Alumni In the News

Kori Newkirk, MFA 1997, Artist in Residence at Pasadena City College

Alumnus Kori Newkirk (MFA 1997) is currently Artist in Residence at Pasadena City College. A solo exhibition in the Boone Family Gallery accompanies this appointment. 

Center Stage with UCI Alum Jacob Ben-Shmuel

UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts has trained and molded many rising stars and artists of today, who have taken their talents to live out their dreams. The New University was able to talk with one of these alumni, Jacob Ben-Shmuel. He is currently starring in the touring cast of “The Book of Mormon,” which recently visited the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. In his national tour debut, Ben-Shmuel is the stand-by for the character of Elder Cunningham. He joined the company during late October in 2017. The New U talked with Ben-Shmuel about UCI, his journey to the stage, and what he learned along the way. 

Ken Gonzales-Day, MFA 1993, "Unseen: Our Past in New Light: Ken Gonzales-Day and Tituts Kaphar" exhibition at National Portrait Gallery

Ken Gonzales-Day, MFA 1993, is in a major 2-person exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery , "UnSeen: Our Past in a New Light: Ken Gonzales-Day and Titus Kaphar." The exhibition will be on view from Friday, March 23, 2018 through January 6, 2019.

As the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery marks its 50th anniversary, it will not only honor the past with special exhibitions but also shape the museum's next chapter. The first contemporary exhibition of the museum's anniversary season, "UnSeen: Our Past in a New Light: Ken Gonzales-Day and Titus Kaphar" examines how people of color are missing in historical portraiture, and how their contributions to the nation's past were rendered equally invisible. Focused around two contemporary artists, Ken Gonzales-Day and Titus Kaphar, the exhibition brings to the forefront African Americans, Native Americans and Latino Americans to amend America's historical narrative. Reworking traditional art presentations, Gonzales-Day and...

Grace Morrison (MFA 2016) will play the role of Viola in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

Pioneer Theatre Company presents William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, running Friday, March 30 through Saturday, April 14, 2018.

Grace Morrison, MFA 2016, plays Viola in her first PTC role. Her favorite regional credits include Kate in The Taming of the Shrew and Horatio in Hamlet with New Swan Shakespeare Festival. New York City-based ZACH FIFER plays Viola's twin Sebastian in his first Utah production.

The Art Department congratulates Liat Yossifor, MFA 2002, on the exhibition of her most recent paintings

The Art Department congratulates Liat Yossifor, MFA 2002, on the exhibition of her most recent paintings at Miles McEnery Gallery, opening in New York on Saturday, March 17. The exhibition will run from March 17 - April 14. 

In 2011, Liat Yossifor definitively turned her painting practice toward abstraction, and has since been making works that adhere to a specific formal approach. Limiting herself to three days to complete a painting, the time pressure turns into a kind of psychological pressure. In this way, her work becomes a self-conscious performance. Yossifor chases an elusive composition around the canvas, though she does not seek to achieve a composition that is thoroughly “resolved.” Her struggle to locate something creates contradictory forces that simultaneously push and pull the viewer.

The resulting monochromatic paintings are equally pictorial and physical. Using an alla prima (“at first attempt”) technique, Yossifor works within the durational...

Hong-An Truong MFA interviewed in Artforum about her recent work

Hương Ngô and Hồng-Ân Trương’s (MFA) work The Opposite of Looking is Not Invisibility. The Opposite of Yellow is Not Gold, 2016, pairs vernacular photographs of the artists’ mothers with texts from 1970s-era US congressional hearings regarding Vietnamese refugees. It is featured in “Being: New Photography 2018,” which will be on view at the Museum of Modern Art in New York from March 18 to August 19, 2018. Here, the artists discuss the political and personal impetuses behind their approach and how race, gender, and labor are often made invisible in cultural narratives.

Excerpts from an interview with Huong Ngo and Hong-An Truong

Jacob Ben-Shmuel (BFA 2017) comes home in the National Tour of "The Book of Mormon"

Jacob Ben-Shmuel (BFA 2017) comes home in the National Tour of The Book of Mormon, running at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts 20 March – 1 April 2018.

Alum James Luna (1950-2018)

James Luna (BA 1977) passed away on March 3. He was a highly influential Native American performance artist with an international reputation.

"Luna has had more than forty solo shows and participated in eighty-five group exhibitions. His work was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, the New Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Native Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico; and the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario; among other institutions. He was also the recipient of numerous awards, including a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation in 2017; a grant from Art Matters in 2014; an honorary Ph.D. from Santa Fe’s Institute of American Indian Arts in 2011; a Distinguished Visiting Faculty Award from the University of California, Davis, in 1994; and a Bessie Creator Award from the New York Dance Theatre Workshop in 1991."

Max Haymer to Perform at the Irvine Barclay Theatre in March

Max Haymer (BM, 2007) has been touring with jazz legend Arturo Sandoval. He will be performing with Sandoval at the Irvine Barclay Theatre on March 10. Haymer has toured internationally, performing at major jazz festivals and venues with a diverse range of renowned artists, and he has also released his debut recording as a bandleader, titled Pickpocket Witness, comprised entirely of Haymer's original compositions. Haymer is also a Lead Mentor for the LA Jazz Society's Bill Green Mentorship Program. 

Alumni and Faculty to be featured in Made in LA 2018 at the Hammer Museum

Opening June 3, Made in LA 2018, the Hammer Museum’s biennial survey exhibition of recent artwork from Southern Californian artists, is featuring two UCI alumni- Linda Stark (MFA 1985) and Alison O’Daniel (MFA 2010)- and one current UCI professor- Daniel Joseph Martinez- amongst its roster of 32 participating artists. 

 

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