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The arts await at UCLA!

Welcome to UCLA! Whether you’re on campus for the first time or a regular visitor, the university has plenty of arts offerings to enjoy. As the largest presenter of public arts programming in one of the world’s global capitals of culture and creative industry, UCLA is home to two world-class museums, an acclaimed performing arts program, a renowned film and television archive, three leading professional arts schools, and a distinguished humanities division. Here’s our guide to some of the many options available from the worlds of music, film, visual art, dance, theater and so much more.

Flux, Summer 2022

Thursday, Jun. 9, 7:30 p.m.

The Flux screening series brings the creative community together to celebrate outstanding short films and music videos from around the globe with wildly inventive filmmaker presentations and performances. The summer program is jam-packed with inspiring and thoughtful films and videos and a courtyard party follows with special guest DJ Josh da Costa.

The Queen, My Lord, Is Dead: A new opera revealing the fate of Lady Macbeth

Saturday, Jun. 11, 7 p.m.

Experience the world premiere of a new opera revealing the fate of Lady Macbeth. Macbeth's servant tells Macbeth, "the queen, my lord, is dead," but Shakespeare doesn't show us what happened. This opera is one possible telling of the scene after the sleepwalking scene that we never got to see. It opens up the binding of the play and reveals the end of Lady Macbeth's story, the offstage action that Shakespeare declined to share with us...brought onstage, picking up where The Bard left off....

The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet—70th Anniversary Celebration

Sunday, Jun. 12, 7 p.m.

Of the many sitcoms from the 1950s depicting a homogenous vision of suburban family life, The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet (1952-1966) remains among the most beloved in the public imagination. Join us as we celebrate the 70th anniversary of The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet with a special screening of two episodes recently restored by MPI Home Video from 35mm negatives held at the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Presented with original commercials and bonus archival footage.

Student Art Shows

Multiple dates

UCLA students exhibit their work in final shows on campus.

The Department of Art’s Undergraduate Senior Student Exhibition is on view through June 11 in the New Wight Gallery at the Broad Art Center.

The Department of Design Media Art’s Gift Shop: DMA Senior Exhibition is on view through June 11 in the EDA at the Broad Art Center.

If we choose to reclaim ourselves from the ashes, on view through June 17, transforms the UCLA Margo Leavin Graduate Art Studios Lainer Gallery into a nightclub and subsequently re-envisions its location as a massive concrete tomb. Ongoing activities are hosted by the Center for Liberatory Practice & Poetry. 

The Fowler Museum

The Fowler Museum at UCLA explores global arts and cultures with an emphasis on Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and the Indigenous Americas—past and present. Visit Aboriginal Screen-Printed Textiles from Australia’s Top End, on view through July 10, to explore more than 70 distinctive, screen-printed textiles made by contemporary artists at five Aboriginal-owned art centers. Admission is free, and advance reservations are not necessary.

It’s located just west of Royce Hall, and parking is available at UCLA campus Lot 4.

Hammer Museum

The Hammer Museum at UCLA believes in the promise of art and ideas to illuminate our lives and build a more just world. Stop by to see The Armand Hammer Collection, an impressive collection of European and American paintings and drawings reflects the interests and passion of the museum’s founder, Armand Hammer.

It’s located just south of campus at the corner of Wilshire and Westwood Boulevards. Admission is free, and advance reservations are not necessary.

Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden

One of the most distinguished outdoor sculpture installations in the country, the Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden spans more than five acres of UCLA’s campus with over 70 sculptures by artists such as Hans Arp, Deborah Butterfield, Alexander Calder, Barbara Hepworth, Jacques Lipchitz, Henry Moore, Auguste Rodin, and David Smith.

SOUNDWALK UCLA

Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK is a free, GPS-enabled work of public art that uses music to illuminate the environment. Created by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and sound artist Ellen Reid, the experience is guided by the listener: the path you choose dictates the music you hear, and no two journeys will be exactly the same. After installing the free app and downloading the UCLA campus SOUNDWALK, participants can explore the covered area, triggering musical cells that are carefully crafted to harmonize with UCLA’s landscape and design.

Murals at UCLA

UCLA professor emerita Judith Baca created the new mural La Memoria de la Tierra: UCLA, a nearly 80-foot artwork on the north-facing exterior wall of Ackerman Union that depicts the history, present and future of UCLA and the land where it resides.

Also be sure to check out the mural by fourth-year art student Maia Hadaway at UCLA’s new Black Bruin Resource Center, and the mural 50 Years of Resistance in the UCLA Student Activities Center created by alumni in 3B Collective.