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Litia Perta Named 2015-16 UCI Hellman Fellows

Assistant Professor of Art Litia Perta’s two-part research project, entitled “Tidal Kinships,” explores the relationship between art and art criticism. The first phase, “Writing Bodies,” will kick off the fall program of the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in New York City. A sister event, “Just Speak Nearby: The Politics & Practice of Art Writing,” will convene artists, scholars, curators and writers on the UCI campus next winter. “I am thrilled and honored to receive such generous support,” said Perta, who came to UCI in 2013. “I look forward to using my Hellman Fellowship to bring a wide community of artists and scholars to participate in the extraordinary intellectual life at UCI.”...

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35 Years After Fashion Moda, a Bronx Gallery Revisits the Landmark Space

by Tiernan Morgan on August 6, 2015

1978. Weary of the Soho art scene, artist Stefan Eins decided to open a new art space in the South Bronx. The space was named Fashion Moda (1978–1993), an abbreviation of the full name painted above its entrance: Fashion 时装 Moda МОДА — the word “fashion” rendered in English, Mandarin, Spanish, and Russian. The venue, which was praised for responding to the interests of the local community, was instrumental in providing a platform for both Downtown artists and the burgeoning hip-hop and graffiti movements.
Wall Works gallery in the Bronx

Fashion Moda’s first exhibition of graffiti art was curated by artist John Matos (aka Crash) in October 1980. Entitled Graffiti Art Success for America (GAS), the show included work by artists such as Futura, Lady Pink, and John Fekner. Fashion Moda: 35 Years Later, an exhibition of works by artists associated with the space, is currently on display at Wall Works, a one-year-old gallery co-...

Annie Bosler directs and produces 1M1: Hollywood Horns of the Golden Years

UCI instructor of French Horn Annie Bosler has directed and produced 1M1: Hollywood Horns of the Golden Years, a documentary film that surveys the history of Hollywood studio musicians via film music's most prominent orchestral instrument - the French horn. Featuring numerous interviews with Los Angeles music legends, the film follows the development of the motion picture industry and its battles with the musicians' union. Preserving the history of Los Angeles film studio musicians from the beginning of motion pictures through the Golden Era of Hollywood, 1M1 includes historical footage of the MGM studio orchestra from the 1950’s showing off the wide-screen visuals and stereophonic sound of Cinemascope, interviews with music legends including John Williams, and never seen photographs from Hollywood musicians. This groundbreaking film uncovers many of the brilliant, never before acknowledged, horn soloists of the big screen. (75 minutes in length)

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Alpert Award Composer, Lukas Ligeti, joins the Department of Music Faculty

The Music Department welcomes new faculty member Lukas Ligeti! A recipient of the prestigious Alpert Award and numerous other prizes and commissions, Professor Ligeti is a composer and improvisor (on drums and electronic percussion) whose work is informed by a unique approach to rhythm and a special interest in intercultural collaboration. In addition to teaching undergraduates, Professor Ligeti will be a core member of the department's new PhD program in Integrated Composition, Improvisation and Technology (ICIT). 

Read more about Lukas Ligeti at his website.

Center Stage: National Choreographers Initiative

It’s a sultry, albeit breezy, July afternoon at UCI’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts, where the creation of four fresh dance works for this year’s National Choreographers Initiative is underway.

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National Choreographers Initiative Premieres at Irvine Barclay Theatre

The 12th Annual National Choreographers Initiative will premiere on Saturday, July 25th at the Irvine Barclay Theater. Professor Molly Lynch, founder and director of National Choreographs Initiative, selected four choreographers and sixteen professional ballet dancers to participate in the program.

Seth Houston Joins the Department of Music Faculty

The Music Department welcomes new faculty member Seth Houston! Professor Houston holds a DMA degree in choral music from the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music. In addition to extensive experience in choral conducting, he has published his own compositions and arrangements and has presented research papers at many academic conferences. Professor Houston will direct the Chamber Singers and Concert Choir, and will also teach courses in musicianship.

Read more about Seth Houston at his website.

With Sandra Tsing Loh back to lead the way, change is very good

by Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times

Writer-performer Sandra Tsing Loh wants the world to know that she didn't set out to become the spokesperson for menopause.

What woman would sign up to be the poster child for "old" and "dry"? she asks in her signature frisky manner, composed of equal parts exasperation and exhilaration.

The occasion for this clarification is her new solo show, "The B**** Is Back," which borrows the title of her 2011 essay in the Atlantic magazine that made her the new voice of what our grandmothers called "the change."

Sandra Tsing Loh's prose has the hyperactive energy of a performance while her performances can have the quality of an amped-up literary reading. - L.A. Times

Rather than fighting fate — professional or biological — she has decided to embrace what her editor and her body have thrust upon her. Naturally, she's talking back to the doctors, who caution her about "weight creep"; the self-help dispensers, who advise...

Telematics in Colombia

Michael Dessen, Associate Professor of Music, performed in and co-produced several telematic concerts this year, exploring the potentials of live performance by musicians in different geographic locations via high-speed internet. In an April 24, 2015 concert, Dessen performed on trombone in Manizales, Colombia, along with two musicians located in San Diego, UCI alum Juan Rubio (MFA, ICIT, 2014) on drums and Kyle Motl on bass. The concert was part of the International Festival of the Image in Manizales, where Dessen also lectured on telematics and performed a solo concert.

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Costume Design Bridge Project

The Costume Design Program announces Poppy Cannon-Reese as a Guest Artist in the MFA program in Spring, 2015.  Ms. Cannon-Reese is the Manager of Universal Studios Costume Department; she also has a distinguished career as a Costume Designer and Stylist for feature films and commercials.

The Costume Design Bridge Project connects current MFA students to accomplished professionals in all aspects of the entertainment industry.  Each Guest Artists creates and leads a design project addressing current practices or challenges in their field. 

Students learn how to use professional resources, create effective communication for a creative team and discover the high expectations of real world costume design projects.  Each student receives professional level feedback modeled on contemporary designers, directors and producers.  As part of the Bridge Project, students venture out of the campus environment to work in real- world locations, such as the Universal Studios back lot...