Weekender: It's Spring Break — Venture Out

black and white street photo
John Bulmer, British, Born 1938. Black Country 011, Divided Street, 1961 Gelatin silver print, image: 11 x 16 in. Collection of Lois and Dr. Barry Ramer. © John Bulmer.

'Roaming Eye' photography at the Crocker

The Roaming Eye, International Street Photography from the Ramer Collection, features street photography now through May 12.

Street photography came into existence nearly two centuries ago, alongside the invention of some of the earliest cameras. Since then, the genre has evolved in style, scope, and technique due largely to technological advancements, most notably the portable 35mm camera and, today, the ubiquitous smartphone. Street photographers from around the world have captured humanity in vivid scenes that express our commonalities as well as our differences, producing tangible documents that give us a glimpse of ourselves. Despite its name, street photography does not necessitate the street as a backdrop or people as the subject. Closely related to documentary photography, the genre encompasses a spectrum of compelling images — usually taken in public spaces — that reveal something about the subject or stir emotion in the viewer.

Drawn from the collection of Lois and Dr. Barry Ramer, The Roaming Eye features more than 70 photographs by approximately 40 photographers. The Ramers have been collecting photographs for almost 50 years. 

Spamalot and Cirque in the region

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Coming up...

On Friday, March 29, take in Lara Downes, piano, and Theo Bleckmann, voice at the Mondavi Center's  "In Our Time: Ellington, Bernstein and Weill." 

Pianist Lara Downes and vocalist Theo Bleckmann present a duo cabaret showcasing the music of Leonard Bernstein, Duke Ellington and Kurt Weill. A window into the lives and music of these composers as they captured the quickly-changing world of the 1940s, In Our Time is nostalgic yet timeless, and infused with the magnetic charisma for which Downes and Bleckmann are recognized. Inspired by Downes’ recent tribute album For Lenny, the evening will feature works by Bernstein and his fellow travelers through mid-century America: Marc Blitzstein, Charlie Chaplin, Duke Ellington, Morton Gould, Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Kurt Weill.

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Ongoing UC Davis Exhibitions

  • Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art: Bruce Nauman: Blue and Yellow Corridor through April 14, and Xicanx Futurity, co-curated by Chicana and Chicano studies faculty Carlos Jackson and Susy Zepeda through May 5.
  • UC Davis Design Museum: Weaving and Woodwork: A Scandinavian Design Partnership on display through April 21.
  • Cosmic Matriarchs, at TANA, through May 1.
  • C.N. Gorman Museum: Comings and Goings: Works on Paper by Rick Bartow through June 14.

Also on the horizon, Robert Norris (retired weed scientist) in the Department of Plant Sciences will have an exhibit of his extraordinary photographs at Buehler Alumni Center from April 4 through May 31. He will also host a reception on Thursday, April 4. Details next week.

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