Israeli installation artist Yael Bartana will inaugurate the new 4,000-square-foot gallery at UC Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts with the American debut of her trilogy of thought-provoking films about national identity and the Jewish question.
Starting Oct. 5, and running till March 10, the trio of short films, collectively titled "… And Europe will be stunned," will simultaneously screen in the gallery at UCI's Contemporary Arts Center.
Juli Carson, gallery director and associate professor of Studio Art, says she was thrilled that Bartana's exhibit, currently installed in Venice, Italy, will be coming to the newly-completed center because "I couldn't have shown that in the university art space built here in the 1960s."
A special set will be built to accommodate the exhibit, dividing the gallery into three rooms, where visitors can view each film.
Bartana's films aren't of the entertainment kind. You can't see them in the cinema or via Netflix. The artist's goal is to provoke thought, dialogue and debate.