May 2 -June 3, 2016
Reception, Friday May 13, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Gallery Hours, Tuesday - Thursday, Noon - 5:00 pm
Visual Arts Gallery, Structural and Materials Engineering Building
UC San Diego

The Department of Visual Arts at the University of California San Diego kicks off VISUAL ARTS @ 50: ART INTO LIFE, a series of exhibitions, programs, and events celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the department's foundation in 1967, with the exhibition Object Type. Curated by Visual Arts Assistant Professor Monique van Genderen and Professor Emeritus Kim MacConnel, both alumni of the Department of Visual Arts. Object Type intermingles the past, present and future of Visual Arts in new works by current graduate students inspired by the practices and productions of former faculty members. Participating artists, Lyndsay Bloom, Jessica Buie, Corey Dunlap, Seth Ferris, Audrey Hope, Angie Jennings, Joshua Saunders, Gabi Schaffzin (in collaboration with Zach Kaiser, and Sofie Hodara), and Patrick Shields reimagine, appropriate and recast the now classic works of Eleanor Antin, Manny Farber, Allan Kaprow, Barbara Kruger, Kim MacConnel, Lev Manovich, Faith Ringgold, Haim Steinbach, and Lesley Stern. The exhibition in the Visual Arts Gallery at the Structural Materials and Engineering Buillding (SME) runs from May 2 - 13. A reception with the participating artists and curators, past and present department faculty, alumni and students will be held on Friday May 13 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.

The exhibition title Object Type is derived from a term conceptualized by Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier who proposed that the function of all objects is developed from essential needs. The exhibition adapts this concept as a lens with which to analyze and update the history and practices of the Department of Visual Arts, whose faculty, students, and alumni have been questioning the limitations of what constitutes art for the past five decades. Participating artists have created works that simultaneously reveal and challenge the notion of art as an object type.

From its foundations in 1967, the artists, critics, theorists and historians of the Department of Visual Arts, have been at the forefront of developing, studying and promoting new and post-studio practices for art in an expanded field. Honoring the call of seminal faculty member Allan Kaprow to blur the line between art and life, VISUAL ARTS @ 50: ART INTO LIFE seeks engage the campus and community in celebrating the illustrious history of the Department and in shaping its future.


Event Contact:
Sheena Ghanbari