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A Timely ‘Julius Caesar’ at New Swan Shakespeare Festival

Eric Marchese reviews the New Swan Shakespeare Festival's "Julius Caesar" for the Newport Beach Independent. Click on the link to read the full feature. (Image: Scene from “Julius Caesar” at New Swan. Photo by Jesús López Vargas.)

A local comes home as contemporary ballet company BalletX takes the Irvine Barclay stage

Andrea Yorita danced on the Irvine Barclay Theatre stage for the first time as a young girl. “My very first show, when I was 3 years old, I was a ladybug, and it was on the Barclay stage.” Yorita returns to the Barclay with her dance company, BalletX.

Alexis Smith and how she ‘represents the power and potential of self-realization inherent in the American way’

Art critic, Liz Goldner, reviews Department of Art alumna's latest show, “Alexis Smith: The American Way,” at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) in La Jolla.

Vera Molnár: Searching for Humanity in the Machine

Variations at Beall Center for Art + Technology, Irvine, is the first major solo show of a pioneer of generative art. Molnár is a pioneer of generative art whose work has, for six decades, influenced artists exploring the potential of autonomous systems.

Uncovering Hidden Spaces at UCI’s Open Studios

Seeing the works by the University of California, Irvine’s MFA students, many of which use leftover material site-specific to the campus, lead me to wonder if they also constitute a kind of leftover material of time.

Outdoor stage built at UCI for return of Shakespeare Festival

Eli Simon, the artistic director for the New Swan Shakespeare Festival and a professor in the Drama Department at UC Irvine, stands on the stage of the New Swan Theater being constructed on the plaza outside Langson Library at UC Irvine on Tuesday, May 31

65 Questions with Department Chair of Drama, Don Hill

New University’s 65 Questions with Department Chair of Drama, Don Hill. Walking through Claire Trevor School of The Arts, The New University immersed themselves into the directorial world of UCI’s upcoming show, Into the Woods.

UCI’s Earl Gordon Quartet: Serenading OC’s Jazz Enthusiasts

Liz Golder covers the quartet of undergraduate students – “While all the musicians are in their 20s, their playing is so well executed and sophisticated, that they sound as though they have been together for decades.

The art of inquiry

While much of the attention on research at UCI is directed at the sciences, the Claire Trevor School of the Arts has also generated research, although to much less notice. Jesse Colin Jackson is on a mission to change that.

The Opera is Coming to Town

The Impresario, composed by W. A. Mozart, will be performed on May 7th and May 8th by the students of vocal arts at UCI’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts. Staged at the Barclay Theater under the artistic direction of Professor Darryl Taylor.

8 Top Costume Design Programs

The Department of Drama Costume Design Program recently made the list for the top 8 design programs for Backstage Magazine's annual list. The program combines practical professional training with exploring and identifying each student's artistic voice.

A Haunting Film at UC Irvine is Not for the Faint of Heart

The immersive film Malka Germania (“Queen Germania” in Hebrew) references our personal and collective trauma about war and subjugation and artfully turns that trauma into manna. The 40-minute three-channel video is created by Israeli native Yael Bartana.

Steven Lam (Art M.F.A. '04) Named New School of Art Dean at CalArts

An experienced curator with a strong track record of higher education leadership, Steven Lam will join CalArts as its next dean of the School of Art. He’ll hold the Jill and Peter Kraus Distinguished Chair in Art, and is scheduled to begin July 15, 2022.

A broad canvas for friendship

UCI Art alumna Nancy Buchanan and Barbara T. Smith reflect on camaraderie, show with a late colleague at the Armory for the Los Angeles Times.

Ian Ingram’s Robot Menagerie Inhabits the Beall Center

The Beall Center’s Ian Ingram exhibition explores what the eponymous artist refers to as “animal morphology, robotic avatars, interspecies communication and technology in natural environments.” The 21 pieces in the exhibition involve 14 robots...

Conflict Into Poetry, Disorientation Into Art: Revolution Everywhere and The Messiah Triangle at UCI

Liz Goldner reviews the two current University Art Gallery shows, "Revolution Everywhere" and "The Messiah Triangle" expressing how they delve into the disorientation, sense of impending doom and ultimately hope in the Middle East and beyond.

Experimental Jazz Quartet Amirtha Kidambi and Elder Ones Transcend Sound, Mind, and Body

The New University covers experimental musician Amirtha Kidambi and her jazz quartet Elder Ones for the performance as UCI’s first in-person music event of the year at Winifred Smith Hall on Sept. 30.

Critical and Curatorial MFA Thesis Exhibition: ‘how to gently unpack an empire’

"The exhibition was delivered online through Zoom in a series of six sessions, each focusing on different cultural archives specific to the artists’ history. This created a level of intimacy that worked towards unpacking and divulging..."