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What a difference 25 years makes February 21, 2014

Posted by ucisca in Early UCI Campus, Photographs, Uncategorized, University Archives.
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To fully experience this series of photos, please follow the instructions below.

Step 1. Cue up Dinah Washington’s “What a difference a day makes”. (Even if it’s just in the music player inside your brain.)

Step 2. This photo shows an aerial view of the campus in February 1964. Do the math — that’s 50 years ago! To the month!

Aerial view, February 1964

Aerial view, February 1964

Step 3. These photos show the rapid construction carried out between April and June 1964. Construction is something we’re all familiar with on this campus — high five the next crew you see! Maybe they won’t like that. Maybe just slow down your vehicle as you pass work zones.

Step 4. October 1966, a full year after the first, first day of classes. Try to spot familiar landmarks! Buildings! Part of Aldrich Park! Is that the Back Bay?

Aerial view, October 1966

Aerial view, October 1966

Step 5. Aerial view of the campus, March 1989 — does this look more like us?

Aerial view, March 1989

Aerial view, March 1989

Step 6. Next time you manage to get your nose out of a computer, take a deep breath and walk around the campus. Construction continues to this day. How do we look as a 50 year old campus? Probably not a day over 30. Har har.

Photos from AS-056. Early Campus Photograph Albums and AS-061. University Communications photographs. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.

Did David Hockney teach at UCI? February 13, 2014

Posted by ucisca in Campus Scenes, Early UCI Campus, Faculty.
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The Studio Art Department at UCI had an amazing group of faculty from the very first year of the program in 1965-66.  Those recruited as faculty and lecturers in the early years included Craig Kaufman, Tony DeLap, Robert Irwin, Richard Smith, Robert Morris, Phil Leider, Larry Bell, Ed Bereal, John McCracken, Ed Moses, Vija Celmins, Ken Price, Ron Davis, Laddie John Dil, John Mason, John Paul Jones, and others.  David Hockney certainly was present at the opening of the “Faculty ’68” show in the UCI Art Gallery in April 1968 (see below). 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. So, did David Hockney teach here? Probably for only one quarter, but real definitive evidence of that hasn’t surfaced yet. Let us know what you think.

David Hockney (right) and John Coplans, founder of the University Art Gallery. [All photographs from Beth Koch Photographs (AS-051). Box 6: 6.]

David Hockney (right) and John Coplans, founder of the University Art Gallery. [All photographs from Beth Koch Photographs (AS-051). Box 6: 6.]

David Hockney in the background.

David Hockney in the background.

Clayton Garrison, then Dean of Fine Arts, talking with David Hockney.

Clayton Garrison, then Dean of Fine Arts, talking with David Hockney.

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The poster for the show was done by John Van Hamersveld who had also done the iconic poster for Bruce Brown’s film "Endless Summer" in 1966.

The poster for the show was done by John Van Hamersveld who had also done the iconic poster for Bruce Brown’s film “Endless Summer” in 1966.

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