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.

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

"What does it mean to grieve potential? What does it mean to grieve futurity?” asks Alyse Yeargan, a doctoral student in...
01/27/2020
She sees dead people

"What does it mean to grieve potential? What does it mean to grieve futurity?” asks Alyse Yeargan, a doctoral student in the #UCRCHASS public history program at UC Riverside. Her research of 19th century photography includes the California Museum of Photography's collection of 200+ postmortem photographs.

Read the article: https://news.ucr.edu/articles/2019/12/06/she-sees-dead-people

History doctoral student Alyse Yeargan studies photographs of the deceased to understand how and why we grieve

Save the Date.  Free Reception Saturday, February 29, 6 to 9 p.m.Facing Fire:  Art, Wildfire, and the End of Nature in t...
01/22/2020

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

Christian Houge spent seven years collecting taxidermied animals, often rare trophy specimens. He mounts them on English wallpapers from the era of colonial conquest. Then he burns them. “Conceptually, the series comprises a performance, a totemic ritual. Existentially, I’m setting the animal free, I’m closing the circle. And physically, I’m destroying an object and thereby removing it from the market.” The project, of course, also casts light on worldwide issues of environment and climate.

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:
Christian Houge: Puma from the series Residence of Impermanence, 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 ...
01/21/2020

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

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: ucrarts.ucr.edu/Exhibition/List

We would like to say a huge thank you to Jim and Georgia Steinhart for their generous donation to the UCR ARTS collectio...
01/20/2020
Comprehensive digital photography collection and $500k endowment donated to UCR ARTS

We would like to say a huge thank you to Jim and Georgia Steinhart for their generous donation to the UCR ARTS collection!

news.ucr.edu/articles/2019/12/04/comprehensive-digital-photography-collection-and-500k-endowment-donated-ucr

The gift from Jim and Georgia Steinhart marks the art center’s inaugural born-digital collection and first-ever endowment

ONLY A FEW DAYS LEFT!"Ultimately, this exhibition is for all who have a 'sweet tooth' for political interdisciplinary ar...
01/16/2020
UCR ARTSblock Reflections Eternal - Artillery Magazine

ONLY A FEW DAYS LEFT!

"Ultimately, this exhibition is for all who have a 'sweet tooth' for political interdisciplinary art-making practices."

-Richard May of Artillery Magazine in a review of "Reflection Eternal: The Candyman Illustrated Syllabus" 🔥

"Reflection Eternal" is on view at the Culver Center of the Arts now - January 19.

artillerymag.com/ucr-artsblock-reflections-eternal/

Ralph Ellison’s prologue to Invisible Man (1952) states “No, I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allen Poe; nor am I one of your Hollywood-movie

What are #UCR graduates up to? This one curates exhibitions!2012 MA Art History graduate, Sarah Bay Gachot, curated "Rob...
12/12/2019
An alumna at work

What are #UCR graduates up to? This one curates exhibitions!

2012 MA Art History graduate, Sarah Bay Gachot, curated "Robert Cumming: The Secret Life of Objects," on view at #UCRARTS now - Feb. 2, 2020.

Read more: https://chass.ucr.edu/press/2019/10/30/alumna-work

Curator and writer Sara Bay Gachot returns to Rivers

11/22/2019
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Hey Riverside Music Lovers! Outpost Concert Series is BACK with an artist lineup that you won't want to miss.----Outpost...
10/22/2019

Hey Riverside Music Lovers! Outpost Concert Series is BACK with an artist lineup that you won't want to miss.
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Outpost Concert Series 2019-2020 Season:

Wednesday, Nov. 6th, 2019
Mobius Trio

Tuesday, Jan. 28th, 2020
The Living Earth Show

Tuesday, Feb. 25th, 2020
~Nois

Monday, March 9th, 2020
Panic Duo

Tuesday, April 7th, 2020
Mivos Quartet
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All concerts are 7:00 - 8:30 pm and free and open to the public.

For more info, visit ucrarts.ucr.edu or outpost.ucr.edu

Susan Straight, In the Country of WomenTuesday, October 8, 2019 • 7 PMCulver Center of the Arts3824 Main StreetRiverside...
10/01/2019

Susan Straight, In the Country of Women
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 • 7 PM
Culver Center of the Arts
3824 Main Street
Riverside, CA 92501

Free: Reservations required. Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-conversation-with-susan-straight-in-the-country-of-women-tickets-72742497769

To understand my daughters and their sisterhood, you have to know the women and sisters who came before.

In the Country of Women is a valuable social history and a personal narrative that reads like a love song to America and indomitable women. In inland Southern California, near the desert and the Mexican border, Susan Straight, a self-proclaimed book nerd, and Dwayne Sims, an African American basketball player, started dating in high school. After college, they married and drove to Amherst, Massachusetts, where Straight met her teacher and mentor, James Baldwin, who encouraged her to write. Once back in Riverside, at driveway barbecues and fish fries with the large, close-knit Sims family, Straight—and eventually her three daughters—heard for decades the stories of Dwayne’s female ancestors. Some women escaped violence in post-slavery Tennessee, some escaped murder in Jim Crow Mississippi, and some fled abusive men. Straight’s mother-in-law, Alberta Sims, is the descendant at the heart of this memoir. Susan’s family, too, reflects the hardship and resilience of women pushing onward—from Switzerland, Canada, and the Colorado Rockies to California.

BBC Culture: One of 10 Books to Read this Month
Kirkus Reviews (starred)
The National Book Review, 1 of 5 Hot Books to Read This Month

We hope to see you at the opening reception for "Robert Cumming: The Secret Life of Objects" this Saturday, October 5th,...
09/30/2019

We hope to see you at the opening reception for "Robert Cumming: The Secret Life of Objects" this Saturday, October 5th, 6 - 8 pm!

Robert Cumming: the Secret Life of Objects, is now on view at the California Museum of Photography, UCR ARTSblock , with an opening reception Saturday, October 5, from 6-9 pm. Lovely to bring this work back to the part of the world where much of it was made! The exhibition focuses on the artist's fabricated photography from the 1970s and includes work that led into, supported, and came after, such as his mail art, sketches, artist’s books, props, and items related to his long-term obsession with the nautical style in architecture. https://ucrarts.ucr.edu/Exhibition/robert-cumming

Opening in 3 weeks!...“Robert Cumming: The Secret Life of Objects”...This exhibition traces the trajectory of Cumming’s ...
09/05/2019

Opening in 3 weeks!
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This exhibition traces the trajectory of Cumming’s work through several decades and focuses on his singular appreciation for the power of objects in art.
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“Robert Cumming: The Secret Life of Objects” is the first major museum survey in nearly 20 years dedicated to the artist’s exceptional photographic projects.
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This exhibition is organized by the George Eastman Museum, and is curated by Sarah Bay Gachot (MA 2012, UCR).
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On view at the California Museum of Photography September 26, 2018 - February 2, 2020.�.
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Image: Robert Cumming, “Mosquito Field,” 1974. Gelatin silver print. Courtesy of the artist. © Robert Cumming
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Join us tomorrow night during First Thursday for a film screening of "Albatross"....FREE ADMISSION!..."Albatross" is a p...
09/04/2019

Join us tomorrow night during First Thursday for a film screening of "Albatross".
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"Albatross" is a powerful visual journey into the heart of a gut-wrenching environmental tragedy. "Albatross" walks us through the fire of horror and grief, facing the immensity of this tragedy — and our own complicity — head on. And in this process, we find an unexpected route to a deeply felt experience of beauty and love for the miracle of life on Earth.
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“Albatross” is presented as part of the exhibition Chris Jordan: Intolerable Beauty, on view at the Culver Center of the Arts July 6, 2019 through January 5, 2020.
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Check out the newest exhibition from creative duo Black Kirby — John Jennings and Stacey Robinson — centered on the 1992...
09/04/2019
Decoding race, monstrosity, and desire in ‘Candyman’

Check out the newest exhibition from creative duo Black Kirby — John Jennings and Stacey Robinson — centered on the 1992 film “Candyman” and projections of monstrosity, urban legends, and the legacy of racism. Read more about the show, now open at the Culver Center of the Arts, here:

https://bit.ly/329aC4a

“Reflection Eternal,” on view at the Culver Center of the Arts Aug. 31-Jan. 19, unpacks the iconic horror film figure

Rita Souther, Exhibitions Manager (left), and Grace Saunders, Preparator (right), decide on wall colors for the upcoming...
08/21/2019

Rita Souther, Exhibitions Manager (left), and Grace Saunders, Preparator (right), decide on wall colors for the upcoming show “Color Shift”, opening August 31.
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“Color Shift” explores the tumultuous relationship between photography and color. The exhibition draws from the California Museum of Photography's extensive collection to explore the many ways in which we encounter color in photography, from the added to the actual.
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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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