The Warplands, Cauleen Smith
Curated by Rhea Anastas
Jan 14, 2017 to Mar 25, 2017

Reception: Saturday, January 14, 2017 -
2:00pm to 5:00pm

Cauleen Smith. Processional Declaration, 2015. Courtesy of the artist and Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago.

How – right now, today – can we care for U.S. everyday social life? This exhibition combines two areas of recent work by filmmaker Cauleen Smith. For the show, Smith created a film from her research on the influence of the music and life of Alice Coltrane (1937-2007), a film visually keyed to a recording of a notable Coltrane composition. PILGRIM, 2017, joins three pieces drawn from an area of Smith's work best described as activist response, a multiplicity of work rooted in Chicago, where Smith has lived since 2011. These works differ in their effects, taking on the locations (public, the street, the worldwide web) and functions of activism (being loud, using your body, making informal networks for self-education and information dissemination)...


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"Who Gets To Look," Erik Benjamins and Sable Elyse Smith
Curated by Virginia Arce
Jan 14, 2017 to Feb 11, 2017

Reception: Saturday, January 14, 2017 -
2:00pm to 5:00pm

Who Gets to Look

The University Art Gallery is pleased to present Who Gets To Look, an exhibition featuring audio recordings and text by Erik Benjamins and video and sculpture by Sable Elyse Smith. Working within different geographic settings and social environments, each artist’s work actively disrupts forms of spectatorship associated with tourism and violence. Coalescing in the space of the gallery, these works call into question the conditions that make it possible for viewers to temporarily occupy a space in the field of the other.

 

Gathered across various public sites in Chengdu, China, Erik Benjamins’Chengdu Field Recordings undercuts conventional models of sightseeing abroad, prompting viewers to reconsider the nature of tourism and what defines...


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Presence in Absence
Curated by Nicolas G. Miller, Danielle Nieves, Renée Reizman, and Corrie Siegel
Jan 14, 2017 to Feb 11, 2017

Reception: Saturday, January 14, 2017 -
2:00pm to 5:00pm


We can learn from each other. Kindness is radical. Introspection is social and gathering together encourages deep thought and connection. From January 14 - February 11, Room Gallery will be a welcoming space for the UCI Community and public to reflect upon our current moment through four distinct curatorial projects. These projects range from an archive of garments, sound works addressing public legislation, the writings of an Amazon.com reviewer, and an invitation to contribute to an ongoing collective art project about relationships to home. Though each project functions as a distinct unit, they are united by their interest in what remains in our cultural memory and what is forgotten. Throughout the run of the exhibition each curator wil...


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After Before by Sharon Hayes
Curated by Juli Carson
Oct 01, 2016 to Dec 10, 2016

Reception: Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 2:00pm
After Before, 2005, Performers: Kemba Bloodworth and Ewa Einhorn, video still.

Commissioned as the first exhibition in the UAG’s Critical Aesthetics Program, Hayes’s After Before constructed a quasi-fictional, quasi-documentary multi-channel film, in which two figures interview people on the streets of New York City throughout the month of September 2004 – just two months before the 2004 US Presidential Elections – in an attempt to illuminate the state of the nation.  Interrogating mythic and imagined constructions of “nation,” “people” and “choice,” the interviewers also interrogate their own desire for knowledge and communication.  As an artwork, moreover, After Before engaged and disrupted the libidinal temporality intrinsic to that unique moment of all elections: a single day – much anticipated – that would shape the future of the na...


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On This Island by Rosalind Nashashibi
Curated by Allyson Unzicker
Oct 01, 2016 to Dec 10, 2016

Reception: Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 2:00pm
Rosalind Nashashibi, Electrical Gaza, 2015, video still

The University Art Gallery is pleased to present On this Island, a solo exhibition by Rosalind Nashashibi. Nashashibi’s films challenge perceptions that form around closed communities and the parallel realities that form within them. The exhibition consists of two films including her most recent Electrical Gaza, presented on the west coast for the first time. Originally commissioned by the Imperial War Museum, Electrical Gaza was filmed during the artist’s trip in 2014, directly before Israel’s military operation against Hamas-ruled Gaza. The film portrays footage of everyday life, which cuts intermittently between live action animation. As a result of the siege from both Israel and Egypt, Gaza exists as an island onto itself defined by extremely tight border...


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Jessica Chastain by Maura Brewer
Curated by Juli Carson
Oct 01, 2016 to Dec 10, 2016

Reception: Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 2:00pm
Maura Brewer, Zero Dark Birthday, 2014, video still, courtesy of the artist

The latest in the UAG’s Emerging Artist Series presents three filmic works by Maura Brewer, produced between 2014 and 2016. Each work takes as its site a recent film by the actress Jessica Chastain, starting with Zero Dark Thirty in 2012, followed by Interstellar in 2014 and the ending with the 2015 film The Martian. In all three films, Chastain plays a similar character: a high-achieving career woman who is dedicated to the pursuit of a non-romantic male counterpart, from Osama Bin Laden to Mark Watney (Matt Damon). In each case, Chastain’s role speaks the language of popular feminism; her talent and work ethic has propelled her into a successful career in a largely male realm. She makes choices that drive forward the action of the plot. But Chastain’s agency...


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Aztlán to Magulandia: the Journey of Chicano Artist Gilbert 'Magu' Luján
Curated by Hal Glicksman and Rhea Anastas
Oct 07, 2017 to Dec 16, 2017

Reception:

Preview event in September 2017 to be announced
UC Irvine’s University Art Galleries (UAG) will present the first survey of one of the most iconic figures of the Chicano art movement, Gilbert “Magu” Luján (1940–2011) and an accompanying publication. One of the founding members of the Chicano artists collective Los Four, Luján is known for his coloration and visual explorations of Chicano culture and community that drew upon and brought to life various historic and contemporary visual sources with startling results: Pyramid-mounted low riders driven by anthropomorphic dogs traversing a newly defined and mythologized L.A. He was part of a small group of dedicated artists and intellectuals who set about defining a Chicano identity and culture as part of the Civil Rig...


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Sensuous Discontent: Critical Aesthetics The First 10 Years film series
Curated by Kelly Donahey and Ian Meares
Oct 11, 2016 to Nov 01, 2016

Reception:
Koki Tanaka, A Piano Played by Five Pianists at Once (First Attempt), 2012

The University Art Gallery’s Critical Aesthetics Program – the tripartite investigation of art, politics, and theory – has featured internationally renowned artworks by mid-career artists since 2005. Critical Aesthetics: The First 10 Years celebrates over a decade of exhibited film installations in the UAG that have included works by Yael Bartana, Molly Corey, Andrea Geyer, Adria Julia, Yoshua Okon, Dorit Margreiter, Florian Pumhösl, Constanze Ruhm, Koki Tanaka, Kerry Tribe, and Erika Vogt. The Critical Aesthetics Program was founded by Juli Carson.

 

Sensuous Discontent: Critical Aesthetics The First 10 Years

The production took the subject matter and the incidents shown and put them through a process of alienation:...


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A Conversation in Three Parts: Notes on the Occasion of the Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement
Curated by Amy Sanchez-Arteaga
Apr 15, 2016
Reception: Friday, April 15, 2016 -
10:00am to 3:00pm


Participate in the discussion and activation of contributions from: Notes on the Occasion of the Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement, a bilingual anthology reflecting on what it means to inhabit the spaces we call Southern California and Northern Mexico 20 years after NAFTA’s implementation.

 

Anthology Contributors:

Antena
Alicia Garza
Manuel Paul López
Cristina Rivera-Garza
Pepe Rojo
Amy Sanchez-Arteaga
Ultra-Red
 

Schedule:

Location:        Student Center—Moss Cove Room A

10:30AM        Part 1: Contributor Readings

                      Readings and Discussion with contributors Pepe Rojo, Manu...


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always keep footprints between you and the sun
Curated by Juli Carson and Daniel Joseph Martinez
Mar 31, 2016 to Apr 15, 2016

Reception: Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 6:00pm

The University Art Gallery is pleased to present the 12th Annual Juried Undergraduate Exhibition.

 

When you track, you pick up a string. At the far end of the string a being is moving, existing, and still connected to the track you gaze on – the movement that’s still contained in the track - along with the smallest of details that helps you become the very prey you track.

 

No form alone defines tracking.  Its means can either be analog or digital, realistic or abstract, while its ends are equally unfixed.  On any given day, it is used by cyber agents to keep tabs on persons of interests; forlorn lovers to reunite with a long lost betrothed; or even artists and writers as they attempt to trace their existence from one canvas or page to another.  As...


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