Weekender: New Concerts and 2 More Weeks For Manetti Shrem Exhibitions

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Students view the current exhibitions at the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art. The exhibitions will only be on view through Nov. 12. See story for details. (Hung Pham/UC Davis)

Department of Art and Art History Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Janelle Iglesias

Thursday, Oct. 28, 4:30-6 p.m., via Zoom

Born and raised in Queens, N.Y., Janelle Iglesias is an artist invested in the histories, poetics and agency of objects. Ranging from simple displays to complex constellations, her work often explores our complicated and commodified relationship to nature. After studying cultural anthropology, she earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Iglesias is the Department of Art and Art History Visiting Artist Lecturer.

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Janelle Iglesias, "Gestures of Living," 2019 artificial plants, collected fruit / vegetable stickers and bar codes from packaging; variable dimensions. (Courtesy)

Iglesias has created site-sensitive projects for SculptureCenter, the Queens Museum, Socrates Sculpture Park, and Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, among others. In addition to her individual practice, she maintains Las Hermanas Iglesias, a project-based collaboration with her sister, Lisa. Iglesias is an assistant professor of studio art at UC San Diego.

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

Sign up for the Zoom webinar here

The Visiting Artists Lecture Series is organized by Art Studio faculty and master of fine arts candidates.

Performances by Blue Heron Ensemble are Thursday and Friday

Thursday, Oct. 28, 12:05-1 p.m.

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center, Free, a Shinkoskey Noon Concert

Renaissance vocal works by Guillaume de Machaut, Josquin des Prez, Cipriano de Rore, Johannes Ockeghem, and others.

Find a direct link to the livestream here.

Friday, Oct. 29, 7-8:15 p.m.

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center, $12 students and children, $24 adults

Cipriano de Rore: I madrigali a cinque voci with Italian recitations by Viola Ardeni, lecturer in Italian at UC Davis

Pre-concert talk by Jessie Ann Owens 6:15-6:45 p.m. 

Find a direct link to the livestream here. Purchase tickets here.

Proof of COVID vaccination or a negative COVID test will be required at the door. Please take a moment to read the latest information on attending our events.

Blue Heron brings to Davis mid-sixteenth-century Italian madrigals for five voices by the Flemish composer Cipriano de Rore, setting lyric poems by Petrarch and others. The poems will be recited in Italian to make audible the ways in which the music captures a wide range of emotions about the pain and pleasures of love. Blue Heron’s world premiere recording (in 2019) of De Rore’s 1542 madrigal set was made possible in part by the research of Jessie Ann Owens, UC Davis Distinguished Professor of Music Emeritus and former dean of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies. The collaborative project was awarded the American Musicological Society’s Noah Greenberg Award. 

De Rore arrived in Italy in the 1530s, working at first as a freelance musician. His very first publication was the 1542 Madrigali a cinque voci, the book from which the madrigals to be presented are taken. This landmark publication launched his successful career as chapelmaster in Ferrara, Venice and Parma, where he died in 1565 at only 49.

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Blue Heron will perform twice this week at UC Davis. (Courtesy)

He was the first composer to organize a madrigal book in modal order, moving from minor to major keys. The poetry itself is also highly organized, consisting of a cycle of sixteen sonnets. The ordering enables the music to express both the large-scale narrative of the poetry as well as its many affective moments. One of the important conclusions Owens has drawn about De Rore’s work is that his innovations were genre-defining for the madrigal as a whole: “These madrigals, each one a world unto itself, when taken together, tell a story about the pain of love. With this print De Rore established the madrigal as a genre that celebrates the fusion of music and poetry.”

Last chance for Manetti Shrem fall exhibitions

If you haven’t seen the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum’s fall exhibitions, now’s your chance. Friday, Nov. 12, will be the last day the museum is open to the public before closing for the season. (The museum will also be closed Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day.)

The three exhibitions are:

Arnold Joseph Kemp: I would survive. I could survive. I should survive. This solo exhibition of four works by Chicago-based artist Arnold J. Kemp features paintings, sculpture and photography that asks us to consider the sensorial gestures that form the self and a people, the personal and the political, the historical and the present. Closes Nov. 12.

Students view Arnold Kemp's exhibit of black-and-white art
Students view the exhibition of Arnold Joseph Kemp pieces at the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art. (Hung Pham/UC Davis)

Wayne Thiebaud Influencer: A New Generation celebrates the legacy of Professor Emeritus Wayne Thiebaud (who turns 101 on Nov. 15) through highlighting 19 contemporary artists, including a selection of his former students, who have been inspired by him as a painter and teacher. Closes Nov. 12.

Working Proof: Wayne Thiebaud as Printmaker: Numerous printing “proofs,” many worked by hand, underscore the importance of printmaking in Thiebaud’s artistic practice. Closes Nov. 12.

The museum, which reopened June 3 after a 15-month pandemic closure, will be closing to bring visitors three new exhibitions in January 2022. Free, advance timed tickets are recommended; walk-up visitors are welcome based on capacity.

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Basement gallery call for student submissions

The Basement Gallery is looking for art to put in their next show! Do you have any work that is visually or conceptually vibrant and/or colorful? The Colors Show is a pop up show to present any art work related to color and light. All majors/mediums are welcome (this also means writing, music, anything you would like to pitch)!

The deadline to submit artwork is Nov. 3 at midnight.

If chosen, the email with your acceptance will contain art drop off and pick up times and dates for the show.

This art show will have COVID-19 precautions. Participants will be asked to bring their proof of vaccination, complete the campus symptom survey  and wear a mask.

If you have any questions, please contact us student.art.gallery@gmail.com

Submit artwork here

Towns, Trains, and Terrain at the Crocker

Early California Prints from the Pope Collection, Oct. 31-Jan. 30, 2022

Drawn from a recent gift of nearly 200 prints and original works on paper from the Peter T. Pope Early California Collection, this exhibition at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento examines the history of California from maps and depictions of Gold Rush towns to the influx of train travel and urban scenes of San Francisco. Artists, cartoonists, and printmaking firms, including Edward Jump, Currier and Ives, Charles Braddock Gifford, the Nahl Brothers, and Britton & Rey are represented side-by-side. The featured works showcase details of life in the Golden State through printmaking techniques such as etching, engraving, and lithography. The diversity of subject matter within the exhibition also documents the difficult realities of building California, with under-told narratives of life and labor that provide a more complete picture of the state’s history.

Drawing from the Crocker
 Edward Jump, Earth Quakey Times, San Francisco, October 8, 1865, 1865. Lithograph, 14 1/2 x 20 1/2 in. Crocker Art Museum, gift of the Peter T. Pope Early California Collection, 2019.75.7. (Courtesy)

Find more information here.

Coming up next week on campus

MFA Open Studios Nov. 4

The Master of Fine Arts students invite the public to view their studios and new work on Nov. 4 from 5-8 p.m. on the UC Davis campus. Both the Art Studio Graduate Building and TB-9 will be open and the artists will be present to talk about their work and practices.The Open Studio features the work of our first and second year students: Phillip Byrne, Morgan Cristine, Sofia del Pedregal, Emily Gordon, Melanie Hernandez, Kelley O’Leary, Helia Pouyanfar, Whitney Vangrin, Jordan Benton, Luka Carlsen, Justine Di Fiore, Alberto Hamonet, Will Maxen, Sam Rathburn, H. Gene Thompson and Seongmin Yoo.

This event is free and open to all.

View a campus map here.

Well-being deal tickets on sale Nov. 1-15 for Pamyua at Mondavi

Performance is Sunday, Nov. 21

Every month through May, staff and faculty can buy $10 tickets (maximum two per person) during a specified period of time for a specific show at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts.

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Tickets on sale Nov. 1-15 for a culture-infused, music-and-dance performance by Pamyua at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21. The Anchorage-based Pamyua blends traditional Inuit drum-dance melodies and R&B vocal styles in a genre often described as Inuit soul. Or maybe it’s tribal funk. Either way, Pamyua, formed in 1995, has become a symbol of pride for Alaska’s Indigenous people who see their Inuit traditions performed masterfully and with sincerity. This performance is associated with the SHAPE course “Radical Storywork: Performing Relational Approaches to Inuit Food Fermentation and Food Security.” SHAPE stands for Science, Humanities and Arts: Process and Engagement.

The Well-Being Ticket Deal is available:

  • By phone — Call 530-285-0992 from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Online — Use Promo Code BEWELL2122.

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