Weekender: Historian Explores Late-Life Arneson Works Sunday; Music, More

Robert Arneson and egghead sculpture in progress
Robert Arneson poses behind his sardonic Bookhead sculpture still in progress, 1991. (Courtesy photo)

Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, scholar-in-residence, to talk about Arneson’s works at Manetti Shrem Museum

Sunday, Feb. 23, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., free

The Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art invites you to be among the first to hear about new research examining a controversial group of art works made by Robert Arneson toward the end of his career. Presented by Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, the museum's first scholar-in-residence, this lively talk focuses on the artist's wrestling with complex ideas about racial stereotyping, political demagoguery and his own identity as he simultaneously battled the debilitating cancer that would take his life in 1992.

Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw will speak at the Manetti Shrem Museum Sunday on the works of Arneson. (Courtesy photo)

Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw is one of the foremost art historians working in the field of race, gender, sexuality, and class in the art of the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. Shaw is a thought leader on the connections between portraiture, biography and identity in America. 

Contributed by Laura Compton, Manetti Shrem Museum of Art

For ongoing exhibition information at the Manetti Shrem, see sidebar. 

Music and more

Shinkoskey Noon Concert: Beethoven’s Septet, Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center, Thursday, Feb. 20, 12:05 — 1 p.m., free

  • This week’s Shinkoskey Noon Concert will feature a performance of Beethoven’s Septet in E flat major, op. 20. This concert features a variety of talented regional musicians, including UC Davis lecturer in Music David Granger on the bassoon and UC Davis lecturer in Music Susan Lamb Cook on the cello.
  • More information on this concert and other upcoming Shinkoskey Noon Concerts here. 

Petrichor with Beach Fossils, Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center, Saturday, Feb. 22, 6 p.m., students $27, general public $37

Ongoing Exhibitions, Manetti Shrem

  • “Gesture: The Human Figure After Abstraction | Selections from the Manetti Shrem Museum” presents 25 works by UC Davis art department first-generation faculty artists Robert Arneson, Roy De Forest, Ruth Horsting, Manuel Neri, Roland Petersen, Wayne Thiebaud and William T. Wiley that emerged following a seismic shift in art philosophy in the 1950s.
  • In ““NEW ERA, an installation by Doug Aitken” the Los Angeles artist and filmmaker explores the technological ambivalence of contemporary culture, raising philosophical questions about the challenges of immediate access to communication and networks.
  • “Stephen Kaltenbach: The Beginning and The End” is the Davis artist’s first solo museum exhibition in the U.S. in nearly 40 years. The UC Davis graduate (B.A. 1966; M.A. 1967) made an important contribution to the development of Conceptual art during the late 1960s, but just as he was achieving career success, he abruptly withdrew to California’s Central Valley, appearing to abandon Conceptual work in favor of more traditional mediums.

More here.

  • The ASUCD Entertainment Council and the Mondavi Center present winter concert Petrichor. The indie pop band Beach Fossils will be joined by bay area “dream pop” artist urbanation.
  • More information on the concert and tickets available here


Rosie Kay’s 5 Soldiers, Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Feb. 26 (7 p.m.), 27 (8 p.m.), 28 (8 p.m.), youth and UC Davis students $10, non UC Davis students $41, active military and UC Davis faculty and staff $50, regular $55 

  • Fans of modern dance won’t want to miss Rosie Kay’s 5 soldiers, an award winning depiction of life on the front lines. The production questions what we ask of our soldiers, and explores how the human body remains essential to war even in the 21st century.
  • More information and tickets available here

Events compiled by Leigh Houck, UC Davis News and Media Relations Intern.

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