EXHIBITIONS: Into Winter Quarter We Go

One Museum (Design) Showcases Another (Art); C.N. Gorman Presents Imagery of Protest & Prayer

Photo: Ralph Johnson stages his artistic chairs.
First-generation art faculty member Ralph Johnson stages his chairs for the exhibition The Family Reunion, Nelson Gallery, UC Davis, circa late 1960s. Today, they are in the Out Our Way exhibition, running until March 26, at the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum. (Photo courtesy Clay Johnson)

The Jan Shrem and Manetti Shrem Museum of Art’s inaugural exhibitions are staying up into the new year, with varying closing dates, and the museum itself is the subject of the Design Museum’s winter quarter exhibition, opening Monday, Jan. 9. The C.N. Gorman Museum’s winter exhibition, Protest & Prayer, will open Tuesday, Jan. 10.

Manetti Shrem Museum

Besides its four ongoing exhibitions, UC Davis’ new museum closes out the year and moves into the new with these related programs:

Daniel Shapiro painting-collage.
First-generation art faculty member Daniel Shapiro's “Black Valentine,” 1960, acrylic and collage on board, 48 x 32 inches. University of California, Davis, Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art. Gift of Abby and Jared Shapiro.
  • “The Art of Giving”: Exchange Day — This event is one of the designated periods during which museum visitors are invited to exchange personal objects for those displayed in Pia Camil’s A Pot for a Latch exhibition. 3:30-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18. Read more about the exchange days.
  • “Recovered His/Herstories of the First Generation” — Francesca Wilmott, associate curator at the museum, presents this introduction to the lesser known members of the UC Davis art department’s first-generation faculty, by way of a tour of the exhibit Out Our Way. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5.
  • “Light Our Way”: Talk and Tour — Rachel Teagle, the museum’s founding director and co-curator of Out Our Way, presents an introduction to the importance of light in the work of first-generation faculty. Followed by an exhibit walk-through. 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8.
  • “An Artist’s Perspective”: Conversation and Exchange Day — A public conversation with Betti-Sue Hertz, guest curator of A Pot for a Latch, and Stephanie Syjuco, Guggenheim Fellowship award-winning artist and an assistant professor in the Department of Art Practice, UC Berkeley. Their broad-based conversation will touch on the connections among art, culture, economies and the global market. 7-10 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12. Talk, 7-8 p.m.; exchange, 8:30-10 p.m.

Here are the inaugural exhibitions at the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art:

The Manetti Shrem Museum is open from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; noon-10 p.m. Thursday; and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Winter break closure: Dec. 23-Jan. 2. Admission is free.

 Model of Manetti Shrem Museum's Grand Canopy.
Model of the Manetti Shrem Museum's Grand Canopy. (Mark Kessler/UC Davis)

Design Museum

A Site for Convergence and Exchange: Designing the 21st-Century Art Museum Featuring photographs, drawings, scale models and prototypes associated with the design process for the Jan Shrem and Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, which opened Nov. 13 at UC Davis. The exhibition, according to the curator, Mark Kessler, associate professor, provides valuable information to anyone interested in the development of this innovative museum building. Jan. 9-April 23, Design Museum, Cruess Hall. Reception: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12. Regular hours: noon-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 2-4 p.m. Saturday. The museum is closed until this exhibition's opening day.

C.N. Gorman Museum

Protest & Prayer at C.N. Gorman Museum: Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie, untitled, 2013, digital print

Protest & Prayer — Contrary to popular belief, Native American Indigenous communities have protested for the past 500 years — protested against the stealing of lands, children, women, intellectual property and identity. Protest has been creatively put forth in many forms, including oratory, music, letters, visuality and prayer. Though deemed invisible by a deaf, illiterate, blind and at times faithless adversary, we continue in our protest with the faith that our ancestors bequeathed. This exhibition features imagery of past and current protest by Indigenous communities and those communities in peril, and includes a series of programmed events and activities. Jan. 10-March 17, C.N. Gorman Museum, ­­1316 Hart Hall. Regular hours: noon-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 2-5 p.m. Sunday. The museum is closed until this exhibition's opening day.

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