Weekender: Noon Concerts, Design Museum — They Are Back!

Check Out New Arts Opportunities

Woman with sculptures
Ann Savageau with 'The Guardians' in the new Design Museum exhibit her work is featured in. Savageau is professor of design emerita. (Justin Han/UC Davis)

Shinkoskey Noon Concert debuts new season with Beethhoven

Sept. 30, 12:05 - 1 p.m., Free

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center, UC Davis

Aleck Karis, piano, distinguished professor of music at UC San Diego, will be performing Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-Flat Major, op. 106 (“Hammerklavier”).

Karis has performed recitals, chamber music, and concertos across the Americas, Europe, Japan, and China. As the pianist of the new music ensemble Speculum Musicae, he has participated in over a hundred premieres and performed at major American and European festivals. His appearances with orchestra have ranged from concertos by Mozart, Beethoven, and Chopin, to those of Stravinsky, Messiaen and Carter. His seven solo recordings on Bridge Records are Chopin/Carter/Schumann, Mozart, Stravinsky, Cage, Feldman/Webern/Wolpe, Poulenc, and most recently, Debussy. His two recordings on Roméo Records are titled Music of Philip Glass and Late Chopin. A Distinguished Professor of Music at UC San Diego, he has studied at the Manhattan School and Juilliard, and his teachers include William Daghlian, Artur Balsam, and Beveridge Webster.

Watch the recital on Sept. 30 here

Detailed attendance policy is here.

Dark glass artwork with red
Arnold Joseph Kemp, DARK GLASS, 2015. Stained glass, welded steel, 7 1/2 x 20 x 20 in. Courtesy of the artist and Fourteen30 Contemporary, Portland. © Arnold Joseph Kemp. Kemp's work is on exhibit now at the Manetti Shrem Museum. See Sidebar. (Cleber Bonato/Courtesy photo).

Graduate Student Compositions from the Percussion Composition Workshop

Oct. 1, 5 – 6 p.m., Free

Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center

Chris Froh, percussion and UC Davis lecturer in music, will host a workshop featuring works by UC Davis graduate student composers including Sarah Wald’s Addition, Subtraction, Trey Makler’s storybook I, Emily Joy Sullivan’s subito, Jacob Lane’s Off Noon, and Daniel Godsil’s Into Gold for multiple percussion solo + fixed audio/video.

Froh specializes in promoting and influencing the creation of new music through critically acclaimed performances and dynamic lectures. To date, he has premiered over 150 chamber and solo works by composers from 17 countries. His collaborations include some of the most significant composers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, including Chaya Czernowin, David Lang, Steve Mackey, John Adams, George Crumb, Liza Lim, Matthias Pintcher, and Keiko Abe.

Ongoing Exhibitions, Virtual and In-person


The fall schedule includes a diverse roster of exhibitions
  • Wayne Thiebaud Influencer: A New Generation celebrates the legacy of the 100-year-old UC Davis professor emeritus by highlighting 19 contemporary artists who have been inspired by Thiebaud as a fellow painter, including a selection of his former students. On view through Nov. 12.
  • Arnold Joseph Kemp: I would survive. I could survive. I should survive. This solo exhibition of four works by the Chicago-based artist 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. On view through Nov. 12.
  • Working Proof: Wayne Thiebaud as Printmaker: Drawn from the university’s Fine Arts Collection, numerous printing “proofs,” many worked by hand, underscore the importance of printmaking in Professor Thiebaud’s artistic practice. On view through Nov. 12.
  • New Flavors: Collected at the Candy Store is inspired by the beloved Folsom gallery that operated from 1962-92 and gave many greater Sacramento area artists their start. On view through Oct. 24.
Feathered bird print

“Waiting for Spring,” 2018, monotype on paper, 30”x22” (Courtesy image)

Feathered Relations: Works by Marwin Begaye
C.N. Gorman Museum (virtual)

 “Feathered Relations” explores sacred Indigenous beliefs around birds and their link to nature. Begaye's prints and paintings place a variety of birds in the foreground, depicting them naturally, but also existing on a higher plane. This exhibition is based on his show that was on display at the Gorman when the pandemic forced its closure.  Begaye (Diné) includes prints, wood blocks and multimedia works to create a conceptual homage to birds. For the artist, birds are about our relationships — to nature, to one another, to culture.

Let’s Draw Davis, Vanderhoef Quad

Fancy getting out and doing some sketching? Attend the first Let's Draw Davis sketchcrawl of the new academic year.

Let’s Draw Davis will meet at 1 p.m. across from the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at Vanderhoef Quad, and then draw (individually or together as you prefer) around the area, which includes the nice gardens in the middle of the quad, the Mondavi Center, the UC Davis Welcome Center, the Arboretum and the RMI Food and Wine Institute. Attendees will get back together at 4 p.m. outside the Manetti Shrem to have a look at each other’s sketchbooks.

As always this event is free to join and open to all (newbies and old pros alike) who like to sketch. It's all about getting out and looking at our town with a sketchbook, and seeing how other people do it. All you need to bring is something to draw with and something to draw on.

Visit the Facebook event site here.

UC Davis Design Museum reopens with ‘Guardians’ Monday

“Guardians: Spirits of Protection,” an exhibit that explores the creative relationship between tragedy and design, reopens the UC Davis Design Museum on Monday, Oct. 4.

The installation showcases a series of sculptures created by design professor emerita Ann Savageau. Made from found objects and flotsam that washed up on the beach coming from unknown places, the sculptures created by Savageau are composites of the disparate castoffs — in response to the tragic events in her life and to the pandemic.

“On a personal scale, ‘Guardians’ is about building a new life from loss,” said Savageau. “Creating this work helped me cope with my losses and grief. The meditative, incantatory process of building these figures enabled me to direct feelings of grief and loss to a more positive action. I found comfort in the care, thought, love and attention to detail I devoted to their creation.”

The exhibition has been curated by Tim McNeil, professor of design and director of the Design Museum.

“‘Guardians’ enters the Design Museum to help us process and reflect on the past year and a half,” said McNeil. “It’s hard not to be impacted by the design creativity, materiality and spirituality that resonates from the very presence of this work.”

The installation runs through April 24, with an opening reception on Oct. 6 at 6 p.m.

The Design Museum, part of the College of Letters and Science and free to the public, is in Cruess Hall, Room 124. It is open weekdays from noon to 4 p.m.

The exhibition will be open for Picnic Day on Saturday, April 24, from noon to 4 p.m.

For more information about this exhibition, visit arts.ucdavis.edu/design

New Exhibits at the Pence

The Soul of Nature: Art by Peter London and P. Gregory Guss at Pence, Davis

The Soul of Nature is a collaborative venture by artists and friends Peter London and P. Gregory Guss. Their exploration of the inner soul of nature itself originates in the idea that external appearances do not match or determine internal ones. Taking inspiration from the beauty of trees, leaves, water, and other parts of our environment, Guss and London have paired their work, creating connections between their aesthetic visions. Guss works in digital photography creating photo-paintings with multi-layered images, attending to the internal expressions, he finds connection with the plethora of texture, forms and colors. London uses oil bar on paper, which can be easily blended or used as a graphic tool to draw lines and shapes. Passages of colored light seem to dance in his paintings, punctuated by active gestures marking the surface.

The exhibit will be on display at the Pence from Oct. 1-Nov. 5. The opening reception will take place Oct. 8, 6-9 p.m. Find more information here.

Passion for Pastels

In the Sacramento region, there are a number of artists who work in pastel, and unlike with other media such as watercolor or oil, they have yet to have an exhibit that focuses on their talent with chalk. Passion for Pastels represents a variety of subjects created by the best in the region, and includes several award-winning pastel artists. Participating local artists include Naomi Bautista, Deborah Hill, Patricia Prendergast, and Marie-Therese Brown, among others.

The exhibit will be on display at the Pence from Oct. 1-24. There will be a public reception on Oct. 8, 6-9 p.m. Find more information here.

The Pence Gallery is located at 212 D St. Davis. Their hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Art call for Basement Gallery

The Basement Gallery, UC Davis, is looking for art to put in their next show! All majors/mediums are welcome!

Spooky season is here! What scares you, how can you portray or visualize that fear for folks to see? Any nightmare inducing work from the pandemic or nightmares themselves? Darkness within is a pop-up show to present any art work related to any and all darkness.

The deadline to submit artwork is Oct. 1 at noon. If you have any questions, please contact student.art.gallery@gmail.com.

Visit the submission form and find more information here.

The Basement Gallery is UC Davis' student-run art gallery located in the basement of the Art Building.

Coming up

Artist in Residence Lecture at Manetti Shrem

Tamar Ettun will give a public lecture on Oct. 7, 4:30-6 p.m. in the Community Education Room at the Manetti Shrem Museum on the UC Davis campus. Ettun, who is currently a teaching artist in residence at The California Studio: Manetti Shrem Artist Residences at UC Davis, is a multidisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, N.Y. She uses sculpture, video and performance to explore shared human experience, most recently focusing on empathy and compassion fatigue. Her work is often grounded in movement-study sculptures created from hand-dyed parachute fabric. Ettun has recently had exhibitions and performances at Pioneer Works, Art Omi Sculpture Garden and PERFORMA. She has received awards and fellowships from the Pollock Krasner Foundation, Chinati Foundation and MacDowell Fellowship. Ettun is also the founder of the artist collective and social engagement project The Moving Company. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree from Yale University, where she was awarded the Alice English Kimball Fellowship. She earned her bachelor's degree from Bezalel Academy, Jerusalem.

Ceramic sculptors at Natsoulas Gallery, Davis

A new exhibition at John Natsoulas Gallery, 30 Ceramic Sculptors, will be on view from Oct. 6-Nov. 6.

The annual show was first conceived in 1986, a collaboration between the late Robert Arneson and John Natsoulas, and continues the ceramic traditions made famous by instructors and students of the University of California, Davis Art Department and the University of California at Berkeley.

Since its inception over three decades ago, the 30 Ceramic Sculptors annual exhibition has grown congruently with the ceramic art world in Northern California. 30 Ceramic Sculptors is the largest annual exhibition of ceramic artists where you can see every variation of ceramic sculpture imaginable. Look for updates here.

The gallery is located at 521 First Street, Davis.

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