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EXHIBITIONS: Design + Build at the Nelson; artist talk at the Gorman

By Dave Jones on February 8, 2013 in University News

Design + Build, which opens tonight (Feb. 8), is being held at the Nelson Gallery. But this exhibition is all about the university's forthcoming gallery, the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art.

Elsewhere, the C.N. Gorman Museum hosts a reception and artist talk next week with the award-winning Navajo weaver D.Y. Begay, whose work comprises the Gorman's winter exhibition.

Design + Build complements the architectural design competition that is now under way for the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art. Museum leaders invited the public to contribute their own visions, ideas and designs, for Design + Build — and they are now on display.

Casual participation is welcome all throughout the exhibition, where building blocks, site analysis and construction advice will be available.

The Nelson Gallery plans an opening reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The exhibition is set to run through March 17. The Nelson is in Nelson Hall; regular hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and Saturday-Sunday, and Friday by appointment.

The Begay program at the C.N. Gorman Museum is scheduled for Tuesday (Feb. 12), with the reception starting at 4 p.m. in the museum (1316 Hart Hall) and the lecture set to begin at 4:30 p.m. next door, in 2 Wellman Hall.

The Weavings of D.Y. Begay opened earlier this quarter, showcasing the works that she calls tapestries — a unique blend of traditional techniques and contemporary design, capturing the changing light, silhouettes and colors of her homestead in Tselani, Ariz.

The exhibition is scheduled to run through March 15. The museum's regular hours are noon-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 2-5 p.m. Sunday. See separate story, with slide show of Begay's work.


2013 Student Exhibition — Screenprints from TANA's summer 2012 and fall 2012 workshops. TANA (Taller Arte del Nuevo Amanecer, or Art Workshop of the New Dawn) is a program of the Department of Chicana/o Studies. Through winter quarter, TANA, 1224 Lemen Ave., Woodland. Call for exhibition hours: (530) 402-1065.

• 2.5 Dimensional — Craft Center instructor Joanna Kidd presents ceramic bas-relief portraits in fragment, removed from any surrounding narrative context. The work in this exhibition combines the three-dimensional depth of sculpture and the illusion of depth on a flat surface of drawing. This combination of sculptural depth and illusion creates distortions in the images when viewed from different angles, lending the sculptures a curious animation as the viewer moves around them. Through -Feb. 8, Craft Center Gallery, South Silo. Closing reception, 6-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8. Regular hours, 12:30-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 12:30-7 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends.

• Structures, Signifiers and Society: People and TextilesGlobal ethnographic and contemporary works from the university’s Design Collection, in an exhibition that coincides with the release of alumna Mary Schoeser’s new book, Textiles: The Art of Mankind. It features more than 200 objects from the Design Collection, and more than 50 of these are in the exhibition. Through March 18, Design Museum, 124 Cruess Hall. Read more.



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). Winter and spring quarters.

Distinguished Speakers Series: Harry Belafonte — Actor and activist, and singer, of course, credited with introducing calypso music to mainstream audiences in the United States in the 1950s. In My Song: A Memoir, written with Michael Shnayerson, Belafonte discusses his early life in Harlem and Jamaica; his struggle to break into acting; his early success as a singer and his award-winning musical career; and his lifelong involvement in human rights campaigns. His music has often conveyed a joie de vivre that masks the pain and suffering in which the songs are rooted. But, as his memoir makes clear, Belafonte has always spoken out against racism and oppression and worked for social justice. In fact, it is this legacy that the artist hopes most to preserve. Winter quarter. (Belafonte gave his talk Jan. 17 in the Distinguished Speakers Series at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts.)

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. Through winter quarter. For more information about the exhibition and-or the online research guide, send an email to the Humanities, Social Sciences and Government Services Department, (Wilkerson is scheduled to give an address at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, in Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets:, or (530) 754-2787 or (800) 754-2787.)

Worlds of Steampunk: Fiction, Art, Fashion and Culture It started as a subgenre of science fiction in the 1980s — incorporating fantasy, alternate history and fantastic technology, inspired by the advances of the Industrial Revolution and the late 19th century. Like its antecedents, including the novels of Jules Verne (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea) and H.G. Wells (The Time Machine), steampunk fiction features dirigibles, balloons, everything powered by steam, and mechanical contraptions of all kinds. You can see it today in movies and art — and in an entire subculture with its own fashion style (goggles, corsets, fancy top hats, and all manner of mechanical accessories decorated with wheels, cogs, gears, clockworks and other imaginative devices). Exhibit prepared by Roberto C. Delgadillo and Marcia Meister, Humanities, Social Sciences and Government Information Service. Winter quarter.

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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