The UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture will present more than 100 public events this winter featuring exhibitions at campus museums and galleries; lectures by artists, alumni and faculty; and music, theater and dance performances by students and acclaimed professionals. Many of the events are free — thanks to the support of donors — and all are open to the public.

For more details and a complete listing of events, see the UCLA Arts calendar.

Screenings and performances

Jan. 4: The Hammer Museum at UCLA presents a screening of Ai Weiwei’s “Human Flow,” followed by a Q&A with the renowned artist. This epic film is a detailed and heartbreaking exploration of the global refugee crisis. Captured over the course of a year in 23 countries, the film follows a chain of urgent stories that stretches through Afghanistan, Greece, Iraq, Kenya, Mexico, Turkey and beyond.

Jan. 7: The Hammer Museum will host a screening of “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” followed by a Q&A with Al Gore. A decade after “An Inconvenient Truth” brought climate change to the fore of pop culture, Vice President Al Gore continues his fight to build a global network of advocates and influence international policy.

Feb. 7: The UCLA Art and Global Health Center’s Sex Squad presents “Valentine’s ForePLAY,” a special night of performance, live storytelling, and arts activism in celebration of empowerment, consent and self-love.

March 9: The Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA presents the Kronos Quartet, Rinde Eckert and Vân-Ánh Võ: “Mai Lai.” The infamous 1968 massacre of unarmed Vietnamese villagers by American soldiers provides the context for this gripping new work written by composer Jonathan Berger and librettist Harriet Scott Chessman for the Kronos Quartet (part of the CAP UCLA artist-in-residence program), tenor Rinde Eckert and Vietnamese multi-instrumentalist Vân-Ánh Võ.

March 15: Culture Crossing is an exciting end-of-quarter showcase of projects where students and faculty show their creative work, which reflects the diversity and exemplary talents of the UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance. This quarter’s performance features work by Professors Cheng-Chieh Yu and Kyle Abraham.

March 15, 17, 22, 24: For the past 20 years, 2017 MacArthur Fellow Taylor Mac has created spectacular award-winning performance events that at once provoke and embrace his diverse audience with their passion. CAP UCLA presents Taylor Mac’s “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music,” in which he charts the history of popular music and activism in America, from the nation’s founding in 1776 to the present day.

Lectures, panels and symposia

Jan. 23: The UCLA Department of Design Media Arts presents a lecture by Helen Molesworth, chief curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Jan. 28: The Fowler Museum at UCLA hosts an opening day talk for the exhibition “Pelotas Oaxaqueña/Oaxacan Ball Games,” with artist Leopoldo Peña, who will discuss his long-term documentary project and his emphasis on cultural performance. Born in Michoacán, México and based in Los Angeles, Peña creates photographic works centered on immigration and the modern environment.

Jan. 29: Sarah Whiting, a design principal with WW Architecture in Houston and dean and William Ward Watkin professor at the Rice School of Architecture, will speak at a lecture presented by the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design. 

Feb. 6: Japanese interactive media and installation artist Toshio Iwai, who is the UCLA regents lecturer, will speak about his work in design and music. This talk is presented by the design media arts department.

Feb. 12: Roxane Gay, one of today’s most astute cultural critics and the author of New York Times best-seller “Bad Feminist,” the novel “An Untamed State,” and the short story collections “Difficult Women” and “Ayiti,” will speak at the Hammer Museum. Raw and beautifully written, Gay’s most recent book, “Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body,” is a remarkable work about pain, healing, strength and coming to terms with oneself and one’s body.

Feb. 22: A lecture by Cameron Rowland, a New York-based artist whose work is known for “his carefully chosen, sometimes arcane use of existing objects” (New York Times), who has been exhibited in Etablissement d’en Face, Brussels; Galerie Buchholz, Cologne; ESSEX STREET, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; MoMA, New York; and Okayama Art Summit, Okayama. The art department and the Hammer Museum are co-presenters.

Feb. 22: CAP UCLA presents Tony Kushner and Sarah Vowell in Conversation: “The Lincoln Legacy: The Man and His Presidency.” The award-winning playwright and screenwriter and bestselling author examine the life’s work and legacy of Abraham Lincoln.

Feb. 24: For many worldwide, the Brazilian state of Bahia represents the epicenter of Afro-Brazilian culture. Its capital city, Salvador, has been lauded as a Black Rome (Roma negra) where African-derived traditions have flourished. Nonetheless, residents of African descent (Afrodescendentes) often face institutionalized racism and other forms of inequality. The Fowler Museum presents “Blackness and the Art of Empowerment in Bahia, Brazil” a one-day symposium brings together Bahian arts activists and U.S.-based scholars to examine the ways in which arts practices can serve as potent modes of social critique and cultural resistance.

Feb. 26: Charles Waldheim, the John E. Irving professor of landscape architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, will speak at a lecture presented by the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design.


Jan. 18–Feb. 1: “DIS” a dynamic exhibition featuring work in a variety of media by undergraduate students in design media arts.

Jan. 28–May 6: The Hammer Museum presents “Stories of Almost Everyone.” Organized around the premise that objects of contemporary art possess narrative histories and inner lives that the conventions of display can only, at best, approximate, this exhibition presents work of more than 30 international artists and is about the willingness to believe the stories that are conveyed by works of contemporary art.

Feb. 11–Jul. 8: “Meleko Mokgosi: Bread, Butter, and Power” at the Fowler Museum. This exhibition features the large-scale episodic painting cycle “Bread, Butter, and Power,” by Meleko Mokgosi, who graduated from the UCLA Department of Art in 2011. This show forms the newest chapter in his ongoing series “Democratic Intuition.” This 20-panel installation explores feminism in the context of southern Africa, and considers the consequences of dividing labor practices by gender. Join the artist for the opening night celebration on Saturday, Feb. 10.

Feb. 15–Mar. 1: The annual juried exhibition of work by undergraduate art students. Lanka Tattersall, assistant curator at MOCA selects the work for the 2018 show. A gallery talk with the juror precedes the exhibition opening on Thursday, Feb. 15.

Mar. 8–May 11: This spring, the art department kicks off its series of four final exhibitions of work in various media by graduating M.F.A. candidates. The first M.F.A.exhibition presents work by Alex Anderson, Kamaria Shepherd and Hiejin Yoo.