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EXHIBITIONS: And Now for Something Completely Artistic!

By Dave Jones on April 12, 2013 in University News

The University Honors Program announced And Now for Something Completely Artistic! — an exhibition and silent auction, being presented for the first time, Monday through Saturday, April 15-20 (Picnic Day).

The participating students, many of them first-time artists, are enrolled in the Integrated Studies Honors Program and the Davis Honors Challenge Program. They will be showing art in a variety of media.

The exhibition in the Basement Gallery of the Art Building will begin with "the great reveal" during an opening reception, 4 to 6 p.m. Monday (April 15). After that, exhibition hours will be 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

The accompanying silent auction will feature some of the works in the show, and all proceeds will go to the artists who are selling their works.

Views on Migration: panel discussion

There's more to Views on Migration than the art on the walls. The exhibition is a continuation of the 2012-13 Campus Community Book Project, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Greatest Migration, and as such there will be a panel discussion next week at the gallery.

The panel, "African American Migration Histories of Local Residents," is scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday (April 18). Admission is free and open to the public.

The panelists:

  • Sarah D. Gray — assistant vice provost, Academic Affairs, and professor emerita, physiology and membrane biology, School of Medicine.
  • Joyce Gordon — former director, Economic History Program, Foundation for Teaching Economics.
  • Kevin Mitchell — trauma surgeon, Surgical Affiliates Medical Group, Mercy San Juan Medical Center, Sacramento.
  • Joseph Singleton — former athletic director, UC Davis (1972-86) and New Mexico Highlands University
  • Felicenne Ramey (moderator) — professor and dean emerita, College of Business Administration, California State University, Sacramento.

The exhibition features work by the late African American artists Jacob Lawrence and Elizabeth Catlett; the Lawrence prints are on loan from Gray, a member of the Nelson ARTfriends, while Melvin and Felicenne Ramey, also members of Nelson ARTfriends, are sharing their Catlett works.

Lawrence and Catlett complemented each other in their depictions of the black experience. Catlett was known for her intergenerational portraits, specifically images of mother and child, making personal both the vitality and struggle that Lawrence depicted in his images of community, in series such as Toussaint L’Ouverture and Migration. Through May 19, Nelson Gallery, Nelson Hall. Regular hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and Saturday-Sunday, and by appointment on Fridays. Read more.


• Crafting on the Clock — Mixed media by Craft Center managers and recent managers. Through May 3, Craft Center GallerySouth Silo. Closing reception for the artists, 5:30-7 p.m. Friday, May 3. Regular hours: 12:30-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 12:30-7 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

• Design by Design — A juried competition described as “a lively survey of undergraduate student talent and creativity that reflects the multidisciplinary breadth of the Department of Design.” Through April 26, Design Museum, 124 Cruess Hall. Regular hours: noon-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 2-4 p.m. Sunday.

• Design Deliberation: An Exhibition of Three Competing Museum Designs — Detailed drawings and architectural models from the three architect-contractor teams vying to design and build the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art. Through May 19, Nelson Gallery, Nelson Hall. Regular hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and Saturday-Sunday, and by appointment on Fridays.

Peter Shahrokh WatercolorsShahrokh, M.B.A. '99 works in the university's Design and Construction Management, and teaches at the Craft Center. He first presented his work at the Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center a year ago, and now he is back with an exhibition that features lots of animals: bugs, fish, crows. “There are going to be some of my favorites from last time," he said, "but it’s mostly other stuff that I’ve done throughout my ‘career’ as a watercolor painter.” Through May 31, Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center. Regular hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Reception, 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 26.

Together Again: Lillian Pitt, Gail Tremblay, Joe Feddersen and Rick Bartow — Pitt (Warm Springs, Wasco and Yakama), Tremblay (Mi'kmaq and Onondaga), Feddersen (Colville) and Bartow (Wiyot and Yurok) have participated in previous exhibitions at the Gorman, contributing to the museum’s rich history — and now they are back to help celebrate the museum’s 40th anniversary year. They are presenting recent works in a variety of media. Through June 6, C.N. Gorman Museum, 1316 Hart Hall. Regular hours: noon-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 2-5 p.m. Sunday.


• Dignidad Rebelde: Prints for the People — By Melanie Cervantes and Jesus Barraza, Oakland-based artists-activists of the graphic arts collaborative Dignidad Rebelde. Through June, Taller Arte del Amanacer, or Art Workshop of the New Dawn, run by the Department of Chicana/o Studies. TANA is at 1224 Lemen Ave., Woodland. Call for exhibition hours: (530) 402-1065.

Foodies in Exile — Art lecturer Bryce Vinokurov says his move to Davis from Boston eight years ago left him feeling like an exile from urban city life. "However," he said, "the inspiration of the Northern California landscape and the emergent national fixation with the sustainable food industry and culture quickly became an inspiration.” The result? A body of work he calls Foodies in Exile, including large and small oil paintings, collages, linocuts and intaglio etchings. Through May 9, Robert Mondavi Winery, Oakville (Napa County). Regular hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. seven days a week. Read more.

Legacy: Recent Paintings and Prints — By alumnus Jamie Montiel, artist in residence at the university's Taller Arte del Amanacer, or Art Workshop of the New Dawn. Montiel is "a committed community artist," said Carlos Francisco Jackson, assistant professor, Department of Chicana/o Studies, and director of TANA, referring to the art workshop in Woodland. Through May 3, Davis Community Clinic, 2051 John Jones Road. Gallery hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, and 9 a.m-5 p.m. Tuesday and Friday.

• Mexico Mágico: People, Traditions and Color — Professor Marc Schenker presents a collection of photos from the last 20 years or so, taken during his work missions and other trips. As a physican and professor (Department of Public Health Sciences), he focuses on migration and health, occupational and environmental health, pulmonary disease, and global health research and teaching. As a hobbyist photographer, he is particularly interested in cultures, climate and geography around the world. His work encompasses universal themes such as family, work, humor, leisure and personal relationships. He said his photographs on work are a direct outgrowth of his research on occupational health hazards — for example, in agriculture, an area in which he has published numerous scientific papers. Through July 14, Mexican Consulate, 2093 Arena Blvd., Sacramento. Regular hours: 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Schenker's photography website.



Maynard Amerine: In His Own Words Professor Amerine (1911-98) joined the UC Davis Division of Viticulture in 1935 and retired in 1974. As a junior enologist, he was hired to work with Professor A.J. Winkler to improve the quality of grape varieties grown in California. From this modest beginning, Amerine became known throughout the world as a foremost wine expert. For this exhibition, Patsy Inouye, photograph curator in Special Collections, drew on the library’s Maynard A. Amerine Papers, including travel diaries, photographs, a map of his travels and selections of his writings. The exhibition also includes a computer station where visitors can watch Amerine's lectures from VEN 125, "Sensory Analysis of Wine" (the library recently converted the videotaped lectures to digital files).

Distinguished Speakers Series: Ira Glass — He is the creator, producer and host of This American Life, which premiered on Chicago's WBEZ public radio station in 1995 and is now presented weekly on more than 500 stations with an audience of more than 1.7 million. He is an author and editor, too. The Shields Library collection includes Juvenile in Justice, co-author, 2012; The New Kings of Nonfiction, editor, 2007; and The Fairest Fowl: Portraits of Championship Chickens, co-author, 2001.

Under his editorial direction, This American Life has won the highest honors for broadcasting and journalistic excellence, including several Peabody and DuPont-Columbia awards. A television adaptation ran on the Showtime network for two seasons,2007 and 2008, winning three Emmy awards, including outstanding nonfiction series.

The show has put out its own comic book, three greatest hits compilations, DVDs of live shows and other events, a "radio decoder" toy, temporary tattoos and a paint-by-numbers set. Half-a-dozen stories are in development to become feature films. In 2012, he produced and co-wrote, with Mike Birbiglia, a movie called Sleepwalk with Me.

Glass first gave a talk at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts in 2010, selling out Jackson Hall. He returns for a program at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 18. This event is billed as In Conversation with Ira Glass, with Daniel Handler (a.k.a. the children's book author Lemony Snicket) as the moderator. More information.

Following the Great Migration: Researching the 2012 Campus Community Book Project Book Library resources that complement the 2012 section, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration, Isabel Wilkerson's award-winning study of the Great Migration, the movement of almost 6 million African-Americans from the South from 1915 to 1970. Display assembled by David Michalski, social and cultural studies librarian, who also has compiled an online resource guide, including parallel texts for examining and interpreting the Great Migration's profound influence on American society and culture. The online guide also includes interviews with Wilkerson, a list of influential books on the Great Migration, and links to archival sources and other research tools that can help animate the discussion of this year's book. For more information about the exhibition and-or the online research guide, send an email to the Humanities, Social Sciences and Government Services Department,

On Work: Changing Relations of Value and Labor This exhibition is taken from a bibliography prepared by David Michalski and Michael Winter, humanities and social sciences librarians, in conjunction with a library symposium (3-5 p.m. Friday, April 19). More information.

The Shields Library exhibitions are in the lobby. Regular hours: 7:30 a.m.-midnight Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, noon-6 p.m. Saturday and noon-midnight Sunday. Holidays and other exceptions.

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