The Agency of Art
April 12 – May 17, 2018
Reception, April 12, 5:30-7:30 PM

In the final exhibition, Visual Arts @ 50, our two-year long series of exhibitions marking the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Visual Arts Department, turns its focus from the past to the future. The Agency of Art highlights the role of Visual Arts alumni from the past two decades who are shaping the way art engages with social practice, the environment, science and technology. British social anthropologist Alfred Gell held that “visual art objects are not a part of language … nor do they constitute an alternative language” and thus should not be treated simply as illustrations or visual texts. Instead he argued that they are tangible indices of social interactions that act as social agents. To conclude the Anniversary series of exhibitions, The Agency of Art spotlights how the Visual Arts Department is committed to using art to reshape the world in which we live.

Curated by Tatiana Sizonenko, Ph.D. ‘13

Stories That We Tell: Art and Identity
January 18 – March 3, 2018
Reception, January 18, 5:30-8:00 PM

Stories that We Tell: Art and Identity celebrates UC San Diego artists who paved the way for greater inclusion by inventing new means to address issues of race and gender. The seven internationally famous artists featured in the exhibition—Eleanor Antin, Barbara Kruger, Faith Ringgold, Martha Rosler, Miriam Schapiro, Lorna Simpson, and Carrie Mae Weems have been honored with major exhibitions at leading museums and recognized with prestigious awards. All were members of the Visual Arts Department, but this is the first time that they are exhibited on campus together.

Curated by Tatiana Sizonenko, Ph.D. ‘13

Provoking Change
October 12 – December 7, 2017
Reception, October 12, 5:30 – 8:00 pm

Exploring a segment of the unique early history of the Visual Arts Department, Provoking Change celebrates an extraordinary roster of artists who came to study in San Diego in the early 1970s through the 1990s. Diverse in their approaches, these artists shared a desire to foster change by challenging the narrowly defined avant-garde canon as manifested in the formalism of the 1960s. In contrast to the influential American critic Clement Greenberg, who considered political art renegade and aesthetically inferior to the avant-garde, UC San Diego artists made art that introduced multi-cultural voices, pointed out women’s underrepresentation in the arts, and revealed the pressing histories of immigration, class, and racism. By broadening art-making practices through daring experimentation and engagement with the highly-contested political and social subjects of the day, these artists helped transform and expand contemporary art.

Curated by Tatiana Sizonenko, Ph.D. ‘13

Making Communities:Art and the Border
March 3 – April 13, 2017
Reception, October 17, 4:00 – 7:00 pm

For the artists of Making Communities, the border is not just a as a physical reality imposed on the landscape by political forces and entities, but also a subject for the imagination and a site for social engagement and problem-solving. The multimedia exhibition in the University Art Gallery and SME Visual Arts Gallery features twenty artists whose work critiques and reassesses the border and imagines a more interconnected and just world. Contemporary Latino and Chicano art is also featured in a smaller, complementary exhibition in the Cross-Cultural Center galleries.

Curated by Tatiana Sizonenko, Ph.D. ‘13

The Painters
May 8 – 26, 2016
Reception, May 16, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

The UAG is a beautiful white box, part of the Mandeville complex designed by A. Quincy Jones. The architecture is of a school of thought attuned to the open-plan spaces of the modernist imagination, for which different understandings and pleasures are obtained: notably, the experience of entering a room and being able to take in the entire space all at once. I imagined a show in which you entered the space and saw all the way through, turning the space transparent. Sometimes a painting needs a long take, like the one afforded the Vija Celmins reproduction in Michael Snows Wavelength. Many of the painters that have shown in the UAG made relationships between the space, it’s formal architecture and it’s history.

Curated by Visual Arts Assistant Professor Monique van Genderen

Extensions of Photography
October 7 – December 9, 2016
Reception, October 17, 4:00 – 7:00 pm

Extensions of Photography will highlight artistic practices by former and current UC San Diego-affiliated artists and alumni who redefined the photographic medium and contributed significantly to the cultural life of San Diego and the United States. The exhibition spotlights how these artists have employed photography in complex and layered ways to introduce themes of everyday life and reveal the pressing histories of gender, class, racism, and political resistance, while also experimenting with the medium.

Curated by Tatiana Sizonenko, Ph.D. ‘13

UC San Diego Faculty Club Exhibition
October 10 – December 25, 2016
Reception, October 17, 4:00 – 7:00 pm

As a complement to Extensions of Photography in the University Art Gallery, the department will be presenting an exhibition in the UC San Diego faculty club. The exhibition will be comprised of archival material including catalogs and posters, celebrating the history of the UAG. 

Co-curated by Emily Goodman, Ph.D. ‘16 and Tatiana Sizonenko, Ph.D. ‘13

Artists and Language, UC San Diego Geisel Library
October 24, 2016 – January 8, 2017
Reception, November 4, 3:00 – 5:00 pm

The Library is hosting two exhibits this fall both celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Visual Arts Department. The first, going up on October 24, is based on collections from the Special Collections and Archives and the second, going up September 26, is an exhibit covering the print publications of faculty and graduate students associated with the Department based on materials from the circulating collection.

Curated by Emily Goodman, Ph.D. ’16