An Impresario For All Seasons

You might have seen Jerry Mandel playing his saxophone around town — perhaps at the annual Orange County Arts Awards Ceremony after party at Costa Mesa’s Samueli Theater. While the self-possessed gentleman is a long-time jazz musician, his expertise on his horn is the tip of the iceberg of a decades-long arts and entertainment career. The president of the Irvine Barclay Theatre, former San Diego State University dean of the …

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The Formation of UCI’s Institute and Museum for California Art

Featured Image Above: Peter Alexander, “Thrasher,” 1992. Oil on canvas, 48 x 84 in. ©2018, Peter Alexander. The Buck Collection at the UCI Institute and Museum for California Art. Stephen Barker’s visual art tours are almost legendary. The dean of the UC Irvine Claire Trevor School of the Arts and executive director of its Institute and Museum for California Art (IMCA) seems to weave a spell when talking about the artworks …

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“Poems Without Words” – Curation as an Art Form

The exhibition, “Poems Without Words,” opening at the Irvine Museum on April 6, running through August 10, will include 42 California impressionist paintings, which the director/curator refers to as visual poetry. Or as Greek biographer and essayist Plutarch (46-120 AD) wrote, “Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.” The artists to be exhibited include Franz Bischoff, Anna Hills, Joseph Kleitsch, Guy Rose, Edgar Payne, Granville Redmond and …

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The Hilbert Museum Exhibits Treasures of California Scene Painting

At a time when edgy contemporary art proliferates museums and galleries, the paintings and drawings at the Hilbert Museum of California Art focus on socially relevant scenes, created during the 20th century. The California Scene Paintings depict people and settings in cities and towns, parks and amusement centers, theaters and schools, at work and at play. One of the landscapes in the museum collection is Preston Blair’s “Bunker Hill” (1938). …

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The Illustrious Career of Jean Stern

As Jean Stern, Irvine Museum Executive Director, tours his current exhibition, “Upon a Painted Ocean,” he looks forward to the museum’s move in the next decade to the UCI Institute and Museum of California Art; a multi-faceted venue to display and research all genres of art from the Golden State. Yet few people realize that Stern, a quiet self-effacing art historian, is one of the first people to promote late …

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