Art Lectures

Art Lectures 2020: Unwind with Mixed Media

The Artists Council Mixed Media Series brings notable art makers and art-world professionals to  the UCR campus. Their ideas and images will fill our community with insight into the art-making practice. The aim of this series is to build imaginative experiences that showcase the diversity of artists and their worlds. This series will also help to illustrate the complexity of understanding creativity and the world around us. Our hope is to elevate the meaning of art and its value in our community.

Balloon art

Joyce Kozloff: Maps + Patterns

Reception: 5:30 p.m. Lecture: 6:15 p.m. Feb. 7, 2020

Joyce Kozloff works to fuse a love for widespread artistic traditions with an activist temperament. Beginning in 1970, energized by participation in the feminist art movement in Los Angeles and New York, she became a founding member of the Heresies publishing collective and an originating figure of the Pattern and Decoration movement. Her manifesto, which negates the negative stance of minimalism (anti-pure, anti- emotionless, name a few) and advocates for affirmation (additive, romantic, imaginative, embroidered, vulgar, warm, name a few), summarizes the value and legitimacy of women’s work, women’s rights, and women’s art. 

A screen of Joshua Tree in the snow

Bernard Leibov: Contemporary Art at the New Frontier

Reception: 5:30 p.m. Lecture: 6:15 p.m. March 20, 2020

Bernard Leibov is the BoxoPROJECTS director as well as the co-founder and co-curator of the Joshua Treenial. Prior to moving to California, Leibov was Deputy Director of Judd Foundation in New York and Marfa. He also operated a non-traditional gallery space in New York City which featured artists from Joshua Tree and other non-urban areas. His background is in brand strategy as well as finance, and he has served on the Board of Joshua Tree Chamber of Commerce. Leibov will talk about what brought him to the unique Joshua Tree community, what keeps him there, and where things may be headed. RSVP now!

Painting of a laughing woman on the phone

James Rieck: On Cropping, Color and Composition

Reception: 5:30 p.m. Lecture: 6:15 p.m. April 17, 2020

James Rieck, who earned his MFA and BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland. Rieck's paintings have been exhibited across the United States. Museum and group shows include: "We Could Be Heroes: The Mythology of Monsters and Heroes in Contemporary Art" at Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, "Size Does Matters," curated by Shaquille O'Neal, the Flag Foundation, New York, "As Others See Us: The Contemporary Portrait," Brattleboro Museum, VT, and at the Corcoran Museum, Washington, DC. Rieck will be discussing his most recent body of work, Emotional Support, which examines the relationship between people and pets. RSVP now!