Weekender: Noon Concert Features Chopin Music; Museum Winter Celebration is Sunday

Spektral Quartet is among the groups who will perform next week at the Taproot New Music Festival at UC Davis, which begins Jan. 28. (Photo/Dan Kullman)

Weekender information is compiled by Leigh Houck, News and Media Relations Intern

Shinkoskey Noon Concert: Tanya Tomkins, cello, and Eric Zivian, piano, Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center, UC Davis, Thursday, Jan. 23, 12:05 to 1 p.m., free.

  • Musicians will perform works by Chopin, Beethoven, and Debussy. More information on this concert and other upcoming Shinkoskey Noon Concerts here

Winter Season Celebration, Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, Sunday, Jan. 26, 3 to 5 p.m., free.

Granville Redmond: The Eloquent Palette, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, Sunday, Jan. 26 through Sunday, May 17

  • An exhibition of work by painter Granville Redmond will be on display at the Crocker Museum through early May. Redmond’s work depicts the natural beauty of the California landscape, primarily in oils.
  • More information about the Redmond exhibition here.
Redmond painting
Granville Redmond (American, 1871–1935) Sand Dunes, n.d. Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 in. Private collection.

Save the date: maker of monumental sculptures will give Thiebaud lecture Feb. 6

By Jeffrey Day, College of Letters and Science

Sculptor Leonardo Drew will give the sixth annual Betty Jean and Wayne Thiebaud Endowed Lecture on Feb. 6 at 4:30 p.m. The free lecture, presented by the UC Davis Department of Art and Art History, will be held at the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art.  

Drew creates massive sculptures using oxidation, burning and decay that critique social injustices and the cyclical nature of existence. His art has been shown internationally and is in numerous collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Guggenheim; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; and the Tate Modern in London.

Drew's art
Leonard Drew, "City in the Grass," Madison Square Park, NYC, Final Install 5-31-19_226, photo by Hunter Canning.

Drew takes inspiration ranging from the dump near his childhood home in Connecticut, a slave trading post in Senegal he visited, to Chinese ceramics and Japanese papermaking. While his artworks appear to be made of found and cast-off items, they are not; he creates the aged and broken appearance of the materials. He has described his art and process as an exploration of the world, materials and himself.

“As a receiver of information, I want to take in as much as possible, I want to learn as much as possible, and I want to give back as much as possible,” he said in a recent interview. “You know that you don't have all the answers, and the unknown is the best place to be as an artist. That actually leads you to ask questions. That’s the position I place myself in, always.”

His most recent public commission, “City in the Grass,” was a 100-by-30-foot topographical mosaic in Madison Square Park in New York City last year. In 2017 he created an installation in the massive lobby of the de Young Museum in San Francisco, and last year installed a commissioned piece at the San Francisco International Airport. Drew currently has a solo exhibition at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and is represented in San Francisco by Anthony Meier Fine Arts.

The lecture series is named for the late Betty Jean Thiebaud, filmmaker and educator, and her husband, Wayne Thiebaud, world-renowned artist and UC Davis professor emeritus.

A New York Times review of Drew’s work is available here.

Design Museum exhibition starts Friday

Appreciation and Adaptation: Homage to Global Textiles, UC Davis Design Museum, Cruess Hall, Room 124, Friday Jan. 23 through April 18, free.

  • An exhibition on world textiles opens late January. The exhibition, curated by Paul J. Smith, highlights “traditional textiles from Africa, Asia and South America” as well as works by UC Davis students highlighting the continuing relevance of traditional cultures and how they drive design thinking in new directions.
  • More information on the exhibit, along with museum hours, here.

Upcoming: Taproot New Music Festival, UC Davis, Tuesday, Jan. 28 through Sunday, Feb. 2,

  • The biennial Taproot New Music Festival will feature Quince Ensemble, Spektral Quartet, and Empyrean Ensemble. The festival is presented by the UC Davis Department of Music and the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts.
  • Learn more about the festival and performances here.

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