Weekender: Virtually Going Where No One Has Gone Before

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A concert by Sonia de los Santos will be performed virtually on the Mondavi Performing Arts website. (Coutesy photo)

Tonight: Virtual Arts and Humanities Graduate Exhibition 

Join us at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 28 to celebrate this year’s virtual Arts & Humanities 2020 Graduate Exhibition, a multidisciplinary showcase of work by 30 graduate students. Visit this link to register for the online opening celebration, which will include welcome remarks and the announcement of the winners of the Keister & Allen Art Purchase Prize in Art Studio and the Savageau Award in the Department of Design. Learn more here

Manetti Shrem at Home

See the following activities that UC Davis’ Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art has in store: 

  • Art professor and artist Lucy Puls uses castoffs, found objects and materiality to examine unsettling questions of value and disposability in a time of economic and social anxiety. 
  • Learn how UC Davis has given new life to campus-grown fallen trees by repurposing them into benches in the Arboretum’s GATEway Garden, Pollinator Garden and Hunt Hall’s redwood deck. 
  • Start your engines! Get into the driver’s seat with Brandon Annuzzi, the museum’s building manager. Watch his YouTube tutorial, Build It With Brandon, as he revs up and shows you how to turn a toilet paper tube into a racecar.
  • Sculptor Robert Hudson considers his collection of old objects, rusted cans and broken glass culled from junkyards and garage sales “almost like paint.” Step inside his studio with this video from the Smithsonian American Art Museum. 

Bilingual family music at the Mondavi Center 

During the closures, Mondavi continues to offer free virtual concerts. The virtual concerts will be shared on the dates the shows were scheduled to occur. This week, enjoy family music in English and Spanish with Sonia De Los Santos this Sunday, May 31. Click here to view the full schedule of virtual concerts. 

de Young Museum in San Francisco holds virtual 'Bouquets to Art' event 

This year, the de Young Museum in San Francisco will hold their annual Bouquets to Art event/fundraiser online from Monday, June 1 to Sunday, June 7.  Learn about the tradition of bouquets inspired by artworks, enjoy a talk from a celebrity florist, take a virtual tour of the San Francisco Flower Market, or participate in a virtual workshop to create your own bouquet. See the full schedule of events here

Crocker discusses what goes into curating a museum exhibit 

Read a blog post about the intersection of museum curation and education here, written by Houghton Kinsman, Adult Education Coordinator at the Crocker. For Kinsman, this intersection is clear as curation “...is fundamentally about knowledge production and reinterpretation.” Watch an interview with Crocker curators Jayme Yahr and Christie Hajela here

SFMOMA takes you to artist cribs

SFMOMA has launched a new series titled Communities in Residence that will feature six art collectives. Each week, one of the collectives will answer this prompt: What does it mean to work collaboratively in the time of social distancing? This week’s collective is Oakland based Click here to learn more.

Tweet of the week

This tweet by San Francisco Chronicle arts writer Charles Desmarais caught our attention for its humor, and link to a great story.


Tweet from SF Chronicle writer

And here's a piece on Instagram about a local virtual show at JayJay in Sacramento.

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