Weekender: Virtually Going to Museums and Concerts; Use That Toilet Paper Ration Wisely

Kaltenbach Time Capsule
Stephen Kaltenbach, “Open After My Death,” 1970. Mild steel, engraved, with unknown contents, 3 x 6 x 3 inches. Collection of the artist. Courtesy the artist.

The world has gone online and interactive, and we have too. Following are multiple art opportunities to sooth your art-missing souls. See videos, audios and more. And once you have purchased your ration of toilet paper,  the Manetti Shrem has a way to recycle the tube by making a Stephen-Kaltenbach-style time capsule. See the Manetti Shrem's video.

Written and compiled by Media Relations Intern Leigh Houck

Manetti Shrem At Home 

This week’s Manetti Shrem At Home newsletter offers insight on the past, present and future of art at UC Davis from The Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Musuem of Art. 

Do you feel like time in isolation is creeping by at a snail’s pace? Make the most of this time by creating a time capsule — out of a toilet paper tube! Learn how on this installment of the Manetti Shrem’s new series Build it with Brandon.

Artist and critic Peter Plagens contemplates the unique factors that fueled the UC Davis Art Department’s early days here.

Want to learn more about one of UC Davis’ pioneering art professors? Manetti Shrem Museum Curator-at-Large Dan Nadel explores the quietly radical nature of William T. Wiley’s holistic artmaking in Artforum magazine. 

Artist Mary Heilmann traces her practice through different mediums, perspectives and ideas in this Art21 piece, with a video. Her exhibition Squaring Davis will open at the Manetti Shrem Museum later this year. Heilmann visited Bruce Nauman and William T. Wiley at UC Davis back in the '60s. 

Want to learn about a more recent UC Davis alumna? Kathy Butterly remembers the aha moment when she saw the political possibilities of ceramics in this wide-ranging conversation with her UC Davis mentor, Squeak Carnwath.

This article from the Washington Post invites you into Kathy Butterly’s New York studio for an intimate look at why she “tortures” her sculptures. 

Speaking of the Manetti Shrem Museum, several artists whose work is featured in current exhibitions have been in the news lately. Both Stephen Kaltenbach and Roy De Forest have caught the eye of art lovers and art critics online. Read on for more...

UC Davis Artists in the News 

An exhibit by UC Davis alum Stephen Kaltenbach (Stephen Kaltenbach: The Beginning and The End) has been on exhibition at the museum. While you can’t visit the exhibition in person now, learn more about Kaltenbach on Square Cylinder here and here.

Roy De Forest was part of the funk art movement and a professor emeritus at UC Davis. His work is also part of the current retrospective at Manetti Shrem, Gesture: The Human Figure After Abstraction Selections from the Manetti Shrem Museum. Read a New York Times review of an online exhibition of Roy De Forest’s work here.  Visit the online viewing room for this exhibition too.

Mondavi Center Virtually Continues

During the closures, Mondavi is offering free virtual concerts instead. The virtual concerts will be shared on the dates the shows were scheduled to occur. Click here to view the full schedule of virtual concerts. This weekend, enjoy classical music by the quartet, Sandbox Percussion, on April 17 and 19. 

Multiple Media at the Crocker and SFMOMA

Watch Art Impact Fellow Lorena Plasencia talk about her favorite pieces by Chicano artist Eduardo Carillo.

Learn more about Carillo and view a close up of his piece “Testamento de el Espíritu Santo (Testament of the Holy Spirit)” here on this Crocker Art Museum video

Kids can watch a short video in Spanish and learn how to make an easy paper sculpture too. 

This week at SFMOMA you can choose your own medium and watch a video, listen to a podcast, or read an essay. 

Human connection is the backbone of artist JR's work. Watch as he discusses his monumental interactive mural featuring photographs and audio recordings of 1,200 San Francisco residents and reveals what it’s like to create a deeply diverse “public mirror” for the community. Watch the video here


SFMOMA's arts + culture podcast, Raw Material, is on season 6: Six Degrees. It asks: Is it really possible that any two people in the world are only six degrees of separation apart? Audio producer Sayre Quevedo tests that theory by setting out to reach a stranger eight thousand miles away via a network of artists and friends. Listen to the podcast.

Rachel Jans, assistant curator of painting and sculpture at SFMOMA, explores video artist Nam June Paik's connection to his family and close friends and the impact those ties had on his art. Read that essay, “Nam June Paik: Kinship, Collaboration, and Commemoration,” here.

Enjoy Regional Art Virtually 

For a guide to other virtual art in the region, go to last week's Arts Blog.

Art Tweet of the Week: Do you live by the window now?

The SFMOMA tweeted this 1958 piece titled “Woman in Profile” by the late American painter Richard Diebenkorn. It’s particularly relatable in these recent times of social isolation. 

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