Alumni In the News

UC Irvine alum Jon Lovitz returns home

Jon Lovitz goes back to his roots Saturday, Sept. 29, by bringing his stand-up routine to his alma mater, UC Irvine, where the Irvine Barclay Theatre is located.

Although this will be his Irvine Barclay debut, the comedian/actor/stand-up comic will recognize the surrounding campus.  Or not.

“Boy, the campus sure changed,” said an amazed Lovitz, 61, a UCI alumnus (drama major) who attended 1975-1979.  “I don’t really recognize it.  The Irvine Barclay wasn’t here when I was here.  A lot of it wasn’t here.  The campus has grown so much.  The buildings seem to swallow up the campus I remember.”

Jérémie Favreau, MFA piano performance, 2008, performs Boston Court Pasadena

Jérémie Favreau, MFA piano performance, 2008, performs "Remembering Things Past: Proust and his Music" with violinst Ken AIso at 8p.m. September 22, 2018 at Boston Court, in Pasadena.

Kelly Moran, MFA ICIT 2012 performed at famed Brooklyn Club, Roulette

Kelly Moran, MFA ICIT, peformed at the famed Brooklyn club, Roulette on September 7. Mora is a versatile keyboardist and composer, spent recent months touring with the prominent electronic artist Oneohtrix Point Never. Traces of that collaboration are evident in the dreamy reveries and playful frolics for altered pianos that she wrote for a new album, due out this fall on the influential Warp label. Here, she presents the live première of these pieces in the first concert of a season-long residency, during which she will explore multimedia presentations and newly developed instruments.

14 Art World “Bad Boys” Whose Macho Work Was Impossible to Ignore

At the height of Performance Art, University of California Irvine student Chris Burden asked a friend to shoot him in the arm with a .22 rifle. He titled the action Shoot (1971). The friend was supposed to just graze the artist’s skin. Instead, the bullet passed straight through. (Two years later, Burden would stage a second gun-related art outing; he went to LAX and shot at a plane flying overhead, calling the performance 747.)

Jasmine Ejan (BA 2001) in "Cabaret" at the Celebration Theatre in Hollywood

Jasmine Ejan, BA Dance 2001, is currently playing the role of Rosie in Cabaret at the Celebration Theatre in Hollywood.

Summer Reading List by Faculty and Alumni

With summer here, we thought we would share summer read recommendations by faculty and alumni.

 

Books by Faculty

“György Ligeti’s Cultural Identities” by Amy Bauer (Associate Professor of Music), Márton Kerékfy.

"Making Sense: Cognition, Computing, Art and Embodiment" by Simon Penny (Professor of Art)

 

Alumni Recommended Reads

“Vintage” by David Baker. This fictional adventure-comedy is about a restaurant critic who is trying to resurrect his career by chasing down the secret to a famous vintage of Burgundy stolen more than 60-years ago by the Nazis.  Read it before the movie.

Recommended by Ivan Williams, M.B.A. 1996, Dean’s Art’s Council President, and Anteaters in the Arts member

 

“Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things” by Jenny Lawson. A non-fiction humor book about a woman and her lifelong battle with mental illness

Recommended by Elizabeth Beach, B.A. Art 2012

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Alexis Smith (BA 1970) to be honored at Venice Family Clinic Art Walks & Auction

The 39th annual Venice Family Clinic’s Art Walk & Auctions honors three world-renowned Venice-based artists: this year’s signature artist Alexis Smith (BA 1970) along with honorees Sam Durant and Ed Moses, posthumously. Venice Art Walk takes place on Sunday, May 20, from noon to 6pm at Google Los Angeles, 340 Main Street, Venice, CA 90291 and is the largest public event held by the tech giant. Guests can enjoy free, firsthand access to the city’s internationally renowned art scene and all winning bids in the silent art auction raise vital funds that directly impact the lives of people in need of health care.

A highlight of the 2018 Venice Family Clinic’s Art Walk & Auctions is the celebration of LA-based collage and installation artist Alexis Smith. Emerging from the LA art scene in the 1970s, she went on to exhibit extensively at prestigious museums around the world. Known for her meticulously crafted and colorful mixed-media collages, Smith has focused on...

Marcia Hafif, Painter of Monochromatic Works, Is Dead at 88

Marcia Hafif, an artist best known for monochromatic paintings that explored the intersection of color, brush stroke, surface and light, died on April 17. She was 88.

In 1969, Ms. Hafif returned to the United States to attend the University of California at Irvine, where she earned a master of fine arts degree in 1971.

“I took those two years at U.C.I. to explore other things, to see, read, study, meet people, make work,” she told The Orange County Register in 2011. “That was extremely useful to me and changed my way of thinking about painting. Afterward, I went back to painting, but I was painting with a different view.”

Brian T. Vernon (MFA, Dance 1994) Dean at Western Connecticut State University

Brian T. Vernon (MFA, Dance, 1994) is in his second year as Dean of the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, CT.

Noritaka Minami MFA 2011 and Ashley Hunt BA 1994 awarded Graham Foundation Grant

Graham Foundation awarded over $530,000 in grants to individuals which included Noritaka Minami MFA 2011 and Ashley Hunt BA 1994.

Ashley Hunt - Degree of Visibility

Degrees of Visibility tackles the politics of erasure and camouflage that allow mass incarceration to take place through photography, text, and community partnership. Starting with an unprecedented survey of the architecture of mass incarceration, the project juxtaposes photography of over 250 prisons across all 50 US states and territories with histories, anecdotes and numbers—presenting a meditation on race, vision, photography, history, language, and space. Following ongoing research into the post-War shift toward camouflage in contemporary prison architecture, each facility is photographed from a publicly available point of view, seeing how it is situated among architecture, land uses, and with varying degrees of visibility and concealment. The exhibition includes a national tour that partners with...

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