With more than 175 public events this fall, the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture (UCLA Arts) will offer the public numerous opportunities to experience the depth and diversity of UCLA Arts activities and creative programming.

Programs include distinguished lectures by luminaries such as Thom Mayne, a Pritzker Prize–winning architect, and Phillipe Vergne, director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; 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.


Oct. 15: Bijayini Satpathy is the director of dance education for Nrityagram, India’s first residential school for Indian classical dances. Called “a performer of exquisite grace and technique” by the New Yorker, Satpathy has performed all over the world and received international recognition. Satpathy’s lecture is part of the UC Regents’ Professors and Lecturers program.

Oct. 19: Junya Ishigami is one of the most controversial young architects working in Japan today. Ishigami is the founder of junya.ishigami + associates, based in Tokyo, and has worked for the renowned architectural firm SANAA.

Oct. 26: Thom Mayne is the founder of architectural firm Morphosis and a distinguished professor in the UCLA’s department of architecture and urban design. Mayne has won many awards, including the Pritzker Prize (2005) and the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal (2013).

Oct. 27: Philippe Vergne is the director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Since 1992 Vergne has organized and curated exhibitions at major institutions around the world for artists such as Carl André, Yves Klein, Thomas Hirschhorn, Huang Yong Ping and Kara Walker, among others. Vergne was appointed director of MOCA in January 2014.

Nov. 10: Eric Hirshberg is the president and CEO of leading video game publisher Activision Publishing and a UCLA Arts alumnus. Under Eric’s leadership, the “Call of Duty” franchise has delivered the biggest entertainment launch of all time, multiple times. Eric has also overseen the development of the “Skylanders” franchise, which has become the no. 1 kids’ game for three years in a row in North America and Europe.

Dec. 3: The Hammer Museum presents Sandow Birk and Reza Aslan: “American Qur’an.” Artist Sandow Birk transcribed the Qur’an using traditional colors, inks, and formatting. He then set it against a backdrop of illustrations from everyday American life. Welcomed by the Muslim community, his newly published book, “American Qur’an,” unites two cultures. Reza Aslan, noted author and scholar of religions, joins Birk in conversation.


Oct. 18–Mar. 13: “Disguise: Masks and Global African Art” is a dynamic exhibition that considers the past, present, and future of disguise and features new works by twelve contemporary artists from Africa and of African descent who explore the impulse of disguise with optical illusions, street actions, computer magic and virtual reality. On October 17, the Fowler Museum will celebrate the opening of this exhibition with an artist panel discussion and opening party.

Oct. 29–Nov. 12: The UCLA department of art presents the M.F.A. 2016 Exhibition, its annual show featuring the work of M.F.A. students graduating at the end of the academic year. The exhibition includes work in ceramics, interdisciplinary studio, new genres, painting/drawing, photography and sculpture. This is the one time each year that work by all graduating students from the department of art, ranked no. 4 in the nation for graduate fine arts programs, is presented together in one exhibition.

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

Oct. 3: CAP UCLA presents “An evening with Randy Newman.” UCLA music alumnus Randy Newman has used his many talents to create musical masterpieces widely recognized by generations of audiences. The famed L.A.–lover and master songwriter returns to Royce Hall for the first time in five years.

Oct. 8–11: “Desdemona” by Toni Morrison and Rokia Traore with Tina Benko, directed by Peter Sellars. CAP UCLA presents a radical yet thoughtful reimagining of Shakespeare’s “Othello,” as told from the perspective of the play’s female characters. The performance offers an intimate, spellbinding theatrical séance that moves in words and music across continents and centuries, connecting Elizabethan England to the Courts of Timbuktu to the future of the human race. Directed by Peter Sellars, UCLA professor of world arts and cultures.

Todd Cole
Miranda July

Oct. 18 and Oct. 24: In CAP UCLA’s presentation of Miranda July: “New Society,” July risks all with a unique experiment in collaboration. This hilarious and moving performance artfully blends fiction and real life to create a startling chronicle of time, love and group faith. On this very special night, July tests the limits of what is possible when given two hours and a room full of strangers.

Oct. 23: In “Dear and Displacement II, Choreography from the Spotlight Taiwan Project,” Taiwanese choreographers Hsiao-Mei Ho and Cheng-Chieh Yu, a faculty member in the department of world arts and cultures/dance, will present their kinetically driven, image rich choreographic works. Performers include five professional dancers from Taiwan.

Nov. 7 and 8: In collaboration with CAP UCLA, the department of music presents “BEYOND MUSIC: Composition and Performance in the Age of Augmented Reality” a series of concerts accompanied by a symposium that bring international composers and media artists to UCLA, including Kaija Saariaho, Jean-Baptiste Barrière and Bill Viola.

Nov. 24: The UCLA Big Bands Concert features performances by the UCLA Jazz Orchestra, directed by Charley Harrison; UCLA LatinJazz Big Band, directed by Dr. Bobby Rodriguez; and the Ellingtonia Orchestra, directed by Kenny Burrell.

For a complete listing, please visit the UCLA Arts Events Calendar

For ticketed events, visit 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.