UCR ARTSblock

UCR ARTSblock UCR ARTS' programs investigate the art of our time, through exhibitions, performances, screenings, workshops, lectures and symposia, artist residencies, permanent collections, and creative laboratories.
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By joining the California Museum of Photography, Sweeney Art Gallery, and Culver Center of the Arts in a single block, UCR ARTSblock serves as a cultural anchor for the University and the City in the heart of historic downtown Riverside. Visit our website for more information → artsblock.ucr.edu

Mission: UCR ARTS' mission is to provide a cultural presence, educational resource, community center, arts laboratory and intellectual meeting ground for the university and the community. UCR ARTS' activities embody University of California, Riverside's commitment to broadly-based public education and cutting-edge research.

The Culver Center is celebrating its #10thAnniversary this year. This #ThrowbackThursday, we're taking some time to look...
04/02/2020

The Culver Center is celebrating its #10thAnniversary this year. This #ThrowbackThursday, we're taking some time to look back at one of our favorite exhibitions. Here's a look at "ULTRAVIOLET" from 2013. 🍃💜

#MuseumFromHome

Every Monday, we’ll bring you activity ideas for kids inspired by photography for #MuseumMonday! For our first Museum Mo...
03/30/2020

Every Monday, we’ll bring you activity ideas for kids inspired by photography for #MuseumMonday! For our first Museum Monday, we have a #photochallenge to create a portrait like this one!⁣

Take a moment to look at this photograph and notice what the girl in this portrait is wearing, how she is posed, what’s in the background, and what she is holding. Photographers often ask sitters (the person they are taking a photo of) to choose clothing, props, and backgrounds that help depict who they are. Ask a family member (or pet!) to pose for you. What should they wear and hold? How should they pose? What should be in the background? Post your pictures and tag us! We can’t wait to see what you come up with this week!⁣

Image: Carolyn Gledhill, "Young Girl [#1]", 1915, autochrome, Gift of Peggy and Keith Gledhill.

Need a little creative inspiration today? 🎨The Culver Center of the Arts is momentarily closed, but you can still read a...
03/28/2020
‘Empty Vessel’ offers a rare insider’s view of California skate parks

Need a little creative inspiration today? 🎨

The Culver Center of the Arts is momentarily closed, but you can still read about all of our exhibitions and view images from them on our social platforms. Just type in "ucrarts" on Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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Check out this article about the exhibition, "Empty Vessel" by #UCRCHASS professor Amir Zaki!

Link: news.ucr.edu/articles/2020/02/14/empty-vessel-offers-rare-insiders-view-california-skate-parks

Photographer Amir Zaki highlights the unique architectural spaces and their place in California culture

03/15/2020

As concerns deepen about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), UCR ARTS has been closely monitoring the latest recommendations from public health authorities and UCR. Based on these recommendations, UCR ARTS will be temporarily closing galleries effective 3/14/20 and cancelling all film screenings, tours, and public programs.

This policy will remain in place through April 5, with possible extensions based on the latest public health conditions.

As concerns deepen about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), UCR ARTS has been closely monitoring the latest recom...
03/13/2020

As concerns deepen about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), UCR ARTS has been closely monitoring the latest recommendations from public health authorities and UCR. Based on these recommendations, UCR ARTS will be cancelling all film screenings, tours, and public programs, effective Friday, March 13. This policy will remain in place through April 5, with possible extensions based on the latest public health conditions.


At this time, the Riverside County Public Health Department has not recommended the closure of museums or other public spaces. UCR ARTS’s galleries remain open until further notice, and we’re proud to provide a space of refuge to our visitors during this difficult period. We hope to see you at the museum soon.

More Info: ucrarts.ucr.edu

February 22–August 9, 2020Facing Fire:  Art, Wildfire, and the End of Nature in the New WestUCR ARTS: California Museum ...
03/11/2020

February 22–August 9, 2020
Facing Fire: Art, Wildfire, and the End of Nature in the New West
UCR ARTS: California Museum of Photography

Noah Berger keeps an emergency fire shelter that occupies the back seat of his Nissan Xterra. In the fire zone, Berger never turns the vehicle off. There might not be enough oxygen to start it again.

Artists: Noah Berger • Kevin Cooley • Josh Edelson • Samantha Fields • Jeff Frost • Luther Gerlach • Christian Houge • Richard Hutter • Christoph Kapeller • Benoit Malphettes • Anna Mayer • Cody Norris • Stuart Palley • Norma I. Quintana • Justin Sullivan • Joan Wulf

Image:
Noah Berger: Kincade Fire, 2019

Link: https://ucrarts.ucr.edu/Exhibition/List

Facing Fire:  Art, Wildfire, and the End of Nature in the New WestFebruary 22 through August 9, 2020Josh Edelson thinks ...
03/10/2020

Facing Fire: Art, Wildfire, and the End of Nature in the New West
February 22 through August 9, 2020

Josh Edelson thinks humanity needs a reset. “Natural disasters are dangerous, fast, and powerful, beyond man’s control. They make you feel humble, very, very small, and that seems very important at this moment.”

Artists: Noah Berger • Kevin Cooley • Josh Edelson • Samantha Fields • Jeff Frost • Luther Gerlach • Christian Houge • Richard Hutter • Christoph Kapeller • Benoit Malphettes • Anna Mayer • Cody Norris • Stuart Palley • Norma I. Quintana • Justin Sullivan • Joan Wulf

Link: https://ucrarts.ucr.edu/Exhibition/List

A #UCRCHASS professor is bringing an immersive surround sound and 360-degree video installation to UCR ARTS.If that *sou...
03/05/2020
Connecting the world through images and sound

A #UCRCHASS professor is bringing an immersive surround sound and 360-degree video installation to UCR ARTS.

If that *sounds* cool to you, check out this article to read more about the exhibition:

https://news.ucr.edu/articles/2020/02/20/connecting-world-through-images-and-sound

"Sound Imaginations" is on view now - March 8

Join us Thursday, March 5th at 6 pm, for a special talk with the artist.

UCR professor’s research weaves together a visual and auditory presentation of Riverside, Brazil, India, Russia, and Germany.

Thank you to everyone who joined us on Saturday for our Winter Opening Reception! We loved having you! 😍 Here's a look a...
03/04/2020

Thank you to everyone who joined us on Saturday for our Winter Opening Reception! We loved having you! 😍

Here's a look at some of our favorite moments of the night. What was your favorite?

Ways to stay in touch so you never miss a UCR ARTS event:
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February 22–August 9, 2020Facing Fire:  Art, Wildfire, and the End of Nature in the New WestUCR ARTS: California Museum ...
03/04/2020

February 22–August 9, 2020
Facing Fire: Art, Wildfire, and the End of Nature in the New West
UCR ARTS: California Museum of Photography

Kevin Cooley: “Fire is a powerful natural force that we harness for the greater good. It is the only classical element we can create on demand, yet when out of control it has the potential for grave destruction.” The Los Angeles artist has spent years exploring the ancient classical elements—earth, water, air, fire, and aether—photographing coiling columns of dense smoke and producing Surreal images of California wildfires.

Artists: Noah Berger • Kevin Cooley • Josh Edelson • Samantha Fields • Jeff Frost • Luther Gerlach • Christian Houge • Richard Hutter • Christoph Kapeller • Benoit Malphettes • Anna Mayer • Cody Norris • Stuart Palley • Norma I. Quintana • Justin Sullivan • Joan Wulf

Image:
Kevin Cooley: Swimming Pool, Woolsey Fire, 2018

Link: https://ucrarts.ucr.edu/Exhibition/List

Facing Fire:  Art, Wildfire, and the End of Nature in the New WestFebruary 22 through August 9, 2020Stuart Palley is dee...
03/03/2020

Facing Fire: Art, Wildfire, and the End of Nature in the New West
February 22 through August 9, 2020

Stuart Palley is deeply aware of the issues. “Wildfires are the most acute effect of drought, climate change, and human sprawl in California.” But from the start he has also aimed his cameras at something more ethereal—the effects produced by long exposures at night.

Artists: Noah Berger • Kevin Cooley • Josh Edelson • Samantha Fields • Jeff Frost • Luther Gerlach • Christian Houge • Richard Hutter • Christoph Kapeller • Benoit Malphettes • Anna Mayer • Cody Norris • Stuart Palley • Norma I. Quintana • Justin Sullivan • Joan Wulf

Link: https://ucrarts.ucr.edu/Exhibition/List

Free Reception—This Week—Saturday, February 29, 6 to 9 p.m.Facing Fire:  Art, Wildfire, and the End of Nature in the New...
02/26/2020

Free Reception—This Week—Saturday, February 29, 6 to 9 p.m.
Facing Fire: Art, Wildfire, and the End of Nature in the New West
UCR ARTS: California Museum of Photography

Justin Sullivan commonly teams with Noah Berger and Josh Edelson. The partnership is part camaraderie, part safety. “We all have a deep relationship with wildfires. We go deeper. We spend more time. But it’s inherently dangerous. It could cost you your life, so it’s safer to travel together.”

Artists: Noah Berger • Kevin Cooley • Josh Edelson • Samantha Fields • Jeff Frost • Luther Gerlach • Christian Houge • Richard Hutter • Christoph Kapeller • Benoit Malphettes • Anna Mayer • Cody Norris • Stuart Palley • Norma I. Quintana • Justin Sullivan • Joan Wulf

Image:
Justin Sullivan: Camp Fire, Paradise, California, 2018

Link: https://ucrarts.ucr.edu/Exhibition/List

Facing Fire:  Art, Wildfire, and the End of Nature in the New WestReception this Saturday, February 29, 6 to 9 p.m.UCR A...
02/25/2020

Facing Fire: Art, Wildfire, and the End of Nature in the New West
Reception this Saturday, February 29, 6 to 9 p.m.
UCR ARTS: California Museum of Photography

Omen, elemental force, metaphor, searing personal experience— The artists of Facing Fire bring us incendiary work from active fire lines and psychic burn zones.

Artists: Noah Berger • Kevin Cooley • Josh Edelson • Samantha Fields • Jeff Frost • Luther Gerlach • Christian Houge • Richard Hutter • Christoph Kapeller • Benoit Malphettes • Anna Mayer • Cody Norris • Stuart Palley • Norma I. Quintana • Justin Sullivan • Joan Wulf

Link: https://ucrarts.ucr.edu/Exhibition/List

Join us on March 1 for a FREE Family First Sunday!In addition to having access to this pop-up print viewing, you and you...
02/21/2020

Join us on March 1 for a FREE Family First Sunday!

In addition to having access to this pop-up print viewing, you and your family will be able to take a picture with the Riverside Fire Department's fire truck, meet firefighters, learn about fire safety from the Forest Service, and make your own art!

For more information, visit ucrarts.ucr.edu/Program/family-first-sundays-march-2020

Fighting Fire in 3 Dimensions
Stop by UCR ARTS for a free pop-up print viewing of early 20th stereoscopic images of fires and fire fighters with Gluck Fellow, Alyse Yeargan, on Sunday, March 1st between 2pm and 3pm, or Thursday, March 5th between 7pm and 8pm."

Credit line: Keystone-Mast Collection, UCR/California Museum of Photography, University of California, Riverside

Free Reception—Next Week—Saturday, February 29, 6 to 9 p.m.Facing Fire:  Art, Wildfire, and the End of Nature in the New...
02/19/2020

Free Reception—Next Week—Saturday, February 29, 6 to 9 p.m.
Facing Fire: Art, Wildfire, and the End of Nature in the New West
UCR ARTS: California Museum of Photography

Samantha Fields presents the viewer with images of mysterious manufacture. “I paint atmosphere with atmosphere,” she says. There is no touch of hand, no texture of paint. She sprays coat after coat of vaporized acrylic paint onto super smooth canvas. The wildfire paintings are based on her own photographs. “It takes hundreds of layers to create the paintings, which while photographic, deny the accuracy of that medium upon closer inspection.”

Artists: Noah Berger • Kevin Cooley • Josh Edelson • Samantha Fields • Jeff Frost • Luther Gerlach • Christian Houge • Richard Hutter • Christoph Kapeller • Benoit Malphettes • Anna Mayer • Cody Norris • Stuart Palley • Norma I. Quintana • Justin Sullivan • Joan Wulf

Image:
Samantha Fields: Triangle Complex Fire (Diamond Bar) as Seen from Krai’s Old Neighborhood, 2009

Facing Fire:  Art, Wildfire, and the End of Nature in the New WestReception next Saturday, February 29, 6 to 9 p.m.UCR A...
02/18/2020

Facing Fire: Art, Wildfire, and the End of Nature in the New West
Reception next Saturday, February 29, 6 to 9 p.m.
UCR ARTS: California Museum of Photography

These artists face fire, sift its aftermath, and struggle with its implications. Throughout is the uneasy sense that wildfire is a stand-in, a site of displacement for more immaterial fears, for the amorphous anxieties of the age.

Artists: Noah Berger • Kevin Cooley • Josh Edelson • Samantha Fields • Jeff Frost • Luther Gerlach • Christian Houge • Richard Hutter • Christoph Kapeller • Benoit Malphettes • Anna Mayer • Cody Norris • Stuart Palley • Norma I. Quintana • Justin Sullivan • Joan Wulf

Link: https://ucrarts.ucr.edu/Exhibition/List

Save the Date.  Free Reception Saturday, February 29, 6 to 9 p.m.Facing Fire:  Art, Wildfire, and the End of Nature in t...
02/12/2020

Save the Date. Free Reception Saturday, February 29, 6 to 9 p.m.
Facing Fire: Art, Wildfire, and the End of Nature in the New West
UCR ARTS: California Museum of Photography

Josh Edelson explains his motives: “Natural disasters are the core driver of why I do photojournalism. It seems important to bear witness to the actual lack of control of almighty humans.”

Artists: Noah Berger • Kevin Cooley • Josh Edelson • Samantha Fields • Jeff Frost • Luther Gerlach • Christian Houge • Richard Hutter • Christoph Kapeller • Benoit Malphettes • Anna Mayer • Cody Norris • Stuart Palley • Norma I. Quintana • Justin Sullivan • Joan Wulf

Image:
Josh Edelson: Fallen power lines on burned vehicles, Paradise, California: Camp Fire, November 10, 2018, 2018

Link: https://ucrarts.ucr.edu/Exhibition/List

Facing Fire:  Art, Wildfire, and the End of Nature in the New WestSave the Date. Reception Saturday, February 29, 6 to 9...
02/11/2020

Facing Fire: Art, Wildfire, and the End of Nature in the New West
Save the Date. Reception Saturday, February 29, 6 to 9 p.m.
UCR ARTS: California Museum of Photography

These artists are like poets who enter a burning building and bring back reports of majesty, fear, and flame.

Artists: Noah Berger • Kevin Cooley • Josh Edelson • Samantha Fields • Jeff Frost • Luther Gerlach • Christian Houge • Richard Hutter • Christoph Kapeller • Benoit Malphettes • Anna Mayer • Cody Norris • Stuart Palley • Norma I. Quintana • Justin Sullivan • Joan Wulf

Link: https://ucrarts.ucr.edu/Exhibition/List

Save the Date.  Free Reception Saturday, February 29, 6 to 9 p.m.Facing Fire:  Art, Wildfire, and the End of Nature in t...
02/05/2020

Save the Date. Free Reception Saturday, February 29, 6 to 9 p.m.
Facing Fire: Art, Wildfire, and the End of Nature in the New West
UCR ARTS: California Museum of Photography

Noah Berger’s fire photography addiction has been fed by one hundred and fifty fires. “I got hooked on the experience of being out here,” he says. “It strips off the mundane layers of life.” Berger’s California wildfire photographs earned him a 2019 Pulitzer Prize nomination.

Artists: Noah Berger • Kevin Cooley • Josh Edelson • Samantha Fields • Jeff Frost • Luther Gerlach • Christian Houge • Richard Hutter • Christoph Kapeller • Benoit Malphettes • Anna Mayer • Cody Norris • Stuart Palley • Norma I. Quintana • Justin Sullivan • Joan Wulf

Image: Noah Berger: Kincade Fire, 2019

Link: https://ucrarts.ucr.edu/Exhibition/List

Facing Fire:  Art, Wildfire, and the End of Nature in the New WestSave the Date. Reception Saturday, February 29, 6 to 9...
02/04/2020

Facing Fire: Art, Wildfire, and the End of Nature in the New West
Save the Date. Reception Saturday, February 29, 6 to 9 p.m.
UCR ARTS: California Museum of Photography

Norma I. Quintana builds a photographic memorial—seventy charred objects sifted from the powdery ash: charcoal husks of cameras bodies, slumped remnants of rings, a bisque doll hand—the abiding persistence of memory.

Artists: Noah Berger • Kevin Cooley • Josh Edelson • Samantha Fields • Jeff Frost • Luther Gerlach • Christian Houge • Richard Hutter • Christoph Kapeller • Benoit Malphettes • Anna Mayer • Cody Norris • Stuart Palley • Norma I. Quintana • Justin Sullivan • Joan Wulf

Link: https://ucrarts.ucr.edu/Exhibition/List

Save the Date.  Free Reception Saturday, February 29, 6 to 9 p.m.Facing Fire:  Art, Wildfire, and the End of Nature in t...
01/28/2020

Save the Date. Free Reception Saturday, February 29, 6 to 9 p.m.
Facing Fire: Art, Wildfire, and the End of Nature in the New West
UCR ARTS: California Museum of Photography

Stuart Palley has photographed more than hundred fires. He specializes in images made at night. He opens his shutter for a second to four minutes or more. He bathes the sensors in the unique radiant light of fire and moon, smoke and stars.

Artists: Noah Berger • Kevin Cooley • Josh Edelson • Samantha Fields • Jeff Frost • Luther Gerlach • Christian Houge • Richard Hutter • Christoph Kapeller • Benoit Malphettes • Anna Mayer • Cody Norris • Stuart Palley • Norma I. Quintana • Justin Sullivan • Joan Wulf

Image:
Stuart Palley: El Portal Fire, Yosemite National Park, 2014

Link: https://ucrarts.ucr.edu/Exhibition/List

Facing Fire:  Art, Wildfire, and the End of Nature in the New WestSave the Date.  Reception Saturday, February 29, 6 to ...
01/28/2020

Facing Fire: Art, Wildfire, and the End of Nature in the New West
Save the Date. Reception Saturday, February 29, 6 to 9 p.m.
UCR ARTS: California Museum of Photography

California’s diverse ecologies are fire-prone, fire-adapted, even fire-dependent. In the past two decades, however, West Coast wildfires have exploded in scale and severity. There is a powerful consensus that we have entered a new era—nature unbalanced, the end of the stable world.

Artists: Noah Berger • Kevin Cooley • Josh Edelson • Samantha Fields • Jeff Frost • Luther Gerlach • Christian Houge • Richard Hutter • Christoph Kapeller • Benoit Malphettes • Anna Mayer • Cody Norris • Stuart Palley • Norma I. Quintana • Justin Sullivan • Joan Wulf

Link: https://ucrarts.ucr.edu/Exhibition/List

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By joining the California Museum of Photography and Culver Center of the Arts, UCR ARTS serves as a cultural anchor for the University and the City in the heart of historic downtown Riverside. The mission of UCR ARTS is to encourage appreciate and engagement of art and photography through exhibitions, performances, and educational programs. The Museum is dedicated to preserving a holistic history of photography; the Culver is commited to serving as an incubator for bold ideas and artistic expressions. Visit our website for more information → ucrarts.ucr.edu

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