Tom Swift Centennial

Young inventor and adventurer Tom Swift, hero of juvenile literature, has been a popular read since 1910. Many scientists and inventors credit Tom Swift with inspiring them to study hard and dream big.

The UCSD Arts Library celebrates the Tom Swift Centennial with an exhibit of artwork, books and other Tom Swift treasures on the lower level, West wing of Geisel Library at UCSD starting June 1, 2010 and ending July 31, 2010.

Join us for two special live events at the exhibit site. On Monday, June 14 at noon we present a live, radio drama re-enactment of Tom Swift and his Air Ship. On Friday, July 16 at 4:00 p.m. we present a live radio drama re-enactment of Tom Swift and the Visitor from Planet X. Actors from San Diego’s Write Out Loud will perform along with the UCSD Arts Library’s own Scott Paulson providing live music & old-school radio sound effects.

Refreshments are served at both of these live events. Admission is free and the public is invited. Tom Swift scholar James Keeline will speak briefly at both events.

For more information about Mr. James Keeline
For more Tom Swift Centennial celebrations in San Diego
For more info about San Diego’s Write Out Loud
For more information about sound effects guy Scott Paulson
Visit this site for more information about the UCSD Arts Library

William Krisel, Architect

MCASD is proud to present a special screening of Design Onscreen’s latest documentary film, William Krisel, Architect.

Directed by Jake Gorst, William Krisel, Architect explores architect William Krisel’s life and work, including his roots in 1930s China, his ground-breaking designs for modern living, and interviews with scholars, his contemporaries and family.

During the 1950s, Krisel built thousands of mass-produced tract homes in Palm Springs and throughout Southern California and thus played a key role in establishing the desert modernism of the area. By devising airy dwellings with massive windows opening into the bright expanse of the surrounding landscape, Krisel proved that modest mid-century homes did not have to be “cracker boxes” of unimaginative and claustrophobic design. Krisel also built thousands of homes, apartment projects, condominiums, and commercial buildings in San Diego, including the high-rise Coronado Shores.

William Krisel, Architect is produced by Design Onscreen, a Denver-based nonprofit dedicated to producing, preserving, and promoting high-quality films on architecture and design.

Admission to this event is free, but a reservation is required. To make a reservation, please e-mail

Categories: All!, Community Arts Events Comments: 0

Barbara Hammer, Tonight at UCSD!

Visual Arts Department Visiting Artist Lecture Series Presents:
A lecture with Barbara Hammer in conjunction with her book tour: HAMMER, “Making movies out of sex and life.”
April 15, 2010, 6:30 pm at the Visual Arts Facility Performance Space

Barbara Hammer is a visual artist working primarily in film and video and has made over 80 works in a career that spans 30 years. She is considered a pioneer of queer cinema. She recently had a Tribute Retrospective at the Chinese Cultural University in Taiwan where she also led a workshop “Strategic Planning for Film/Video Artists.” Her experimental films of the 1970s often dealt with taboo subjects such as menstruation, female orgasm and lesbian sexuality. In the 80s she used optical printing to explore perception and the fragility of 16mm film life itself.
More info HERE

Categories: All!, Community Arts Events Comments: 0

Poetry reading in Geisel Library

Please join us for a special poetry reading featuring Alberto Blanco and Jerome Rothenberg on Thursday, April 8, at 4:30 in the Seuss Room.

Alberto Blanco is considered one of Latin America’s leading poets. He has published 25 books of poetry, as well as art essays, translations, and several books for children. He is also active as a visual artist, known especially for his collages and artist’s books. Blanco is currently a visiting professor in UCSD’s Department of Literature.

Jerome Rothenberg is an internationally known poet, performance artist, translator, and anthologist. He has published more than 80 books of poetry as well as ten anthologies of traditional and contemporary poetry such as Technicians of the Sacred and Poems for the Millennium. He is professor emeritus from UCSD, having held a joint appointment in Visual Arts and Literature.

Categories: All!, Community Arts Events Comments: 0

TTPO & ArtPower

Thursday March 11th is the last in a set of collaborations between the Arts Library and the ArtPower people. On March 11, at 7:30 p.m., join the Teeny Tiny Pit Orchestra as they perform tango music as a pre-game show for the Brazilian film EL ESTOMAGO at The Loft. The audience will dine on Brazilian fare while listening to the lovely tangos. The movie is a “talkie”—so, they will only play the pre-game show (Talkies are a fad—they won’t last)!

Happy Black History Month

Tonight Feb 2nd, there’ll be a showing of  Siren of the Tropics (La sirène des tropiques) [1927, France, 86 min.] At 8:00pm @ the Loft, UC San Diego Price Center

Legendary performer Josephine Baker made her feature-film debut in this rags to riches tale about a free-spirited, animal-loving girl who falls in love with a sophisticated young man from Paris—and follows him back to the City of Lights. Though silent, Siren of the Tropics abounds with musical energy, aided in no small part by your participation and the musical talents of Scott Paulson and his Teeny-Tiny Pit Orchestra for Silent Films. This fabulous performance will include special guest Gene Perry, Afro-Latin Percussionist.
$12 Regular; $5 UCSD Student

For more exciting events all month at UCSD, check THIS out!

And as an added bonus, you should watch THIS

Request for Submissions – “M” Word

An Exhibition created, composed of and installed by women*

As Women, we are often defined by our role as mother regardless of our decision, preference or ability to become one.  This exhibition seeks to explore the topic of motherhood from the perspective of women.  For some, “motherhood” is a trigger for pain and anxiety while for others it is a positive experience or goal.  In order to free ourselves from societal stigmas and pressure we must initiate a dialogue in our community.  This project is a catalyst for thought, open to go in many directions.

Request for Submissions,  Spring Exhibition at UCSD

Including but not limited to:



Performance: dance, music, spoken word…


Short Film

*The term “women” includes bio-women, trans-women and all women who are woman-identified as well as our transgender brothers who have experiences as women or with motherhood.

**Please contact Aimee Harlib: aharlib@ucsd.ed for further details.  All submissions are required by March 1st, 2010.  The Event date is May 4th, 2010 and the location: TBA

***please be aware that this is a one evening event which may limit installation/de-installation times.

UC San Diego, Museum of Contemporary Art Form Partnership

Faculty, staff, and students at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) now have access to more than 8000 new arts materials, thanks to an innovative partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD).

  • Museum art catalog collection moved to UCSD Arts Library
  • Museum materials strengthen Arts Library collection
  • Curators will advise on library acquisitions

The museum has transferred its collection of art catalogs and related materials to the UCSD Arts Library and the electronic catalogs of both institutions have been integrated.

Strengthened synergies
Discussions about the partnership between the two La Jolla-based institutions began in 2004. Hugh M. Davies, the David C. Copley Director of MCASD, came up with the idea. “Now more than ever it makes sense to combine our resources where there are strong benefits and efficiencies to be achieved,” he said. “MCASD’s curators will gain access to one of the great academic libraries on the West Coast.” UCSD libraries hold more than seven million items.

Brian E. C. Schottlaender, the Audrey Geisel University Librarian at UCSD, described the partnership as “a real win for both institutions and a wonderful extension of the collaboration between our organizations.”

The UCSD Arts Library supports research, teaching, and performance efforts in visual arts, literature, music, and theatre and dance. More than 80 percent of UCSD’s visual arts Ph.D. students are pursuing research in modern or contemporary art history.The addition of the MCASD collection will support these goals, as it also includes items relating to sound, installation, and performance art.

MCASD’s continuing role
The MCASD collection will continue to grow at UCSD. MCASD curators will recommend titles to the UCSD Arts Library that support MCASD research needs.

Most of the MCASD collection is art catalogs, gathered through MCASD’s ongoing international museum library exchange program. MCASD also produces between one and three of its own scholarly catalogs annually. These catalogs will be added to UCSD’s collection on an ongoing basis.

Lynn Blumenstein, Library Journal

The Legacy of Moog

The Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad is hosting a multi- month long exhibit dedicated to Moog!
“The exhibit is the first of its kind, marking the first public display of the artifacts from Bob Moog’s archives.”
The opening weekend (August 28 -30) will kick off with a launch of the Moog exhibition featuring a demonstration by Keith Emerson ( and music by Erik Norlander and talks by Larry Fast and Brian Kehew .

The exhibition, which highlights the inventor’s career and the impact that it had on the world of music, will feature rare vintage synthesizers and other related Moog instruments and memorabilia from the Bob Moog Archives and from various private collections. A custom video presentation created by Moog historian and exhibit consultant Brian Kehew will form a central part of the exhibit. Read more…

Categories: All!, Community Arts Events, Music Comments: 1

Scott Paulson Live On 91X!

91x radio…morning show…live performance!

Performing live around 9:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, March 4, at San Diego’s 91x radio station with Les Claypool to promote his evening appearance at House of Blues. If you’ve ever watched South Park, you’ve heard Mr. Claypool sing the theme song of that show with his band, Primus. Mr. Claypool is also long-rumored to be a member of the secretive experimental rock band The Residents –[a great story worth repeating and probably not true—but he is definitely influenced by The Residents.]

Mat Diablo, the 91x morning radio host will interview Les Claypool this morning. Mr. Claypool will bring two of the famous bass instruments that he developed for use in his experimental rock performances. Mat and Les asked Scott to bring his Theremin. They’ll “jam”. Here is the 91x radio website–you can listen live that morning by clicking “listen live”

Categories: All!, Community Arts Events Comments: 0
« Newer PostsOlder Posts »