Faculty In the News

Deborah Oliver Curated Show at the LACE Gallery

Continuing Lecturer of Art Deborah Oliver curated the show Irrational Exhibits 9 at the LACE Gallery in Los Angeles. The show includes performances, installations and videos and features work from UCI Alumni Flora Kao (MFA 2012), Juan Meneses (BA 2015), and Bradford Chan Prairie (BA 2016). Irrational Exhibits 9 is a one night live art exhibition opening on June 8, 2016. LINK.

Drama Professor Receives Top Billing

Drama Professor Receives Top Billing

May 5, 2016

In 1965, Robert Cohen, a young dramatist intent on gaining a tenured professorship, faced a choice between offers from UC Berkeley or the fledgling UC Irvine, sprouting amid cow pastures and orange groves.

He chose the latter. “It was close to the beach,” recalled Cohen.

Habitually looking forward rather than back, the UCI community did that for the Laguna Beach resident Sunday when he and Lorna, his wife of 43 years, were awarded the third Claire Trevor Commemorative Star, to be placed at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts.

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Daniel Joseph Martinez Offers a Front-Row Seat to a Famous Artistic Murder - Starring Himself

April 23, 2016

Walk into Roberts & Tilton gallery in Culver City and you will stumble into a murder scene. A man lies dead in a bathtub. His wild-eyed assailant stands behind him, knife in hand, ready to strike again in case the deed is not done. Another figure reaches toward the murderer, futilely trying to put a stop to the death that has just transpired. The ghastly scene is a sculptural installation by Los Angeles artist Daniel Joseph Martinez that riffs on one of the most famous paintings in Western history: Jacques-Louis David's late 18th century masterpiece "The Death of Marat"...

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Kojiro Umezaki and the Silk Road Ensemble Release New Album with Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble recently released the new album, Sing Me Home. Associate Professor of Music Kojiro Umezaki is a member of the Silk Road Ensemble and contributed to this album. Sing Me Home is a companion album, developed and recorded for the documentary, The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble. LINK. 

Joe Lewis has a New Installation at The Phatory

Professor of Art Joe Lewis has a new installation at The Phatory in New York. The installation entitled Mutant Monkey Business will be on view starting May 1 – May 22, 2016. LINK.

Things are looking up for Orange County's Trio Céleste

A good thing to know about Trio Céleste, though not absolutely necessary, is how to pronounce the name.

“I don’t even know how to correctly pronounce it, there you go,” the group’s cellist Ross Gasworth quips. The other two members, pianist Kevin Kwan Loucks and violinist Iryna Krechkovsky, quickly chime in. It’s “Say-lest,” they say, though “Seh-lest” is fine by them, too. Where did the name come from? The first time the group played was during a harvest moon, a “celestial event.”

The three of them showed up the other morning at an Irvine eatery to sip coffee and talk about recent developments, like the release of their first album, on Navona Records. The group, ensemble-in-residence at UC Irvine, seems on the verge of a breakout. Already busy on chamber music series throughout California, the trio recently signed with New York management, which will pursue out-of-state opportunities.

The non-profit organization they run, Chamber Music | OC, which promotes...

Monica Majoli Featured in Mousse Magazine

Professor of Art Monica Majoli was featured in the April 2016 issue of Mousse Magazine. LINK.

Connie Samaras has Two Exhibitions at UC San Diego

UC Irvine Professor of Art Connie Samaras currently has two exhibitions running at UC San Diego. The exhibitions are titled, Connie Samaras: Speculative Landscapes, and feature Samaras’ photography and video from the series Edge of Twilight, V.A.L.I.S, and After the American Century. LINK.

Ulysses Jenkins in ‘BACKSTORY’ in Art in America Magazine

Professor of Art Ulysses Jenkins is in BACKSTORY by Kerry James Marshall. The article describes his time at Otis Art Institute of Los Angeles County with fellow artists Ulysses Jenkins, Greg Pitts, and Ronnie Nichols.

BACKSTORY by Kerry James Marshall

For a New ‘Rainbow,’ Donald McKayle Is Still Explaining

The most ferocious sound in the room at the David H. Koch Theater was coming from an 85-year-old man in a wheelchair. But the years melted away as that man — Donald McKayle, the modern dance and Broadway choreographer known for exploring African-American themes in his work — watched a recent rehearsal of “Rainbow ’Round My Shoulder,” his 1959 masterwork about life on a chain gang, with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company…

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