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University Art Gallery, Provocations Exhibition, Photo by Robert Plogman

The University Art Gallery, or UAG, has a long history with the Department of Art, (formerly Studio Art Department). Since its inception in the late 1960s the gallery has been directed by faculty, with the exception of a brief period from 1998-2002. It has thus served as a laboratory that presents the creative research of our students and faculty to the public, rather than functioning as a publicly managed museum.

 

Image of Provocations Exhibition, Photo by Robert Plogman

 

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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.

IMAGE:
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.

READ MORE ABOUT THE GETTY'S PACIFIC STANDARD TIME: LA/LA PRESS ROOM



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

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Student Exhibitions

Spring Quarter

 

June 8 – 16, 2017

Opening receptions: Thursday, June 8, 6– 8 p.m.

 

Undergraduate Honors Thesis Exhibition

University Art Gallery

 

Select Undergrad Exhibition

Curated by Critical & Curatorial MFA Program

Room Gallery, ACT Room 2206

 

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 | uag.arts.uci.edu
Gallery Hours | Tuesday - Saturday | 12–6 p.m.

 



June 8 - 6:00 pm to June 16 - 6:00 pm

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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 | uag.arts.uci.edu
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
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May 20 - 2:00 pm to June 3 - 6:00 pm

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13th Annual Guest Juried Undergraduate Exhibition

 

April 6 – 21, 2017

University Art Gallery

Opening reception: Thursday, April 6, 6– 8 p.m.

 

Undergraduate Solo Exhibition

Room Gallery

Opening reception: Thursday, April 6, 6– 8 p.m.

 

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 | uag.arts.uci.edu
Gallery Hours | Tuesday - Saturday | 12–6 p.m.

 

Image: 11th Annual Juried Undergraduate Exhibition, 2014, works by Lana Linet



April 6 - 6:00 pm,
April 7 - 12:00 pm to April 21 - 6:00 pm

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2nd Year MFA Review

 

February 25 – March 18, 2017

University Art Gallery & Room Gallery

Opening reception: Saturday, February 25, 2– 5 p.m.

 

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 | uag.arts.uci.edu
Gallery Hours | Tuesday - Saturday | 12–6 p.m.

 



February 25 - 2:00 pm to March 18 - 6:00 pm

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