Celebrating the UCR ARTSblock Sweeney Art Gallerys 50th anniversary, Essential: Selections from the Permanent Collection Celebrates UCR Sweeney Art Gallerys 50th Anniversary, brings attention to the gallerys growing permanent collection, alongside the deep photographic collection at UCR California Museum of Photography (CMP). The gallery was established on the main campus in 1963. It moved to downtown Riverside in 2006 to help from the ARTSblock with CMP and Culver Center of the Arts. Some of the selected works will include those from artists who have shown at the gallery since 2006. They include Marsia Alexander-Clarke, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Tad Beck, Margarita Cabrera, Center for Land Use Interpretation, Richard Clar, John Divola, Sean Dockray, Sean Duffy, Reanne Estrada, eteam, Fritz Haeg, Desiree Hollman, Lisa Jevbratt, Rachel Mayeri, Jason Middlebrook, Rubén Ortiz Torres, Carrie Paterson, Ann Phong, Bradley Pitts, Alison Ruttan, Connie Samaras, Michael Shroads, Jim Trainor, Hong-An Truong, Julie Thi Underhill, and others.
Concurrently, UCR California Museum of Photography celebrates its 40th anniversary by taking as inspiration the classic novel Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne, first published in 1873. This tale of adventure chronicles the fictitious travels of a British gentleman Phileas Fogg and his French valet Jean Passepartout. The exhibition Around the World in Forty Pictures, as the title implies, culls forty pictures from the Keystone-Mast Collection (part of the CMP permanent collection) to retrace the steps of Verne's colorful characters as they circumnavigate the globe. Around the World in Forty Pictures is curated by Joanna Szupinska-Myers, CMP Curator of Exhibitions, and runs May 4-July 27, 2013.
Essential: Selections from the Permanent Collection Celebrates UCR Sweeney Art Gallery's 50th Anniversary was organized by UCR ARTSblock and curated by Tyler Stallings, Artistic Director, Culver Center of the Arts & Director, Sweeney Art Gallery, University of California, Riverside, and Jennifer Frias, Associate Curator, Sweeney Art Gallery. UCR's College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS) have provided support.