Please note: The City of Irvine has taken several precautionary safety measures to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community. By emergency order, community centers, playgrounds, indoor facilities, athletic fields and courts, and stadiums may be closed or have modified access until further notice.
The Irvine Fine Arts Center continues to be closed to the public at large until further notice, and an opening date has not been determined. While our summer exhibitions are currently not accessible to the public, please see below for more information on planned online events with our artists.
Irvine outdoor park spaces remain open for passive use, and tennis and pickleball courts have been reopened. Modified summer recreational programming will be available to the community, and is available for registration at yourirvine.org. Learn more at the City Facility Updates webpage.
FOR MODERN RESTING
October 16–December 11
Inspired by the joy, sensibility, and humanism of mid-century modern designer Alexander Girard, this exhibition carries forward the idea that rest is an inherently vital act. Artist Erik Benjamins, in collaboration with Shannon Finnegan, Lauren Godfrey, and Norma Studio, creates an inviting and thoughtful environment that welcomes viewers to contemplate how sensory engagement and slowness manifest in daily life.
Exhibiting artists: Erik Benjamins, Shannon Finnegan, Lauren Godfrey, and Norma.
Reflexology Doormat, 2020
ceramic tile, plywood, mortar, grout, steel, chemical patina
30 x 18 x 1.13 in.
SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL
October 16–December 11
Grounded in the power of smallness, the works on view in Small Is Beautiful explore how small-scale artworks and objects can be as striking and impactful as large, epic-scale works. This rumination on the power of the seemingly minuscule, addressed by each exhibiting artist through a myriad of themes and styles, aims to create a broader conversation around complex and universal themes including the human condition, the ecology, and Western history.
Exhibiting artists: Hillary Baker, Julia Couzens, Nancy Evans, Lawrence Gipe, Gegam Kacherian, Virginia Katz, Karla Klarin, Constance Mallinson, Siobhan McClure, Alain Rogier, Greg Rose, Coleen Sterritt, Marie Thibeault, Robert Walker, Joan Weinzettle, and Kay Whitney
South Fork Soliloquy (34˚22.061’N 117˚50.698’W), 2017
Gouache on paper
13 x 13 in.
The Irvine Fine Arts Center is located inside Heritage Community Park at 14321 Yale Ave. For more information on our exhibitions, visit irvinefinearts.org or call 949-724-6880.