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Content Authored by: Jessica Weber

Deconstructing the indestructible ‘Luke Cage’

“How do you show that he’s bulletproof?” asks artist and University of California, Riverside professor John Jennings, while discussing Marvel superhero Luke Cage. “You have to shoot him. You have to have a black man during the Black Lives Matter movement shot every episode to prove that he’s bulletproof. And that’s problematic.” Luke Cage and his...
By Jessica Weber | | Arts / Culture

UCR poet wins 2018 American Book Award

There was a time when Rachelle Cruz, M.F.A. ’12, had all but given up on getting her poetry collection published. A 10-year labor of love, she recalled sending out “ God’s Will for Monsters ” 20-25 times before taking a two-year break from her attempts. As a last-ditch effort, Cruz submitted her collection to Inlandia Institute’s second annual...
By Jessica Weber | | Arts / Culture

Rolling out the ‘Red Carpet’

"Yunhee Min & Peter Tolkin: Red Carpet in C" (Nikolay Maslov) Walk into the Culver Center of the Arts, and you’ll immediately find yourself immersed in the new, large-scale exhibition by Yunhee Min and Peter Tolkin. Three gigantic, undulating swathes of red fabric extend toward the entryway, inviting viewers to walk directly onto the massive...
By Jessica Weber | | Arts / Culture

Rare camera collection goes to Calif. Museum of Photography

The California Museum of Photography has received a robust donation of American field view cameras, filling a significant gap in the museum’s collection. Donor Larry Pierce, a mineralogist and majority owner of Phoenix-based Fiberquant Analytical Services, gifted his collection of more than 500 cameras, as well as hundreds of related accessories...
By Jessica Weber | | Arts / Culture

Nalo Hopkinson enters Neil Gaiman’s ‘Sandman Universe’

Author will pen “House of Whispers,” a new comic series rooted in Afro-Caribbean culture
By Jessica Weber | | Arts / Culture

UCR ARTS celebrates new name, purpose

The newly renamed arts institution will bring enhanced programming and scholarship to downtown Riverside
By Jessica Weber | | Arts / Culture

Graphic Novel Adaptation of “Kindred” Nominated for Eisner Award

John Jennings discusses the challenge of transforming the beloved classic into a best-selling graphic novel.
By Jessica Weber | | Arts / Culture

ARTSblock exhibition features public’s work alongside artist’s

The Culver Center will host an exhibition featuring photography submitted by the community in conjunction with installations by Xavier Cázares Cortéz
By Jessica Weber | | Arts / Culture

Exhibition explores 20th Century through the lens of dust

A peculiar photograph leads to an examination of modernity, war, and ruin in “A Handful of Dust”
By Jessica Weber | | Arts / Culture

Capturing life’s little moments

Joe Leavenworth, graduate of UCR’s MFA in Visual Art, continues to make his mark as a photographer on both the East and West Coast
By Jessica Weber | | University

New poetry collection explores life’s questions, great and small

“The Wilderness” by Maurya Simon is now available. (Jaime Clifford) RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( www.ucr.edu ) — How do you encapsulate several decades of your life? That was the question for Maurya Simon , professor emerita in the Department of Creative Writing and professor of the Graduate Division at the University of California, Riverside, while putting...
By Jessica Weber | | Arts / Culture

Creative writing faculty and alumni to appear at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( www.ucr.edu ) — The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is right around the corner and a number of faculty and alumni from UCR’s Department of Creative Writing and the UCR Palm Desert Center’s Low-Residency MFA program will be participating in a host of conversations and readings. The largest of its kind in the United States —...

A mother’s greatest nightmare: Susan Straight broaches school shootings

As of March 8, there have been 14 school shootings so far this year . Since the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., 756 copycat threats have been made targeting schools across the country. For author Susan Straight — and many others around the nation — the topic of school shootings and gun violence has been...
By Jessica Weber | | Arts / Culture

“Fictive Kin” questions how we view the everyday

A new exhibition showcasing the photography of contemporary artists Sarah Conaway, Annette Kelm, and Kim Schoen will debut at the Culver Center of the Arts at UCR ARTSblock on Feb. 24. Much information in our daily lives is consumed through visual cues, like billboards blinking by on a highway, with little time to question authenticity. “ Fictive...
By Jessica Weber | | Arts / Culture

UCR bioengineer awarded Fulbright grant

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( www.ucr.edu ) — A University of California, Riverside scholar has been awarded a Fulbright grant to conduct research at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil for 2018-19. Valentine Vullev , a professor of bioengineering whose research areas include molecular photonics and biophotonics, will continue his research into bioinspired...
By Jessica Weber | | Science / Technology
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