The University Art Gallery is Closed for Summer


The Painters
May 8 – 26, 2016

Curated by Visual Arts Assistant Professor Monique van Genderen

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.

Making Communities:Art and the Border
March 3 – April 13
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

Extensions of Photography
October 7 – December 9
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
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 – January 8
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