Weekender: Kick Off December With Art Lectures, Concerts, Visuals

Many Events are Free or Low Cost

Choristers in black singing at UC Davis event
December concerts aplenty start this week, including the UC Davis choruses. See below. (Courtesy photo)

Department of Art and Art History Visiting Artist Lecture Series features Tarrah Krajnak today

Thursday, Dec. 1, 4:30 p.m., Manetti Shrem Museum, UC Davis, free

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Tarrah Krajnak (b. 1979) was born in Lima, Peru. Her photographs are in collections including the Centre Pompidou and Museum Ludwig. Her book El Jardín De Senderos Que Se Bifurcan (2021) was named to the Museum of Modern Art’s inaugural list of 10 photo books of the year. Her work has been published and reviewed in Aperture, Artforum and New York Review of Books. Krajnak is represented by Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany, and she has received fellowships from the George and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation and the Lewis Baltz Research Fund Award. She is an assistant professor of art at the University of Oregon, and living on the unceded territory of the Kalapuya. 

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.

Read more about the artists and talk series here.

Student Chamber Ensembles play Bach, Mendelssohn and more

Thursday, Dec. 1, 12:05 – 1 p.m., Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center, UC Davis, free, a Shinkoskey Noon concert

The program incudes J.S. Bach: Selections from Musical Offering, BWV 1079, Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Trio and Quartet, Georg Philipp Telemann: Paris Quartet, François de Fossa: Trio, and François Devienne: Quartet for Flutes in G.

'Reimaginings' choral music features a Premiere of Laudate and more


Fun Friday Activities

Musical Chairs on the Wyatt Deck

Wyatt Deck, UC Davis, Free, Presented by UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden

It's a two-for-one day on the Wyatt Deck Dec. 1:

  • Chair Share — Learning by Leading Arboretum Ambassadors will set out 10 (mostly) red Adirondack chairs, for anyone who wishes to take a break, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The chairs are meant to entice and encourage our community members to spend more time outside — based on studies showing that even a short time outdoors can reduce stress and improve mood, among a variety of other social and well-being benefits.
  • Folk Music Jam Session — If you're in a chair at noon, stay put for this weekly event lasting until 1 p.m. Or come on out just for the music. You're also welcome to join in as a player (all skill levels welcome).

Friday, Dec. 2, 7-8 p.m., Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center, $12 Students and Children, $24 Adults (Open Seating)

“Reimaginings” celebrates choral music that reinterprets the genre through stylistic fusion, juxtaposition, rearrangement, and revival of historical works by composers who have been excluded from the Western Classical canon. All three UC Davis choirs (University Chorus, Chamber Singers, and Early Vocal Ensemble) will perform. Repertoire highlights include Isabella Leonarda’s Magnificat (1698), Afro-Brazilian classical composer José Maurício Nunes Garcia’s Laudate Dominum, CPM 76 (1813), and works by Reena Esmail, Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate, Tomás Luis de Victoria, and Rosephanye Powell, among others. Despite its composition date, the Laudate Dominum likely has never been heard in California and is a premiere of sorts.

Alexander String Quartet with Robert Greenberg at Mondavi Sunday

Sunday, Dec. 4, 2 p.m., Jackson Hall, UC Davis

Chamber Music of Antonin Dvořák

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The Alexander String Quartet performs Sunday at Mondavi Center. (Courtesy photo)

The program includes Terzetto in C Major, Op. 74 for two violins and viola and Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 81. View program notes here.

There will be one 20-minute intermission and brief pause between pieces

A major artistic presence in its home base of San Francisco, the Alexander String Quartet is equally beloved in its second home, the Mondavi Center. This year the quartet appears with violist David Samuel joining cellist Sandy Wilson, and violinists Fred Lifsitz and Zakarias Grafilo.

Future performances include Jan. 15, 2023 and April 2, 2023. All Alexander String Quartet performances will take place in Jackson Hall and will feature Robert Greenberg's lecture on each piece followed by a full performance of the same piece. Tickets and information here.

Alumni in two-person show at Sac State

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Torreya Cummings/Courtesy photo

Torreya Cummings (B.A., ‘99) and Terry Peterson (M.F.A., ‘12) explore the natural world in a digital context in a two-person exhibition currently on view at the Library Gallery at California State University, Sacramento. 

Cummings’ conceptual investigations draw together memory, art historical narratives and a semblance of dioramas found in history museums. Peterson transforms repurposed objects into living, breathing installations.

The artists will give a joint talk Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. at the gallery. “The New West: The Natural Environment in the Digital Age” can be seen through Dec. 10.

Flights of Fancy: Sculpture by Steven McGovney at the Pence

Dec. 2 – 24, reception Dec. 9, 6 – 9 p.m., Pence Gallery, Davis

Steven McGovney has worked in multiple media, but his current concentration is on the sculptural side of ceramics. The artist uses clay, steel wire, acrylic and oil paint to bring his animal and figurative work to life. McGovney’s art merges a surreal side of nature with his love of movement. Birds painted in bright colors are outfitted with shoes and clothing. As he admits, his sculptures at the Pence are truly “imaginary birds inspired by the wacky names of birds themselves.” They totter on long legs, giving a sense of whimsical action. His human figures are often based on fictional characters, such as in Alice in Wonderland, or from his own imagination.

Find more information here.

Expressions in Cloth: Quilt show at Gallery 625

Dec. 2 – Feb. 1, 2023, opening reception Dec. 2, 5:30 – 8 p.m., Gallery 625

Ongoing at UC Davis Museums

Manetti Shrem — A Trio of Exhibits

‘Young, Gifted and Black’ 

Read more about this exhibition here

Roy De Forest: Habitats for Travelers

First-generation art faculty member and UC Davis Professor Emeritus Roy De Forest (1930-2007).

Loie Hollowell: Tick Tock Belly Clock

Hollowell, a rising star in the art world, grew up in Woodland, California, and is the daughter of longtime UC Davis Professor Emeritus David Hollowell.

Find more information on all three exhibits here.

Design Museum:

Woven Air: Dhakai Jamdani Textile From Bangladesh, an exhibition of traditional Bangladeshi textiles noted for a weaving technique that creates surface decorations, opened at the UC Davis Design Museum on Oct. 3. https://arts.ucdavis.edu/designmuseum

The show features artists Bernadette Behrends, Kathy Donaldson, Lana Hanney, Carole Pirruccello, Jeanne Powell, Margo Schroeder and Sherry Werum.

Gallery 625, curated by YoloArts, is committed to supporting the continual growth and development of the arts in Yolo County by providing space and opportunity for the exhibition of arts. The gallery provides a diverse selection of artistic mediums by by both emergent and established artists. Gallery 625 is located in the Erwin Meier Administration Building at 625 Court Street, Woodland.

Coming up next week

Alberini Family Speaker Series in Design: Ahmad Gharbieh — Visualizing the Urban: Experiments from Beirut  

Monday, Dec. 5, 4:30 p.m., Manetti Shrem Museum, UC Davis, free 

Ahmad Gharbieh is the co-founder of Beirut Urban Lab, a collaborative and interdisciplinary research space. This talk will present a number of mapping projects by Beirut Urban Lab and discuss strategies of visualizing episodic geographies from the city’s recent past. Gharbieh is an associate professor and coordinator of the Graphic Design Program at the American University of Beirut. His research focuses on security and militarization, building development, state and sectarian governance, refugee issues, labor and urban recovery, among other subjects.

Find a link to the livestream here.

Organized by the UC Davis Department of Design. Co-sponsored by the Manetti Shrem Museum.

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