This Week: Celebrate Eggheads; Spring Concerts, Printmaking, and Artist Talks

New Perspectives and New Art

Artists gathered together, wearing black
Experience Academy of St Martin in the Fields with Joshua Bell (Photo by Benjamin Ealovega)

Because of special events the week after UC Davis spring break, we are publishing a special Arts Blog this week on Tuesday. Enjoy. Karen Nikos-Rose, Arts Blog Editor

Events mark the Year of the Eggheads starting Thursday, April 4

Art Spark 

April: Eggheaded Ideas 

What kind of Egghead sculpture would you design? Make a miniature model out of clay, inspired by the maquettes Robert Arneson created as part of the process of designing the public sculptures on campus. Come visit us on Picnic Day to see a temporary installation of visitors’ models. 

Saturdays and Sundays, 1-4 p.m.
Through June 23, 2024 

Drop in for an afternoon of art making at the Carol and Gerry Parker Art Studio. Explore a different activity inspired by art on view each month. All ages and skill levels are welcome! 

The Year of the Eggheads begins with a birthday celebration marking the 30th anniversary of the last Egghead installations of the Egghead sculptures by Robert Arneson.

A foundational member of the esteemed UC Davis Arts Department, Arneson was the pre-eminent sculptor and UC Davis professor who created the Eggheads at the end of a stunningly influential career.

The Year of the Eggheads’ campaign preliminarily launched April 1 with a month of Egghead-themed events, hosted by units and departments across the university, that not only celebrate the spirit of the Eggheads but also encourage learning about art and artists of UC Davis.

It also marks the launch of the new Arneson Egghead Collection, an assortment of Eggheads-licensed products, including shirts, jewelry, bucket hats, tote bags, blankets, kitchenware and much more. Some items will be limited editions, meaning once they’re gone, they’re gone. A percentage of sales will go toward the preservation of the Egghead sculptures. 

The April 4 campus-wide celebration will feature a new display providing a look behind the scenes at the Eggheads’ creation, plus live music and discounts on games and food. Egghead-themed apparel and merchandise will be available at locations across campus. Register for a ticket to the free event online.

The festivities will continue in ensuing weeks with other events, giveaways and more. Sign up here to receive Egghead email updates.

See a full list of events, including Egghead lattes, and mini exhibits in the full story here by José Vadi. See the full news release, with more photos and video here.

'I Exist Project' with Nick May on the saxophone

Thursday, April 4, 12:05 p.m., Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center, free

Photo of Nick May
Courtesy photo, Mondavi Center

“The I Exist Project amplifies the richness and diversity of queer life, culture, and artistry by partnering with a broad spectrum of talented queer composers and performers. Our mission is to inspire the creation and promotion of innovative queer repertoire that celebrates the unique experiences and voices within our community, fostering greater understanding, connection, and visibility for all.”


Nathan Froebe: Array

Zachery S. Meier: with love, from the other side

Tray Makler: jouissance, or learning to let go (WORLD PREMIERE)

Harold Arlen: Somewhere Over the Rainbow
arr. Kevin Taylor

Sharing perspectives: A participatory performative score with DorteBjerre Jensen

Friday, April 5, Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, invitation only

Image of performance art
Courtesy photo, the Manetti Shrem Museum

Danish artist DorteBjerre Jensen (DBJ) hosts the interactive work Sharing Perspectives as a collaborative artistic experience. If you are interested in receiving an invitation to participate, please contact Audrianna Escobedo at

A performative score, Sharing Perspectives stages and explores boundaries, uncertainty, togetherness and the relationship in between bodies and between bodies and the vibrant space. The score is grounded within dance/choreography (contact improvisation) and score design, giving a rare insight into the world of the other by embodying another person’s perspective. In 2019, Sharing Perspectives was performed in relation to the Olafur Eliasson exhibition In Real Life at the Tate Modern in London. 

The Triplets of Belleville Cine-Concert

Friday, April 5, 7:30 p.m., Jackson Hall at The Mondavi Center, tickets starting at $25

Image of musicians playing in front of cartoon
Nick May on sax. (Courtesy photo/Mondavi Center)

Transport to the exciting streets of 1920s Paris and Le Jazz Hot with a screening of the beloved French film featuring Benoît Charest leading Le Terrible Orchestre de Belleville in a live performance of the original score.

The Triplets of Belleville  tells the story of a Tour de France cyclist who is kidnapped by mysterious, square-shouldered henchmen and spirited across the ocean to the teeming metropolis of Belleville. But the true star of the animated film is the hot jazz score written by Canadian composer Charest.

Read the Digital Program PDF

Get tickets here: The Triplets of Belleville | Mondavi Center 


Re-evaluating gender through materiality

Art history graduate symposium

Friday, April 5, noon-5 p.m., Everson 266, 300 Hutchinson Dr, free 

The Second Annual Art History Graduate Symposium will explore how past and present expressions of gender through objects illuminates the intersections between material and gendered self-image.

Some of these reflections we wish the world to see and identify, others we wish to remain hidden. Nonetheless, those hidden elements can still act as subtle signals to a broader audience across space and time.

Witnessing and identifying the hidden iconography within materials has been a traditional concern in Art History. However, current events have pressed issues of gender into the limelight. Wishing to support efforts of inclusion, we are hosting a symposium to highlight novel approaches to studying gender through material culture.

Academy of St Martin in the Fields with Joshua Bell at Mondavi

Saturday, April 6, 7:30 p.m., Jackson Hall at The Mondavi Center, tickets starting at $55

Artists standing gathered together
(Benjamin Ealovega)

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields is one of the world’s finest chamber orchestras, renowned for fresh, brilliant interpretations of the world’s greatest orchestral music.

Formed by Sir Neville Marriner in 1958 the orchestra, now led by Joshua Bell, has gained an enviable international reputation for its distinctive, polished and refined sound. This program features Mendelssohn’s violin concerto, a true romantic masterpiece, and Brahms’s uplifting second symphony.

This program runs for 2 hours including an intermission.

Get tickets here: Academy of St Martin in the Fields with Joshua Bell | Mondavi Center 

Read the Digital Program PDF

The Power of Printmaking: Curators and Printmakers

Saturday, April 13, 2-4:30 p.m., the Manetti Shrem Museum

Mark your calendars for this engaging and immersive event, where we’ll explore the politics and art of printmaking and come together to gain a deeper appreciation of the rich tapestry of artistic expression.

The program begins with a conversation that will look closely at Montoya’s remarkable work and will provide insights into the curatorial approach to the exhibition. Don’t miss this thought-provoking conversation, shedding light on the curatorial processes and the power of printmaking.

Following the talk, there will be a book signing and sale of Tere Romo’s book, Malaquias Montoya (A Ver)

Student artists from the print center Taller Arte del Nuevo Amanecer in Woodland will be present to demonstrate their skills by pulling unique screenprints that are available to take home.

Kismarton String Trio

Thursday, April 11, 12:05 p.m., Recital Hall, Ann E. Pitzer Center, free

Kismarton Piano Trio
Ian Jessee, violin

István Polónyí, viola

Susan Lamb Cook, cello and UC Davis lecturer in music 

Featuring Roger Xia, piano, and Hrabba Atladottir, violin


Beethoven: Serenade for String Trio in D Major

Zoltán Kodály: Intermezzo for String Trio

Ernst von Dohnányi: Piano Quintet No. 1

Coming Up:

Artist Talk with Sarah Sense

Friday, April 12, 3 p.m., The Gorman Museum of Art, free

Chitimacha and Choctaw artist Sarah Sense will discuss her current projects and provide insight into her artistic practice. Sense began photo-weaving in 2004. Using traditional basket patterns from her Chitimacha and Choctaw heritage, she combines photographs, maps and texts from her archival research to present biographical, tribal, and international histories.

Collage picture
Sarah Sense, Hinushi 22 (detail), 2024

In recent projects, Sense combines contemporary photographs of her tribes’ ancestral home land with landscape scenes of her current California home location and colonial maps and manuscripts. In creating the weavings with these diverse elements, she says her “process of weaving together past, present, and future broadens the visual experience to something that is felt and not seen.”

The 20th Annual HellaCappella

Friday, April 12, 7:30 p.m., Jackson Hall at the Mondavi Center, tickets starting at $38

Presented by UC Davis’ premier all-female-identifying, award-winning a cappella group, The Spokes, HellaCappella is an exciting collaboration between a cappella groups of all shapes, sizes, and sounds. 

For the past twenty years, HellaCappella’s audience has continued to grow, attracting music lovers across generations from the greater Davis and Sacramento communities. The Spokes are proud to present their show once again in the beautiful Mondavi Center. This year’s show is especially exciting as they are celebrating the twentieth anniversary of HellaCappella.

Get tickets here HellaCappella 2024 | Mondavi Center

Ongoing Exhibits

Dark edge of nature: literary archives of Jordan Fisher Smith exhibit

Feb. 26 - May 3, Shields Library (located in the lobby - left side of main staircase)

At the age of 22, Jordan Fisher Smith decided to become a park ranger, a job he describes as “protecting the land from the people, the people from the land, the people from each other, and the people from themselves.” His career took him to the Grand Tetons, Sequoia and Kings Canyon, the California coast, the Alaskan bush, and finally the American River canyons northeast of Sacramento.

Smith began to write about his experiences as a ranger, and was soon a published author with an elegant command of environmental writing. His works capture the startling beauty of natural places, but also their darker edges; areas of conflict and danger where human activity encroaches into the natural world. 

Smith’s work tells the story of one ranger’s path to professional writing, and demonstrates the types of resources a literary archive holds for researchers and students of the writer’s craft.

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