Artists using a variety of mediums are harnessing their talents as a form of activism for the Black Lives Matter movement. Second-year African American studies student Jessica Jackson is creating pieces that she hopes will bring visibility to the Black community. (Ashley Kenney/Assistant Photo editor)
The paintbrush is just as mighty as the pen or the sword.
Artists both within and outside of the UCLA community are taking advantage of their creative skill sets to support the Black Lives Matter movement, which has become increasingly active following the death of George Floyd.
Perry Picasshoe is reimagining “The Birth of Venus” for the modern age.
Second-year visual arts student Juan Hernandez creates art under the pseudonym Perry Picasshoe, a name that acts as an homage to renowned artist Pablo Picasso while playing on the term “art hoe” – someone who feigns an intense interest in art without knowing anything aside from famous works.
Art will be taking center stage in the digital “From the Heartland” gallery.
The gallery is part of UCLA’s Lapu, the Coyote that Cares Theatre Company’s celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and includes multimedia submissions by its members and students as well as AAPI artists outside the campus community.
UCLArts & Healing’s online Zumba class offers participants an opportunity to dance their stress away in the comfort of their own homes.
The class is part of the program’s Healing Online for People Everywhere (HOPE) series that aims to provide free online classes on building resilience and improving mental health.
For Osman Khan, flying carpets are no longer a figment of the imagination.
The alumnus and current director of the University of Michigan’s Master of Fine Arts program received a Guggenheim Fellowship in the field of study of fine arts this year.
Three ballerinas have finally set the barre – and set up their own ballet company too.
UCLA’s first ballet company, founded by Ada Chung, Ying Xuan Chua and Moe Kawakami, has been holding virtual Zoom events throughout spring quarter.
Online learning for dance students has not quite been en pointe.
The switch to virtual classes has left dance students searching for ideal spaces to move, relying on self-accountability to stay motivated, said third-year dance student Justin Gamboa.
Quarantine has done little to stifle the UCLA art community’s creativity.
The switch to online classes in response to COVID-19 has left a major impact on art students who rely heavily on visual learning to complete their classes, said Yogan Muller, a visiting design media arts lecturer.
American museums have survived wars, famines and economic depressions. Even so, COVID-19 is proving difficult to navigate for some of Los Angeles’ most established institutions. Some museums have exhibition archives they can dip into, featuring walk-throughs or installation footage.
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