UCR Sweeney Art Gallery
Winter Exhibitions 2009
January 31-March 28, 2009
Reception: January 31, 6-10 pm, Free
with Artist Talks, 6-6:45 pm

UC Riverside, Sweeney Art Gallery
3800 Main Street, Riverside, CA 92501
Contact: Shane Shukis, 951-827-1467
E-mail, sshukis@ucr.edu
Websites:  http://www.sweeney.ucr.edu, http://www.artsblock.ucr.edu
Hours:  Tuesday – Saturday, 12-5 pm; First Thursday of the month, 6-9pm

Your Donations Do Our Work: Andrea Bowers and Suzanne Lacy
Main Gallery
Bring your spirit of generosity to a new performance installation by Andrea Bowers and Suzanne Lacy. Along with previous work, the artists present a new collaboration, a performative “collection point” for discarded clothing and small household appliances. This exhibition marks their first collaboration. Your bags of “stuff” will be transformed in Riverside, California. They will be cleaned, ironed, repaired, and prepared for their distribution as part of a barter economy established by the artists and Otis College of Art and Design students in the small farming town of Laton, California.

Donations are accepted during gallery hours, but special focus is on the Reception and ArtsWalks featuring a do-it-yourself repair team of students, merchants and local activists. Performance dates: January 31st Opening Reception, 6-10 pm; February 5th ArtsWalk, 6-9 pm; March 5th ArtsWalk, 6-9 pm

Organized by UCR Sweeney Art Gallery curatorial team of Tyler Stallings, Shane Shukis, Jennifer Frias, and Georg Burwick, with the assistance of Cosmé Cordova, director of Division 9 Gallery.

Major support for Your Donations Do Our Work provided by Riverside Marriott, John and Yasuko Bush, Dr. and Mrs. Donald C. Erwin, and the UCR College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. Media sponsor for Your Donations Do Our Work is THE, LA’s monthly magazine for the arts.

Adia Millett:
Living Beyond Our Means
Project Gallery One
Millett premieres her first new work since returning to Los Angeles from New York. Her past work has consisted of theatrically installed sculptures involving miniature structures, commonplace domestic objects, and dramatic lighting in which she explores our fears, homes, desires and politics. For Millet, a necessary component to her work relies on the architectural style, class and social atmosphere of the region where she creates a work. In the site-specific installation, she will explore the illusions and charm of suburban freedom in a constructed life-size room, reminiscent of one found in a local Riverside home.

Kyungmi Shin: Rich
Project Gallery Two
Rich is a video installation of moving images, sound, and music exploring rites of passage and spiritual practices. One of the core inspirations for Rich is the opportunity to explore the complex relationships in Shin’s life: she being Korean, having a partner who is African-American, both of them now owning a piece of property in Ghana, both of them living in a predominantly African-American neighborhood, and the complicated relationship between African-Americans and the gold coast of Ghana which was the center of British slave trade in the 17th and 18th century.

You Belong To Me: Art and the Ethics of Presence
featuring performances by Ron Athey, James Luna, and Ursula Rucker.
Curated by Jennifer Doyle

February Events
, Seminar exploring performance and the ethics of presence led by artist Ron Athey in collaboration with UCR Professor Jennifer Doyle.
Friday 20, 8 pm, performances by Ursula Rucker and James Luna
Saturday 21, afternoon conversations with artists
Saturday 21, 8pm, performances with Ron Athey, Julie Tolentino, and others.

Join us for a series of February events celebrating artists who make their audiences into more than spectators. Joined by the shared experience of performances that are alternately tender and intimate, intense and cathartic, we do more than watch them perform. In "being there" we become a body of witnesses, a collective, a community. At issue in these artists' performances is not just their presence to us, in other words, but our presence to them, and to each other.

This event is generously supported by the University of California Humanities Research Institute, UCR Sweeney Gallery, UCR Office for Excellence and Diversity, Center for Ideas and Society, Women's Center, African Student Programs, and Departments of English, Art, Women's Studies, Creative Writing, Media and Cultural Studies.

See website for location information: http://www.sweeney.ucr.edu/exhibitions/belong.

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