Congratulations Scott Paulson!

Scott Paulson is receiving rave reviews for his latest performance in “The Man Who” at the New Village Arts in Carlsbad. You can still catch his performance this Thursday and over the weekend. This reviewer called him “Perhaps the star of the production,” and he is credited for his “beautifully integrated soundscape.”
More info here!

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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:

Installation/sculpture

Painting

Performance: dance, music, spoken word…

Drawings

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.

LACMA Reading Room

LACMA recently announced the launch of its Reading Room , an online space devoted to the presentation of the museum’s publications. In an effort to make books available that are otherwise difficult to access, the initial group focuses on out-of-print offerings and features ten catalogs highlighting the development of the Los Angeles art scene including:

Six More. Lawrence Alloway. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1963.

Six Painters and the Object. New York: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1963.

New York School: The First Generation, Paintings of the 1940s and 1950s. Maurice Tuchman. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1965.

Edward Kienholz. Maurice Tuchman. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1966.

Robert Irwin Kenneth Price. Maurice Tuchman. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1966.

Late Fifties at the Ferus. James Monte. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1968.

Billy Al Bengston. James Monte. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1968.

A Report on the Art and Technology Program of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1967–1971. Maurice Tuchman. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1971.

Art in Los Angeles: Seventeen Artists in the Sixties. Maurice Tuchman. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1981.

The Museum as Site: Sixteen Projects. Stephanie Barron. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1981.

The museum intends to launch another group of catalogs this spring.

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To the MAXXI

From the New Yorker Online

This week in the magazine, John Seabrook profiles the architect Zaha Hadid, and writes about her latest building, the National Museum of the XXI Century Arts, or MAXXI, in Rome, which opened last month. In this audio slide show, Seabrook discusses Hadid’s concept for the building, the features of its grand atrium, and the significance of MAXXI for Hadid, who visited Rome as a 10-year-old girl.

Read more & see the neat audio slideshow HERE
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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

VISUAL RESOURCES: An International Journal of Documentation, V 25, # 4 (Dec 2009)

SPECIAL ISSUE: Digital Crossroads: New Directions in 3D Architectural Modeling in the Humanities, edited by Arne R. Flaten and Alyson A. Gill

Contents after the jump!
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Sad News. RIP Jeanne-Claude

I fear he may be like a man with no arms now–they were such an amazing team. Although this gives me hope: “Whether executed in oil drum or brightly colored fabric, the art of her and her husband, Jeanne-Claude said, expressed “ the quality of love and tenderness that we human beings have for what does not last.”

From the NYT Online

Jeanne-Claude, Artist who, with Christo, wrapped objects large and small, is dead at 74


By WILLIAM GRIMESJeanne-Claude, with Christo and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg at the opening of Suzanne DeChillo/The New York Times Jeanne-Claude, with Christo and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg at the opening of “The Gates” in February, 2005

Update | 12:59 p.m. Jeanne-Claude, who collaborated with her husband, Christo, on dozens of environmental arts projects, notably the wrapping of the Pont Neuf in Paris and the Reichstag in Berlin, and the installation of 7,503 vinyl gates with saffron-colored nylon panels in Central Park, died on Wednesday in Manhattan, where she lived. She was 74.

The cause was complications of a brain aneurysm, her family told The Associated Press.

Jeanne-Claude met her husband, Christo Javacheff, in Paris in 1958. At the time, Christo, a Bulgarian refugee, was already wrapping small objects. Three years later, they collaborated on their first work, a temporary installation on the Cologne docks that consisted of oil drums and rolls of industrial paper wrapped in tarpaulin.

To avoid confusing dealers and the public, and to establish an artistic brand, they used only Christo’s name. In 1994 they retroactively applied the joint name “Christo and Jeanne-Claude” to all outdoor works and large-scale temporary indoor installations. Indoor work was credited to Christo alone.
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National Air & Space Museum Scans poster collection

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The Smithsonian’s National Air & Space museum has digitized a large chunk of their collection of posters on flight. Lovely!

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Roger Reynolds Appointed University Professor

From the Office Of The Chancellor-

Roger Reynolds, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and professor of music at UC San Diego, has been appointed University Professor by the University of California Board of Regents.
Reynolds is only the 36th UC faculty member since 1960 to be honored with the title – and the first artist.

The designation, the highest honor that can be bestowed on UC faculty, is reserved for scholars of international distinction who are recognized and respected as teachers of exceptional ability. The purpose of the University Professorship is to recognize throughout the UC system the special talents of outstanding scholars and teachers.

Reynolds joined the UCSD Department of Music in 1969. He became founding director of the Center for Music Experiment (now called the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts, or CRCA), UC’s oldest Organized Research Unit in the arts, in 1972. Reynolds was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Music in 1989 for “Whispers Out of Time.” He is credited with being the second experimentalist, after Charles Ives in 1947, to win the prestigious prize. Reynolds is a prolific composer – with an orchestral catalog numbering some 100 compositions. His music incorporates elements of theater, literary texts, digital signal processing, dance, video and real-time computer spatialization, which moves counterpoints of sound around the listener, as well as the perspectives of experimental psychology. His work with spatialization of sounds began in 1961-2 with his renowned music-theater piece “The Emperor of Ice Cream,” on a text by Wallace Stevens.
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