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The Life Story of Meghan Markle

Performance by Associate Professor Malik Gaines

Thursday June 1, 6:30pm
Mandeville Art Gallery
Free, Please RSVP

The Life Story of Meghan Markle is not a biography, but rather a reflection, through sound and speech, on popular incongruities, mixed approaches to elite legacies, suspicious desires, and the difficulty of appearing. Gaines’ short performance in the Mandeville Art Gallery and its vicinity takes strands of what’s present and combines them with speculations about elsewhere.  

Organized in conjunction with the exhibition ARE WE NOT DRAWN ONWARD TO NEW ERA.
Image: Malik Gaines in My Barbarian's "Post-Party Dream-State Caucus," New Museum, New York, 2016 


Figure/Ground: Daumier's Refugees

Lecture by Assistant Professor Jordan Rose

Friday June 2, 6:30 p.m.
Mandeville 103
Free, Please RSVP

The period between the French Revolution of 1789 and the Paris Commune of 1871 has been dubbed “the century of exiles.” To many, this identification will sound odd, even misleading. It subordinates magnitude (the 1930s and ‘40s, the first decades of the 21st century) to scale. All the same, there is merit to the claim and its evident hyperbole. Revolution, urbanization, enclosure, industrialization, the first victories of Capital, and the consolidation of empire—these motors of displacement drove the 19th century’s most characteristic developments. Together, they transformed migration (forced or voluntary) into a mass phenomenon.

This talk, about the depiction of refugees in 19th-century Europe, introduces a project still in its infancy. Its argument is straightforward: we have much to learn from the paintings, sculptures, and prints that emerged in response to the new situation and experience. Here, Assistant Professor Jordan Rose will focus on a series of paintings and relief sculptures produced by Honoré Daumier in the years after the Revolution of 1848. These are special artworks—not only for their distinctive intensities and repetitions, but also because of the materials and techniques deployed in their making.

Jordan Rose is Assistant Professor of Art History in the Department of Visual Arts. Before joining the faculty at UCSD in 2016, he taught at the University of Vermont and UC Berkeley. His first book, "The Revolution Takes Form: Art and the Barricade in Nineteenth-Century France," will appear in Penn State University Press's spring 2024 catalogue.

Organized in conjunction with the exhibition ARE WE NOT DRAWN ONWARD TO NEW ERA.

Image: Honoré Daumier, Les Fugitifs, 1848/49


Grand Opening

March 4, 2-6pm PST
Mandeville Art Gallery

The first UC San Diego Visual Arts faculty show organized since 2015, ARE WE NOT DRAWN ONWARD TO NEW ERA presents work by new faculty who have joined the department over the past eight years. The exhibition marks the grand reopening of the Mandeville Art Gallery after a period of closure for extensive renovation.

Participating Artists:

Memo Akten, Danielle Dean, dean erdmann, Malik Gaines, Mariah Garnett, Las Hermanas Iglesias, Lorena Mostajo, My Barbarian, Alexandro Segade, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Pinar Yoldas

Coinciding with the Graduate Open Studios at the Visual Arts Facility. Open Studios will feature over 30 MFA & PhD artists' open studios, exhibitions, screenings, and publications produced in the Department of Visual Arts.