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Art History colloquium: September 30th

September 22, 2011

Join us for the Art History Program’s colloquium “Art Between Europe & Asia in the First Global Age of Trade.” This colloquium will be held Friday, September 30th at 3:00 pm in Art 217. Timothy Brook, chair in Chinese Research at the Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia, will present “China on Vermeer’s Table: The Cultural Impact of Early Global Trade” and Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann, Frederick Marquand Professor of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University, will address “Reflections on World Art History.” The colloquium has been made possible by the generous support of Alan Templeton (UC Davis alum 1982), and by the Art History Program, the  Davis Humanities Institute, the Department of East Asian Studies and the Mellon Initiative in Early Modern Studies.

The VRF has some copies of material written by Brook and Kaufmann for review as well as their CVs. You may also want listen to this podcast interview of Brook by Russ Roberts on EconTalk.  For a flyer, click here. For more information, contact Jeffrey Ruda, Chair, Art History Program.

Visiting the Art and Art History Masters’ shows will improve your health

May 25, 2011

A recent study in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health concluded that men who participate in cultural activities, such as visiting museums and attending the ballet, are happier and healthier. Finally, it pays to be artsy.

And with perfect timing, our Art History and Art Studio Masters candidates are here to help you along your path to well-being. This week, the Art History Program will hold its annual MA candidate symposium, Constructing Identity: Image and Ownership, this Friday, May 27 from 1:30 to 5 pm in Art 217. Boghan Damian, Andrea Lesovsky, Graham McLean, Brittany McKinney, Melissa Gustin, Kristen Koch, Crystal Fountain and Nick Nabas will present their final thesis research.

The following Friday, June 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm marks the opening of the Art Studio MFA thesis exhibition, The House of Other at the Richard L Nelson Gallery. The show will feature the work of Jen Cohen, Lisa Rybovich Cralle, Manuel Fernando Rios, Matthew Taylor, Paul Taylor and Mathew Zefeldt.

Congratulations to our 2011 MA and MFA graduates! Both events are free and open to the public and are guaranteed to increase your fitness levels and maybe even turn-around a bad hair day. (source: msnbc.com, May 23, 2011)

UC Davis Film Festival returns

May 24, 2011

The Davis Varsity Theatre will host this year’s UC Davis Film Festival on Wednesday and Thursday, May 25–26, at 8:30 p.m. The festival, produced by Theatre and Dance, Technocultural Studies and Film Studies, and Art Studio, gives students the opportunity to present their short films and receive feedback from faculty who are professionals in film, television, and new media.   When asked what drew them to the festival, many past and current participants noted the opportunity to see their work on the ‘big screen,’ as well as the chance to engage with UC Davis faculty in the arts. Via a pre-submission schedule, students are offered constructive criticism and help with how to take their work to the next level. In addition to student producer Pamela Orebaugh, the festival is directed by three UC Davis faculty producers: Professors Sarah Pia Anderson and John Iacovelli, Department of Theatre and Dance, and Professor Jesse Drew, Technocultural Studies. The faculty producers serve as advisors along with other UC Davis faculty: Jaimey Fisher, Film Studies and German; Darrin Martin, Art Studio; Maggie Morgan, Theatre and Dance; Pablo Ortiz, Music; and Julie Wyman, Technocultural Studies. To read more about the festival, go here; to view past years’ winning films, go here.

Tickets are $7 and $10 and will be available at the Davis Varsity Theatre box office starting May 18.

Keith Aoki, UCD professor and public domain crusader, 1955-2011

May 18, 2011

Keith Aoki, the Professor of Law from UCD’s King Hall who was known for his ability to turn “his artistic talents into a powerful tool for battling overzealous copyright laws,” died this past April at the age of 55. Professor Aoki earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in fine art and drew underground cartoons in New York City before enrolling at Harvard Law School. After graduating, Mr. Aoki practiced law, focusing on technology law, for 2 years in Boston before moving on to a teaching career at the University of Oregon and UC Davis. Mr. Aoki was a strident and creative defender of digital freedom. He is known for his briefs defending the non-profit Electronic Frontier Foundation and Bound by Law? Tales From the Public Domain (Duke U. Press, 2006), a cartoon he wrote and illustrated about a documentary filmmaker confronting copyright restrictions as she attempts to make a film.

The UCD School of Law is conducting a memorial for Aoki — “Remembering Keith Aoki” — on May 26 at 3:00 pm in King Hall. Additional tributes on Professor Aoki: the School of Law at UC Davis, The Public Domain and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

New resources at Shields Library

May 17, 2011

Our always helpful librarian at Shields Library, Dan Goldstein, emailed us a list of books just added to the Harvest catalog. Here are a few highlights:
The Villa of the Papyri at Herculaneum : archaeology, reception, and digital reconstruction (Shields Library DG70.H5 V56 2010); The art of tomorrow (N6497 .A78 2010); The vorticists : manifesto for a modern world (N6768.5.V6 V678 2010); Forced journeys : artists in exile in Britain c.1933-45 (N6768 .F68 2009); Undercurrents : experimental ecosystems in recent art (N6498.E26 U54 2010); Abitare : 50 years of design : the best of architecture, interiors, fashion, travel, trends (NK1390 .A25 2010); Stephen Gill, Coming up for air (TR655 .G57 2010); Ivan Vartanian, See/Saw : connections between Japanese art then and now (N7350 .V37 2011); Contemporary art in Asia : a critical reader (N7260 .C627 2011); Mazaar, Bazaar : design and visual culture in Pakistan (NC998.6.P18 M38 2009); Atlas of world interior design (NK1990 .A85 2011); Russell Abraham, California cool : residential modernism reborn (NA7235.C2 A37 2010); Representing slavery : art, artefacts and archives in the collections of the National Maritime Museum (HT985 .R46 2007); Art and phenomenology (N70 .A775 2011); Holger Hoock, Empires of the imagination : politics, war and the arts in the British world, 1750-1850 (DA485 .H66 2010); Kathleen Ashley, Being a pilgrim : art and ritual on the medieval routes to Santiago; Ansel Adams, Unseen Ansel Adams : photographs from the Fiat Lux Collection (TR655 .A323 2010).

AND please take a look at Dan’s “Digital Images” finding aids site. It’s full of really helpful links to licensed and freely available image resources for students and scholars working in the humanities. This is a great campus resource.

UCD art major wins “Next Generation”

April 25, 2011

Stephanie Lin, an art studio major here at UCD, took first place at the De Young Museums “New Generations” exhibition for her sculpture “Burn.”  Lin developed “Burn” through her studies in exploring a single material. Congratulations Stephanie!

Welcome back students, faculty & spring!

March 28, 2011

Happy Spring Quarter everyone! In the spirit of Springtime, we thought it appropriate to include an image of our resident chicken who makes her home behind the VRF. There’s a lot going on this quarter: the Art Studio Lecture Series continues with talks by artists Desiree Holman (April 7) and Anders Ruhwald (April 21) and a conversation between writer and critic Bill Berkson and the Nelson Gallery’s Renny Prtikin (April 28). The Nelson Gallery is showing “Across the Great Divide: a Photo Chronicle of the Counterculture”, an exhibition of photographs by Roberta Price and guest curated by Professor Simon Sadler (Art History and Design Programs).  Don’t miss the panel discussion on March 31 that accompanies the exhibition. The “Touching Base” exhibition continues at the Pence Gallery until April 21. “Touching Base” is curated by Professor Robin Hill (Art Studio) and includes 11 former UCD art majors.

And of course the VRF is open too: Spring Quarter hours are 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Thursday and Friday by appointment. Hope to see you soon in the VRF.

Kenneth Baker’s interview with Wayne Thiebaud online

November 29, 2010

The Art Studio Program’s 2010-2011 Lecture Series is underway and its second lecture — Wayne Thiebaud in conversation with Kenneth Baker — was hugely successful. In case you were unable to get a seat, you can catch the interview online at SFGate. An archival copy of the lecture between the UC Davis professor emeritus and the San Francisco Chronicle art critic will also be available in the Visual Resources Facility soon. For more information on the Art Studio 2010-2011 Lecture Series and upcoming presentations, visit the Art Studio Program website.