The UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture (UCLA Arts) will present more than 150 public events this winter featuring musical, theater and dance performances by students and acclaimed professionals, exhibitions at campus museums, and lectures by artists, alumni and faculty.

Speakers include media artists Jennifer Steinkamp and Naoka Tosa, artist Roger Herman and Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg. 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 (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 our calendar.

Lectures, panels, and symposia

Jan. 23: Jennifer Steinkamp, prominent media artist and UCLA professor of design media arts, presents an artist talk as part of the UCLA Architecture and Urban Design lecture series. Steinkamp employs new media to create projection installations that explore ideas about architectural space and phenomenological perception, as in her work “Botanic,” which was recently featured in Times Squares’ “Midnight Moment” series.

Jan. 24: UCLA Arts alumnus Eric Hirshberg is the president and CEO of leading video game publisher Activision Publishing. Under Hirshberg’s leadership, the “Call of Duty” franchise has repeatedly set records for the biggest entertainment launch. Hirshberg has also overseen the development of the “Skylanders” franchise, which has become the no. 1 kids’ game three years in a row in North America and Europe.

Jan. 26: Naoko Tosa is an internationally renowned Japanese media artist who creates artworks that express Japanese tradition and culture utilizing digital technologies. This winter, Tosa presents a lecture with the UCLA Art | Sci Center.

March 7: Roger Herman is professor of painting and drawing in the UCLA Department of Art. His paintings, large-scale woodcuts and ceramics have exhibited nationally and internationally, and are included in many private and public collections.

March 28–30: The African American Policy Forum, in partnership with the Hammer Museum at UCLA, presents the third annual “Her Dream Deferred,” a series offering substantive analysis on the status of black women and girls in the United States and exploring multifaceted solutions to social injustice. Organized by Kimberlé Crenshaw, professor in the UCLA School of Law.


Jan. 19–Feb. 2: The UCLA Department of Design Media Arts presents “Machinic Unconscious,” a dynamic exhibition featuring work in a variety of media by its undergraduate students.

Jan. 29–May 7: The Hammer Museum at UCLA presents “Jimmie Durham: At the Center of the World,” the much-anticipated first North American retrospective of this compelling, inventive and complex visual artist, performer, poet, essayist and activist.

Jan. 29–May 7: The Fowler Museum exhibition, “Pantsula 4 LYF: Popular Dance and Fashion in Johannesburg,” will feature a series of photographs and videos taken by South African photographer Chris Saunders that examine the township culture of pantsula.

Feb. 3–April 9: For the past 10 years, cityLAB-UCLA has been at the center of innovative thought about the architecture of urban environments, particularly in Los Angeles. The “cityLAb Times Ten” exhibition, which will be shown at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum in Downtown Los Angeles, showcases the lab’s research on some of the critical challenges facing the 21st century metropolis ranging from housing to density and transportation.

Feb. 16–March 2: The UCLA Department of Art presents the 2017 undergraduate juried exhibition, which features work by undergraduate students selected by Sohrab Mohebbi, associate curator, REDCAT. Mohebbi will lead a gallery discussion in advance of the exhibition opening on the evening of Feb. 16.

Feb. 19–June 18: Presented by the Fowler Museum, “Enduring Splendor: Jewelry of India’s Thar Desert” focuses on the rich and diverse silver jewelry traditions of India’s Thar Desert region, which stretches across the western states of Rajasthan and Gujarat. These traditions are considered against the background of the 5,000-year history of jewelry making across the vast Indian subcontinent.


Jan. 28 and 29: Kurt Weill’s “Lost in the Stars” featuring SITI Company and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is a new production in the directorial hands of Anne Bogart and Jeffrey Kahane that offers a bold and rare chance to revisit Weill’s final score. Presented by the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA in partnership with LACO.

Feb. 10: The Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA presents “Jonah Bokaer: Rules of the Game,” a multidisciplinary work for eight dancers inspired by the play “Il gioco delle parti” in collaboration with Daniel Arsham and Pharrell Williams.

Feb. 10: The Valentine’s Bash with the UCLA Sex Squad is a night of performance, live storytelling and arts-activism that amplifies the UCLA Sex Squad’s belief that Valentine’s Day is a radically sexy celebration of empowerment, consent and self-love.

March 3: The World Arts and Cultures/Dance Graduate Student Organization presents “MFA2,” a works-in-progress dance concert featuring choreography by Rayven Armijo, Chantal Cherry, DaEun Jung and Jade Robertson.