Manetti Shrem Museum Announces Trio of Vibrant Fall Exhibitions

Loie Hollowell and Roy De Forest Solo Shows Join ‘Young, Gifted and Black’ Survey in September

Evening look in abstract painting
Roy De Forest, The Long Voyage of Delta Jack, 1994, partly depicted in this photo, is among the works that will be on display in the Manetti Shrem fall exhibition. Lithograph on paper, 30 1/8 x 44 3/4 in. Fine Arts Collection, Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art. © 2022 Estate of Roy De Forest / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY.
Woman in wheelchair and companion view art in museum.
Patrons view art at the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art. The exhibition, "Young, Gifted and Black" is on display through winter. (Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis)

The Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at the University of California, Davis, announces a fall season that brings together acclaimed artists seeking to define and reclaim identities, histories and visual vocabularies through media ranging from oil paintings and pastel drawings to lithographs.

“By showcasing intergenerational artists with deep ties to Davis, and as well as contemporary emerging artists, this group of exhibitions embodies the Manetti Shrem Museum’s goals of honoring our legacy while also presenting new ideas and new voices,” said Susie Kantor, associate curator and exhibition department head.

Abstract art of pastel on paper by Loie Hollowell
On view in September is Loie Hollowell, Belly, breast…, August 23, 2021. Soft pastel on paper, 25.5 x 22 in. © Loie Hollowell. Courtesy of Pace Gallery. (Photo: Melissa Goodwin)

On Sept. 25, two new exhibitions showcasing Loie Hollowell and Roy De Forest join “Young, Gifted and Black: The Lumpkin-Boccuzzi Family Collection of Contemporary Art.”

‘Young, Gifted and Black’

The first public standalone exhibition curated from the renowned Lumpkin-Boccuzzi Family Collection includes well-known artists such as David Hammons, Kerry James Marshall, Mickalene Thomas, Henry Taylor and Kara Walker, as well as a younger generation gaining wider recognition, including Tunji Adeniyi-Jones, Sadie Barnette, Cy Gavin, Arcmanoro Niles and Jennifer Packer.

The survey explores the history and meaning of Blackness and is organized around four themes: dramatic use of color, reclamation of the color black, materiality (nontraditional materials) and an expanded idea of portraiture. “Young, Gifted and Black,” which opened July 28 and is on view through Dec. 19, is curated by Antwaun Sargent and Matt Wycoff and organized for the Manetti Shrem Museum by Kantor. Read more about the exhibition.

‘Tick Tock Belly Clock’

“Loie Hollowell: Tick Tock Belly Clock” — Known primarily for paintings and drawings that map the body through both figuration and abstraction, the New York-based Hollowell draws from her own life experiences. The first U.S. museum solo exhibition for the artist, and the first to focus on her soft pastel drawings, “Loie Hollowell: Tick Tock Belly Clock” features new works made in 2020-21 coinciding with her second pregnancy. These experiences led to both a hyperawareness of, as well as estrangement from, the body — a dichotomy Hollowell explores through the process of her drawings. The exhibition asserts the primacy of drawing within Hollowell’s overall practice as key to making her paintings, while also celebrating them in their own right.

Hollowell (b. 1983) grew up in Woodland, California, and is the daughter of David Hollowell, UC Davis professor emeritus of art studio. Loie Hollowell earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an M.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia. She lives and works in Queens and is represented by Pace Gallery and Jessica Silverman Gallery. “Tick Tock Belly Clock,” curated by Kantor, runs from Sept. 25, 2022, to May 8, 2023.

‘Habitats for Travelers’

Roy De Forest: Habitats for Travelers, Selections from the Manetti Shrem Museum — UC Davis Professor Roy De Forest (1930-2007), part of the first generation of the university’s art faculty members, is beloved for his colorful narrative figurative paintings, drawings and prints. Printmaking offered De Forest a means to explore his visual vocabulary — to experiment with the colors, textures and mark-making unique to the medium.

Featuring a recent gift of prints from the artist’s estate, “Habitats for Travelers” explores De Forest’s dedication to the medium over three decades. Journeys and travel symbolize the artist’s inward voyage, self-discovery and enlightenment. De Forest’s prints reveal an artist navigating the ways his characteristic leitmotifs overlapped with the logic of print: metamorphosis, transmutation, transformation, and journeys or passages. “Roy De Forest: Habitats for Travelers,” curated by Jenelle Porter, runs from Sept. 25, 2022, to May 8, 2023.

Public opening Sept. 25

The Manetti Shrem Museum’s Fall Season Celebration, open to the public, will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 25, featuring live music, art activities provided by the Crocker Art Museum’s Block by Block program, and an artist conversation between Loie Hollowell and Sadie Barnette from 5:30 to 6 p.m.

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  • Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, 254 Old Davis Road, Davis
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The Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at the University of California, Davis, is a contemporary art museum for today, committed to honoring the past and shaping the future while making art accessible and approachable to all. It builds on UC Davis’ legacy of exceptional teaching and practice of the arts to offer engaging experiences, exhibitions and educational programs that reflect and serve the community. The museum shares the university’s core values of innovative research, interdisciplinary experimentation and a commitment to educational programming. One-third of the museum’s 50,000-square-foot space is devoted to instruction, including a 125-seat lecture hall, classroom space and the drop-in Carol and Gerry Parker Art Studio. Opened in November 2016, the museum has earned LEEDv3-NC Platinum status and was recently named one of the 25 Best Museum Buildings of the Past 100 Years by ARTnews.

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