Weekender: Virtual Thiebaud and Mondavi Even as Mondavi Cancels Live Season

Manetti Shrem Art
Previewed tonight: Jason Stopa, Red Cup, Ice, 2014, is one of the pieces being featured in Manetti Shrem Museum's January exhibition. Oil and enamel on canvas, 36 x 36 in. (91.44 x 91.44 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Monica King Contemporary. © Jason Stopa.

Manetti Shrem Museum creates ‘Exhibition in Progress’ website and hosts preview of the Thiebaud exhibition

Preview tonight

This blog compiled by UC Davis Media Relations Intern Michelle Villagomez

This story by Laura Compton, Manetti Shrem Museum of Art

Visitors are now able to engage with contemporary art and artists and experience a museum exhibition coming to life via a new website from the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at the University of California, Davis. The site, launched Nov. 15, celebrates the centennial birthday of artist and Professor Emeritus Wayne Thiebaud.

An online preview by exhibition curators will be held by Zoom on Thursday, Nov. 19.

The “Exhibition in Progress” website invites the public behind the scenes as the museum documents the development and installation leading up to its January 2021 exhibition, “Wayne Thiebaud Influencer: A New Generation.” The site will provide a window into the challenges and innovative approaches that are part of building an exhibition during a global pandemic.

“It’s with the UC Davis spirit of experimentation that we launch this site documenting and exploring the ways the Manetti Shrem Museum has responded to bring our visitors the engagement and intellectually rigorous exhibits they expect,” said Founding Director Rachel Teagle. Every other week, visitors can expect rich content including significant updates as new art is received and unpacked, and the exhibition’s “New Generation” artists are introduced through exclusive video interviews.

Teagle and Associate Curator Susie Kantor, the exhibition curators, will preview the upcoming exhibition and the site at a special virtual winter exhibition program at 4:30 p.m. PST Thursday, Nov. 19 on Zoom. Click here to register.

“Wayne Thiebaud Influencer: A New Generation” is scheduled to open Jan. 31 at the Manetti Shrem Museum. Select pairings of Thiebaud works with those of exhibiting artists explore how he forecast the future of painting through his personal journey to find meaning and reinvention in the medium’s history — and inspired his students to do the same.

More information about the exhibition and how to reserve your timed ticket will be shared on “An Exhibition in Progress” at manettishrem.org

More information on various virtual programs is here.

For the full UC Davis News story, click here.

Mondavi cancels performance season but HomeStage events continue

By Rob Tocalino, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts

The Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts at University of California, Davis, announced this week the cancellation of its entire 2020-21 season, which had already been abbreviated and was scheduled to start in January.

The cancellation marks the first season of no live events in the center’s almost 20-year history. The center had already cut short its 2019-20 season when the pandemic hit.

As the health crisis continues, national and international artists are canceling their tours and venues still face restrictions on indoor events.

“We have said repeatedly that we would return to presenting events only when it was safe to do so — clearly that time is not yet at hand,” Executive Director Don Roth said.

“But while our theaters will remain dark for the remainder of this season, we want you, our loyal public, to know that we are fully committed to returning to a season of live events in 2021-22,” he said. “We are in the process of putting together what we believe will be a remarkable Mondavi Center season, typical in its excellence and variety, and presented in a manner that keeps the health and safety of audience and artists at top of mind.”

Beginning this week, the ticket office is contacting current subscribers and ticket holders to explain their options: returning their tickets, donate to the center, receive credits for future events or receive refunds.

Meanwhile, the Mondavi Center will continue to program virtual HomeStage events through 2021. Upcoming events include:

Shinkoskey today, but not next (Thanksgiving) week

Shinkoskey Noon Concert: Flute and Violin Duets, Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center, Thursday, Nov. 19, 12:05 p.m. to 1 p.m., free, online via Youtube

  • Featuring flutist and UC Davis Lecturer in music, Stacey Pelinka, playing the flute and Joe Edelberg, playing the violin. They will perform works by composer Piazzolla, plus French baroque, Irish tunes, duets by Telemann, opera duets, and Carlos Simon’s: New Work, written for Stacey through composer Gabriela Lena Frank’s #GLFCAMGigThruCOVID initiative, which aims to give opportunities to performers in the period of COVID through Frank’s Creative Academy of Music.
  • For more information on the event, click here. If you miss the concert, the video will be posted here

This weekend: Basement Gallery, concerts

UC Davis Basement Gallery holds Nightmare Harvest Festival art walk 

The socially distant art walk will feature student work that was submitted at the beginning of this month. The event will take place on Friday, Nov. 20 and Saturday, Nov. 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. The location is yet to be disclosed but make sure to look at their Instagram for event release and further information. Masks are required and you must comply with social distance guidelines. 

Aida Shirazi work to premiere by Camellia Symphony Orchestra

A new work by Aida Shirazi, doctoral student in music composition, will be premiered by the Camellia Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Associate Professor Christian Baldini, on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 5 p.m. (PST).

Shirazi’s “umbra” was recorded outdoors in Sacramento, with musicians wearing masks and socially distancing. The work was commissioned by the Camellia Symphony Orchestra. 

Said Shirazi: “umbra is a process, in which musical events unfold glacially. Writing this piece, I sought to create a shadow-like quality; a sonic umbra. The work emerges from a dark and quiet state and after several dynamic and textural swells and contractions fades into the void.”

More information here.

The performance maybe viewed here

Virtual concert offered by Chamber Music Society

Rhythms of the Heart Virtual Concert, held by the Chamber Music Society of San Francisco, is an online event that will feature special guest Jean-Michel Fonteneau on the cello, and the program will feature works by Marsalis, Dvorak, Arensky and Brahms. Each of the program’s pieces have been chosen because of their specific focus on rhythm. Friday, Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 22, 6 p.m., $25, online via Zoom.

For more information on the event and to purchase tickets, click here.

Coming up 

UC Davis Global Migration Center hosts virtual event with migrant about his publication, Caravaneros

UC Davis Global Migration Center will hold a virtual event on Monday, Nov. 30, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., in Spanish, with migrant, pastor, and pro-migrant activist, Douglas Oviedo about his recent publication, Caravaneros. Caravaneros is a testimonial dramatization of the voyage of a migrant caravan in fall 2018 from San Pedro Sula, Honduras, to the U.S.-Mexico border city of Tijuana. Humanizando la Deportación (Humanizing Deportation) is a multi-media project by the UC Davis Global Migration Center. During the conversation, Oviedo will address what power dynamics were behind his journey through Mexico and how he came to tell this story in the form of a testimonial drama. Use the link here to tune in to the event. No prior registration is required. 

The conversation will be in Spanish and will be moderated by UC Davis Professor of Spanish and deputy director of the Global Migration Center, Robert Irwin, and UC Davis doctoral candidate Sarah Hart. Joining them will be Cornell University’s Emerson Hinchliff Chair of Hispanic Studies and Professor of Comparative Literature, Debra Castillo, and UC San Diego Associate Professor of Spanish Julia Medina.

For more information about the book and event, click here.

More information on the Humanizing Deportation Project is available on the UC Davis “Driven by Curiosity” website. See the documentary and story here.

Art Social Media of the Week

Although museums are now closed by COVID-19 restrictions, this tweet reminded us to check out The de Young Open exhibition or at the very least, look at the collection of artworks by the Bay area artists whose work is on display. 

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