Weekender: 'Museumopolis' As Gorman, Manetti Shrem, Design Have New Exhibitions

Manetti Shrem has opening Sunday

Textile shown in golds, yellows and oranges is part of Design Museum Exhibit
A textile by Marian Clayden on view at the Design Museum on the UC Davis campus. (Rudy Garibay/Courtesy)

UC Davis Design Museum acquires new pieces for exhibit in ‘Cultural Crossroads’ 

Now through Dec. 1, weekdays, noon to 4 p.m.

Newly acquired garments and textiles from around the globe are featured in the exhibition “Cultural Crossroads: Recent Acquisitions from the Jo Ann C. Stabb Collection,” open at the UC Davis Design Museum.

Ongoing Exhibitions

Front of Gorman Museum showing white pavilion

The Gorman Museum of Native American Art newly reopened in its bigger, better space Sept. 22 and 23. The opening exhibition “Contemporary California Native Art” includes about 40 works by 20 artists, all members of California tribes. There are more than 2,000 works in the total collection.

The museum is open noon to 5 p.m. on weekends and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and admission is free.

The museum is in the UC Davis Gateway cultural corridor along Old Davis Road, next to the Hyatt. And has 4,000 square feet of gallery space — nearly four times more than its former home on campus. UC Davis is located on land that has for thousands of years been home to the Patwin people. The full land acknowledgment statement is available here.

See related story on Grand Opening.

The pieces on display bring together time-honored artisanship and artistic creation, offering broader perspectives of human intelligence and imaginative expression. From exquisite African ceremonial garments, to Miao costumes from Southwest China and various Japanese kimonos, to contemporary textile work by leading textile artist Marian Clayden, these aesthetically unique objects spark inspiration and open discussion about inclusion at a cultural crossroads.

Named for the late Jo Ann C. Stabb, a professor emerita who was an educator, designer and author who focused on fashion and wearable art, the collection includes over 5,000 items ranging from the 16th century to present day. Featuring ethnic and endangered textiles and costumes from around the world, the objects are used for teaching and research in the Department of Design. 

The UC Davis Design Museum, part of the College of Letters and Science, is in 124 Cruess Hall. It is free and open weekdays, noon to 4 p.m. To schedule a weekend appointment (Sunday 2–4 p.m.), arrange a group visit, or for further information, call 530-752-6150 or email Trevor Pope-Lance at tplance@ucdavis.edu . More details available about this exhibition.

Story by Michael G. French

Manetti Shrem Museum welcomes fall in seasonal celebration 

Sunday, Oct. 1, 2023, 2:30 through 5 p.m., Manetti Shrem Museum, UC Davis

The Manetti Shrem Museum will celebrate the fall 2023 season with a public opening event on Oct. 1, from 2:30 to 5 p.m., with art making, music, special equine guests and a chance to hear from curators and meet the artists. Visit the museum website for more details and additional programs.  The exhibitions are on view into January, May and June 2024.

Gray sculpture outside museum wall
Deborah Butterfield's bronze sculpture “Isbelle,” 2001, stands outside the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art. (@Michael Jirkovsky/courtesy photo)

Celebrate the Manetti Shrem Museum’s exciting fall season and be the first to experience new exhibitions. The afternoon offers fun for all ages with hands-on art projects, food, music and special equine guests. At 3 p.m. curators Rachel Teagle, Claudia Zapata and Sampada Aranke will introduce fall’s three featured artists — Deborah Butterfield, Malaquias Montoya and Ayanah Moor — within the context of their work, communities of practice and exhibitions.

“From three very different points of view, this season celebrates artists dedicated to changing our world,” said Founding Director Rachel Teagle. “Deborah Butterfield, one of UC Davis’ most recognized alumnae, came of age when sculptural practice was a male-dominated field. Malaquias Montoya is a preeminent professor emeritus and master printer whose impact defined the field for generations of Chicanx artists. Pairing these exhibitions demonstrates the UC Davis art legacy in all of its diversity.”

Teagle added, “Bringing new perspectives to visitors is also part of this ever-evolving legacy. Ayanah Moor’s first solo show in California, ‘Undercover’ introduces an emerging voice exploring ‘social abstraction’ and like Montoya before her, subverting conventions to reveal how identity is shaped under the cover of practices that were once assumed to be neutral and objective.”

The artists will join the curators on stage for a brief Q&A. This event is free and open to the public. Read the full story about the new exhibit.

Coming next week…

Samara Joy performs at Mondavi next week, get tickets now

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2023, 7 p.m. Mondavi Center, Jackson Hall 

In 2023, the young jazz singer from the Bronx earned two Grammy Awards for her first album, Linger Awhile, including a well-deserved win as Best New Artist. She’s also garnering millions of likes on TikTok, making her a Gen Z influencer. However you hear her, once you do, it’s likely to be the start of a beautiful and long-lasting musical relationship.

“When Samara Joy sings, the world stands still. Tension vanishes, shoulders relax, serenity seems within reach.” -BBC Music

If you would like to check out her music ahead of time check out the video above. Tickets are available for purchase here

Elysee Harp Duo performs at the Pitzer for noon concert

Thursday, Oct. 5, 2023, 12:05 p.m. to 1 p.m., Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center, a Shinkoskey Noon Concert, free

Showing off the versatility of the harp, the Elysée Harp Duo performs its own arrangement of the “Carnival of the Animals,” which was originally written for a chamber orchestra with two pianos, along with James Hartway’s 1994 “Two Nights in Spain.” Hartway is distinguished professor of music at Wayne State University. 

Addams Family musical starts next week at Woodland Opera House, get tickets now 

Friday, Oct. 6-29, 2023 Woodland Opera House, 340 Second Street, Woodland

Performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Character of Fester from Addams Family in white face and black wardrobe
Addams Family Musical: Omar Huerta as Uncle Fester. (Courtesy photo)

This production brings to life the delightfully macabre and eccentric world of the beloved Addams family in a fresh and captivating stage show that includes a hauntingly beautiful score. The story follows the timeless characters as they navigate the challenges of love, acceptance, and the ever-present allure of the dark and mysterious.

Content Advisory – Warning: Parental guidance is suggested for its wickedly funny humor, adult innuendo, scenes that involve hilariously twisted torture, and ghostly apparitions. All seating is reserved, ticket prices are $30 for adults, $28 seniors (62+), and $15 for children under 17. Balcony pricing is adults at $18 and children at $9. Purchase tickets online here

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