The UC San Diego Library Pays Tribute to Visual Arts @ 50

Posted On: October 10, 2016

The UC San Diego Library pays tribute to the university’s stellar Visual Arts Department on its 50th anniversary, with three rich and diverse exhibitions reflecting the amazing creativity and innovation achieved by faculty and students over the last five decades. The Library’s Special Collections & Archives and Collection Development & Management programs have collaborated with the Visual Arts Department and the UC San Diego Faculty Club in presenting the following exhibitions:

“Artists & Language: Celebrating 50 Years of UC San Diego’s Visual Arts”

October 24, 2016 – January 4, 2016; Geisel Library, 2nd (main) floor

Program & Reception: November 4 3-5 pm Geisel Library, Seuss Room

Original works of art, artists’ books, and unique archival pieces from Special Collections document the intersection of art and language in the works of faculty and graduates of the Visual Arts Department. Examining the myriad ways UC San Diego artists have embraced language as a part of their art practices, demonstrating how Visual Arts has become a leader in the development and advancement of contemporary art.

“A Retrospective Space: UC San Diego’s University Art Gallery”

October 8 – December 16, 2016; UC San Diego Faculty Club

Reception: October 17 4 pm Faculty Club

For the past 50 years, the UAG has been a site of artistic exploration and innovation. Drawn from archival sources, the exhibition provides a “looking back” on this singular space for visual arts at UC San Diego.

Faculty member Manny Farber, a painter of vibrantly colored, intricate still lives, was also one of the nation’s greatest film and art critics.


September 26 – December 5, 2016; Geisel Library, first floor

A variety of print publications from faculty and graduates over the past 50 years. Those individuals represented are foundational and formative, active and engaged, as well as passers-through who made their mark. Publications reflect seminal works from former and current faculty and former graduate students who helped to shape contemporary art.