Remembering Sam McCulloch May 15, 2013Posted by ucisca in Early UCI Campus, Faculty, University Archives.
Tags: Chancellor Aldrich, Clark Kerr, Photographs, Sam McCulloch, UC Irvine
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It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Sam McCulloch, the founding Dean of Humanities and Professor Emeritus of History at UC Irvine. McCulloch first arrived at UCI in 1964 as one of the founding faculty members and remained an important leader on campus throughout his entire life. He was UCI’s unofficial historian, compiling records, stories, letters, and other historical material for his 1996 book Instant University, which covers the history of the UCI campus from 1957 to 1993. McCulloch also conducted oral history interviews with 97 members of UCI’s prominent faculty and staff from 1967 to 1993, including Chancellors Daniel Aldrich and Jack Peltason, as well as Nobel Laureates F. Sherwood Rowland and Frederick Reines. In 2009, McCulloch donated his faculty papers to UCI Special Collections and Archives, which include correspondence, research notes, clippings, and bibliographies. We at Special Collections and Archives are forever indebted to Sam McCulloch for his commitment to documenting, preserving, and sharing the rich history of this campus.
Numerous interviews from the collection of Samuel McCulloch Oral Histories (AS-033) are available here at the Online Archive of UCI History. Both audio recordings and transcripts of selected interviews are available for use online, and the remaining interviews from the collection will be digitized and added to the Online Archive soon.
The finding aid for the faculty papers of Sam McCulloch (MS-F031) is available here through the Online Archive of California.
Instant University is available for use in the Special Collections and Archives reading room and is also available for check-out.
Photos from AS-061, UCI Communications Photographs Collection; and AS-056, Early Campus Photograph Albums. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.
John Mason’s Ceramics Class Fall 1968 April 22, 2013Posted by ucisca in Campus Scenes, Early UCI Campus, Faculty, Student Life.
Tags: Ceramics, John Mason, Studio Art
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Legendary ceramics artist John Mason taught at UCI from 1967-76 and then again in 1987. He was the Chair of Studio Art from 1974-1976. Recent attention to his work occurred in Pacific Standard Time exhibits throughout Southern California and in the current exhibit of his landmark piece 21-foot-long Blue Wall (1959) at the Laguna Art Museum. In the Fall of 1968, the UCI Studio Art faculty consisted of Robert Irwin, Craig Kaufman, Tony de Lap, John Mason and Philip McAleer. John Mason taught Ceramics 86A that quarter, a class for freshmen and sophomores. Below are photographs from that class.
“Reading Los Angeles With Ed Ruscha” – A lecture by Cécile Whiting January 23, 2012Posted by ucisca in Faculty.
Tags: Artists' Books, Cecile Whiting, Ed Ruscha
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The UC Irvine Libraries Dept. of Special Collections and Archives invites you to a special lecture in support of our current exhibit, Sixteen Books by Ed Ruscha:
Professor Whiting will give a presentation on the early books of Los Angeles artist Ed Ruscha. Cécile Whiting (Ph.D. Art History, Stanford) has published and lectured extensively on art in Southern California in the post-war period. Her book Pop L.A.: Art and the City in the 1960s (U.C. Press, 2006) was awarded the 21st Eldredge Prize for outstanding scholarship in the field of American Art.
Following the lecture, Steve MacLeod, Public Services Librarian in Special Collections and Archives, will briefly show other examples from the Libraries’ Artists’ Books collection.
We encourage you to come early to explore the exhibit before the lecture, which is located just outside of Special Collections and Archives on the fifth floor of Langson. The lecture is open to all who are interested. The exhibit is open Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm through March 16.
For additional information contact: Steve MacLeod, email@example.com, (949) 824-4967.
Robert Cohen and “The Madwoman of Chaillot” on May 28, 1969 October 18, 2011Posted by ucisca in Activism, Early UCI Campus, Faculty.
Tags: Robert Cohen, Robert Cohen Festival, School of the Arts, The Madwoman of Chaillot, Vietnam War protests
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The Robert Cohen Festival takes place the weekend of October 28-29 at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts to honor the Claire Trevor Professor of Drama Robert Cohen, celebrate his many contributions to the School, and dedicate a theatre named after him. Professor Cohen has had an amazing career here at UCI, with responsibility for numerous extraordinary productions. Among the most unusual was the May 28, 1969 production of “The Madwoman of Chaillot,” which took place during a period when all U.C. campuses, and campuses across the United States, were essentially closed down during massive campus strikes and protests against the Vietnam War. Professor Cohen, his cast and crew decided to continue the play, rather than cancel it in support of the strike. Robert Cohen read this moving message, justifying their decision, to the audience before each production. Thank you, Robert Cohen, congratulations on your many accomplishments and enjoy the upcoming weekend!
MS-P069. Robert Cohen Papers. Special Collections and Archives, the U.C. Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.
Tags: Craig Kaufman, Faculty '68 exhibition, John Van Hamersveld, Richard Smith, Robert Irwin, Tony DeLap, UCI Art Gallery, UCi Studio Art, Vija Celmins
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John Van Hamersveld is one of the best known and most prolific poster artists of the last 50 years. He did the design of the iconic poster for Bruce Brown’s film Endless Summer; album covers for the Beatles Magical Mystery Tour and the Rolling Stones Exile on Main Street; the official poster for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games; the poster for the reunion concert of Cream at Royal Albert Hall in 2005; and numerous other important posters. In 1968, he also did the poster for the Faculty ’68 exhibition in the UCI Art Gallery. The exhibition, featuring works of then UCI Studio Art faculty Vija Celmins, Tony DeLap, Robert Irwin, Craig Kaufman, and Richard Smith, ran from April 16- May 5, 1968.
AS-050. University of California, Irvine, Poster Collection. Special Collections and Archives, the U.C. Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.
Tags: Craig Kaufman, Ed Ruscha, Faculty '68, Jerry McMillan, Mason Williams, Richard Smith, Robert Irwin, Tony DeLap, Vija Celmins
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Los Angeles artist Jerry McMillan designed the catalog for the “Faculty ’68″ exhibition at the UCI Art Gallery in the spring 1968. McMillan was a childhood friend of artist Ed Ruscha and musician and song writer Mason Williams, growing up in Oklahoma City. After high school, the three friends drove to Los Angeles, following the iconic route 66 west. McMillan and Ruscha were roomates in an apartment in Hollywood while they attended Chouinard Art Institute. McMillan worked in advertising design initially, then moved to photography and “photosculpture.” He was the first photographer to have a one-person exhibition at the Pasadena Art Museum, in 1966. In 2004, he had solo exhibitions “Picturing Ed: Jerry McMillan’s photographs of Ed Ruscha, 1958-1972″ in Santa Monica and Cologne, Germany.
Faculty, ’68; [Exhibition] April 16 through May 5, 1968.
Tags: Frederick Reines, Nobel Prize, Wham-O Super Ball
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UCI Professor Frederick Reines (1918-1998) was a particle physicist and educator internationally recognized for his verification of the existence of the neutrino and investigation of its properties. In 1995 he won the Nobel Prize for Physics. Professor Reines also had a sense of humor, which is apparent in this letter to the Wham-O Manufacturing Company, in which he complains about the flawed super ball he received from Wham-O.
MS-F007. Frederick Reines Papers, ca. 1931-1999. Special Collections and Archives, the U.C. Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.
F. Sherwood Rowland, Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1995 December 6, 2010Posted by ucisca in Early UCI Campus, Faculty.
Tags: F. Sherwood Rowland, Mario J. Molina, Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1995
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F. Sherwood Rowland (UCI), Mario J. Molina (MIT) and Paul J. Crutzen (Max-Planck-Institute) were awarded jointly the 1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry “for their work in atmospheric chemistry, particularly concerning the formation and decomposition of ozone.” In his Nobel lecture on December 8, 1995, Professor Rowland said: “When Mario Molina joined my research group [at UCI] as a postdoctoral research associate later in 1973, he elected the chloroflourocarbon problem among several offered to him, and we began the scientific search for the ultimate fate of such molecules. At the time neither of us had any significant experience treating chemical problems of the atmosphere, and each of us was now operating well away from our previous areas of expertise.” Mario Molina has said of that period, “Three months after I arrived at Irvine, Sherry and I developed the ‘CFC-ozone depletion theory.’ At first the research did not seem to be particularly interesting….”
Over twenty years later, in the Press Release from the Nobel Foundation announcing the 1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, the Nobel Foundation stated: “Thanks to our good scientific understanding of the ozone problem — and very largely to Crutzen, Molina and Rowland — it has been possible to make far-reaching decisions on prohibiting the release of gases that destroy ozone.”
The photograph below is of Rowland (left) and Molina (right) in Rowland’s lab at UCI in the mid-1970s. The photograph is from the F. Sherwood Rowland Papers (MS-F029), which is being processed now and will be available for research in 2011.
MS-F029. F. Sherwood Rowland Papers. Special Collections and Archives, the UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.
Eugene Loring August 9, 2010Posted by ucisca in Faculty, Photographs.
Tags: Dance Department, Eugene Loring
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Eugene Loring (1914-1982), was the founding Chair of the UCI Dance Department (1965-1978). He studied with George Ballanchine and Pierre Vladimiroff at the new School of American Ballet in New York in 1935. In his early career he was in touring dance companies such as the Ballet Caravan and Ballet Theatre, and was director of the Dance Players. In Loring’s very diverse career in dance, he is best known for two important contributions: his choreographic abilities as a leading developer of an American style of dance and his pedagogical skills (the latter first surfaced through his association with the American School of Dance and continued through his brilliant work at UCI). His own best known work was Billy the Kid (1938), and he also worked in film and television. Below are photographs of Loring teaching dance and rehearsing the Dance Players in Idyllwild, CA during the summer of 1956. [Photographer unknown.]
MS-P002. Eugene Loring Papers. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.
Marcel Duchamp Festival 1971 July 20, 2010Posted by ucisca in Early UCI Campus, Faculty.
Tags: Barbara Rose, Duchamp Fesitval, Duchamp Is, Moira Roth, Tony DeLap
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The UCI School of Fine Arts organized DUCHAMP IS…, the Marcel Duchamp Festival, consisting of a variety of events, lectures, panel discussions, films, happenings, performances, chess games, and magic, held on campus throughout November 1971. The schedule for the festival is below, as printed in the New University. The event was organized by Barbara Rose and Moira Roth, both on the faculty at that time. Among those participating were Richard Hamilton, Robert Hughes, Walter Hopps, Barbara Rose, Moira Roth, Robert Pincus Witten, Alison Knowles, Allen Kaprow, Tony DeLap, Susi Bloch, Annette Michelson and David Antin. An exhibition of some of Duchamp’s work and work from others influenced by Duchamp was held in the UCI Art Gallery. Many other unannounced and unscheduled events occurred as well. Anne d’Harnoncourt (Philadelphia Museum of Art) and Kynaston McShine (Museum of Modern Art), who were working together on the major 1973 Duchamp retrospective, were in the audience. Charlemagne Palestine and Simone Forti collaborated on a performance piece. Tony DeLap (sculptor, faculty member and magician) created a levitation piece titled “A Spatial Occurence.” The invitation for the festival stated: “You are invited to attend the opening of ‘DUCHAMP IS…’ on November the sixth. There will be a 6pm celebration on the grass at the Art Gallery. Perhaps you could bring bread and cheese to share. Opening ceremonies 8pm, Concert Hall.” According to the few first-person accounts available, the festival was a tremendous success.
New University. Vol. 4/No. 11. November 5, 1971. page 7.