Special Events

There are a number of special events associated with SLSA 2019, including creative performances, art exhibition receptions, and our closing party. Details below. The letters in red correspond to locations on the campus map at the bottom of the page. Unless otherwise noted special events are free to the public!

Since most of these events take place in the evening after the main conference events and keynotes have ended, we will have food trucks in the Maya Lin Plaza in the Claire Trevor School of the Arts on Thursday and Saturday evenings during the dinner break, from 7 to 9 pm; detaisl on the Schedule page).

Opening Reception   Beall Center for Art + Technology

Thursday, November 7, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Beall Center for Art + Technology (B)

A special reception for artist lauren woods’s installation American Monument, in advance of her SLSA artist’s talk on Friday. You may also view the show anytime during regular gallery opening hours, which are 12-6 pm, Thurs.-Sat.

Reading Frankenstein

Photography by Jesús López Vargas (jelopez-stage.com)

Thursday, November 7, 8:00-9:15 p.m.
Friday, November 8, 8:00-9:15 p.m.
Saturday, November 9, 2:00-3:15 p.m. and 8:00-9:15 p.m.

xMPL in the Contemporary Art Center (C)
Free, but reservations are strongly recommended

Created by director Annie Loui and artist Antoinette LaFarge, Reading Frankenstein is an intermedia performance in which a contemporary scientist named Mary Shelley discovers that one of her failed genetic experiments is running amok in her laboratory, at the same time as the novel Frankenstein is haunting her imagination. Given the autonomy of A.I. and the accelerating scientific possibilities of CRISPR, Reading Frankenstein presents questions about ethics and evolution in an era of genetic possibility. The show is about an hour and a quarter long with no intermission. On Thursday, Nov. 7, there will be a 20-minute talkback with the artists and designers after the show.


Thursday, November 7, 8:00-9:30 p.m.

Winifred Smith Hall (W)
Free, but seating is limited.

A staged reading of Guy Zimmerman’s new play AirLock, directed by Scarlett Kim. The show is about 50 minutes long and will be followed by a 30-minute Q+A with the writer, director, and actors.

Friday Reception   At The Margins 

Friday, November 8, 1:30-2:00 p.m.
Viewpoint Gallery, Conference Center

All conference-goers are invited to the opening of the SLSA 2019 art exhibition during the second half of the lunch hour. The opening will be followed immediately by a roundtable of artists included in the exhibition, which will run from 2:00 to 3:30 in the gallery.

Teeth & Metals

Friday, November 8, 8:00-9:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 9, 8:00-9:30 p.m.

Music and Media Building, Room 218 (M)
Free, but seating is limited

Mark Micchelli and Alex Lough’s experimental piano+electronics duo Teeth & Metals will be performing two works for prepared piano and performed electronics by composers Omar Costa Hamido and Adib Ghorbani. The show is about 45 minutes long and will be followed by a 30-minute panel discussion with the performers and composers.


Saturday, November 9, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Viewpoint Gallery, Conference Center

SLSArcade 2019 brings together game makers, scholars, teachers, writers, and players to demonstrate their designs and creations.  Participants try out different games and talk with the game creators.

Closing Reception   University Art Galleries

Saturday, November 9, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
University Art Gallery (U) and the Contemporary Art Center Gallery (C)

A special reception for Blue Wave, the last large-scale multimedia installations of the late Berkeley artist Lutz Bacher.  Produced in the seven months prior to her death in May 2019, the installation incorporates four different recent video and print works. Also on view is Beirut Lab: 1975 (2020), a film series curated by Juli Carson and Yassmeen Tukan. You may also view these shows anytime during regular gallery opening hours, which are 12-6 pm, Thurs.-Sat.

1947 — Alan Terricciano, piano

Saturday, November 9, 8:00 p.m.
Winifred Smith Hall (W)

General admission: $19
Seniors, Groups 10+, UCI Faculty & Staff: $16
Arts Subscribers: $14
UCI Students & Children under 17: $6

The events of 1947, from the birth of the Cold War to the first reports of UFOs, reverberate to this day. Pianist Alan Terricciano explores the year 1947 through the lens of the extraordinary piano music produced that year by Prokofiev, Ustwolskaja, Wolpe, Monk, Talma, Cage and Hovhaness.

At the Margins Popup!

Saturday, November 9, 7:00-11:00 p.m.
Arts Ampitheater (A)
4th Floor, Contemporary Art Center (C)

Popup video and performance art by SLSA members and UCI MFA students. Details coming soon!

Closing Party   SLSA After Party 

Saturday, November 9, 9:00-11:00 p.m. (and beyond)
4th Floor, Contemporary Art Center (C)

All conference-goers are invited to the closing party for SLSA 2019. It will take place on the top floor of the Contemporary Art Center, whose deck offers superb views of the surrounding area. Hosted by UCI’s Art graduate students, there will be music, food, and drinks for all.


A  Amphitheater
B Beall Center for Art & Technology
C Contemporary Art Center and xMPL
G Green Room Cafe
M Music & Media Bldg
P Parking Structure
R Room Gallery
U University Art Gallery
W Winifred Smith Hall
A Pl Arts Plaza
ML Pla  Maya Lin Plaza
CTSA Claire Trevor School of the Arts