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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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Professor Daniel Joseph Martinez in Exhibition for the Hammer Museum Biennial

Professor Daniel Joseph Martinez will be featured in the upcoming Made in L.A. 2018 of the Hammer's biennial exhibition.

Made in L.A. 2018 is the fourth iteration of the Hammer’s biennial exhibition, continuing to highlight the practices of artists working throughout Los Angeles and the surrounding areas. The exhibition is organized by Hammer curators Anne Ellegood and Erin Christovale. The exhibition will be accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue, as well as a full roster of free public programming.


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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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New University higlights the University Art Galleries

The University Art Galleries premiered three new exhibitions on Jan. 13 which will be open for visitation until Feb. 10. These exhibitions explore a variety of topics and themes and provide immersive elements to place you into the artist’s world. The exhibits are as follows: “Painted Lady,” a solo exhibition by Ariel McCleese; “Do You Want to Quit? Intimacy, Site, Self” curated by Erin Gordon; and “Matters of Time” curated by Brianna BakkeBest. Each exhibit seeks to challenge and encourage visitors to reconsider preconceptions of abstract concepts such as time, self-consciousness and the internet as a flimsy site for discourse, among others.


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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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