Weekender: Time Machine; Art Exhibitions; Music

Time Machine performance
Mondavi Center’s HomeStage introduces Jeremy  Rourke's performance of expanded cinema works rooted in original  music and experimental animation.

By Michelle Villagomez, UC Davis Media Relations Intern

HomeStage presents live performance of ‘The Exploded View From My Time Machine’ Saturday

Saturday, March 13, 7:30 p.m., free, via Vimeo.

UC Davis Mondavi Center’s HomeStage introduces Jeremy  Rourke's performance of expanded cinema works rooted in original  music  and experimental animation. The Exploded View From My Time Machine is a rendition of his residency inside Professors Darrin Martin and John Terning’s SHAPE course, “Creative Visualizations of Science.” SHAPE (Science, Humanities and Arts: Process and Engagement)is a special project, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which links science and engineering, together with the arts and humanities in a new set of undergraduate courses. 

A self-taught animator eschewing digital effects for hands-on techniques,  Rourke creates an immersive experience for his audience using stories, field recordings, and real-time interactions with his projections. His animation table is full of paper ephemera, photo-puppets, clay, paint, pens, pencils, lights, shadows and flora. He intricately  fuses found materials, vintage photography, time-lapse video, text, cut paper and songs into works of idiosyncratic detail.

In this live performance, he will take the journey of an artist who has perhaps unintentionally been asking rather scientific questions for a while. Why does this lens flare look so beautiful? Wharf-stop will blur this old photo just so? How many frames make up this walking cycle?

Rourke was named “Best New Animator/Musician” by SF Weekly  and has been awarded residencies at Recology SF and Djerassi. He has shared his work around the Bay Area (including the Exploratorium and Other Cinema) around the country (including the Echo Park Film Center and Ashland Independent Festival) and internationally (including Budapest Short International Film Festival, Wimbledon International Short Film Festival and Antimatter Media Festival). For more information, go here.

Crocker’s ‘Equity in Museums’ returns for the month of March tonight

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

The realities of racial and social inequity within museums and cultural institutions have long been discussed in the field. As an institution, the Crocker has made a commitment to examine these issues internally and in the museum’s relationship to the community. This discussion series seeks to open the conversation up to the wider public through attendee participation and features new panelists from the cultural sector each month. Tune in to this event for a dialogue that acknowledges exclusive practices in museums, and discusses solutions for furthering equal access, opportunity and engagement with the arts for all. The Arts Blog has covered past events, and UC Davis hosted a similar event last month.

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Jupiter Lockett, 3 Strikes. (Courtesy, Crocker Museum)

Panelists include

Learn more about the event and participants here.

Check out the Arts Blog story on Crocker's Equity in Museums discussion series.

Art History student-curated hybrid exhibition is on view

The exhibition,“Reflecting Self-Care” can be viewed at the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum’s Events Plaza through March 28, and online through Nov. 30 here.

You can now listen to Reflecting Self-Care Radio, which accompanies the artworks, through a curated playlist of music, spoken word, and podcasts by Jamiah Bennett, Fiona Heenan, and Iguana Girl. Through meditative sound and educational content, this playlist in correspondence with art and the different components of the exhibition at the Manetti Shrem Museum and here online, explore self-care, inspire healing and collective action.

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Reflecting Self Care Exhibition can be viewed outside the Manetti Shrem Museum at UC Davis. (Courtesy photo)

The exhibition, curated by Art History 102 students and Professor Susette Min, evaluates on one level the institutional mandate of higher education, and on another level, visualizes a curriculum where self-preservation and collective care are manifested through sustainable environments of learning and healing. In conversation with Andrea Bowers’s Education Should Be Free, the exhibition contemplates education that is free from a mentally and physically debilitating curriculum. By engaging in radical self-care, the curators of AHI 102 envision alternative modes of higher education that begin with caring for oneself. Reflecting Self-Care gathers artworks by artists — Sheridan Chavira, Fiona Heenan, Paola Lagunas, Simone Leigh, Xelestiál Moreno-Luz, Mimi McMillan, Benjamin Qin–and the UC Davis community to model a space of healing and revitalization for the mind and body by encouraging responsibility for communal wellness.

Co-curated by Dorian Aguilar, Larisa Peñaloza Almazán, Marah Carney, Andrea Cota, Lauryn Crum, Qinmi Guo, Rebecca Myers, Daisy Scott, Jane Seslar, Sarita Vindas, and Shaina Whaley, “Reflecting Self-Care” explores radical self-care and methods of self-preservation as an essential part of our collective politics and well-being. 

For more information, go here.

PBS is issuing an open call for emerging filmmakers

PBS is holding an open call for documentary proposals to further amplify the voices of emerging and diverse/BIPOC content creators across public media. This open call supports long and short form documentaries produced and created by diverse/BIPOC filmmakers that explore a broad range and collection of experiences, perspectives, and points of view. Proposals may be submitted across a range of genres/themes that resonate with a U.S. audience, including personal history, arts, culture, science, and democracy/civics. Originality, creativity, engaging storytelling, and an ability to reach the intended audience are encouraged.

Projects must be in the production stage or near completion and are subject to PBS editorial criteria. All submissions will be reviewed by a group of editorial executives, public media professionals and filmmakers. Funding recipients will be selected based on editorial merit. PBS will make the final determination on the specific funding amount based on the production status of each project. Projects receiving PBS funding will be eligible for distribution across select PBS platforms (linear or digital), which will be determined at PBS’s discretion.

Funding Categories

The Broadcast Long Form (30, 60 or 90 minutes): Projects submitted in this category for Production or Completion Funding may be eligible for up to $50,000.

Digital Short Form (8-25 minutes): Projects submitted in this category for Production or Completion Funding may be eligible for up to $15,000.


The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 16, at 5 p.m. ET. To submit, download and complete the application. The submission must also include the following:

For more information about the open call, eligibility, and PBS policies, go here.

UC Davis’ ‘Open Ceilings' call for submissions

Open Ceilings” is a completely undergraduate-run literary magazine specifically dedicated to creative writing and the arts. With the support of the English Department and members of the Davis community, “Open Ceilings” aims to capture and preserve in print the creative work of students, staff, faculty and community members in Davis. As a semiannual publication releasing summer and winter issues each year, the magazine accepts short fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction. It also features photography and artwork submissions. For a chance to appear in our upcoming issue, send your work to submitopenceilings@gmail.com. The deadline to submit is June 30, 2021.

Shinkoskey Noon Concert presents ‘Solo Oboe’

Thursday, March 11, 12:05 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., free, via UC Davis Music’s Youtube Channel.

Kyle Bruckmann, solo oboe and UC Davis lecturer in music

  • Alejandra Odgers: Semelíami (1996)
  • Helen Grime: Arachne (2012)
  • Hannah A. Barnes: Dis/integration (2019, rev. 2020)
  • Kyle Bruckmann: October 2020 (Fallen Leaf Lake) (2020)
  • Premiere Performance: Kyle Bruckmann: Sift (new no normal) (2021), with Ellen Ruth Rose, viola
  • Premiere Performance: Orlando Jacinto García: Separación (2001)

For more information about the event, go here.

* The next Shinkoskey Noon Concert will take place on Thursday, April 15.

 ‘Art. In. Action.’ opens today at The Barn Gallery along with a virtual preview

In a timely exhibit, YoloArts in collaboration with Women in Leadership, Davis (WiLD), presents Art. In. Action. This exhibit opens March 11 at The Barn Gallery in Woodland and will showcase paintings, watercolors and screenprints honoring African American women heroes, civil rights leaders, and women who have been killed by the police. Women honored in this special collection of protest art include Harriet Tubman, Breonna Taylor, Kamala Harris and  Rosa Parks, to name a few. The exhibition will also present video footage of the march.

Breonna Taylor (courtesy image, YoloArts)

A virtual preview of the exhibition will air on March 11 at noon on Facebook and Instagram, @YoloartsCA. Dzokerayi Minya, co-founder of WiLD, exhibition artists, and local activists will talk about the artwork and the organization’s mission to empower BIPOC women leaders and bring awareness to systemic barriers facing women and girls of color in the community. The recorded preview will be available on yoloarts.org and social media throughout the exhibition’s run. Exhibition artwork can also be viewed online

The exhibition features the work of artists Hisani Stenson, Stephanie Thayer, Kate Mellon Anibaba, Seana Burke, Danielle Fodor, Sasha Santer Hill, Nelson Loskamp, Anya McCann, Aislinn Murray, Jennifer Nachmanoff, Gilda Posada, Ruth Santer and Eden Sunday. 

Project: Hope and Black Lives Matter, two books of drawings by a collaboration of students in the Department of Design, UC Davis, are also included in this exhibition. The books were created by 43 students in three Design 15: Form and Color courses facilitated by professor Melissa Chandon and artist Harold Linde.

For more information about the exhibition and gallery hours, go here.

Art social media of the week

We came across this tweet by Pete Scully, a UC Davis staff member and local artist, reminding us to check out his work to see if we can recognize any other spots in Davis.

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