UCLA Department of Art
Exhibitions will showcase the work of graduating M.F.A. students in several departments.

The UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture (UCLA Arts) will present more than 125 public events this spring, showcasing the depth and diversity of UCLA Arts activities and creative programming.

Programs include lectures by artist and associate professor Rodney McMillian, architect Michael Meredith, art educator George Szekely, artist/researcher Pinar Yoldas and gender and dance scholar Urmimala Sarkar. There will be student exhibitions showing work from UCLA’s 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 (CAP 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 UCLA Arts Events Calendar.

Lectures, panels and symposiums

Tuesday, Apr. 5: UCLA Design Media Arts alumna and cross-disciplinary artist and researcher Pinar Yoldas presents a Distinguished Alumni Lecture. Pinar’s research explores the collaborative potential between art and biological sciences in the Anthropocene epoch.

Tuesday, Apr. 5: Artist and UCLA art professor Andrea Fraser , art historian Rhea Anastas and artist Simon Leung will discuss the historical and methodological contexts for three projects co-founded by Fraser: “Services” (1994–97), “Parasite” (1997–98), and “Orchard” (2005–08).

Wednesday, Apr. 13: Architect Michael Meredith is a principal of MOS, an internationally recognized architecture practice based in New York. His writing has appeared in Artforum, LOG, Perspecta, Praxis, Domus and Harvard Design Magazine. Part of the Architecture and Urban Design Lecture Series.

Saturday, Apr. 23:  The Fowler Museum hosts a symposium featuring distinguished scholars from the U.S. and abroad who will present research revealing new insights on Austronesian archaeology, art and art history. Afterward, enjoy a celebratory reception in honor of Senior Curator Roy Hamilton and an exhibition preview of “Art of the Austronesians.”

Tuesday, May 3: Nationally known art educator George Szekely will discuss and model how all teachers can help children find art in familiar materials and ordinary places that are accessible to everyone in a lecture titled, “Play and Creativity in Art Teaching.”

Thursday, May 12: Professor Rodney McMillian's artistic practice embodies a wide range of media and techniques. Solo exhibitions include those hosted by the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia. On May 12, McMillian will lecture at the Hammer Museum as part of the UCLA Department of Art Lecture Series

Thursday, May 19: Professor Urmimala Sarkar of the JNU School of Art and Aesthetics in New Delhi, India, lectures on the commodification of the female body in Bollywood film and Indian reality TV shows. Presented by the UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance; co-sponsored by the Center for India and South Asia.


Mar. 31–May 6 and May 12–26: UCLA’s fine arts graduate programs present their final exhibitions. The department of art continues its M.F.A. exhibition series showing the work of graduating M.F.A. candidates, and the department of design media arts presents its annual M.F.A. Final Exhibition.

Apr. 24–Aug. 16: The Fowler Museum presents “Art of the Austronesians: The Legacy of Indo-Pacific Voyaging,” an exhibition exploring the history and development of the arts and cultures of the Austronesian-speaking peoples — from their prehistoric origins in what is now Taiwan to their successive seafaring migrations over millennia throughout the Philippines, Indonesia, the Pacific and beyond.

Jun. 6–10: RUMBLE is the department of architecture and urban design’s annual exposition engaging students, faculty and the international design community in a discourse on the forefront of contemporary design and innovation. Featuring 20,000 square feet of studio and program installations, 250 projects on view and 90 leading critics and practitioners.

Jun. 12–Aug. 28: Part of the Hammer Museum’s ongoing series, “Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only” addresses Los Angeles as a center of activity inseparable from the global network of art production and reveals how artists move fluidly between contexts and respond to their local conditions.


Apr. 1–2 and Apr. 8–9: This spring, two M.F.A. students in the department of world arts and cultures/dance present thesis concerts. “ONDA” is a showcase of interdisciplinary performance works from Julio Medina, who explores gender identity within Latino culture, and Luis Tentindo, who presents a solo performance, in collaboration with choreographer Bernard Brown. “Fatal” is the thesis concert of choreographer Dorothy Dubrule. Featuring a cast with varied arts training, “Fatal” sources movement and text from the film “Fatal Attraction” to trace a progression from desire to aggression.

Apr. 8–9: Multimedia theater company Phantom Limb tackles environmental change from the perspective of the world’s oldest living tree. Its story is told through fairytale, puppetry, dance, music and visual design. Presented by the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA.

Tuesday, Apr. 12: Curated by pianist Gloria Cheng, “Everything We Do Is Music: Music from Black Mountain College” features the music of Stefan Wolpe, John Cage, Lou Harrison and Erik Satie. With violinist Movses Pogossian and members of the Varied Trio. Presented by the Hammer Museum.

Wednesday, Apr. 13: Grammy-nominated sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar is in the vanguard of World Music. Daughter of Ravi Shankar, Anoushka masterfully combines classical Indian training with a variety of musical genres. Presented by the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA.

Jun. 3–4: Featuring new work by faculty artists Rennie Harris, Melinda Ring, Natsuo Tomita and Ros Warby, the First Hand Faculty Concert is a presentation of in-progress choreography by the UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance.

For information about UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music events, please visit the School’s events calendar or contact Ava Sadripour at 310-206-5645.