Weekender: Words, Music, Winter at Manetti Shrem and More

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Soo Sunny Park, Artist at work with Unwoven Light (Nash Baker, Rice Gallery)

‘New Words and New Music with Voice: 2020’ premieres today 

Thursday, Feb. 4, 12:05 p.m. to 1 p.m., free, via UC Davis Music’s Youtube Channel.

Worlds collide as UC Davis graduate students in music and the creative writing program come together to bring us a performance. This concert will showcase collaborative works among five creative writing MFA students and four doctoral students in music composition and theory. The noon concert will also include music, theatre and dance students performing, as well as music faculty. The prerecorded concert will be shown on the Department of Music Youtube channel and available for viewing after its premiere today at 12:05 p.m to 1 p.m, today. This is the third year of the collaboration. Originally scheduled for spring 2020, the concert was delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

For more information, click here

Next week, Shinkoskey Noon Concert introduces ‘Women Take the Floor’

Thursday, Feb, 11, 12:05 p.m. to 1 p.m., free, via UC Davis Music’s Youtube Channel.

Stephanie Lamprea, solo soprano (artist-in-residence) will be performing works composed by female-identifying composers.

Program includes:

Lesley Mok: In Case Of Complete Reversal

Judith Bingham: Cathedral of Trees

Chaya Czernowin: Adiantum Capillus-Veneris I (Maidenhair fern I)

Rebecca Saunders: O

Tiange Zhou: Si

Stephanie Lamprea: Improvisation

For more details about the event, go here.

Art Studio Visiting Artist Lecture Series Soo Sunny Park today

Thursday, Feb. 4, 4:30 p.m., free, via Zoom. Register.

Soo Sunny Park is a professor of studio art at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.  She received her bachelor of fine arts degree from Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio, and MFA in sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Park has received many prestigious awards, fellowships and residencies, including the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2000; the Bellagio Center Residency, Bellagio, Italy; Kultur Osterbotten Fellowship, Ateljé Stundars Residency, Korsholm, Finland; Vancouver Biennale 2014-15 Residency, British Columbia, Canada; and Martin Shallenberger Artist-in-Residence, Cheekwood, Nashville, Tenn. She is widely recognized for her sculptural light installations, which have been exhibited at art institutions throughout the United States, including the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art.

She is featured in the video, below, showing and talking about an installation at Rice Gallery.

This event is organized by the Department of Art and Art History. Co-sponsored by the UC Davis College of Letters and Science and the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art.

More information here

Winter update on Manetti Shrem Museum — Virtually

As the Manetti Shrem Museum remains temporarily closed, the museum team is working diligently to bring new exhibitions and a robust exhibition website that bridges the digital and the physical. Manetti Shrem Museum supports UC Davis’ commitment to a healthy community and looks forward to welcoming visitors back to the museum when it’s safe to gather again. Wayne Thiebaud Influencer: A New Generation, as well as the related exhibition Working Proof: Wayne Thiebaud as Printmaker, are scheduled to be on display through June 13, 2021.

To receive an opening launch invitation as soon as the museum announces the date, join the mailing list. In the meantime, visit here for more details about virtual events and experiences, or the digital companion to Wayne Thiebaud Influencer: A New Generation featuring exclusive artist interviews, essays and behind-the-scenes stories.

The Arts Blog will announce upcoming virtual events, or you can check them out here.

UC Davis Basement Gallery releases new podcast episodes 

Earlier this week, the UCD Basement Gallery podcast released episode 3: “Abandoned Reception and Memories of a Florist.” In this episode, Basement Gallery Team Members Jada and Rocio speak with Ren and an anonymous artist about their writing process, read passages from their writings, and answer some questions from Paul Thek. Listen to the episode here. Make sure to check out  Abandoned reception by an anonymous artist and Memories of a Florist by Ren Allathkani.

For past episodes, click here

Coming next week

UC Davis ‘Think. Do. Discover.’ speaker series features Jill Vialet

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 5:30 to 7 p.m., free, via Zoom. Register.

Tune in to a conversation with Jill Vialet, a social entrepreneur, author, thought leader and advocate for play. Jill's talk will be followed by a chance for you to ask questions, learn more — and get inspired to make a difference in our world.

Vialet founded her first nonprofit, the Museum of Children’s Art, in Oakland when she was 23. She's been building successful organizations ever since. In 1996 she founded Playworks after a Berkeley principal asked for help in reducing the chaos and conflict in the schoolyard during recess. Today Playworks is the leading national nonprofit leveraging the power of safe, fun and healthy play at school every day; it will reach more than 1 million children and 2,500 schools this year, with 580 staff and 23 offices across the country.

In 2016 she launched Substantial, a nonprofit that helps improve the substitute teaching experience for everyone. The latest chapter of her entrepreneurial journey has been launching Workswell, a for-profit subsidiary of Playworks that helps corporations incorporate play, design and storytelling to intentionally design the work experience.

Vialet is the author of Recess Rules, a fictional book for children 8 to 13 years old. In addition to being named an Ashoka Fellow and Aspen Pahara Fellow, she was named one of the 30 leading social entrepreneurs in the world by Forbes magazine.

To learn more, go here

The quarterly Think. Do. Discover. Speaker Series is brought to you by the Davis Entrepreneurship Network, organized by the UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and sponsored by Blackstone LaunchPad and Techstars.

Virtual talk and activity on Valentine's Day

Wednesday, February 10, 2 p.m to 3 p.m., free, via Zoom. Register.

Get ready for Valentine’s Day with the Pence Gallery in Davis at a talk about the history of the holiday and event for participants for an arts and crafts activity. Join art historian and gallery assistant Caitlin Schwarz as she delves into the origins of Valentine's Day and how it's celebrated around the globe. Learn about the tradition of lover's eyes and love spoons and make a Victorian valentine of your own. Materials will be provided for free for the first 30 participants. All materials must be picked up from the Pence. A Zoom link will be emailed to registrants.

Film Screening and Discussion with Alyscia Cunningham: ‘I Am More Than My Hair’

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., free, via Zoom. Register

Alyscia Cunningham is an entrepreneur, author, filmmaker and photographer who has contributed to the Smithsonian, National Geographic, Discovery Channel and AOL. After the success of her first book, Feminine Transitions, which features portraits of raw feminine beauty, Cunningham published her second book and the documentary film,I Am More Than My Hair.” It includes interviews of females who have experienced hair loss due to a health-related condition and their journey of self-empowerment to see beauty beyond the media’s conventional standards. Her upcoming documentary, Seeing, tells stories of girls and women who are visually impaired.

In addition to a screening of Cunningham’s film, I Am More Than My Hair, the program will include a screening of the short film, Hair & Texture, by Chara Charis Andrews (’20), followed by a Q&A moderated by Associate Professor and Faculty Advisor of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Kimberly Nettles-Barcelón, who is faculty director of the Center for the Advancement of Multicultural Perspectives on Social Science, Arts and Humanities, or CAMPSSAH. 

This program is organized by Nettles-Barcelón, and CAMPSSAH, the program sponsor. Co-sponsored by the Women’s Resource and Research Center (WRRC), Manetti Shrem Museum and the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies. 

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Mondavi HomeStage returns with their virtual open mic night next week

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m., free. Watch the event here.

Hosted by MC Denisha “Coco Blossom” Bland, this is a vibrant night of music, poetry, dance, spoken word, comedy, and storytelling. Presented in partnership with ASUCD Entertainment Council and Sacramento Area Youth Speaks

To learn more about the event, go here.

Crocker continues with their Equity in Museums 

Thursday, Feb. 11, 5 p.m., free, via Zoom. Register.

This event about Native American Representation in Museums is part of Crocker’s Equity in Museums series. This discussion series seeks to open the conversation up to the wider public through attendee participation and features new panelists from the cultural sector each month. The Arts Blog will feature a full story about the series and coverage of last month's event in next week’s blog.

February's Panelists

Learn more about this event and the panelists here

This program will be recorded for future distribution and will last approximately 75 minutes. Visit Museums are Not Neutral to learn more about "the myth of museum neutrality."

Check out the other sessions to continue the conversation:

DEAI Initiatives at Museums —  Jan. 14, 2021

• Discussing Native American Representation in Museums — Feb. 11, 2021

Spotlighting Local BIPOC Artists — March 11, 2021

Art Social Media of the Week

We came across this tweet from the de Young Museum reminding us, through art, that this month is Black History Month. Make sure to check out Frank Bowling’s Penumbra next time you are at de Young Museum. Read more about the museum's acquisition of this painting here.


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