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Crichton, Lee travel to Japan for FUSE/fureru exhibition
As part of the closing reception of FUSE/fureru exhibition in Tokyo, Crichton and Lee gave a talk to students and faculty titled "Digital Crossings: Between Art and Technology." That event was held on June 5 at the Zokei University Museum.
Crichton and Lee then traveled to Kyoto for the opening reception of the show at Kyoto University's Gallery Aube on June 11. There they gave a different version of the “Digital Crossings” talk and also participated in a panel discussion featuring faculty from the three participating universities talking about their work.
Crichton said that students and faculty at the two Japanese Universities were very curious about the UCSC Art Department, including the fact that most of its faculty are women. “Only two or three Japanese women were represented in FUSE, representative of their mostly male faculties,” she said. “At one point, we were told that professors at Zokei had just gotten word of an administrative decision to hire a woman painter -- and that it was partly our influence.”
The UC Santa Cruz portion of the exhibition was organized by Art Professors Crichton, Lee and Jennifer Parker, and curated by Shelby Graham, director of the Sesnon Gallery. Professor Gen Morimoto organized the Kyoto University of Art and Design part of the show, and Professor Ikushima the Tokyo Zokei portion.
Sculptor who helped establish UCSC Art Department dies
Woods served as director of the California School of Fine Arts from 1955 to 1965 before he was recruited to the newly opened UCSC campus in 1966 to create and chair what would become the Art Department. Woods initiated and developed an innovative program of interdisciplinary art education at the campus, bringing to UCSC such revolutionary artists as composer John Cage and choreographer Merce Cunningham.
Woods left UCSC in 1974 and went on to direct the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles and work as deputy director of programs for the Los Angeles Natural History Museum. He retired in the 1980s to create sculptures in Aptos as a studio artist, regularly exhibiting his work, which can be found in Bay Area museums and private collections.
Watts, Locks featured in photo exhibition at Felix Kulpa Gallery
Watts has been working professionally as a photographer, archivist, and curator since 1974, focusing on communities in the neighborhoods of Oakland, Richmond and San Francisco. He is co-author of the 2006 book, Harlem of the West: The San Francisco Fillmore Jazz Era, which features his restorations of salvaged photographs that portray musicians and patrons of the vibrant jazz scene in the Fillmore District during the 1940s and 50s.
Watts' digital works include photographs from the lower eastside of Manhattan, South-Central Los Angeles, and most notably, New Orleans -- both before and after Hurricane Katrina. He joined the UCSC art faculty in 2001.
Widely recognized for his experimentation with Polaroids and digital processes, Locks has been scanning photographs taken with the Polaroid I-Zone camera containing miniature details of everyday household experiences, and reconstructing them using digital imaging techniques. He has also been working with still images taken from digital hand-held video panning shots and rebuilding them into still panoramic landscapes of domestic life.
Locks studied photography at the San Francisco Art Institute and San Francisco State University. In 1976, he worked as an assistant to Ansel Adams. Locks also directed the photography workshop at the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite from 1973 to 1977. He joined the UCSC art faculty in 1977.
Daniel named DANM chair
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Daniel receives Webby honor
Public Secrets, an online art project created by film and digital media professor Sharon Daniel, was named an Official Honoree in the Activism category at the 2007 Webby Awards.
Public Secrets is an interactive website featuring testimonials of women incarcerated in the California State Prison System that reveal the secret injustices of the war on drugs, the criminal justice system, and the prison industrial complex. Daniel, who is also chair of the Digital Arts and New Media program, produced the project in collaboration with the nonprofit human rights organization Justice Now. The project can be viewed at http://vectors.usc.edu/issues/04_issue/publicsecrets/.
Hailed as the "Oscars of the Internet" by the New York Times, The Webby Awards are the leading international award honoring excellence on the internet. The awards are judged by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences.
For more information about Sharon Daniel's recent award or her Public Secrets project, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kim participates in Ms. advisory meeting, contributes to anniversary issue
Last year Kim joined the magazine’s Committee of Scholars, an advisory group made up of 20 feminist scholars from universities throughout the country. At the recent meeting, Kim and other members of the Committee of Scholars met to discuss topics that they believe should be covered by the magazine. The non-profit magazine created the Committee of Scholars to reach out to the academic community and provide a forum to bring more attention to feminist issues.
Kim's feature article in the magazine’s anniversary issue traces the impact feminists have had on mainstream media over the past three and a half decades. "Although still grossly underrepresented in many areas, women now often decide what becomes news, what goes on the front page, who is given a voice and which stories form the nation's political and cultural narrative," Kim noted in the article
The anniversary issue also featured comments from a wide variety of feminists, including Gloria Steinem, Margaret Cho, Whoopi Goldberg, and Billie Jean King, as well as UCSC's professor of community studies B. Ruby Rich and alumna author bell hooks.
For more information, please contact Assistant Professor L.S. Kim at email@example.com.
Vazquez’s film debuts in the U.S. and Mexico
The film had its European premiere one month later at the Filmstock-Luton International Film Festival in the UK.
Vazquez has long been fascinated by the double identity of Mexican wrestlers--ordinary people who transform themselves on weekends into larger-than-life characters. He spent three years working on Que Viva La Lucha: Wrestling in Tijuana.
"I'm interested in this social ritual in what I call the 'therapy of the poor,'" said Vazquez. "The arena is the forum where everyone—wrestlers and public alike—are allowed to unleash their demons. They're re-enacting mythological battles between good and evil."
Vazquez grew up in Tijuana and was a big fan of the Mexican wrestlers in his early years. Coincidentally, the most famous wrestler in Tijuana—"Rey Misterio"—was a childhood friend, but Vazquez never knew it because the mask he wore kept it a secret.
"For years I'd seen him in the ring, but until I did this piece and met him in person, I didn't know he was a kid I grew up with in the neighborhood," said Vazquez. "This connection opened a lot of doors."
For more information, please contact Assistant Professor Gustavo Vasquez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stamp provides DVD commentary for early birth control film
The film was recently released as part of a new DVD box set from the National Film Preservation Foundation, Treasures from the American Film Archives III: Social Issues in American Film, 1900-1934. The collection highlights activist filmmaking in cinema’s early years, when filmmakers took on such issues as prohibition, race relations, union activism, homelessness, women’s suffrage, immigration and police corruption.
“In film’s first decades, activists from every political stripe used movies to advance their agenda,” noted Martin Scorsese, who serves on the NFPF Board of Directors. “These films are an important and fascinating glimpse of history. They changed American and still inspire today.”
Daniel, Sack featured in Database Aesthetics essay collection
Essays in the collection examine the database as cultural and aesthetic form, explaining how artists have participated in network culture by creating data art. The collection looks at how an aesthetic emerges when artists use the vast amounts of available information as their medium. Here the ways information is ordered and organized become artistic choices, and artists have an essential role in influencing and critiquing the digitization of daily life.
Daniel’s essay examines “The Database: An Aesthetics of Dignity” and Sack’s piece considers “Network Aesthetics.” The collection was edited by Victoria Vesna, media artist and chair of the Department of Design and Media Arts at UCLA.
Dean’s work featured in Art Bulletin
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Miller named editor of Society for American Music journal
The Society for American Music was founded in 1975 and is a non-profit scholarly and educational organization with a mission "to stimulate the appreciation, performance, creation, and study of American music in all its diversity, and the full range of activities and institutions associated with that music."
For more information about Leta Miller's recent appointment, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Martinez reappointed to NTC board of trustees
Martinez has also participated in conferences in Paris and Buenos Aries. At the New Directions in Humanities Conference in Paris on July 20, she presented "Quetzalcoatl & Marx: the Dialectic for a United Chicano and Latin American Popular/Political Theater Front, Mexico, 1974." She also was Invited to participate in the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics sixth annual seminar and conference, "Corpoliticas/Body Politics in he Americas: Formation of Race, Class and Gender," in Buenos Aires in June.
In September, Martinez spoke at Arapahoe Community College on the subject of Latina/o representations in film. Her lecture was titled "Spitfires, Bandidos and Latin Lovers: the evolution of the Latina/o stereotype in film."
Recent acting credits include a supporting role in the forthcoming feature film Crossing Over. Starring Harrison Ford and Sean Penn, the film was written and directed by Wayne Kramer and produced by The Weinstein Company. Martinez also performed a guest star role in the closing episode of the CBS television
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