Audre Lorde, self-described as “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet,” defined the term Biomythography, in her seminal piece Zami: A New Spelling of My Name as “combining elements of history, biography and myth”. The exhibition “Biomythography: Currency Exchange” is the third in a series of exhibitions curated by Chris Christion and Jessica Wimbley (MFA 2005) that seek to investigate biomythography as an interdisclinary visual arts practice.
Alum Kelly McLane’s (MFA 1994) first solo exhibition, “Peckerwoods,” is on display at the Denk Gallery in Los Angeles from October 21 to November 22. “Peckerwoods” exhibits McLaren’s newest works which “explore the darker dimensions of contemporary American culture. Finding beauty in both its abhorrent and redemptive aspects, McLane looks to nature as a trope for a widespread sense of ideological sickness.”
Christopher Brown (MFA 1976) will have his 7th solo exhibition at the Berggruen Gallery. “Christopher Brown: The Waters Sliding” is an exhibition of new paintings and will be on view November 2 through December 23.
We have an update on the dedicated bench for Gilbert Menke:
A big thank you to each of you for the generous donations to the dedicated bench in memory of Gilbert Menke. It’s so very heart warming to see how many friends Gilbert had in the Davis community and beyond. We all miss him. Things are not usually speedy at UCD but once the bench is installed there will be a gathering to view, sit, and reminisce.
Cornelia Schulz continues to present a vibrant vigor unique to artists of any age. For over 46 years she has honed her skills in small format paintings of complex shape and color. Studying sculpture at Los Angeles County Art Institute in the 1950’s, Schulz learned 3-D modeling techniques in steel and wood which proved important in subsequent years. Her altered rectilinear shapes are hand built wood supports, stretched with canvas. Using a knife, Schulz slices and swirls paint into a complex brew of color, gestural oppositions and hair raising improbabilities.
“Listening In…,” a new 3-channel synchronized media installation will be part of Silence Pressure Noise, guest curated by Vicky Moufawad-Paul at the McIntosh Gallery of Western University in London, Canada from the November 10, 2017 to January 13, 2018.
A three screen edition from “ARK 3: Crossover,” a collaborative installation with Torsten Zenas Burns, is included in the exhibition Model of the World at the Zhangzhou Art Museum in China from September 29th through November 15, 2017.
Steve Lambert’s (MFA 2006) gave the closing talk at the 2017 Eyeo Festival in Minneapolis. He used the opportunity to ask the attendees – artists, engineers from tech companies, marketers – to volunteer their skills working with social movements. And he included some stories he was eager to tell about the 2016 AIDS Conference!
Steve Lambert (MFA 2006) will be showing his “Wealth or Happiness” and “Defeat the Ghosts” at ArtsWestchester’s “Give Us The Vote” exhibit from October 10, 2017 to January 27, 2018.
ArtsWestchester’s “Give Us The Vote” is inspired by the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York State. This contemporary art exhibition in downtown White Plains examines the state of voting rights in America today.
Steve Lambert’s (MFA 2006) street art installation – “Capitalism Works For Me! True/False” — has made its way into The Discourses of Capitalism: Everyday Economists and the Production of Common Sense. The authors examined the discourses of capitalism taken up by people in their responses to ”Capitalism Works For Me!
Alum Colby Claycomb (BA 2005) is one of five artists participating in the exhibition “Object of Direct Experience” organized by Alex Chowaniec and Markee Speyer for the Lorimoto Gallery in New York. ”Object of Direct Experience” runs from October 21 to November 19, 2017. Opening reception takes place Saturday, October 21 from 6-9 pm
Robin Hill and Glenda Drew will participate in a panel discussion entitled “Art + California: Proximity, Place, and the Public Research University” at the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities Conference November 1-4, 2017 at Northeastern University in Boston.
Over the course of the last year, Zach Clark (MFA 2016) has been in conversation with a handful of artists, writers, and curators in the Bay Area regarding how the current political and cultural climate effects our practice as creatives. As a result of these conversations, Shirin Makaremi has curated a show around this theme called “Reflections.” In addition to Clark, artists Anh Bui, Anna Rotty, Azucena Hernandez, Leigh Ann Coleman, Wesaam Al-Badry are participating.
Vincent Pacheco (MFA, art, ’17) has a solo exhibition at Aggregate Space Gallery in Oakland Oct. 6 – Nov. 4. For the exhibition “Totem – noun | to·tem | \ˈtō-təm\ A Natural Installation” he has created narratives from dead and broken trees, tree stumps and other found objects from the Sierra mountain forest he inhabits to reveal the after-effects of logging, population growth, tourism and climate change.
Shiva Ahmadi, associate professor of art, is included in the exhibition “Sanctuary” Oct. 7 – March 11 at Fort Mason Chapel in San Francisco. For the exhibition, the FOR-SITE Foundation invited 36 artists from 21 countries to design contemporary rugs reflecting on sanctuary, offering visitors a multiplicity of perspectives on the basic human need for refuge, protection, and sacred ground.
September 30-November 8, 2017
Reception October 13, 2017 from 6-9 pm
Terry Peterson (MFA 2012) is a sculptor who thrives on repurposing objects to create living, breathing installations. Much of his current series originated with a mummified fish, leading the artist to explore ways in which objects from nature mutate in surprising ways. His large-scale sculptural works rotate, breathe, and make noise, and a re further activated by video projection.
“Over the years, Alfred Hitchcock’s film Vertigo (1958) has left many artists obsessed, from Chris Marker, who dedicated an entire segment of his Sans Soleil (1983) to the thriller, to Douglas Gordon, whose video Feature Film (1999) reuses Bernard Herrmann’s score.
Contraption: Rediscovering California Jewish Artists is a group show that presents the work of sixteen California-identified artists of Jewish descent—both historical and living—whose work refers to the machine either literally or metaphorically. Some of the artists are rarely seen now. Among the living artists, there will be large-scale mechanical installations by Bernie Lubell and Sheri Simons, as well as ceramics, drawings, sculpture and paintings by Ned Kahn, Bella Feldman, Howard Fried, and Annabeth Rosen.
The Dorothy Saxe Invitational is the Contemporary Jewish Museum’s longest-running commitment; endowed in Dorothy’s name by her late husband George Saxe, the Invitational asks artists to make work that relates to selected Jewish ritual objects. For 2017, the eleventh iteration of the series, we have for only the second time commissioned works inspired by a Jewish idea, that of the Sabbath.
Young Suh and Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor (MFA 2005) are two of sixteen contemporary artists commissioned to produce work for the Contemporary Jewish Museum’s exhibition ”Jewish Folktales Retold: Artist as Maggid.”
Hearne Pardee and Gina Werfel, professors of art, have given a distinctive look to the UC Davis Alumni Wine Program. In celebration of reaching 250,000 living alumni, the program collaborated with Ceja Vineyards, Heringer Estate Vineyards and the Robert Mondavi Institute at UC Davis on a special collection for alumni. The wine bottles feature art by Pardee and Werfel.
Mary Alison Lucas (MFA 2008) explores the processes of contortion, pressure, slicing, smashing, stabbing, and stitching while nurturing, supporting, and coating the materials in the exhibition “Wild Ways.” These sculptures emerge from her fascination with synergy, symbiosis, parasitic attraction, repulsion, defined relationships in the natural world from everyday human interactions to bacterial dynamics.
“Wild Ways” open through October 7th and featuring Mike Helke and Bean Finneran in addition to Lucas.
Congratulations to Jodi Connelly for receiving the UC Davis’ Drake Award!
This is a nine-month fellowship open to continuing students studying Art Studio, Environmental Design, Human Nutrition, and Aeronautical Engineering. Jodi is one of two recipients of this annual award.
“Conventional wisdom holds that the bonanza of New York summer shows is little more than a sleepy pause before the fall season kicks into gear. But it’s also a terrific time to scout group exhibitions for the lesser-known talent on the cusp of wider recognition—artists who will, with any justice, soon be given their own solo-show spotlight in the city.” According to Artsy, this includes Mathew Zefeldt (MFA 2011).
The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston will showcase the first major survey of Annabeth Rosen’s work. In “Annabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped” more than two decades of her practice will be exhibited. The exhibition will feature the arc of Rosen’s ceramic sculptures as well as drawings that mirror the trajectory of these works.
The UC Davis Department of Art and Art History’s Art Studio Visiting Artist Lecture series brings artists, writers and curators to campus. All presentations are free and take place at 4:30 p.m. at the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art.