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 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 belonging to...


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Do You Want to Quit? Intimacy, Site, Self
Curated by Erin Gordon
Jan 13, 2018 to Feb 10, 2018
Reception: Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

“Your words are no longer merely what you have to say—they are your very presence, they’re what manifests you in the virtual world, and how you use them, consequently, tends to shape that world’s perceptions of you in much the same way how you look frames what the real world thinks.”

—Julian Dibbell, My Tiny Life: Crime and Passion in a Virtual World

 

The University Art Gallery is pleased to present recent works by Morehshin Allahyari, Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings, and Angela Washko. Their respective practices take a critical look into issues of feminist embodiment through technology, the ethics of the archive and preservation, and the Internet as a tenuous site of interaction, research, and discord. During a moment when Net Neutrality in the United S...


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Matters of Time
Curated by Brianna Bakke
Jan 13, 2018 to Feb 10, 2018
Reception: Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Neïl Beloufa . Samara Golden . Kameelah Janan Rasheed . Fern Silva . Pascual Sisto . MICA TV . Los Angeles Contemporary Archive .

 

What can time heal? What can only time tell?

Matters of Time positions the group exhibition form as a locus to challenge conventional concepts of time as a linear progression. This exhibition will feature artwork that materializes the durational in a way that does not render a moment, but translates a semblance of time, an image that evokes a sensorial response activating an awareness of shifting conditions. Moments are suspended rather than depicted, moving us to consider wider contexts of before, after, and consequences.

 

Matters of Time presents a deeper look at the image’s capacity for developing ret...


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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: 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 dedicated artists and intellectuals who set about defining a Chicano identity and culture as part of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. The UAG’s retrospective will focus...


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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...


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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...


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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...


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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...


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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...


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WU SONG DI: A SOLO EXHIBITION, 2027
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...


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