In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the founding of UCSD, the Division of Arts and Humanities is hosting an exhibition celebrating the artistic identity of the Visual Arts Department, running from March 4 through June 6, 2011. Cross-Disciplinary Productions is curated by Tatiana Sizonenko, a PhD Candidate in Art History. The exhibition will present a survey of works by its founding and long-term faculty, most distinguished alumni, and current MFA students.
The Visual Arts Department was founded on the principle that art production, art theory and criticism, and art history are inter-related practices which together constitute the world or culture of art. This exhibition investigates the various ways that the department's distinctive commitment to the theoretical framework of art was put into practice and whether this shared philosophy about the theoretical framework of art constitutes a tradition in the contemporary world.
Cross-Disciplinary Productions explores the dynamic interaction between art and society through the distinctive philosophy of the UCSD MFA program. This exhibition is the second in the series for the current academic year focusing on the identity of Visual Arts Department. The first exhibition mounted in the Fall “The San Diego Effect” centered on the identity of place through works by MFA students at UCSD and San Diego State University that engaged with greater San Diego as a locale. The upcoming exhibition tracks the department's identity through time as it is revealed by the personal stories and careers of graduated artists.