Weekender: Both California Museum, Barn Gallery Feature Faculty Contributions

Oil on canvas
El Bote 04, Oil on canvas, Mel Smothers, is among the works being featured beginning today at the Barn Gallery, Woodland. UC Davis faculty are among those exhibiting. (Photos Courtesy, Barn Gallery, Yolo Arts)

In this week’s Weekender, you will find UC Davis faculty involved in art all over the region. Enjoy an exhibition at Yolo Arts Barn gallery beginning today, and enjoy an exhibition online at The California Museum in Sacramento that had the benefit of two UC Davis historians as advisors: “Women Inspire: California Women Changing Our World.”  This is the last week for Leigh Houck, our outstanding UC Davis Media Relations Intern, who compiles the weekenders each week and does so much writing for UC Davis Strategic Communications Office. She is moving on to graduate school in Spanish at UC Davis. We will miss her, but her work will live on in the Arts Blog for a few more weeks. 

California Museum Has Online Exhibition on Women's Contributions

The California Museum, Sacramento, has launched an online component of the exhibit “Women Inspire: California Women Changing Our World.” The museum invites you to explore this online exhibit and “...discover the stories of selected Golden State women from the 1700s to present who inspire change and reflection on the ongoing struggle for equality…” 

UC Davis professors of history Ellen Hartigan-O'Connor and Lisa Materson advised the California Museum team on the exhibit. Both professors specialize in women’s history and assisted the museum team with “... conceptualizing the historical eras and their presentation, selecting the historic women to be profiled, and choosing the music that accompanies some parts of the in-person exhibit.

The two professors also assisted with the text of the exhibit, drawing on their expertise as women’s and gender historians to highlight the diversity of women’s experiences and to present sometimes sensitive and challenging material in a way that would inform Californians about their history and women’s centrality to it. Click here to view the California Women Inspire online exhibit. 

Memories of a New Future features faculty artists in Woodland

Memories of a New Future, YoloArts Barn Gallery, 512 Gibson Road, Woodland, Thursday, Sept. 10 through Saturday Nov. 14, free 

In a new exhibition exploring the meaning of art during a pandemic, YoloArts will debut Memories of a New Future, a multi-media exhibition featuring the artwork of Yolo County and regional artists, makers and thinkers. Three UC Davis faculty will have artwork in the show:  Glenda Drew, professor of design; Jesse Drew, professor of cinema and digital media; and Melissa Chandon, lecturer of design. Other featured artists include Lynn Beldner, Steve Briscoe, Chris Daubert and Mel Smothers. 

Shovel art
Leaving the Known, Wood and found objects, Steve Briscoe  

Artists Chandon and Smothers conceived the idea of the show pre-pandemic.  

“Working on this show came about as a result of a conversation we had during the early part of the summer of 2019 after which it grew and developed into this amazing group exhibition,” Chandon recently said in a YoloArts news release. “We are friends, colleagues and mid-career artists who show work internationally and are active in the local and academic community.” 

The exhibition is a conceptual show with unique interpretations of the theme. 

The Barn Gallery will be open to the public Thursday, 4:30 – 7 p.m., Sept. 10, and for every Thursday through Nov. 14. The Barn Gallery will also be open on select Saturdays, and by appointment. In-person visitors must wear face coverings and practice social distancing. 

Prefer to stay at home? Enjoy the exhibition Memories of a New Future online here

For more information contact YoloArts at ya@yoloarts.org


While SFMOMA remains closed, the museum continues to share arts content online. Their recent email newsletter is themed “This Sounds Like Great Art,” and invites you to “Take a deep dive into sound-based art, from the hypnotic music of Ragnar Kjartansson to John Giorno’s groundbreaking Dial-a-Poem service.”

  • Listen to Raw Material, SFMOMA’s own arts and culture podcast, here. Raw Material has also compiled a “mixtape” of other podcasts that “...explores not just how art contributes to our lives but also how we, as viewers or as listeners, contribute to art.” Listen to that mixtape,  “The Beholder’s Share,” here
  • Do you prefer poetry over podcasts? SFMOMA’s got you covered. The museum says “Longing to hear poetry? There’s a phone number for that. Artist John Giorno first conceptualized Dial-A-Poem in 1968, and the hotline is still active today.” Just call the hotline to hear one of 200 possible poetry recordings. Learn more about Giorno’s Dial-A-Poem hotline and get the number here
  • Experience “The Visitors,” an immersive and unique artwork, from your own mobile device. All you need is headphones. The museum invites you to “Seek shelter, gather strength, and enjoy the company of friends in this beautiful 360-degree audio and video presentation of Ragnar Kjartansson's The Visitors.” Click here

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