Weekender: Art Excitement With Manetti Shrem, Mondavi Set for Exhibit and Shows

Museum and Mondavi Earn Distinctions for Design/Build

Museum Building with rainbow color accents
The Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art was named one of the top museum buildings built in the past 100 years by ARTNews. And, they have a new exhibition opening Thursday. (Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis)

This weekend, you can park in one parking lot (the Gateway Parking Structure) and get all the arts you need at UC Davis. (But plan ahead.)  And, there is a lot more art excitement now and in the near future in the region. Wynton Marsalis comes to campus next week, too. 

Manetti Shrem named one of the best museums in past 100 years; exhibit opens too

It's an exciting weekend for the Manetti Shrem, as their winter exhibition opens they have also been penned in a recent article by ARTnews. The publication names the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art as one of the 25 best museum buildings of the past 100 years. The article looked at museums from around the world that proposed strange, new possibilities for how a museum ought to look — and, in some cases, changed the cultural landscape altogether. Read about Manetti Shrem here

Don’t forget, the museum opens this Thursday too, with both some of the older art that helped make UC Davis famous for art  — and newer art, as they showcase showcase early works by renowned artists William T. Wiley and Mary Heilmann.. Read more about their exhibitions here.

The building’s main focal point is an undulating canopy comprising grids of stretched aluminum beams that cascades over the roof and also shades some outdoor spaces. — ARTnews

This weekend at Mondavi

Circa brings acrobatics Friday; Mondavi honored as performance space

Jan. 28, 7:30 p.m.

This just in a press time. The Mondavi has been honored as one of the top performance spaces in California. Read more about it here.

Clad in sandstone tiles, this eye-catching structure on the UC Davis campus is as grand and modern an arts venue as any in the state. 

And then there's the performances. A symphony of acrobatics, sound and light, Humans 2.0 is next level circus by Circa.

Ten bodies appear in a flash of light. They move in harmony for a fleeting moment and then descend into a sinuous trance. Towers grow and decay, bodies leap and are caught, as physical limits are pushed to their extreme. Can we ever find a perfect balance or is adapting to constant change the only way forward?

This next chapter of Circa’s internationally acclaimed Humans is a tightly woven choreography of bodies, pulsing with music by composer Ori Lichtik and revealed in Paul Jackson’s dramatic lighting. Created by circus visionary Yaron Lifschitz, Humans 2.0 is intimate, primal and deeply engaged with the challenge of being human.

Read more about the costumes here. 

Find more information and purchase tickets here

String Quartet
The Alexander String Quartet is always a popular show at Mondavi. They'll be here again Sunday. (Courtesy photo)

Alexander String Quartet with Robert Greenberg Sunday

Chamber Music of Antonin Dvořák

Jan. 30, 2 p.m., Jackson Hall

The program will feature Cypresses for String Quartet (1887), Quintet in G Major for Two Violins, Viola, Cello & Double Bass, Op. 77 (1875), and guest artist: Steven D’Amico, double bass.

A major artistic presence in its home base of San Francisco, the Alexander String Quartet is equally beloved in its second home, the Mondavi Center. This year the quartet appears with new violist David Samuel joining cellist Sandy Wilson, and violinists Fred Lifsitz and Zakarias Grafilo. All Alexander String Quartet performances will take place in Jackson Hall.

The performance will begin at 2 p.m. with a Robert Greenberg lecture accompanied by members of the Alexander String Quartet. The musical performance will begin at 3 p.m., with a brief pause between pieces.

Greenberg has performed, taught and lectured extensively across North America and Europe. He is currently music historian-in-residence with San Francisco Performances, where he has lectured and performed since 1994.

Find more information and purchase tickets here

Alum ceramicist at Richmond Art Center

Alum Lauren Ari (M.F.A., ‘01) is one of two Richmond-based ceramicists featured in the new show Dreamforms at the Richmond Art Center.

Through a selection of works that include colorful ceramic figures and works on paper, this exhibition explores the intrinsic relationship between the imagined form and the material form. 

Both Ari and del Rio approach ceramics as a medium that offers a magical ability to materialize dreams and imaginations into physical realities. Both artists adopt a multidisciplinary approach to their creative process and often take inspiration from their dreams, personal experiences, and imagined realities. Dreamforms highlights the artistic practice that both artists adopt in playing between the ethereal and the corporeal by manifesting visions onto paper and materializing these visions into ceramic forms. 

From Julio del Rio’s textured ceramic busts to Lauren Ari’s storied ceramic vessels, Dreamforms opens up a conversation between the imagined and the material. 

Dreamforms runs through March 19 with a closing reception on March 13 from 12-2 p.m.

Find more information here.

Richmond Art Center has been sharing art and creating with the community since 1936. Their programs encompass classes, exhibitions and events at their facility, as well as off-site activities that bring free, high-quality art making experiences to WCCUSD schools, community centers, and Richmond Public Library. They are located at 2540 Barrett Ave., Richmond, 94804.

'Beyond Van Gogh' coming to Sacramento

The popular show “Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience” is making its way to Sacramento. But we don’t know WHERE yet. Or when, for that matter. But, it's coming, and newsworthy nonetheless.

Occupying over 30,000 square feet, the exhibit gives guests the opportunity to feel as though they’ve stepped right into one of Van Gogh’s paintings as some of his most beloved and well-known paintings are projected onto the walls and floors.

Over 300 of Van Gogh’s finest works come to life as they are set to an original score while the artwork comes alive disappearing, appearing and flowing across multi-surfaces.

The show is set to last approximately one hour and is set up as a walk-through style exhibit.

Event coordinators have not yet announced where the exhibit will take place, nor when it will happen.

Tickets can only be purchased online and cannot be purchased at the door.

For more information about the exhibit and to register for presale tickets, visit vangoghsacramento.com.

Coming Up

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m., Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts

Led by consummate trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and composed of 15 of the finest soloists, ensemble players and arrangers, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra has been hailed as “the greatest large jazz ensemble working today” by the Chicago Tribune. Over his many cherished appearances at the Mondavi Center, Marsalis has compelled and charmed audiences while presenting the full vigor and vision of America’s music, as interpreted by some of our finest living musicians. The Orchestra will draw from a repertoire that includes classic Blue Note Records selections and tunes made famous by John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, Gerry Mulligan, John Lewis and more. 

Find more information and purchase tickets here

Mixed media; blues and oranges
Maija Peeples-Bright, Beast Map, 1965–1966. Oil on canvas, 55 1/2 x 72 in. Crocker Art Museum, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Norman O. Jones, 1981.58

The Candy Store at the Crocker

Feb. 2-May 1

Held on the occasion of what would be the 60th anniversary of the gallery’s founding — and in conjunction with a related show at the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum at UC Davis that was held earlier this year — this exhibition is the largest to date on the Candy Store.

In 1962, Adeliza McHugh opened The Candy Store Gallery in a modest house in Folsom, California. The business did, in fact, begin as a candy store, but when that closed, McHugh converted it into an art gallery. There were just two rooms for the ceramics, paintings, and other art she displayed, though these small spaces featured makers who would become nationally and even internationally significant. Many of these artists—including Robert Arneson, Roy De Forest, David Gilhooly, Irving Marcus, Gladys Nilsson, Jim Nutt, Jack Ogden, Sandra Shannonhouse, Peter VandenBerge, and Maija Peeples-Bright (née Zack) — either taught or were students at the University of California, Davis, or Sacramento State College (now California State University, Sacramento). Their work, along with that of many other artists, delighted visitors to the gallery for 30 years and helped put the whimsical, funky, and irreverent aesthetic of California’s Central Valley on the art-historical map.

More information on the Crocker exhibition here

Read about the UC Davis exhibition here.

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