Weekender: Women Take the Floor, Museums Strive For Equity, Have a Heart

Cycle of Life painting
Cycle of Life, circa 1965. Frank Day (Konkow Maidu, 1902–1976) Oil on board, 23 3/4 x 29 7/8 in. Crocker Art Museum, gift of the Aeschliman McGreal Collection, 2017.62.5. This painting illustrates the Crocker's equity discussion series this week.

Shinkoskey Noon Concert introduces ‘Women Take the Floor’

Thursday, Feb, 11, 12:05 p.m. to 1 p.m., free, via UC Davis Music’s Youtube Channel.

Stephanie Lamprea, solo soprano (artist-in-residence) will be performing works composed by female-identifying composers.

Program includes:

Lesley Mok: In Case Of Complete Reversal

Judith Bingham: Cathedral of Trees

Stephanie Lamprea, solo soprano (artist-in-residence), will be performing at today's noon concert. All concerts are available on YouTube anytime.

Chaya Czernowin: Adiantum Capillus-Veneris I (Maidenhair fern I)

Rebecca Saunders: O

Tiange Zhou: Si

Stephanie Lamprea: Improvisation

For more details about the event, go here.

Next week, ‘Quartets by Joseph Bologne and W. A. Mozart’

Thursday, Feb, 18, 12:05 p.m. to 1 p.m., free, via UC Davis Music’s Youtube Channel.

Dagenais Smiley, violin and UC Davis lecturer in music

Chase Spruill, violin

Cassandra Lynne Richburg, viola

Ellen Ruth Rose, viola and UC Davis lecturer in music

Susan Lamb Cook, cello and UC Davis lecturer in music

Program —

Joseph Bologne, Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges: String Quartets in G Minor and C Major, from Six Concertante Quartets​

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String Quintet in G Minor, K. 516

To learn more about this event, go here.

Crocker continues with equity in museums event tonight; similar event at Davis next week

Thursday, Feb. 11, 5 p.m., free, via Zoom. Register.

This week's event, part of a monthly series of conversations at the Crocker Art Museum, Equity in Museums, is about Native American representation in museums. This discussion series seeks to open the conversation to the wider public through attendee participation and features new panelists from the cultural sector each month. The Arts Blog has a full feature about the series here.

February's Panelists

Learn more about this event and the panelists here.

This program will be recorded for future distribution and will last approximately 75 minutes. Visit Museums are Not Neutral to learn more about "the myth of museum neutrality."

Check out the other sessions to continue the conversation:

DEAI Initiatives at Museums —  Jan. 14, 2021

Discussing Native American Representation in Museums — Feb. 11, 2021

Spotlighting Local BIPOC Artists — March 11, 2021

Next week: UC Davis’ Manetti Shrem Museum will have a similar event. The Templeton Colloquium in Art History: Race, Museums, Art History is Friday, Feb. 19, 4 p.m., free,  via Zoom. Register.

American cultural institutions are an integral part of the broader discussion of racism taking place in our society. Museums powerfully communicate cultural values, including racially-based notions of difference. Can the museum be a space of anti-racism, and can the discipline of art history help to achieve that? If so, what are the challenges and concerns? The 2021 Templeton Colloquium focuses on these questions to better understand the relationship between the display of art and racial privilege. Speakers will include Professor Bridget Cooks of UC Irvine, author of Exhibiting Blackness: African Americans and the American Art Museum (2011), and Dr. Susan Mullin Vogel, a curator, filmmaker and expert on African art whose most recent book is El Anatsui: Art and Life (revised and expanded Second Edition, 2020). After brief presentations by each of the speakers, the conversation will be moderated by Michael Yonan, professor of art history and Alan Templeton Endowed Chair in European Art, 1600–1830.

The Templeton Colloquium in Art History series is made possible by the generous support of Alan Templeton (‘82) and organized by the Art History Program in the Department of Art and Art History. Co-sponsored by the Manetti Shrem Museum. We’ll have more details in next week’s Arts Blog.

Screening and conversation: Cecilia Vicuña and Daniel Borzutzky tonight

Thursday, Feb. 11, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., free, via Eventbrite. Register.

San Francisco’s California College of the Arts Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts is screening the premiere of new films by Chilean artist, poet and filmmaker Cecilia Vicuña, along with a conversation between the artist and Chilean American poet and translator Daniel Borzutzky. The three short films were created between 2018 and 2020, during the dramatic period leading up to the Estallido Social, the protest movement against the policies that ruled Chile since the military coup in 1973. One of the films also portrays the artist’s last live performance before the pandemic in Mexico City in February 2020. To learn more about the event, go here.

Pence Gallery ‘Hearts for the Arts’

During the week before Valentine’s Day, the Pence Gallery will be offering special virtual events and activities. See the schedule of events below. 

Feb. 11: A Surprise YouTube Video

Go here to watch a fun video about how Pence Gallery fell in love with art and what it means to them.

Feb. 12: Craft Kits To-Go

Great for kids, fun for adults too! This craft kit includes materials & instructions for two craft activities, along with additional goodies and gifts. First come, first serve until supplies run out; the limit is two kits/person. They are free for Pence members and $5/kit for non-members. Pick up at the Pence this day from 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Feb. 13: Scavenger Hunt

Download a scavenger hunt PDF here or pick up in person at the gallery from 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.. Venture around Downtown Davis to discover wonderful art! Fill out the scavenger hunt sheet and bring it back to the Pence, or email your completed results to pencegallery@gmail.com to be entered in a drawing to win a prize.

Feb. 14: Visit the Pence!

A perfect Valentine’s day activity for all! Check out our three exhibits and amazing gift shop from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is the last day to grab a special gift shop discount.

Learn more here.

The National AIDS Memorial creates a virtual AIDS quilt display

This month, the National AIDS Memorial is launching an AIDS Memorial Quilt virtual exhibition to honor Black lives lost to the disease with a specially curated selection of 56 blocks of the Quilt. Just in time to commemorate Black History Month, the virtual exhibition shares stories of hope, healing and remembrance and its launch coincided with National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Feb. 7. The exhibition is free to the public and can be viewed (along with all 48,000 panels of the quilt) through Mar. 31.

To view the quilts, go here, and to learn more about Black History month displays, click here.

Crocker is hiring for a teen arts council

The Crocker Art Museum's Block by Block team is hiring youth to create a Teen Arts Council at the Crocker Art Museum — a first for Sacramento.

Anyone between the ages of 14-17, has a passion for helping your community, and is interested in creating experiences that engage your fellow peers, read on about this opportunity.

The Teen Arts Council will consist of teens ages 14-17 from throughout the city of Sacramento. Together, youth will come together to discuss and problem-solve ideas around arts engagement and access for teens.

Each teen hired for the council will receive a monthly stipend of $150. Submit applications here by Feb. 17.

Coming up

UC Davis presents plays exploring genetic engineering and incarceration 

The UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance and Catalyst: A Theatre Think Tank present two new works examining diverse contemporary themes.

Genetic engineering and its promise of flawless children forms the basis of Perfect, a new work by playwright Jonathan Luskin, whose Kill the Wabbit was workshopped at UC Davis in 2018.

The drama will be presented free online as an informal reading in collaboration with the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art on Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. PST. Register.

Perfect is directed by alumna JanLee Marshall (M.F.A, dramatic art, ’15) and features actor  Danny Gomez, recipient of the 2020 Media Access Award, which recognizes depictions of disability that are accurate, inclusive and multifaceted. The cast also includes undergraduate students Sophie Brubaker, Cheryl Kuo, Kyle Nagasawa and Aubrey Schoeman. Undergraduate student Sam Votrian is the stage manager.

More details about the event here.

In A Bee in a Jar by Andrew Nichols, three men with very different temperaments try to figure out why they were seized a month earlier and locked together in a featureless room. The play is performed free online Feb. 19 and 20 at 6 p.m. PST.  

Nicholls is a television writer and author who has worked on The Tonight Show and numerous Nickelodeon shows. He is the author of the recently published COMEDY WRITER: Craft Advice from a Veteran of Sitcoms, Sketch, Animation, Late Night, Print and Stage Comedy. His play {LOVE/logic} was staged at UC Davis in 2019. 

Theatre and television actor Laura Hall, who appeared on Broadway in Wonderland and in the national tour of the revival of Pippin, is the director. She has recently relocated from New York to Sacramento County.  

The cast includes alumni Jordan Brownlee (B.A., cinema and digital media ’20), Nate Challis (B.A., theatre and dance, ’20) and Noah VanderVeer-Harris (B.A., theatre and dance, 20), as well as undergraduate students Erolina Kamburova and Hailey Peterson. Undergraduate student Shachar-Lee Yaakobovitz is the stage manager. 

More details about the event here.

A virtual new works festival this year, Catalyst’s online process allows actors and creative teams to collaborate from various locations across time zones. Broadway veteran Mindy Cooper, UC Davis professor of theatre and dance, and Lisa Quoresimo (Ph.D., performance studies, ’18) are co-founders of Catalyst.

For details about access to the play and other events, visit here.

Smithsonian’s ‘¡Printing the Revolution!’  virtual conversation series features Montoya

Thursday, Feb. 18, 3:30 p.m, free, via Eventbrite. Register.   

The activist and the cultural dimensions of the civil rights era fueled solidarity movements between Black and Latinx artists, leaving a visible imprint in the graphic arts that continues to reverberate today. This panel features three artists from ¡Printing the Revolution! who have engaged with these concerns across the decades. This event by Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery features two California artists, as well as a California moderator.

Malaquias Montoya paints a mural in 2018. (UC Davis photo)

Participants include:

Malaquias Montoya, a professor emeritus of Chicana/o Studies at UC Davis and a prolific strike poster artist whose artwork defines the 1960s social serigraphy movement of the Bay Area. His artwork supports international solidarity, criminal justice reform, and the ongoing struggle for social justice. 

Favianna Rodriguez, an interdisciplinary artist, cultural strategist, and activist, based in Oakland. Her art and praxis address migration, gender justice, climate change, racial equity, and sexual freedom.

Moses Ros-Suárez, an artist, printmaker, and architect, and a member of the Dominican York Proyecto GRAFICA, a collective of Dominican American graphic artists.

The panel will be moderated by Kaelyn Rodríguez, assistant professor in art history at Santa Monica College.

More information here.

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