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By Karen Nikos-Rose on June 6, 2018

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. And if you don't have tickets yet, consider catching Friday’s UC Davis final concert with Jeffrey Thomas as director.

Art Studio Visiting Artists Series presents Kevin B. Chen Thursday; leads a tour Friday

On Thursday, on June 7, 4:30-6 p.m. in the Manetti Shrem Museum’s Community Education Room at UC Davis, Bay Area artist Kevin B. Chen will speak. He has been involved in the Bay Area arts community for more than two decades as a curator, writer, and visual artist.

He currently serves as faculty at San Francisco State University’s School of Art and at Stanford University’s Department of Art and Art History, a member of Recology’s Artist in Residence Program Advisory Board, and a Curatorial Committee member of Root Division and Pro Arts Gallery. Chen’s work has exhibited locally at San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Southern Exposure, Palo Alto Art Center, Jack Fischer Gallery, and nationally at Angel’s Gate Cultural Center in San Pedro; Harn Museum of Art in Gainesville, Florida and others.

The next day, (Friday) Chen and the the graduating MFAs will lead a walk-through of the “2018 Arts and Humanities Graduate Exhibition” at the Manetti Shrem Museum. The tour will run from 12:30-2:30 p.m. in the galleries and courtyard, focusing on the works of the Art Studio graduates. Participating in the tour along with Chen will be arts and humanities graduate exhibitors Noah Greene, Tavarus Blackmonster, Ryan Meyer, Doug Loree, Jodi Connelly, Emily Clark-Kramer and Joy Miller. And while you’re at the museum, check out the front windows and other art completed recently by Professor Susette Min’s students.

More on graduate students’ exhibitions at these Arts Blog posts. https://www.ucdavis.edu/arts/blog/graduate-art-museum-winner and https://www.ucdavis.edu/arts/blog/many-disciplines-one-show

Ensemble featured in noon concert Thursday

And, no Thursday is complete without a nod to the free Shinkoskey Noon Concert. This Thursday, at noon (12:05 p.m., to be exact), go to the Pitzer Center and check out the Hindustani Vocal Ensemble, Rita Sahai, director. Sahai, an acclaimed composer, performer and teacher, tours throughout the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and India. She is also in demand at recording studios at home and abroad, where she graciously lends her voice to many diverse musical projects, including contributing vocal tracks for Grammy Award-winning artist Béla Fleck and performing on Alonzo King’s Sacred Texts, a CD of international music that won the Isadora Duncan Award for music excellence. She has also collaborated on several live musical productions with Jennifer Berezan’s “Edge of Wonder” project.

TANA opens new exhibition Friday

Taller Arte del Amanacer, which is Spanish for Art Workshop of the New Dawn, founded and run by the Department of Chicana/o Studies in 2009, opens “New Seeds/Semillas Nuevas” — Recent posters by TANA interns and workshop participants. Opening 5-7 p.m. Friday, June 8, TANA, 1224 Lemen Ave., Woodland.

“Arte Cura: Silkscreen Prints from Taller Arte del Nuevo Amanecer” — Opening 5:30-7 p.m. Friday, June 15, Communicare/Davis Community Gallery, 2051 John Jones Road, Davis. The art center in Woodland encourages the community to explore and represent Chicano culture through silk-screening, mural painting and other classes.

More on campus

“Moving Out: Design by Design Undergraduate Senior Showcase” — Seniors present their work in this annual juried exhibition. Through June 18, Design Museum, 124 Cruess Hall.

Also, check out the Gorman in this “Lunchable” Arts Blog feature. 

Off campus

Lisa Rybovich Crallé, MFA 2011, will return to “Relay” at Mills College’s Slide Space for an exhibition calendared for Friday, June 8, through June 29. Mills College, Oakland. She is the artist who designed the “ribbon” around the Manetti Shrem Museum’s grand opening in 2016. Her website: http://www.lisarcralle.com/

Important links for the above venues 

Pitzer Center: http://arts.ucdavis.edu/pitzer-events

Manetti Shrem Museum: http://manettishremmuseum.ucdavis.edu/

C.N. Gorman: http://gormanmuseum.ucdavis.edu/