UC Davis Arts Spring Forward

More Art, More Concerts, Fewer COVID protocols

large artwork hanging in gallery
Davis Square paintings by Mary Heilmann and William T. Wiley’s “Columbus Re-Routed” are seen on view at the Manetti Shrem Museum. See full exhibit story below. (Cleber Bonato)

UC Davis Arts Venue COVID-19 Protocols at a Glance

As of March 25:

  •  Manetti Shrem Museum: Timed tickets are no longer needed for entry. The museum remains free and welcomes drop-in visitors during its open hours of Thursday-Monday
  • At the Mondavi, snacks and drinks are again available for purchase
  • All venues: Masks no longer required, but strongly recommended. Completed daily symptom survey or proof of vaccination, (or proof of  negative test), are still required for entry
  • Check each venue before attending for most up-to-date information and the UC Davis main site here.


Manetti Shrem halts timed tickets; open for all

Whitaker Quintet at Mondavi Friday

Matthew Whitaker: The Hammond B3 organ speaks a language all its own, one that’s rooted in the church, but brings jazz, soul, blues and funk along for a dizzying party. It’s no wonder that special reverence is held for those musicians that truly master the instrument. Whitaker’s love for music began at the young age of 3 after his grandfather gave him a small Yamaha keyboard. At 9 years old, he began teaching himself how to play the Hammond B3 organ. Four years later, he became the youngest artist to be endorsed by Hammond in its 80-plus-year history. But it’s his rich talent, not his youth, that keep audiences coming back to experience Whitaker and his talented bandmates. 

Friday, March 25 - 7:30 p.m.

Find more information and purchase tickets here.

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Matthew Whitaker performs Friday at Mondavi. (Courtesy photo)


Currently on view at the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art

William T. Wiley and the Slant Step: All on the Line

Five years in the making, this exhibition features Wiley’s formative early works and is designed to evoke his Mill Valley studio. It also reunites various works inspired by the odd, iconic Slant Step art object, and will debut a brand-new digital Slant Step work by Wiley’s grad student, Bruce Nauman. Curator Dan Nadel worked closely with Wiley before his death in April 2021Through May 8.

Mary Heilmann: Squaring Davis

California native, Heilmann did an independent study with Wiley and also became friendly with Bruce Nauman in the late 1960s. Although she moved to New York and went on to become a preeminent contemporary abstract painter, her time in California during the 1960s was an important influence on her work. This focus show reunites her rarely seen early sculpture and a series of “Davis Square” paintings she created in 1977. Curator: Dan Nadel. Through May 8.

From Moment to Movement: Picturing Protest in the Kramlich Collection

Drawn primarily from the renowned Bay Area-based Kramlich Collection, the exhibition brings together an international, intergenerational group of artists: UC Davis Professor Art Shiva Ahmadi, Dara Birnbaum, Kota Ezawa, Theaster Gates, Nalini Malani and Mikhael Subotzky. Each work examines a different event grounded in the real world, using specific moments from the United States, China, India and South Africa to explore protest from different angles: resistance; the role of media in our understanding of events; and the power and politics of viewing. Curator: Susie Kantor. Through June 19.

Visit manettishrem.org for more information.

Noon concert next Thursday

March 31, 2022 - 12:05 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Michael Sand, violin and UC Davis lecturer in music 

Phebe Craig, harpsichord

Watch for more detail next week in the Arts Blog

Media Resources

Media contact:

  • Karen Nikos-Rose, kmnikos@ucdavis.edu, 530-219-5472


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