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Galleries, museums unveil their new exhibit season

By Dave Jones on September 22, 2006 in University

Six exhibits herald the start of UC Davis' gallery and museum season for 2006-07.

Nelson Gallery -- Two exhibits are set to open Sept. 28, with a joint reception from 6 to 8 p.m.

One is titled Still Moving: Selected Video by Four Photographers. They are William Larson of Philadelphia, Nic Nicosia of Houston and Will Rogan of San Francisco, and video artist Hiraki Sawa of Japan. A news release states: "These works have in common a light-hearted humor, a silent or near silent soundtrack, use of subtle illusion, and a setting in the everyday world of indoor rooms and suburban streets."

The other exhibit set to open Sept. 28 is 19th-Century Japanese Woodblock Prints, in the Nelson's Entry Gallery.

The Nelson also has assembled an exhibit in conjunction with this year's Campus Community Book Project: The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, by Michael Pollan. The gallery drew from the university's fine arts collection "to show how food is a recurring theme in the visual arts," according to a news release. The exhibit opened Sept. 11 at the Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center and is scheduled to run through Dec. 10.

Organizers said the exhibit's 12 works, by Wayne Thiebaud, Joseph Yoakum and others, "counter the experience of food as industrial product, by illustrating a personal and particular relationship with what we consume both literally and visually."

Design Museum -- Cerda, The Barcelona Extension, features drawings and photographs that illustrate the transformation of Barcelona, Spain, from a cramped fortified city, to a living, breathing metropolis.

A preopening lecture is scheduled from 6 to 7 p.m. Sept. 28 in 1150 Hart Hall, followed by a reception from 7 to 8 p.m. in the museum. Both events are free. The exhibit is scheduled to close Nov. 22.

Gorman Museum -- Making Sense of Things is set to open with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 3. The exhibit will feature multimedia installations "that challenge the boundaries of indigenous art," according to a news release. It lists the exhibitors as L. Frank Manriquez, of Tongva-Ajachmem ancestry; Nadia Myre, Algonquin; Tanis Maria S'eiltin, Tlingit; and Frank Shebageget, Anishnabe. The show is set to run through Dec. 15.

Craft Center Gallery -- New work by jewelry instructor Olga Barmina is scheduled to be on display from Oct. 4 to Nov. 3, with a reception planned at 5 p.m. Oct. 13.

Campus galleries and museums

Here are the locations and regular hours:

Design Museum, 145 Walker Hall, noon-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, or by appointment. (530) 752-6223.

Craft Center Gallery, South Silo, noon-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon-7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends.

Carl Gorman Museum, first floor, Hart Hall, noon-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, closed weekends, except for special events. (530) 752- 6567.

Richard L. Nelson Gallery and Entry Gallery of The Fine Arts Collection, rooms 124-125 Art Building, noon-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 2-5 p.m. Sunday, or by appointment. (530) 752-8500.

Memorial Union Art Gallery, second floor, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. (530) 752-2885.

Walter A. Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center, Old Davis Road at Mrak Hall Drive, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Sunday.

Media contact(s)

Dave Jones, Dateline, 530-752-6556,