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Two more UCI faculty and alumni receive Guggenheim Fellowships

When a shiny sculpture of a rabbit by the most commercially successful living artist sold for a record-breaking $91 million at auction earlier this year, UCI art professor Daniel Joseph Martinez shrugged.

“We don’t remember the people who sold the most,” he says. “We remember the people who changed the trajectory of ideas.”

Two UCI artists were recently honored for doing just that. Martinez, a UCI professor for 29 years, and alumna Hồng-An Trương ’08, were among the 168 artists, writers and scholars selected from 3,000 applicants to receive The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship this year, recognizing both “prior achievement and exceptional promise.”

“To be in the legacy of all of the artists and scholars who have received the Guggenheim over the years, that’s an


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UC Irvine’s Room Gallery presents "Beirut Lab: 1975(2020)" in the Room Gallery

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UC Irvine’s Room Gallery presents Beirut Lab: 1975(2020) in the Room Gallery

IRVINE, Calif. – UC Irvine’s Universities Art Galleries (UAG) are pleased to present Beirut Lab: 1975(2020) or again, rubbed smooth, a moment in time__caesura. The exhibition will be on view in the Room Gallery, October 5 – December 14, 2019. 

In [a] Gödel universe, it is provable that there exist closed time-like curves such that if you travel fast enough, you can, though always heading toward your local future, arrive in the past. These closed loops or circular paths have a more familiar name: time travel. But if it is possible in such worlds, as Gödel argues, to return to one’s past, then what was past never passed at all.
Palle Yourgrau, A World without Time, 2004

When we look


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UAG presents "B L U E W A V E" by the late artist Lutz Bacher

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B L U E  W A V E  L u t z  B a c h e r

"You are here and you have me and we are daring and desperate and dangerous operatives saving the world and planning the destruction of evil"

IRVINE, Calif. – UC Irvine’s University Art Galleries is pleased to present B L U E  W A V E  L u t z  B a c h e r in multiple exhibition spaces including the University Art Gallery (UAG) and the Contemporary Art Center (CAC) gallery, and across campus including the lobby of the CAC and multiple computer labs. The exhibition is the final large-scale multimedia installation of the late artist’s forty-year career, produced in the seven months before her death in May 2019. The exhibition features never before seen work, including Moskva (2019), which consists of nearly 100 prints, acting as the centerpiece of the show. The


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A Tribute to Tony DeLap, honoring the life and work of a brilliant artist and educator

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A Tribute to Tony DeLap, honoring the life and work of a brilliant artist and educator

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A Tribute to Tony DeLap. UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts, Laguna Art Museum, Orange County Museum of Art, and Parrasch Heijnen Gallery will hold a public tribute to celebrate the life and work of the late Tony DeLap who passed away on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at his home in Corona del Mar, California. The memorial will take place on Sunday, September 8, 2019, at 1 p.m. at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. Friends, family, and colleagues will share stories and memories to honor DeLap’s legacy and the many facets of the artist’s life as a family man, teacher, magician, and revered California artist. A hosted reception will follow the program.

WHEN/WHERE:
1 p.m. Sunday, September 8, 2019, Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, CA 92612. UCI Student Center Parking Structure, 311 W


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Tony DeLap, pioneering West Coast figure in abstract art, dies at 91

Via Los Angeles Time, June 1, 2019

"Tony DeLap, the Orange County artist who helped to define West Coast minimalism through his meticulous exploration of the intersection of sculpture and painting, has died. He was 91.

DeLap died Wednesday at his home in Corona del Mar, said his studio assistant and archivist, Robin Johnson..."


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What They Found: Our Contributors Share Their 2018 Discoveries

"Ashley Clark, film programmer and critic

In March, acting on a recommendation from the website Screen Slate—an increasingly essential resource in this rep coverage–starved age—I took myself to Manhattan’s Electronic Arts Intermix to see a shorts program by a grandly named video and performance artist whose work had hitherto escaped my notice: Ulysses S. Jenkins. The L.A.-based Jenkins was an early adopter of consumer-grade video cameras and used this emergent technology to conjure idiosyncratic portraits of African-American life that challenged dominant—that is to say largely racist and reductive—depictions. “Idiosyncratic,” it must be said, barely begins to describe the pick of the program, Two-Zone Transfer (1979), a discombobulating fever dream starring Jenkins and friends (including artist Kerry James Marshall), and involving blackface and minstrel imagery, hideous rubber masks (Richard Nixon!), religious preaching, an indefatigable smoke machine, and


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All Hands on Deck for Boat Building

by Gustavo Arellano, Alta

With his proto-Fu Manchu mustache, bright eyes, salt-and-pepper hair, sporty brown vest and Australian accent, Simon Penny seems like he should be a BBC documentarian.

But he’s actually a UC Irvine professor. And a boatbuilder. And the boat he’s building is not just some pleasure craft.

For the past two years, Penny has been constructing — from scratch — a modern-day version of a proa, the Micronesian outrigger boat renowned in the sailing world for its dexterity and speed.

“To call them ‘canoes’ is a misnomer,” Penny says excitedly. “We’re not talking a kayak here. It’s the craft that humans explored a third of the planet in. We forget this. The colonial narrative is that the Micronesians just were blown to other islands. But they knew where they were going. These are humans, right?”

He has named the boat Orthogonal, and he describes the project as “a case study in decolonialized, sustainable design practice.”

The


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