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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, UCR ARTS serves as a cultural anchor for the University and the City in the heart of historic downtown Riverside. Visit our website for more information → ucrarts.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.

Come make protest posters with us at the NextGenUnited Juneteenth event! We’re here until 5pm. Thank you to artist Matt ...
06/19/2020

Come make protest posters with us at the NextGenUnited Juneteenth event! We’re here until 5pm. Thank you to artist Matt Luther for the screen printed posters!
#blacklivesmatter #juneteenth

Join us in celebrating #Juneteenth tomorrow at these community events. UCR Black Faculty and Staff Association’s week-lo...
06/19/2020

Join us in celebrating #Juneteenth tomorrow at these community events. UCR Black Faculty and Staff Association’s week-long celebration will continue tomorrow with Words of Affirmation at 11am. Then we will then be at NextGenUnited’s Juneteenth Event in Redlands from 2-5pm where we will have a protest poster making table!

Congrats to #UCRiverside Department of Art Seniors on their graduation! 🎓 Let's take a moment to recognize all of their ...
06/16/2020
Class of 2020 Art Exhibition

Congrats to #UCRiverside Department of Art Seniors on their graduation! 🎓 Let's take a moment to recognize all of their hard work.

Read about how they set up an online exhibition in the face of a global pandemic this year: chass.ucr.edu/press/2020/05/29/class-2020-art-exhibition

View the exhibition: art.ucr.edu/seniorexhibition2020/

Every spring, seniors in UC Riverside’s Department o

Free event: Virtual Family First SundaySunday, June 7, 11 amGather your scissors, construction paper, and glue sticks! J...
06/06/2020

Free event: Virtual Family First Sunday
Sunday, June 7, 11 am

Gather your scissors, construction paper, and glue sticks! Join us this Sunday on Zoom for a story time and art activity. During story time, we'll learn about artists who worked with collage, Romare Bearden and Henri Matisse, then we'll create collages of our own.

Visit virtualucrarts.ucr.edu/activities to register.

New Exhibition 🎨Seniors in the #UCRCHASS Department of Art present the virtual exhibition, "Home Bodies"Visit art.ucr.ed...
06/06/2020

New Exhibition 🎨

Seniors in the #UCRCHASS Department of Art present the virtual exhibition, "Home Bodies"

Visit art.ucr.edu/seniorexhibition2020 starting Saturday, June 6 to view their projects.

At UCR ARTS, we stand with #BlackLivesMatter and protestors throughout the nation in demanding change. We mourn the loss...
06/02/2020

At UCR ARTS, we stand with #BlackLivesMatter and protestors throughout the nation in demanding change. We mourn the loss of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and too many others. We are committed to working toward a future that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive.

#Throwback to the 2017 exhibition "Politics of Portraiture" 👩‍🎨The exhibition featured selections from the Permanent Col...
05/28/2020

#Throwback to the 2017 exhibition "Politics of Portraiture" 👩‍🎨

The exhibition featured selections from the Permanent Collection of UCR Sweeney Art Gallery by Karen Carson, Catherine Howe, Yishai Jusidman, Marina Kappos, and Brian Tucker.

Grab your crayons and colored pencils! 🖍 We created a fun coloring sheet based on one of our favorite photos in our coll...
05/22/2020

Grab your crayons and colored pencils! 🖍 We created a fun coloring sheet based on one of our favorite photos in our collection, just for you.

Print it here: virtualucrarts.ucr.edu/2020/05/22/ansel-adams-coloring-sheet/

THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF screening +  filmmaker Q&A tonight at 5pm! Get your ticket here https://virtualucrarts.ucr.edu...
05/22/2020

THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF screening + filmmaker Q&A tonight at 5pm! Get your ticket here https://virtualucrarts.ucr.edu/the-painter-and-the-thief/ for the #Sundance 2020 Winner for Creative Storytelling. (Be sure to choose UCR ARTS as your theater when checking-out!) #JoinMovieNight

#ThrowbackThursday! This is the Culver Center's 10th year of bringing you groundbreaking exhibitions. Some might even sa...
05/21/2020

#ThrowbackThursday! This is the Culver Center's 10th year of bringing you groundbreaking exhibitions. Some might even say they're ... out of this world. 🛸

In 2013, Venzha Christ created a sound installation in the Culver Center's Intermedia Studio based on his travels to the secretive U.S. military base Area 51 where he made recordings of the sounds emanating from and around the base. 🔊👽

👊💥 Black Kirby's 2018 exhibition, "UNCAGED: Hero for Higher," is BACK!"UNCAGED" was a critical race design installation ...
05/20/2020

👊💥 Black Kirby's 2018 exhibition, "UNCAGED: Hero for Higher," is BACK!

"UNCAGED" was a critical race design installation that actively engaged with and analyzed Marvel's #LukeCage character and his history as a representation for black masculinity in American comics culture.

Visit virtualucrarts.ucr.edu/uncaged/ to view the virtual exhibition.

#MuseumFromHome

Enjoy our works from our collection on your island! We have some custom pieces to decorate your Animal Crossing: New Hor...
05/18/2020

Enjoy our works from our collection on your island! We have some custom pieces to decorate your Animal Crossing: New Horizons home.

Click the link to get them: virtualucrarts.ucr.edu/2020/05/08/ucr-arts-animal-crossing/

A list of 10 online arts resources in Riverside County from Riverside County Office of Education to help you stay active...
05/16/2020

A list of 10 online arts resources in Riverside County from Riverside County Office of Education to help you stay active and creative. 🎨

If you're interested in our story time and art activities, visit virtualucrarts.ucr.edu/activities/ to get started!

05/15/2020
Eadweard Muybridge & The Motion Picture

In the UCR ARTS for Kids series we are learning about the history of photography and doing activities that help us understand early photography. Learn about the photographer who created the first motion picture and create your own motion pictures using two different methods – the flipbook and stop motion!

05/14/2020
Sweeney Art Gallery | The Great Picture Delivery & Installation (Short)

In 2006, the world's largest print photograph was created. In 2011, "The Great Picture" came to the Culver Center. 📷

How could a Guinness World Records-winning photograph with dimensions of 32 x 111 feet possibly fit in our atrium? We have a video about how it was delivered and installed to show you.

View it here: https://youtu.be/wF_g0ZY2AnM

Learn more about THE GREAT PICTURE at http://sweeney.ucr.edu/exhibitions/the-great-picture/ UCR Sweeney Art Gallery & Culver Center of the Arts present The G...

#MuseumFromHome An image and excerpt from the exhibition "Facing Fire" 🔥⬇⁣⁣"Fire is a powerful natural force that we har...
05/12/2020

#MuseumFromHome An image and excerpt from the exhibition "Facing Fire" 🔥⬇⁣

"Fire is a powerful natural force that we harness for the greater good,” writes Kevin Cooley. “It is the only classical element we can create on demand, yet when out of control it has the potential for grave destruction.”⁣

His initial inspiration for "Controlled Burns" came from the smoke signals that issue from the Sistine Chapel chimney during the election of a new Pope—using fire and smoke as a basic form of communication.⁣

"Controlled Burns" is a visual representation of the inherent duality in how we interact with nature, symbolizing our desire to conquer and control nature, reminding us that sometimes we must fight fire with fire.” The series is part of Cooley’s larger artistic practice focusing on the human relationship to nature.⁣

View more of the exhibition on virtualucrarts.ucr.edu ⁣

📸: Kevin Cooley, "Controlled Burn #1", 2013, archival pigment print, courtesy of the artist and Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles.

We miss Friday night film screenings at the Culver Center too. 😥 Until we are able to reconvene in the screening room on...
05/09/2020

We miss Friday night film screenings at the Culver Center too. 😥 Until we are able to reconvene in the screening room once again, we invite you to check out our Virtual Cinema! We’re partnering with a number of distributors to bring you the latest in independent, documentary, and international film in the coming months.

Visit: virtualucrarts.ucr.edu/cinema

50% of all proceeds go directly towards supporting UCR ARTS!

05/08/2020
DIY Sun Prints ☀

Create your own sun print and learn about #cyanotypes! It’s the perfect activity to do on a sunny day and they make a great handmade Mother’s Day gift. You can use sun print paper or construction paper that you may already have at home! Check out virtualucrarts.ucr.edu for more activities you can try with the family.

#MuseumFromHome #MomIGotYouThisArt

A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT 🎉We have created a brand new website for you to enjoy your favorite #museumfromhome. At virtualucrart...
04/30/2020

A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT 🎉

We have created a brand new website for you to enjoy your favorite #museumfromhome. At virtualucrarts.ucr.edu you will find VIRTUAL TOURS of our most recent shows, ACTIVITIES for kids and families, ARTIST INTERVIEWS, and much more! We will keep adding content regularly, so make sure to bookmark it and visit often.

We are excited about this opportunity to connect with you and hope you enjoy it!

04/29/2020
Culver Center of the Arts | Gala Reception: Bre Dance Studio

Hey, Bre Dance Studio! Happy #InternationalDanceDay! Remember this? #TBT 🩰👯‍♀️

Bre Dance Studio was the first to dance on our floors ten years ago! View this incredible video of their dancers from our Grand Opening on October 7, 2010 below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIqvza9eG7U

Visit http://www.culvercenter.ucr.edu/performances/ for upcoming performances at the Culver Center. Performed on October 7, 2010 at the Culver Center Riversi...

04/28/2020
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For today’s #MuseumMonday challenge, we’re looking for lines! Line is one of the seven basic elements of art, which are ...
04/27/2020

For today’s #MuseumMonday challenge, we’re looking for lines! Line is one of the seven basic elements of art, which are building blocks for artists. Lines can be used in many ways from defining shapes to conveying meaning, and more. There are many different types of lines – horizontal, vertical, or diagonal; straight or curved; thick or thin; light or dark; implied or actual. What lines can you find? How would you describe these lines? Take picture and tag us!⁣

Here are some lines that stood out to us in works from our collection and exhibitions:�⁣
1. The chaos of the many blurred lines (vertical, horizontal, diagonal, straight, curvy!) that bring our attention to the riders in focus: Ray Barbee @r.barbee, “Castle Park, Riverside, California,” Courtesy of the artist.⁣
2. The jagged, fiery line of this wildfire in contrast to the curved, cool lines from the pool: Kevin Cooley @kevincooley_, “Swimming Pool, Woolsey Fire,” 2018, Archival pigment print, Courtesy of the artist and Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles.⁣
3. The implied line from the photographer looking to the left of this photograph: Horace Dade Ashton, “Looking N. up Fifth Ave. past Flatiron Bldg. and Madison Sq., New York.” ca. 1905, Stereo card, University Print Collection. @ Riverside, California

Congrats to #UCRCHASS Music Professor Paulo C. Chagas! 🎉 His exhibition, "Sound Imaginations," was on view at the Culver...
04/23/2020
Connecting the world through images and sound

Congrats to #UCRCHASS Music Professor Paulo C. Chagas! 🎉 His exhibition, "Sound Imaginations," was on view at the Culver Center of the Arts in early March. The project combined scholarship on sound studies and artistic research on immersive sound and video in our Black Box Theatre.

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

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

It's #NationalParkWeek 🌳🏞🌎 Here are a few breathtaking images from our favorite national parks. Swipe ➡ to view.⁣⁣⁣⁣Want...
04/21/2020

It's #NationalParkWeek 🌳🏞🌎 Here are a few breathtaking images from our favorite national parks. Swipe ➡ to view.⁣⁣
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Want to explore more of the country with us from your home? Just visit ucr.emuseum.com and type your favorite national park into the search bar.⁣⁣
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#MuseumFromHome #MuseumMomentofZen⁣ #FindYourPark⁣
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Images:⁣⁣
1. Earl Dible, "Yosemite Valley", 1940-1945, color transparency, gift of Craig Wallace Dible.⁣⁣
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2. Keystone View Company, "Riverside Geyser in Eruption, Upper Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. (Inscription)", gelatin silver contact print, Keystone-Mast Collection, UCR/California Museum of Photography, University of California, Riverside.⁣⁣
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3. Underwood & Underwood, "(47) -8968- Nearly a mile straight down and only a step-from Glacier Point (N.W.), Yosemite, Cal.", 1902, stereo card, gift of Mrs. Letha Van Pelt.⁣⁣
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4. Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe, "View from the south rim of the Grand Canyon with Thomas Moran and California Condor number 32", 2007, inkjet print, gift of the artists.⁣⁣
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5. Emmet A. Ingram, Keystone View Company, "A spectacular scene in the icicle room, on the trail in the polar region, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico", June 7, 1934, gelatin silver contact print, Keystone-Mast Collection, UCR/California Museum of Photography, University of California, Riverside⁣⁣
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6. Underwood & Underwood, "Looking into the depths of the crevasse. Stephen's Glacier, Mt. Rainier. Washington. (Inscription)", gelatin silver contact print, Keystone-Mast Collection, UCR/California Museum of Photography, University of California, Riverside @ Yosemite National Park

It's #NationalParkWeek 🌳🏞 Here are a few breathtaking images from of our favorite national parks.Want to explore more of...
04/21/2020

It's #NationalParkWeek 🌳🏞 Here are a few breathtaking images from of our favorite national parks.

Want to explore more of the country with us from your home? Just visit ucr.emuseum.com and type your favorite national park into the search bar.

#MuseumFromHome #MuseumMomentofZen

Images:
1. Earl Dible, "Yosemite Valley", 1940-1945, color transparency, gift of Craig Wallace Dible.

2. Underwood & Underwood, "(47) -8968- Nearly a mile straight down and only a step-from Glacier Point (N.W.), Yosemite, Cal.", 1902, stereo card, gift of Mrs. Letha Van Pelt.

3. Keystone View Company, "Riverside Geyser in Eruption, Upper Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. (Inscription)", gelatin silver contact print, Keystone-Mast Collection, UCR/California Museum of Photography, University of California, Riverside.

4. Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe, "View from the south rim of the Grand Canyon with Thomas Moran and California Condor number 32", 2007, inkjet print, gift of the artists.

5. Emmet A. Ingram, Keystone View Company, "A spectacular scene in the icicle room, on the trail in the polar region, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico", June 7, 1934, gelatin silver contact print, Keystone-Mast Collection, UCR/California Museum of Photography, University of California, Riverside

6. Underwood & Underwood, "Looking into the depths of the crevasse. Stephen's Glacier, Mt. Rainier. Washington. (Inscription)", gelatin silver contact print, Keystone-Mast Collection, UCR/California Museum of Photography, University of California, Riverside

Today’s #MuseumMonday challenge is to create a #landscape photograph! Landscape photography can be of a natural environm...
04/20/2020

Today’s #MuseumMonday challenge is to create a #landscape photograph! Landscape photography can be of a natural environment, a human-made environment, or anything that describes a place. You can take a landscape photograph in your backyard, on your street, or create a miniature landscape like the urban designers in the photograph by Ansel Adams. Be sure to tag @UCRARTS in your photo and make it public so we can share it! ⁣⁣
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Here are some examples from our exhibitions and collection for inspiration:⁣⁣
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1. Amir Zaki, “Concrete Vessel 58,” 2018, Archival pigment print, Courtesy of the Artist.⁣⁣
2. Ansel Adams, “University of California,” ca. 1960-1970, Gelatin silver film negative, Sweeney/Rubin Ansel Adams Fiat Lux Collection.⁣⁣
3. Charles Bierstadt, “Mirror View of Yosemite Valley,” date not indicated, Stereo card, Gift of Richard N. Pitman.⁣⁣
4. Ansel Adams, “Urban Design, 2 People,” December 1966, Gelatin silver film negative, Sweeney/Rubin Ansel Adams Fiat Lux Collection.

🔥 "Humanity is linked to fire, and we are deeply fascinated by it.”-Douglas McCulloh, UCR ARTS Senior CuratorRead the fu...
04/14/2020
Out of the ashes and into the fire

🔥 "Humanity is linked to fire, and we are deeply fascinated by it.”

-Douglas McCulloh, UCR ARTS Senior Curator

Read the full article about "Facing Fire" here: news.ucr.edu/articles//2020/02/19/out-ashes-and-fire

‘Facing Fire’ explores the beauty, threat, and devastation of California’s growing wildfires

We love seeing everyone’s recreations of artworks while in quarantine and on this #MuseumMonday we are challenging you t...
04/13/2020

We love seeing everyone’s recreations of artworks while in quarantine and on this #MuseumMonday we are challenging you to recreate a photograph from the #UCRARTS collection! Here are some examples from our collection to recreate and you can find more on ucrarts.ucr.edu! Here’s what you do:⁣⁣
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• Choose your favorite artwork.⁣⁣
• Find three things lying around your house⁣⁣
• Recreate the artwork with those items.⁣⁣
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Be sure to tag #ucrarts and #betweenartandquarantine!⁣⁣
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Challenge inspired by Rijksmuseum, Tussen kunst en quarantaine, and @Getty.
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1. Lou Charno, “Thomas Hart Benton,” 1954, Gift of Lou Charno.”
2. Olindo O. Ceccarini, “Joan Crawford,” not dated, Gift of Olindo O. Ceccarini.⁣⁣
3. George Faitzer-Feroff, “Untitled (Girl with Oranges),” ca. 1930-1939, Carbro color print, Gift of Nina George Seegman.⁣⁣

04/09/2020

Can you believe the Culver Center has been around for 10 years?!

What was your favorite exhibition?

1. Second Wave (2015)
2. Red Carpet in C (2018)
3. Mundos Alternos (2017)
4. Patrick Quan: Accidents and Failures (2013)

Artworks are not static. Their meaning mutates as the world changes and so do the eyes of their beholders. When artist A...
04/07/2020

Artworks are not static. Their meaning mutates as the world changes and so do the eyes of their beholders. When artist Amir Zaki started taking photographs for this project, he had to get up at dawn in order to find completely vacant spaces. Only a few weeks ago emptiness was not associated with urban landscapes. What was then a creative exercise on form and function, movement and stillness, containing and emptying, now speaks directly to our daily lives on a global scale.

The museum is momentarily closed, but all of us at UCR ARTS are still committed to giving you the art fix you deserve from home. Stay tuned for more images from our exhibitions and collection. ⁣

"Empty Vessel" presents two new bodies of photographs by Amir Zaki featuring either vacant landscapes of California skateparks or still lifes of shards from broken, ceramic containers. The shards are clearly from earthenware pots, but both subjects are “vessels” in that the skateparks are sunken into the clay of the earth. Hung in proximity to one another, sometimes juxtaposed, the images generate a complex conversation around the notion of “emptiness,” which includes removing presuppositions from one’s mind about what one is about to experience, is experiencing, or has experienced. By disentangling the mind of one’s own stories and worries, one can be open to other possibilities presented by perception itself. Thus Zaki’s "Empty Vessel", as an exhibition, provides a platform for contemplating duality and the more ambiguous third space that exists between linked elements which cannot exist without each other: form and emptiness; function and aesthetics; holding and letting go; containing and emptying.

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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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