‘Second Wave’ Exhibition on Display at UC Riverside’s Sweeney Art Gallery

Exhibit will feature contemporary work impacted by 1980s art

SECOND WAVE: Aesthetics of the 80s in Today’s Contemporary Art

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – “Second Wave: Aesthetics of the ‘80s in Today’s Contemporary Art,” an exhibition and a set of related events, is now open at UCR ARTSblock in downtown Riverside. The exhibit continues through March 19.

“Second Wave” explores the influences of the artistic styles and subject matter of the 1980s on artists who were born or raised in the era. The exhibition will be organized loosely around art movements identified with the era. Some examples are: appropriation, feminism, graffitit, neo-expressionism, neo-geo, mass media, and multiculturalism.

Artists featured include: Mark Batongmalaque, Brian Bress, Jordan Christian, Gregory Eberhardt, Chet Glaze, Valerie Green, D Hill, Pearl C. Hsiung, Lisa Lapinski, Ryan Perez, Conrad Ruizm, Shizu Saldamando, Emilio Santoyo, Kristofferson San Pablo, and Devon Tsuno.

Events related to the exhibition include films and performances that respond to the decade’s revolutionary changes in economy, music and politics. All of them are open to the public, with discounts for college students with identification.

  • Thursday, Dec. 3
    7 p.m. – Screening of “Control,” directed by Anton Corbjin
  • Saturday, Jan. 30
    4:30 p.m. – “Second Wave” gallery walkthrough with curatorial assistants Russel Altamirano and Joseph Valencia.

    • 5 p.m. – Performance Killed the Video Star
    • 6 p.m. — Dancing is a Little Too Romantic for Me
  • Thursday, Feb. 4
    6 p.m. – #SecondWave, a project that will use social media (specifically Instagram) to engage the community with the exhibition. The project will consist of a “selfie cam,” and the photos, which will act as conversational pieces between the public and the exhibition, blurring the lines between them. Artists Mark Batongmalaque and Chet Glaze will give a gallery talk about the exhibit. .
  • Tuesday, Feb. 9
    4 p.m. – Art Department Visiting Artist Lecture Series with LA-based artist, Conrad Ruiz.  .
  • Thursday, March 3
    6 p.m. – Artist gallery talk on “Second Wave” with Ryan Perez and Kristofferson San Pablo.
  • Saturday, March 5
    7 p.m. – Screening of “Is It Really So Strange? Director, William E. Jones will answer questions after the screening.

“Second Wave” is organized by UCR ARTSblock’s Sweeney Art Gallery and is curated by Jennifer Frias, Curator, Culver Center of the Arts, and Sweeney Art Gallery. UCR’s College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences and the City of Riverside co-sponsored the exhibition.

UCR ARTSblock is located at 3824 and 3834 Main St., Riverside, Calif., and includes three venues: California Museum of Photography, Culver Center of the Arts, and Sweeney Art Gallery, which are open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m., plus 6-9 p.m. for First Thursday ArtWalks. Admission is $3, which includes entry to all three venues, and is free during First Thursday ArtWalks (6-9 p.m.). For film screenings, Culver Center opens 30 minutes prior to the start time.

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