Arts + Culture

UCLA Arts to feature 250 public events this fall

Speakers and performers include Martha Clarke, Robert Hale, Mikhail Baryshnikov and many others

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Beit Ha-Ahava
Courtesy of Richard Hale

Architecture and urban design alumnus Richard Hale, who designed Beit Ha-Ahava “House of Love,” will give the Distinguished Alumni Lecture on Oct. 17.

The UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture (UCLA Arts) will present more than 250 performances, lectures, exhibitions and other programs this quarter showcasing a great depth and diversity of activities and creative programming.

Programs include lectures by architect and alumnus Robert Hale; artist Amie Siegel; MacArthur Fellow, theater director, and choreographer Martha Clarke; and Director of the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Arts Education Branch, Rory Pullens. There will be student exhibitions showing work from UCLA’s top-ranked fine arts programs; student performances directed by renowned faculty; and the rich offerings of the Fowler Museum, the Hammer Museum, and the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA. Many of the events are free, thanks to the generous support of donors, and all are open to the public.

For more details, see the season’s complete events listing.

Lectures and panels

Oct. 17: UCLA Architecture and Urban Design alumnus Robert Hale presents a Distinguished Alumni Lecture. Hale’s work investigates the conditions and characteristics of each site, client and program as the basis for the invention of places of distinction.

Oct. 25 and Oct. 26: Between East and West is a two-day lecture series featuring a group of seven architects visiting from Japan. Speakers include Hiroshi Ota, architect at Design Neuob, Tokyo, Japan; Takeyama Kiyoshi Sei, founder, AMORPHE Takeyama and Associates, Kyoto, Japan; Nadim Karam, principal, Nadim Karam and Atelier Hapsitus, Beirut, Lebanon; Osamu Tsukihashi, principal, Architects Treehouse, Kobe, Japan; Kazumi Kudo, representative director Coelacanth Architects Inc. Tokyo, Japan; Hiroshi Horiba, representative director Coelacanth Architects Inc.; and Riken Yamamoto, principal, Riken Yamamoto and Field Shop Co., Yokohama, Japan.

Nov. 3: Artist Amie Siegel discusses her work, which moves between film, video, photography, performance and installation. She has recently been exhibited at Kunstmuseum Stuttgart; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and MAK, Vienna.

Nov. 8: MacArthur Fellow Martha Clarke is a theater director and choreographer noted for her multidisciplinary approach to theater, dance and opera. Clarke will deliver a UC Regents’ lecture in the department of design media arts.

Nov. 15: The UCLA Visual and Performing Arts Education Program presents part two of the “Questions of Quality” panel series. Rory Pullens, director of the Los Angeles Unified School District Arts Education Branch, and panelists from UCLA and the community will discuss relevant topics in arts education, with a decidedly local perspective, including updates on LAUSD’s commitment to rebuild its arts education budgets and position the arts as core curriculum at all district schools.

Exhibitions

Through Oct. 6: The UCLA Department of Art presents the New Wight Biennial: “Eye Spy,” a group exhibition of video and photography by emerging artists from the Middle East to South Asia, which is curated by graduate students Nasim Hantehzadeh and Sarah Malik.

Through Jan. 15, 2016: The Fowler Museum’s “The Box Project: Uncommon Threads,” an exhibition featuring commissions by three dozen acclaimed international artists including Richard Tuttle, Cynthia Schira, Helena Hernmarck, James Bassler, Gyöngy Laky, Gerhardt Knodel, Sherri Smith.

Through Jan. 25: The Hammer Museum presents “In Real Life: 100 Days of Film and Performance,” an ambitious program of daytime performances and film screenings. “In Real Life” includes four month-long curated film and video series, 15 weekends of performances and durational, immersive works, and weekday rehearsals by a select group of performers in disciplines including theater, dance, music and experimental recitation.

Oct. 2–Feb. 12: “Nkame: A Retrospective Of Cuban Printmaker Belkis Ayón” is the first solo museum exhibition in the United States dedicated to the work of Belkis Ayón — the late Cuban visual artist who mined the founding myth of the Afro-Cuban fraternal society Abakuá to create an independent and powerful visual iconography. Presented by the Fowler Museum.

Oct. 13 and Oct. 27: In October, graduates from the top-ranked departments of Art and Design Media Arts present their M.F.A. exhibitions in the New Wight Gallery.

Performances

Nov. 18 and Nov. 19: The Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA presents Robert Wilson’s “Letter to A Man” starring Mikhail Baryshnikov, a new performance work based on the famous diaries of Russian dancer and choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky.

Nov. 30: The UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance presents “Slamming Hunger: Story Slam,” an evening of storytelling dedicated to decreasing the stigma of food insecurity on campus performed by members of professor Dan Froot’s course investigating these issues.

Dec. 6–11: The Center for the Art of Performance presents Forced Entertainment’s Complete Works — Tabletop Shakespeare. One by one, over six days, performers condense 36 Shakespeare plays into a series of works of less than an hour each, played out on a one-meter tabletop — each play comically and intimately retold via a series of lovingly made miniatures and a collection of everyday, ordinary objects.

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