Feb. 2 - Reviving once-famous art; a Grammy curse
Anteater Time Machine: A new art exhibition at UCI revives the work of three once-famous sisters whose legacy was largely forgotten. Scroll down for the unusual backstory and more examples of their art.
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Helen Bruton’s animal-filled mosaic “Circe” is part of a retrospective at UCI Langson IMCA that was inspired by a peculiar twist of fate.
Art museum revives treasures by once-famous sisters
In the 1920s and ’30s, Margaret, Esther and Helen Bruton were the art-world equivalent of literature’s Bronte sisters. They hung out with Frida Kahlo, Henri Matisse and Ansel Adams. And their murals, paintings, mosaics and prints wowed critics and the public. Then they faded into obscurity. Some of their works were destroyed, and their deaths went unnoticed by the newspapers and magazines that once printed hundreds of stories about them. Now, UCI’s Jack & Shanaz Langson Institute & Museum of California Art is helping to restore their legacy, thanks to an unusual chain of events involving a Monterey librarian. This Saturday, the first group exhibition of the Bruton sisters’ art since 1954 opens at Langson IMCA. For a preview of more pieces from the show, click on the hyperlink above and scroll down to #UCIconnected.
A Grammy curse?
The Grammy Awards will be televised this Sunday. Does winning the category for Best New Artist inhibit creativity down the road? Apparently yes, according to research led by Noah Askin, assistant professor of teaching organizations and management at The UCI Paul Merage School of Business. After studying the work of Best New Artist nominees from 1980 to 1990, Askin concluded that a band that “internalizes and absorbs [early] recognition is less likely to earn similar recognition in the future” because the accolades often disrupt and damage the group’s creative process.
Sunday road closures on campus
Because of the annual Zot Trot Triathlon, road closures will be in effect on the east side of campus on Sunday, from 5 a.m. to noon. Detour routes can be seen on a map of the affected areas. Alternate route signs will be posted, and traffic directors will be on hand to guide motorists.
UC NEWS AND GENERAL NEWS
Groundhog makes annual weather forecast
On Groundhog Day 2023, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and predicted six more weeks of winter.
10-year-old girl asks police to test cookie for Santa’s DNA
When a Rhode Island girl sent a partially eaten Christmas Eve cookie and carrots to local police, asking them to test the snacks for Santa’s DNA, the state’s governor and Department of Health got involved and relayed their findings.
National Girls and Women in Sports Day Clinic
Saturday, 9 a.m. (sponsored by UCI Athletics)
Saturday, 8 p.m., through Feb. 12 (sponsored by Claire Trevor School of the Arts)
Over 50 Years of Research on African American English: Breaking the Cycle
Monday, noon (sponsored by School of Education)
America & the Holocaust: Immigration, Isolationism and Antisemitism
Monday, 6:30 p.m. (co-sponsored by UCI Center for Jewish Studies)
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Econ 101: Why learn about economic inequality?
Marketplace (audio), Feb. 2
Cited: Paul Piff, associate professor of psychological science
Column: More than 6,500 guns seized at U.S. airports in 2022, including 142 locally
The Orange County Register, Feb. 2
Cited: David S. Meyer, sociology professor
Minerals are crucial for electric cars and wind turbines. Some worry whether we have enough.
The Washington Post, Feb. 2
Cited: Study by scientists at UCI and MIT
Librarian Wendy Van Wyck Good’s detective work on the nearly forgotten story of the Bruton sisters led to a book and a new exhibition at UCI’s Langson IMCA. The abstract terrazzo at left was recently found in a Bruton relative’s garage after 40 years. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI
The materials in Esther Bruton’s untitled leopard mosaic include gold leaf, jade, pebbles and brass.
Photographer Imogen Cunningham’s 1930 portrait of the Bruton sisters rests on a table as museum workers prepare the first group exhibition of their work in nearly 70 years. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI
Margaret Bruton, Helen at Sargent House Studio, circa 1920, Oil on canvas, 40 x 34 in. The Buck Collection at UCI Jack and Shanaz Langson Institute and Museum of California Art
Helen Bruton, Woman with Turquoise Bracelet, 1943, Cut ceramic mosaic tiles and cement, 24 x 28 x 1 in. The Buck Collection at UCI Jack and Shanaz Langson Institute and Museum of California Art
Esther Bruton, Top of the Tent, 1930, Etching, 17 x 14 in. Edition 2/18. The Buck Collection at UCI Jack and Shanaz Langson Institute and Museum of California Art
Helen Bruton, Circe, 1949-1952, Ceramic and glass mosaic. 27¼ x 47 in. Bruton Family Archive, courtesy of Barbara Carroll, © Bruton Family Archive, courtesy of Barbara Carroll
Esther Bruton, Untitled (Leopard mosaic), circa 1935, S&S ceramic tiles, glass tiles with gold leaf, terrazzo, jade, pebbles, brass, and metal wire, 36 x 30 in. From the collection of Eric and Teresa Del Piero, © Bruton Family Archive, courtesy of Barbara Carroll.
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