Faculty In the News

Lar Lubovitch: Confessions of a Former Go-Go Dancer

The choreographer Lar Lubovitch didn’t discover dance until college, where he had gone in hopes of becoming a painter. The impulse to fill a canvas hasn’t left him. When he describes making a dance, he does so not only in kinetic terms but through the prism of painting: “I’m reacting to the effect the music has on me and making that visual by painting the space and the time that the music is occupying,” he said recently over lunch at a cafe near his Chelsea apartment.

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE JESSE COLIN JACKSON ENGAGES AND EDUCATES TARTANS WITH UNIQUE 3D PROJECTS—SEE THE PHOTOS!

The visual arts department welcomed Jesse Colin Jackson for a week of creation and education as Artist-in-Residence, turning the visual arts center into a fun and interactive hub for creative construction.

Mr. Jackson is an assistant professor of art at the University of California, Irvine, and brought his interactive project “Marching Cubes” to the Alisa and William Reising Gallery. The project consists of hundreds of 3D-printed magnetic shapes that allow for endless creative possibilities.

Mr. Jackson engaged students with his “Marching Cubes” project throughout the week, building various pieces as students passed by and classes took breaks to come observe. He also lectured in the Upper School’s AP art history and digital photography classes, shared his art with students during a tutorial and hosted a lunch where students could share their projects with him.
 

UC Irvine exhibit spotlights Shakespearean stage costuming for women

Marcy Froehlich, professor and costume designer with the drama department, presented a keynote lecture April 5 during the opening night of UCI Libraries' 2018 Spring Exhibit, "Costuming the Leading Ladies of Shakespeare: From Stratford to Orange County," a collection running through the end of September that features pieces used in various Shakespearean productions at UCI — including the summertime New Swan Theater productions — and newly acquired materials from the late Shakespearean actress Helena Modjeska who made her home in Orange County.

Honoring the late Donald McKayle

Modern dance pioneer Donald McKayle, one of the first African American men to break through racial barriers via dance, has died. The iconic performer, choreographer, teacher, director and writer had a wide-ranging impact on the United States’ creative and cultural landscape. He died Friday night, according to his wife. He was 87 years old.

“Donald McKayle’s passing is truly the end of an era in American dance,” said University of California, Irvine Chancellor Howard Gillman. “His passion for teaching and mentoring young, talented dancers remained unabated throughout his long life, and one of his greatest legacies is the hundreds of professional dancers now performing around the world.”

A UCI professor emeritus of dance who continued teaching until shortly before his death, McKayle created deeply socially conscious works that focused on the human condition and the African American experience. His seminal works “Games,” “Rainbow ’Round My Shoulder,” “District...

Amy Bauer Keynote Speaker at West Coast Conference on Music Theory and Analysis

Amy Bauer delivered the keynote lecture "'Did You Say Post-Spectral,': The orchestral imaginary in millenium works by Tulve, Dalbavie and Haas," at the at the 27th annual meeting of the West Coast Conference on Music Theory and Analysis, April 6–8 at San Diego State University.

Costuming the Leading Ladies of Shakespeare

Orange County has a unique tie to The Bard with Madame Modjeska. You will find elements of her story in UC Irvine’s Spring 2018 exhibit that makes the connection from Stratford to the OC. Professor Marcy Froehlich, UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts – Drama, made an incredible presentation last evening about her professional career in fashioning actors in period pieces on stage and the film set.

Dr. S. Ama Wray will present On Becoming: A Neo-African Performance Architect at FIU

Dr. S. Ama Wray to present a lecture On Becoming: A Neo-African Performance Architect at the 11th Annual Chris Gray Memorial Lecture on April 13 at Florida International University.

Laguna Art Museum’s centennial honors artist Tony DeLap

Just as DeLap’s art influenced and inspired new generations of younger artists, so too did his efforts in the classroom. DeLap taught and mentored some of today’s most notable contemporary artists, including Bruce Nauman, John McCracken and James Turrell. But while he pioneered art forms and founded a major artist community at UC Irvine, he never sought out the same level of attention as some of his contemporaries. For him, teaching, creation and experimentation were enough.

 

San Diego Tribune's: 10 Things to Watch in Music this Spring

Michael Dessen, Associate Professor and the Robert and Marjorie Rawlins Chari of Music and Nicole Mitchell, Music Professor are to play with the Mark Dresser Quintet on Friday, March 30.

Expect a night of dazzling aural adventure when San Diego contrabass great Mark Dresser is joined by a stellar band featuring the superb flutist Nicole Mitchell, rising piano phenom Joshua White and trombonist Michael Dessen.

An Evening with Darryl Taylor in New York

Darryl Taylor will perform "An Evening with Darryl Taylor" on April 3, 2018 at the National Opera Center in New York. His program will feature works recorded by him as well as severarl explicitly written for him.

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