Weekender: Free Music and (Some) Free Art Available

Discounted Pence Membership; Artists’ Reception

Man signing center stage
Musics of the World will be featured this week as the winter quarter performance. (Courtesy)

Free at the Pitzer

Chris Froh, percussion, is noon concert

Thursday, March 2, 2023 - 12:05 p.m. - 1 p.m., Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center, a Shinkoskey noon concert, free

Man in dark suit sitting on gold chair
Chris Froh, a lecturer in music, will perform at this week's noon concert.

Chris Froh, solo percussion and UC Davis lecturer in music

The program includes Javier Alvarez: Temezcal, Philippe Manoury: Solo de Vibraphone from Le Livres Des Claviers, Chris Froh: Elusive A, Steve Reich: Drumming (Part II).

'Musics of the World' winter quarter performance

Thursday, March 2, 2023, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m., Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center, free

The performance includes the Gamelan Ensemble, Hindustani Vocal Ensemble, Mariachi UC Davis, Afro-Cuban Ensemble, Bluegrass and Old Time String Band, and Capoeira.

Senior recital: Louie Lee, Clarinet

Friday, March 3,  5 – 6 p.m., free

The program includes Robert Muczynski: Time Pieces for Clarinet and Piano, Heinrich Sutermeister: Capriccio for Solo Clarinet in A Major, Francis Poulenc: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano

Platform: An Evening of Student Voice

Thursday, March 2, 4:30 – 7 p.m., Manetti Shrem Museum of Art

crowded event at museum entrance outside

Do you have something to say? Join us for an evening showcasing student expression, from zines to live screen printing with Taller Arte del Nuevo Amanecer (TANA) and music by KDVS DJ Oliver Lucky Maes. Meet student groups who embody Mike Henderson’s legacy of community service and see the exhibition “Mike Henderson: Before the Fire, 1965-1985.”

This is now SOLD OUT: New theatre work Inspired by War in Ukraine this month

A new work, REFUGE – an immersive theatrical installation, draws from co-creator Victoria Tzykun’s experience as a Ukrainian refugee and is inspired by the Russian invasion of Ukraine one year ago. Tzykun and David Adam Moore, visiting artists in the UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance, created this work of movement, spoken word, walk-through immersive environments and live music. Those attending can expect a walk-through experience lasting about an hour. It will be performed March 2 – 5 and 9 – 10.

Basement Gallery Art Studio Senior Show; apply now

Senior Shows allow art studio students, with senior standing, to curate and host their own show with the help of The Basement Gallery team. Artists must choose at least one other student to present their work with. If you do not already have collaborator(s) in mind, the team will pair you with other student(s) with similar work or concepts. If you choose to participate, your work will be up for a Friday of your choice in the latter half of the quarter! The Basement Gallery team will assist you with installation, curation, and de-installation. You will be responsible for any food, drinks, and music that you would like to include for your reception, however the team may be able to assist you with this if necessary.

The Basement Gallery plans to have shows ready by the middle of the quarter (week 4) to give seniors enough time to prepare their work.

If you are interested in having a senior show this spring quarter, please fill out the form here. The last day to apply is Sunday, April 14 at 11:59 p.m.

'Make-It More': hybrid pieces created with maker equipment and traditional means at Craft Center

The Maker movement, as we have come to know it, is the current step (or modernization) of a continuous process. The desire to make has long defined humans. Tools, art, etc., these could arguably be the defining characteristics of humanity, and makers have been at it since the beginning.

Ceramic bowls
See this and more at the UC Davis Craft Center show happening now. (courtesy)

The UC Davis Craft Center was born of a particularly fruitful time in the 60s and 70s when getting “off the grid,” being self-sufficient, and living with nature held great appeal to many people. That population created the Craft Center.

This show features multiple Craft Center artists that have combined new with old crafting techniques. Each artists collection contains contact information for purchasing questions. More information and hours here.

Ballet Preljocaj: Swan Lake this weekend at Mondavi

Sunday, March 5, 2 p.m. (This is nearly sold out)

Ballet dancers performing on dark stage

The U.S. Premiere of Blanche Neige (Snow White) was a centerpiece of the Mondavi Center’s 10th Anniversary Season. It also was like nothing else audiences here had ever seen. Angelin Preljocaj’s celebrated company returns with another groundbreaking story ballet, Swan Lake, a work which Preljocaj likens to “an Everest.” Combining Tchaikovsky’s musical masterpiece with more contemporary sounds, the company refashions and deepens the love story against a backdrop of family conflict. Magnificent dancers, stunning costumes and a classic story combine to elevate this mythical classic to new heights. 

Find more information and purchase tickets here.

Ongoing Exhibitions at UC Davis

From Concept to Creation: Inspired Shoe Design by Chris Francis

Through April 23, UC Davis Design Museum

The UC Davis Design Museum takes a bold step with the exhibition “From Concept to Creation: Inspired Shoe Design by Chris Francis,” which showcases the colorful and imaginative footwear created by the Los Angeles-based shoe designer.

Co-curated by Professor Susan T. Avila and Cristina Gomez, graduate student in design, the installation spotlights creations by shoemaker and designer Francis. His work combines global shoemaking traditions and techniques, with references to the built environment such as industrial design and brutalist architecture as well as 20th-century art movements and punk rock. His narrative-based, unique hand-constructed shoes theatrically bridge contemporary art and wearable design.

Visit the Design Museum for map and parking information.

Mike Henderson: Before the Fire, 1965–1985 at Manetti Shrem

Through June 25, Manetti Shrem Museum

UC Davis Professor Emeritus Mike Henderson’s first solo U.S. museum exhibition in 20 years brings to light the pioneering artist’s rarely seen contributions to the history of contemporary painting and filmmaking, radical Black politics, and to the story of California art. The exhibition integrates paintings and films by Henderson that offer new ideas about Black life in the visual languages of protest, Afro-futurism and surrealism. Challenging the protocols and propriety of art-making in the 20th century, these works depict scenes of anti-Black violence as well as utopian visions and questions of self-making. Curated by Sampada Aranke (Ph.D. ’13) and Dan Nadel.

Read more about Henderson and this exhibition here.

Exagerrated, high-heeled shoes in black and white
Brunel-28 motion shoe by Chris Francis is part of the Design Museum's shoe spectacular ongoing through spring. (Courtesy photo)

At the Pence Gallery: student memberships, sculptures and painting

Student memberships available at the Pence 

The Pence Gallery is a nonprofit gallery in Davis that strives to build community through the arts. We offer annual memberships that provide a variety of special benefits year-long. This year, the Pence has launched a new membership level just for students at an affordable $35/year. 

Student members will receive discounts on workshops and gift store purchases, a digital subscription to the PenceEvents quarterly newsletter and event invitations, and admission into members-only events. In addition, this membership creates fantastic opportunities for students to create new connections and experiences in the art community.

Sign up for the membership here.

Art by Cathi Newlin & Toni Rizzo reception

March 3 – April 30, reception March 10, 6 – 9 p.m., Pence Gallery

The Pence Gallery unites the fantastic work of sculptor Cathi Newlin and painter Toni Rizzo. Toni Rizzo’s signature style combines serene and psychedelic backgrounds with high realism portraiture. Featuring everything from wild animals to household furniture, her work has a surreal, timeless quality that evokes a feeling of “home.” Cathi Newlin is a ceramic sculptor. She uses real and imagined animals as the theme of her creative work. Both artists have a light-hearted, playful take on artmaking that leads them to explore imagery full of fantasy, surrealism, or comedic exaggeration.

Coming Up

Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Rina Banerjee

March 9, 4:30 – 6 p.m., Manetti Shrem

Rina Banerjee is a visual artist whose work draws on her transnational and personal history as an immigrant. Her paintings and sculptures use a wide range of materials and historical references to explore ethnicity, race, migration and American Diasporic histories. Banerjee has exhibited widely, including 14 international biennials such as the 57th Venice Biennial, Yokohama Triennale, and Kochi Biennial. In 2018, Banerjee’s first North America solo retrospective “Rina Banerjee: Make Me a Summary of the World” opened at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Her works are included in many private and public collections such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Centre Pompidou.

Organized by the Department of Art and Art History. Supported by the UC Davis College of Letters and Science and co-sponsored by the Manetti Shrem Museum Museum of Art.

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