Weekender: Art All Around the Region

Eduardo Carrillo, Testament of the Holy Spirit, 1971. Oil on panel, 47 3/4 x 60 in. Crocker Art Museum Purchase with funds from the Maude T. Pook Acquisition Fund.

The Weekender is a regular feature of the UC Davis Arts Blog appearing each Thursday — when weekends really need to begin. The column features stuff to do on and around the UC Davis campus this weekend. Know of art and related events in the region? Let us know at kmnikos@ucdavis.edu

See Carillo at the Crocker

The Crocker Art Museum brings to Sacramento an expansive exhibition of works by Eduardo Carrillo, a painter, teacher, and social activist known for advancing recognition of Chicano art and culture in California. His large-scale oil paintings have been described as mystical, surreal, and visionary, while his intimate watercolors reflect the artist’s daily life in self-portraits, still lifes, and images of people and places he held dear. Testament of the Spirit: Paintings by Eduardo Carrillo (Testamento del espíritu: Pinturas de Eduardo Carrillo) reflects on the artist’s relationship to his native California as well as to his Mexican heritage, his early religious upbringing, and the European tradition of art. The exhibition runs through Oct. 7.

This bilingual exhibition features more than 60 paintings and watercolors spanning nearly four decades of the artist’s production, from the late 1950s through the late 1990s. Works on view include a promised gift to the Crocker by members of the Carrillo family, as well as two works in the Crocker’s permanent collection.

Stated the Museum’s Executive Director and CEO, Lial Jones, "It is no coincidence that our exhibition title comes from the painting Testament of the Holy Spirit, which Eduardo Carrillo painted in his Sacramento home, and was acquired by the Crocker in the 1970s. We have long collected and exhibited works of art that reflect the diversity of our community, and I am pleased that we are able to present an entire exhibition of Carrillo's work, and highlight a bit of Sacramento's Chicano history."

More: www.crockerart.org

100+ works of di Rosa collection and new projects

Celebrate the second installment of Be Not Still: Living in Uncertain Times. Part 2 featues over 100 works from the di Rosa collection and new projects by Bay Area artists Victor Cartagena, Ranu Mukherjee, Lava Thomas, and Lexa Walsh, each responding to the current social and political climate through a topic of their choice.

Opening Reception

Saturday, June 30

3-5 p.m.: Members Reception

5-7 p.m.: Public Reception (free; RSVP here)

The opening festivities includes performances by Oakland's Thrive Choir in conjunction with Lava Thomas's project. Learn more about the exhibition and artist projects here.

Major support for Part 2 is provided by Wanda Kownacki and Nion McEvoy. Additional support is provided by Barry Murphy and Rosemary Dunbar, Larry S. Goldfarb, Phil Schlein, and di Rosa’s Patrons Circle.

di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art

5200 Sonoma Hwy, Napa

707-226-5991  More: www.dirosaart.org

And don't forget...

Capital Culture List: Hear the podcast telling you of the cultural highlights around the Sacramento and Davis region this weekend. Soterios Johnson, director of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Partnerships at UC Davis, and former public radio host, gives you what’s happening in the region this week and every week in his new blog, Capital Culture List, a public service of UC Davis. This week: an interview with Rachel Teagle, founding director of the Manetti Shrem Museum.

And on Saturday, you can start touring the summer exhibition Teagle is talking about at the Manetti Shrem Museum on the UC Davis campus. (Opening celebration is July 15).

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