Weekender: See Student Life (In the Library); Davis Jazz, More

Skaters with balloons
Viticulture and Enology students transformed into rollerskating grapes for the Picnic Day parade, 1984 (AR-031-Courtesy Library Archives exhibition)

The Weekender is published every Thursday and suggests ways for people to spend time enjoying the arts on weekends.

See library exhibit, ‘Student Life in Color’

 If you are missing seeing day-to-day student life around campus in these COVID times, (and who isn’t?) catch the new permanent exhibit, Student Life in Color, which was recently installed at UC Davis Shields Library. Curated by Archives and Special Collections, this exhibit features color photography of student life at UC Davis from the 1970s to the present era. 

The description of Student Life in Color is as follows: 

 History is not black-and-white. Student life at UC Davis is vibrant and multifaceted; rooted in tradition, yet full of renewal. The images in this exhibit, drawn from the University Archives, capture UC Davis student traditions, activities and academics during a period spanning the late 20th century to the present era. From Picnic Day to athletic events; from hands-on learning to cultural performances, the students in these color photographs demonstrate the diversity of the Aggie experience and the persistence of the “Aggie Spirit.”

 Where: The exhibit is on the first floor of the library along the courtyard.

 Currently, only students and employees can enter the library but don’t worry because those who are not on campus can view the companion online exhibit here

Print of Bird

Ongoing Exhibitions


'Feathered Relations' at C. N. Gorman

Marwin Begaye’s exhibit, Feathered Relations, explores sacred Indigenous beliefs around birds and their link to nature. His prints and paintings place a variety of birds in the foreground, depicting them naturally, but also existing on a higher plane. This online exhibition is based on his show that was at the C.N. Gorman Museum when the pandemic forced its closure. 

In the solo exhibition, Marwin Begaye (Diné) includes prints, wood blocks, and multi-media works to create a conceptual homage to birds. For the artist, birds are about our relationships – to nature, to one another, to culture.

Read more about the exhibition here.  (Print above: Waiting for Spring, 2018. Monotype on paper, 30 x 22 in)

UC Davis Art Returning Live

The Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art reopened June 3 with a diverse roster of new exhibitions that will be on view through Nov. 12, 2021. Gallery capacity is limited to keep visitors and staff safe.

ALSO: Free, timed tickets for July and August are now available to book at manettishrem.org. Chill out in the galleries, where you will enjoy ample time and space during your selected time slot to explore our new exhibitions. (Watch their Welcome Back! video to see how the museum team celebrated our reopening day.) Visit manettishrem.org to reserve free timed tickets and learn more about the new season.

Senior soprano recital livestreamed Friday

UC Davis Music student Huiyin Lei will give her senior recital on Friday, June 25, at 8 p.m. She will perform with I-Hui Chen on the piano. The soprano performance will be live streamed via YouTube.

Click here to watch the recital live. 

Davis jazz night

Join the New Harmony Jazz Band on Friday, June 25, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. for a night of live jazz amongst the wonderful art at John Natsoulas Gallery. Admission is free. 

Find more details here.

Icons in Conversation: Alison Saar, joined by Samiya Bashir, at the Crocker

  • Unlisted Livestream
  • Sunday, June 27, at 3 p.m.
  • Free for members, $10 for nonmembers

Icons in Conversation returns in a riveting way to the Crocker Museum in Sacramento with world-renowned artist Alison Saar. Known for her powerful sculptures and prints that illuminate the lives and narratives of the African Diaspora, Saar’s work is featured in collections across the world including the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Studio Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and Sacramento’s own Crocker Art Museum.

Saar will discuss her past and current work, including her seminal 2016 piece, Hades D.W.P. II, which is in the Crocker’s collection and is featured in Legends From Los Angeles: Betye, Lezley, and Alison Saar. In the work, Saar collaborates with poet Samiya Bashir to create a visual simile between the contamination of Flint, Michigan’s water source, and the five rivers of the Greek mythological underworld: Lethe, Acheron, Cocytus, Phlegethon, and Styx. Hades D.W.P. II — part of a larger series that examines American rivers and their historical relationship to Black Americans — is a perfect work to discuss in Sacramento, where the American and Sacramento rivers converge to provide recreation, power, and irrigation for northern California and beyond.

Joining her is Samiya Bashir, a dynamic poet whose work focuses on the intersection of culture, change, identity, race, gender, the body, and sexuality. Currently the Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize Winner in Literature, Bashir holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, where she served as Poet Laureate, and an MFA from the University of Michigan, where she received two Hopwood Poetry Awards. In October 2017 she was awarded the Regional Arts & Culture Council’s Individual Artist Fellowship in Literature, in recognition of individual artistic achievement and excellence to sustain and enhance her creative process. She has been the recipient of numerous other awards, grants, fellowships, and residencies. She is also a founding organizer of Fire & Ink, an advocacy organization and writer’s festival for LGBT writers of African descent.

Register here

Medicine bottles on a shelf
HADES D.W.P. II, 2016. Alison Saar (American, born 1956). Etched glass jars, water, dye, wood, cloth and ink transfer, electronics, found ladles and cups, 30 x 50 x 16 in. Crocker Art Museum, gift of Loren G. Lipson, M.D., 2018.3. © Alison Saar. Photo: John Wynn / Lafayette Art Galleries.

Coming up

New Flavors: Collected at the Candy Store — Selections from the Manetti Shrem Museum

Collected at the Candy Store Image
Luis Cruz Azaceta, City Lamp, 1979. Acrylic on canvas, 66 1/8 x 66 1/8” (canvas); 66 5/8 x 67” (wood frame). Gift of Norman O. and Lois J. Jones

Led by aspiring confectioner turned gallerist Adeliza McHugh, the intimate Candy Store Gallery (1962–92) in Folsom, California, fostered an emerging community of artists in the Sacramento region, becoming a beloved space for artists and collectors alike. Inspired by McHugh’s fierce support of her artists, New Flavors: Collected at the Candy Store celebrates and champions the untold stories of the gallery. Featured artists include Luis Cruz Azaceta, Luis Jimenez, George Longfish, Joan Moment, Gladys Nilsson, Jim Nutt, Maija Peeples-Bright, Pam Scrutton, Sandra Shannonhouse, Ann Leda Shapiro and Glenn Takai. This exhibit is the third to feature the university’s Fine Arts Collection, and was developed in conjunction with a related exhibition at the Crocker Art Museum.

Curators: Jenna Blair and Susie Kantor

On view July 1 – Nov. 12

Read more here.


Social Media of the Week 

From the Crocker Museum in Sacramento, a beautiful painting is tweeted here.

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