Upcoming Events

Critical Aesthetics: The First 10 Years

Film Series curated by Kelly Donahey and Ian Meares


October 1 – December 10, 2016

Locations and dates TBD

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. The film series celebrates over a decade of exhibited film installations that have included Yael... Read More
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After Before

By Sharon Hayes

Curated by Juli Carson


October 1 – December 10, 2016

Room Gallery

Opening reception: Saturday, October 1 from 2– 5 p.m. The UAG is proud to present – for the second time – the inaugural exhibition of our Critical Aesthetics Program: Sharon Hayes’ After Before. Originally commissioned in 2004, After Before constructs a quasi-documentary multi-channel film where two actors conduct interviews on the streets... Read More
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On this Island

Solo exhibition by Rosalind Nashashibi

Curated by Allyson Unzicker


October 1 – December 10, 2016

Contemporary Arts Center Gallery

Opening reception: Saturday, October 1 from 2– 5 p.m. The UAG is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Rosalind Nashashibi. The exhibition includes Nashashibi’s latest film Electrical Gaza presented on the west coast for the first time. Filmed in Gaza in 2014, the film’s nonlinear... Read More
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Jessica Chastain

Solo exhibition by Maura Brewer

Curated by Juli Carson


October 1 – December 10, 2016

University Art Gallery

Opening reception: Saturday, October 1 from 2– 5 p.m. The UAG’s Emerging Artist Series presents three filmic works by Maura Brewer each taking as its site a recent film by the actress Jessica Chastain: Zero Dark Thirty (2012), Interstellar (2014) and The Martian (2015). In all three films, Chastain plays a... Read More
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Embodied Encounters

Curated by David Familian and Simon Penny


October 1 – January 21, 2016

Beall Center for Art + Technology

Opening reception: Saturday, October 1 from 2– 5 p.m. This exhibition occurs in partnership with the Body of Knowledge conference at UCI: December 8-10, 2016 In Embodied Encounters, curators David Familian and Simon Penny address art-making practices in media arts via the new language of creative cognition. Drawing... Read More
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Music Workshop by Ingrid Laubrock and Tom Rainey

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016

4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

218 Music and Media Bldg (MoCap) University of California, Irvine

Please join us for a workshop on music and improvisation by renowned NYC-based musicians Ingrid Laubrock (sax) and Tom Rainey (drums). They are celebrating the release of their second duo recording Buoyancy (Relative Pitch Records) with a West Coast tour, including an appearance at the Angel City Jazz... Read More
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Music in Motion


October 12 - 20, 2016 10:00 am - 5:00 pmUCI Student Center, Crystal Cove Lobby


In collaboration with UCI Illuminations and The Pacific Symphony

Visit John Crawford’s interactive dance project at the UC Irvine Student Center's Viewpoint Gallery (at the Crystal Cove Auditorium lobby) October 12 - 20, 2016, sponsored by UCI Illuminations, the Chancellor’s Arts & Culture Initiative. A public art installation developed in collaboration with... Read More
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THEM! Drama Series

The Iliad: Menin (Rage)

Written by Homer with translation by Stephen Mitchell  Annie Loui, Director and Choreographer


October 13 – 16, 2016

Winifred Smith Hall

This dramatic movement piece is constructed in the style of CounterBalance Theatre, in which actors play multiple characters, as well as animals and architecture. Physical depictions of gods, monsters and nature personified are embodied by the ensemble of... Read More
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Fall 2016

STEAM Educators Luncheon at the Beall


October 15, 2016

11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Beall Center for Art + Technology 

  Designed for youth educators, program directors, and community outreach coordinators in Southern California, this luncheon will showcase STEAM-based public programs for kids available through UCI. Attendees will be treated to a curator-led walkthrough of the Beall Center for Art + Technology's current exhibition - "... Read More
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Marching Cubes

By Jesse Colin Jackson


October 20 – 22, 2016

Experimental Media Performance Lab (xMPL)

  Thursday, October 20: 5 – 8 p.m. Friday, October 21: 5 – 8 p.m. Saturday, October 22: 2 – 5 p.m. Marching Cubes is an interactive installation that permits direct physical engagement with the Marching Cubes algorithm—a language that defines our virtual environments—and generates dialogue about the ways in which information technologies... Read More
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Gassmann Electronic Music Series

Pamela Z


Friday, October 21, 2016 8:00 pm Winifred Smith Hall

Composer/performer Pamela Z performs an evening of solo works for voice, real time electronic processing, interactive video, and gesture controllers. The evening will include short works from her concert repertoire as well as excerpts from larger performance works such as Baggage Allowance and This Impossible... Read More
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Saturday Academy in Digital Music Production Workshop #1: Playing Music with Gestures


Saturday, October 22, 2016 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Music and Media Building


Work with award-winning singer, composer, computer musician, and Trevor School guest artist Pamela Z!  Students receive hands-on instruction in how to make and play music by means of gestures with wireless devices.  No instrumental or computer programming experience required!

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Trevor School Open House


October 27, 2016

5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

All Arts Campus

Celebrate the Arts and Trevor School with our annual open house! The event is a rich palette of performances which showcase the talents of our students and faculty. Art exhibitions, musical concerts, dance performances, dress rehearsals and more take place in various Trevor School venues. Get a behind the scenes look at the productions as you tour practice and... Read More
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The Art of Performance in Irvine

Curated and Directed by Ulysses Jenkins and Deborah Oliver


October 27 & November 3, 2016

Thursday, October 27, 2016: Fallen Fruit Thursday, November 3, 2016: It's Your Party by Nancy Buchanan

Experimental Media and Performance Lab (xMPL)

The second annual event includes two nights of live art and video featuring prominent UCI Art Department Alumni Nancy Buchanan and David Burns with Austin Young... Read More
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International Dance Festival

UCI Department of Dance

Beijing Dance Academy

Beijing Normal University

Shanghai Normal University


October 30 – November 6, 2016 Arts Campus Claire Trevor Theatre

The Department of Dance at UCI is proud to host Beijing Dance Academy, Beijing Normal University and Shanghai Normal University for a unique and exhilarating international dance festival.  There will be open... Read More
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Noon Showcase Concert


November 2, 2016

12:00 pm

Winifred Smith Hall

A free concert featuring outstanding performers from various disciplines in the Department of Music. Free Admission. Public is welcome.
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UCI Symphony Orchestra

The Defiant Sixth!

Dr. Stephen Tucker, Conductor

Friday, November 4, 2016 

8:00 pm

The famous Bill Medley Auditorium

Santa Ana High School

520 W. Walnut Street | Santa Ana, CA 

7:00 pm Pre-Concert Conversation The concert program will include:Overture to Die Fledermaus - Johann Strauss Jr. Symphony No.  6 - Dimitri ShostakovichValses nobles et sentimentales - Maurice RavelLa Valse - Maurice... Read More
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Jazz Concert: The UCI Small Groups

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 8:00 pm Winifred Smith Hall

The UCI Undergraduate Jazz Program is having its quarterly concert to showcase the Small Group student ensembles. There will be several groups under the direction of the Jazz Faculty. Please join us for an evening of exciting music and improvisation. Free admission. Public is welcome. (Photo by Skye Schmidt)
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THEM! Drama Series


Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown Book by Alfred Uhry Myrona DeLaney, Director Andrew Palermo, Choreographer Daniel Gary Busby, Music Director


November 12 – 20, 2016

Irvine Barclay Theatre

Parade tells the heart-wrenching, true story of Leo Frank: a Brooklyn-raised Jewish man living in Atlanta who was wrongfully convicted of the rape and murder of his thirteen-year-old employee, Mary Phagan, in 1913. Because... Read More
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UCI Wind Ensemble

Monday, November 14, 2016 8:00 pm Winifred Smith Hall

The UCI Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Kevin McKeown, performs both traditional and contemporary works written specifically for the wind band genre. Free admission. Public is welcome. (Photo by Greg Ozment)
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