Arts + Culture

UCLA Arts announces Winter 2016 public events calendar

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José Montoya car illustration
Courtesy of the Montoya Family Trust

José Montoya, “Untitled,”date unknown. Ink on paper, 12.5 x 19.5 cm.

The UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture (UCLA Arts) will present more than 175 public events this winter showcasing the depth and diversity of UCLA Arts activities and creative programming.

Programs include lectures by New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast, art critic Ben Davis, UCLA professor of architecture Greg Lynn, and audio-visual artist David Wexler AKA Dr. Strangeloop. There will also be student exhibitions showing work from UCLA’s top-ranked fine arts programs; student performances directed by renowned faculty including Kenny Burrell; and the rich offerings of the Fowler Museum, the Hammer Museum and the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA (CAP UCLA). Many of the events are free, thanks to the generous support of donors, and all are open to the public.

Lectures, readings and conferences

Jan. 26: David Wexler AKA Dr. Strangeloop is an audio-visual artist based in Los Angeles and founder of Strangeloop Studios a/v + Teaching Machine a/v thinktank. Strangeloop has produced visuals for numerous artists including Erykah Badu, Flying Lotus and Skrillex. Presented by the UCLA Department of Design Media Arts Lecture Series.

Jan. 31: Roz Chast, beloved New Yorker cartoonist, will read from her Kirkus Prize-winning first memoir, “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?,” which harnesses her signature wit as she recounts her experience caring for her aging parents. Presented by CAP UCLA.

Feb. 4: Ben Davis is the national art critic for artnet News. His writings have appeared in Frieze, New York and The Village Voice. He is author of the critically acclaimed collection of essays, “9.5 Theses on Art and Class.” Presented by the UCLA Department of Art Lecture Series.

Feb. 8: Greg Lynn is the founder of Greg Lynn FORM, and has been a professor in the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design since 1998. For 30 years he has explored the intersection of the digital and physical in architecture. At the 11th Venice Biennale of Architecture, Lynn was awarded the Golden Lion and returns in 2016 where he will represent the United States in the American Pavilion for the second time.

Mar. 4–6: The UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology hosts the Society for Ethnomusicology, Southern California and Hawaii Chapter 50th Anniversary Conference. The conference is open to the public and features panels and lectures by prominent ethnomusicologists, a keynote address and a concert by UCLA student ensembles.

Exhibitions

Feb. 11–25: The UCLA Department of Art presents its undergraduate juried exhibition, which features work by undergraduate students selected by Rita Gonzalez, curator, Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Feb. 21–May 15: “Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933–1957” at the Hammer Museum at UCLA is the first comprehensive museum exhibition in the United States about the experimental liberal arts college where influential artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, John Cage, Josef and Anni Albers and Merce Cunningham studied and taught.

Feb. 21–July 17: The Fowler Museum at UCLA presents the “José Montoya’s Abundant Harvest: Works on Paper/Works on Life,” an exhibition that honors the artist’s prolific work as well as his subject matter in an exhaustive and energetic survey. An opening preview and party will be held on Saturday, Feb. 20 featuring live music, specialty cocktails by Tito’s Vodka, and edible artwork by The Great Tortilla Conspiracy. RSVP required.

Performances by UCLA’s world-class student ensembles and guests

Feb. 1: The Visual and Performing Arts Education program and the UCLA Art | Sci Center present a sound bath with Ossie Mair. The “OM Rhythm Circles Sound Bath Experience” is a journey of sound and vibration in which participants are bathed in the healing vibrations of gongs, Tibetan Singing Bowls, didgeridoos, hand pan and other gentle, relaxing instruments.

Feb. 10: The UCLA Art and Global Health Center presents its annual “Mouthwatering Valentine’s Party and Performance with the UCLA Sex Squad!” This Valentine’s Day celebration is a night of performance by student groups and the UCLA Sex Squad. The UCLA Sex Squad uses personal stories, creative talents, and humor to create powerful performances that open up dialogue about sexual health and communication.

Feb. 12, 14, 19 and 21: Opera UCLA presents “Cosi Fan Tutte” (Mozart/Da Ponte), a Downton Abbey-inspired production with the UCLA Philharmonia, conducted by professor Neal Stulberg, and directed by Peter Kazaras. Co-produced with the UCLA Department of Theater.

Feb. 29: The UCLA Jazz Combos concert features UCLA student combos, directed by George Bohanon, Kenny Burrell, Clayton Cameron, Charley Harrison, Charles Owens and Michele Weir.

Mar. 4: Three-time Grammy award winner Lucinda Williams effortlessly blends folk, rock, country and blues. The Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA presents a concert in which Williams is joined by Bill Frisell for an exciting collaboration from her upcoming album. Sean Rowe opens the evening.

For a complete listing, visit the UCLA Arts events calendar.

For ticketed events, go to www.tickets.ucla.edu or contact the UCLA Central Ticket Office at 310-825-2101. All-day parking is available for $12; short-term parking is also available (payable at pay stations). Programs are subject to change.

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