Painted Lady
Solo exhibition by Ariel McCleese
Jan 13, 2018 to Feb 10, 2018
Reception: Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

They exist as two opposed shapes of consciousness; one is the independent consciousness whose essential nature is to be for itself, the other is the dependent consciousness whose essential nature is simply to live or to be for another. The former is lord, the other is bondsman.

G. W. F. Hegel


Painted Lady is a video and text installation that engages with the Hegelian formation of lordship and bondage as a feminist site. The video establishes the lord as a pair of black-gloved hands, while the golden chrysalis occupies the role of the bondsman. The hands exert their power over the chrysalis through a violent act: one part science experiment, one part snuff film. The text that accompanies the video identifies the gloved hands as belongi...


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: Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 2:00pm



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 dedicate...


Schmitt, You and Me by Omar Mismar
Curated by Juli Carson
Oct 07, 2017 to Dec 16, 2017
Reception: Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 2:00pm

Nowadays…the political is played out in the moral register. It still consists in a we/they discrimination, but the we/they, instead of being defined with political categories, is now established in moral terms.  In place of a struggle between ‘right and left’ we are [problematically] faced with a struggle between ‘right and wrong.’

– Chantal Mouffe, On The Political, 2005


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.


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...


MFA Thesis Exhibitions: Part II
Kelly Donahey, Jason Gowans, and Reinhart Selvik
May 20, 2017 to Jun 03, 2017
Reception: Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 2:00pm

The Department of Art at the University of California, Irvine presents the solo exhibitions of Kelly Donahey, Jason Gowans, and Reinhart Selvik. This is the second round of 2017 MFA thesis exhibitions.


Idola Theatri

Kelly Donahey — University Art Gallery

Stirring Battle Scenes. U.S. troops and “Indians” take part, including the famous generals and chiefs engaged in the Battle of Greasy Grass. Exhume gold in the Black Hills of North Dakota. Historical! Educational! Of more than ordinary interest to the public. Living Picturesque reproductions combined for an Effective Illustration of Wild Western Life. Projections! Sound! See Comanche, the horse discovered with more than a dozen wounds in its hide. The sole survivor of Custer’s army. Witness...


Simple Wares // Tessellating Tones: Facets of Practice, Consideration and Mediation
Organized by Ian Meares
May 05, 2017
Reception: Friday, May 5, 2017 - 10:30am

Please join us for a dialogue which positions screenings, presentations, and moderated exchanges of seven contributors to the forthcoming anthology: Diagrams of Adjacency: Formation – Pyrometrics – Currency. This anthology is organized as a response to the prescriptive conventions circulating through current practices in ceramics, art, and cultural theory. The anthology and panel will bend—and perhaps break—those conventions by foregrounding the aesthetic, political, and theoretical propositions made by its contributors. This event gathers together a broad spectrum of positions represented in the anthology, scaffolding out an enfranchising dynamic, one that is decentered, not preoccupied with how things should be, and open to possibilities. The artists will introduce their work...


MFA Thesis Exhibitions: Part I
Mariah Csepanyi, Maura Murnane, and Christina Tsui
Apr 29, 2017 to May 13, 2017
Reception: Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 2:00pm

The Department of Art at the University of California, Irvine presents the solo exhibitions of Mariah Csepanyi, Maura Murnane, and Christina Tsui. This is the first round of 2017 MFA thesis exhibitions.


\\ ALWAYS BIGGER (semper maior) //

Mariah Csepanyi — Contemporary Arts Center Gallery

It started as an interest in her grandfather’s stolen ancient marble column and a phrase he whispered in her ear—semper maior. From there a landscape began to take shape in the form of a dark ride. Mariah Csepanyi’s surreal installation is guided by the logic of her vivid reoccurring dreams, where the artist finds herself a thousand years in the future forced to help a group of people struggling to survive after their empire has collapsed. Playing...


13th Annual Guest Juried Undergraduate Exhibition
Juried by Ulysses Jenkins and Amanda Ross-Ho
Apr 06, 2017 to Apr 22, 2017
Reception: Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 6:00pm

The University Art Gallery is pleased to present the 13th Annual Guest Juried Undergraduate Exhibition. The exhibition showcases a selection of works by current undergraduate students at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts. Encompassing painting, sculpture, photography, video, installation, and performance, the exhibition reflects the diversity of the student population and their interdisciplinary approaches to artmaking.


The 13th Annual Guest Juried Undergraduate Exhibition is juried by Ulysses Jenkins and Amanda Ross-Ho.


Selected artists: David Benson, Da Yae Kim, Jaren Ko, Yuwei Liu, Eduardo Sanchez, Giselle Daneshmand, Eunice Edigin, Nathalia Fagundes, Ana Gasparyan, Olivia Hengesbach, Brandon Honjio, Veronica Preciado, Arthur B...


Able Zhang
Apr 06, 2017 to Apr 22, 2017
Reception: Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 6:00pm

WU SONG DI: A SOLO EXHIBITION, 2027 performatively presents a series of artworks credited to a fictional artist. Taking place in the year 2027, a “docent tour” – lead by artist Able Zhang – guides the audience through a chronological retrospective of Wu Song Di’s artworks displayed in Room Gallery.  Zhang’s docent presentation is comprised of stream of consciousness observation of the works, which constructs the audience’s own consciousness of the displayed artworks in order to “construct” an image of the fictional Wu Song Di.


The exhibited artworks, in turn, critically examine human existence through identity, memory, mortality, cultural identification, historical justification, collective recognition and the feasibility of permanence. Taken to...


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)...


"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...