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Exhibitions: Textiles, Kaltenbach, Gesture

By Dateline Staff on January 23, 2020 in University

Quick Summary

  • “Appreciation and Adaptation: Homage to Global Textiles,” opens Jan. 23 at Design Museum
  • Manetti Shrem Museum unveils 2 new exhibitions during Winter Season Celebration, Jan. 26
  • Also: Look for Manuel Neri sculptures outside the Manetti Shrem Museum

Updated 6:30 p.m. Jan. 23 with more information on the C.N. Gorman Museum’s exhibition by Marwin Begaye, opening Feb. 18.


In new exhibitions this quarter, the Design Museum presents an “Homage to Global Textiles” while the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art showcases Northern California artists who made significant contributions to modern art at pivotal moments in the 1960s and beyond.

The Design Museum exhibition opens this Thursday (Jan. 23), and the Manetti Shrem Museum’s exhibitions open amid the museum’s Winter Season Celebration this Sunday (Jan. 26).

At the C.N. Gorman Museum, “Indigenous Futurisms: Explorations in Art and Play” continues through Friday, Jan. 31, and a new exhibition, works by Marwin Begaye, printmaker, painter and graphic designer, is set to run from Feb. 18 to June 19.

Admission to all three museums is free and open to the public.

Design Museum

"Homage to Global Textiles" exhibition

  • “Appreciation and Adaptation: Homage to Global Textiles”Traditional textiles from Africa, Asia and South America collected by Paul J. Smith, director emeritus of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. These items have inspired contemporary design works by UC Davis students that are also showcased, highlighting the continuing relevance of traditional cultures and how they drive design thinking in new directions. Jan. 23-April 12. Regular hours: noon-4 p.m. weekdays and 2-4 p.m. Sunday. The museum is in 124 Cruess Hall.

Manetti Shrem Museum

Painting of human figure, nude woman
Manuel Neri, “Untitled Figure Study No. 21,” 1958. Tempera and charcoal on paper, 25 3/4 x 23 5/8 inches. Fine Arts Collection, Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art. Gift of Paul LeBaron Thiebaud in memory of Price Amerson. Copyright The Manuel Neri Trust. Photo  by Cleber Bonato.
  • “Stephen Kaltenbach: The Beginning and The End” Considering the Davis artist’s engagement with time as a principal theme across his remarkably diverse career, including his important contribution to Conceptual art in the late 1960s. Jan. 26-May 10.
  • “Gesture: The Human Figure After Abstraction” Featuring selections from the museum, 25 works by UC Davis art department first-generation faculty members, including Manuel Neri (who also has five sculptures installed outside the museum). Jan. 26-Dec. 29.
  • “NEW ERA, an installation by Doug Aitken”A hexagonal pavilion features three projectors opposite three mirrored walls, putting viewers in the middle of a poetic and visual narrative about humanity’s history and future. Continuing through June 14.

The opening celebration, 3-5 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 26), will include art activities for all ages, and music by Mediocre Café — plus an artist talk: Kaltenbach in conversation with guest curators Constance Lewallen and Ted Mann, at 3:30 p.m. Read more about the new exhibitions.

Regular hours: noon-6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; noon-9 p.m. Thursday; and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. The museum is on Old Davis Road in the south campus.

C.N. Gorman Museum

Hawk's head on ped-pattern background
Marwin Begaye, “Atseetuts’ii” (Red Tail Hawk), 2016, relief print.
  • “Indigenous Futurisms: Explorations in Art and Play” Bringing together graphics, comics, science fiction and game play to create a provocative space of engagement and thought about Indigenous futures and possibilities. Through Jan. 31.
  • “Feathered Relations: Works by Marwin Begaye” — Solo exhibition by the Diné artist includes prints, wood blocks and multimedia works in a conceptual homage to birds. For Begaye, birds are about our relationships — to nature, to one another, to culture. Begaye is an internationally exhibited printmaker, painter and nationally recognized graphic designer. He is an associate professor of painting and printmaking at the University of Oklahoma’s School of Visual Arts. His research has been concentrated on issues of cultural identity, especially the intersection of traditional American Indian culture and pop culture. Feb. 18-June 19. Gallery talk with the artist: 3 p.m. Friday, April 10.

Regular hours: noon-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 2-5 p.m. Sunday. The museum is in 1316 Hart Hall.

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Dateline Staff Dave Jones, editor, can be reached at 530-752-6556 or dljones@ucdavis.edu. Cody Kitaura, news and media relations specialist, can be reached at 530-752-1932 or kitaura@ucdavis.edu.

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