, and collection of possessions that are loaded with personal and historical meaning. The objects shift between apparent states of movement,


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Arts and Engineering Students Place Fourth in Prestigious National Contest

Arts and Engineering Students Place Fourth in Prestigious National Contest

Team Focuses on Environmental Sustainability and 3D Printing

Irvine, Calif. (April 24, 2017) – A group of undergraduate students from the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and the Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA) participated in the TCU Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures® Competition taking a fourth place honorable mention and $2,500 prize out of 56 competing teams. The annual competition is a unique opportunity for undergraduate students from around the world to pitch plans for businesses, products or services that make a profit while also benefiting the environment, the community, or a particular population. The competition is held at Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth, Texas and presented by the Neeley Entrepreneurship Center.

The UCI team’s mission is to make 3D printing sustainable. Their entry in the contest, Closed Loop Plastics


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Kevin Appel Solo Exhibition at Christopher Grimes Gallery

Opening Reception for the Artist: Saturday, March 18, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Christopher Grimes Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new works by Kevin Appel. Appel’s new series of paintings begin as primary arrangements: cut-out paper forms referencing the portholes of Jean Prouvé’s Maison Tropicale are combined with Appel’s own photographs of fragments of his previous works, landscapes, and images of Paolo Soleri’s Arcosanti. These forms are constructed into soft, sculptural collages on the studio wall that are photographed at close range and then printed onto canvas. Multiple layers of geometric and gestural marks are silkscreened and hand painted over these flattened images creating a rhythm within the painting while obfuscating the original subject matter.

Appel’s paintings are prismatic collages, an investigation of new and old imagery engaged in a recursive conversation where images and forms are pulled from one canvas and used in another, their


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