Contemporary Arts Center Gallery

The CAC Gallery is a 3,000-sq.-ft. art gallery that anchors the entrance of the Contemporary Arts Center.

The art gallery presents professional exhibitions and serves as a vital artistic resource for our community.  In addition, it serves as the laboratory for students and faculty, a place to become immersed in the professional work of distinguished curators and artists and to welcome many of these as visiting artists.

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Aztlán to Magulandia: the Journey of Chicano Artist Gilbert 'Magu' Luján

Curated by Hal Glicksman and Rhea Anastas

October 7 - December 16, 2017
Contemporary Arts Center Gallery
University Art Gallery

Preview event in September 2017 to be announced

UC Irvine’s University Art Galleries (UAG) will present the first survey of one of the most iconic figures of the Chicano art movement, Gilbert “Magu” Luján (1940–2011) and an accompanying publication. One of the founding members of the Chicano artists collective Los Four, Luján is known for his coloration and visual explorations of Chicano culture and community that drew upon and brought to life various historic and contemporary visual sources with startling results: Pyramid-mounted low riders driven by anthropomorphic dogs traversing a newly defined and mythologized L.A. He was part of a small group of dedicated artists and intellectuals who set about defining a Chicano identity and culture as part of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. The UAG’s retrospective will focus on creativity and invention in Luján's work in a myriad of sketches and drawings, paintings, and sculptures. Luján combined two world-making concepts, Aztlán, the mythic northern ancestral home of the indigenous Mexican Aztecs that became a charged symbol of Chicano activism; and Magulandia, the term Luján coined for the space in which he lived and produced his work, and for his work as a whole. Together, Aztlán and Magulandia represented both physical spaces and the complex cultural, geographic, and conceptual relationships that exist between Los Angeles and Mexico and served as dual landscapes for Luján’s artistic philosophy and cultural creativity.

Gilbert "Magu" Luján (1940- 2011)
Mingo and Fireboy, ca 1988
Lithograph with hand-marking in prismacolor
44 1/4  x  30 inches
© The Estate of Gilbert "Magu" Luján


This exhibition has been made possible by the generous support of The Getty Foundation as part of the Getty Museum's Pacific Standard Time: Los Angeles/Latin America (LA/LA) exhibtion launching in the fall of 2017.

About Pacific Standard Time
Led by the Getty, Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA 1945-1980 was an unprecedented collaboration of more than 60 cultural institutions across Southern California coming together to celebrate the birth of the LA art scene. Between October 2011 and March 2012, each institution made its own contribution to this grand-scale story of artistic innovation and social change, told through the multitude of simultaneous exhibitions and programs on post-World War II art in Los Angeles.

In 2013, a smaller scale program, Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A., explored the built heritage of our region.

The next iteration of the effort, Pacific Standard Time: Los Angeles/Latin America, or LA/LA, will take place in Fall 2017.


October 7 (All day) to December 16 (All day)
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Arts Renaissance

A Celebration of the Arts at UCI
May 1 - 31, 2017

The Trevor School celebrates “Arts Renaissance” during the month of May with a surge of performances and exhibitions across all four departments including Art, Dance, Drama, and Music. The celebration features a series of art performances and shows ranging from professional and student art exhibitions in all four campus art galleries to several dance, drama, and music performances. CTSA presents the first ever UCI Music Showcase Concert, the three-act opera Our Town, based on the Thornton Wilder play, a four-day improv festival, to Hossein Omoumi and Friends in concert, and much more. Please join us for a celebration of the Arts!

To purchase tickets, by phone: Arts Box Office (949) 824-2787; Online:
WAYS TO SAVE!  “Arts Renaissance” Packages available for 25% off when you buy three or more shows.

April 29 – May 7, 2017
I Dream of Chang and Eng

Robert Cohen Theatre
The story of Chang and Eng Bunker, the original “Siamese twins,” whose early lives were spent touring in a ‘freak’ exhibition.

April 29 – May 13, 2017
MFA Thesis Exhibition, Part I

Contemporary Arts Center Gallery, University Art Gallery, Room Gallery
Free admission and open to the public.

May 1 – May 13, 2017
Masculine <-> Feminine
Curated by David Familian with Micol Hebron
Beall Center for Art + Technology    
Masculine <-> Feminine grapples with contemporary perceptions and receptions of the human body performed through different gendered identities and propagated by diverse technologies.

May 4 – May 6, 2017
Physical Graffiti

Loretta Livingston, Artistic Director
Claire Trevor Theatre
Undergraduate choreographers present original new works in this annual dance concert.

May 5, 2017
Darryl Taylor in Concert
Winifred Smith Hall
Darryl Taylor is joined by harpsichordist Ian Pritchard in a program of vocal music with Frances Bennett, soprano; Albert Lee, tenor; Katie Franklin, piano; and Heather Vorwerck, viola da gamba.

May 6, 2017
UCI Music Showcase Concert

Irvine Barclay Theatre
Musical performances by the UCI Music students and faculty, including diverse forms of traditional classical music and jazz.

May 10, 2017
Noon Showcase Concert

Winifred Smith Hall
Concert featuring outstanding performers from various disciplines in the Department of Music.
Free admission and open to the public.

May 10-13, 2017
Coup de Comedy Festival 2017

A 4-day comedy festival featuring the best of the best shows, panels and workshops. UCI is teaming with Chapman Univ. to launch the Global Improvisation Initiative (GII) Symposium 2017.
Free admission and open to the public. Registration required.

May 12-13, 2017
‘Our Town’ A Three-Act Opera

Irvine Barclay Theatre
Based on the Thornton Wilder play, it is about life, love, and death in the fictional town of Grover’s Corners, N.H., early in the 20th century.

May 19, 2017
Lukas Ligeti: Between Many Worlds

Winifred Smith Hall
Lukas Ligeti introduces himself with a concert showcasing Marimba virtuoso Ji Hye Jung performs Thinking Songs, a solo work.

May 20, 2017
Hossein Omoumi and Friends

Irvine Barclay Theatre
The main foundation of classical Persian music is classical Persian poetry, one of the most ancient bodies of literature in the world.

May 20, 2017
MFA Thesis Exhibition, Part II

Contemporary Arts Center Gallery, University Art Gallery, Room Gallery
Free admission and open to the public.

May 22, 2017
Spring UCI Wind Ensemble Concert

Winifred Smith Hall
The UCI Wind Ensemble, performs both traditional and contemporary works written specifically for the wind band genre.
Free admission and open to the public.
May 24, 2017
Jazz Concert: The UCI Small Groups

Winifred Smith Hall
The UCI Undergraduate Jazz Program is having its quarterly concert to showcase the Small Group student ensembles.
Free admission and open to the public.
May 25, 2017
ICIT Showcase Concert

Winifred Smith Hall
Original new works by UCI Music Department first-year MA and Ph.D. students in Integrated Composition, Improvisation and Technology (ICIT).
Free admission and open to the public.
May 31, 2017
UCI Jazz Orchestra Spring Concert

Winifred Smith Hall
Dr. Bobby Rodriguez and the UCI Jazz Orchestra for an evening of the warm and exciting sounds of large-ensemble jazz music.


Tickets: General / Seniors, Groups 10+, UCI Faculty & Staff / UCI Students & Children under 17
Please note: Tickets purchased at the Barclay Box Office will incur a $1 fee per ticket.

May 1 (All day) to May 31 (All day)
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MFA Thesis Exhibitions


MFA Thesis Exhibition, Part I

April 29 – May 13, 2017

Opening reception: Saturday, April 29, 2– 5 p.m

Contemporary Arts Center Gallery, University Art Gallery, Room Gallery


MFA Thesis Exhibition, Part II

May 20 – June 3, 2017

Opening reception: Saturday, May 20, 2– 5 p.m.

Contemporary Arts Center Gallery, University Art Gallery, Room Gallery

All exhibitions are free admission and open to the public.


Presented by the Department of Art at the

University Art Galleries
712 Arts Plaza | Irvine, CA 92697 |
Gallery Hours | Tuesday - Saturday | 12–6 p.m.


Image: MFA Thesis Exhibition 2014, Rochele Gomez, Back Handspring, 2013

April 29 - 2:00 pm to May 13 - 6:00 pm, May 20 - 2:00 pm to June 3 - 6:00 pm
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