Exhibition

A Site for Convergence and Exchange: Designing the 21st Century Art Museum

Aerial view of the canopy on the model for the Manetti Shrem Museum. Photo by Mark Kessler, copyright UC Davis

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 Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art. 

Designed by SO – IL and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, The Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art brings a fresh architectural vision to UC Davis. At once iconic and iconoclastic, the building breaks with convention and symbolizes this university’s stature as a progressive public institution–one that draws strength and inspiration from the geography and culture of the Central Valley. This exhibition, through sketches, drawings and models, examines the design as a facilitation and interpretation of “nurturance,” the concept that binds the noble missions underlying agriculture and education.

According to Mark Kessler, associate professor of design and exhibition curator, ”This exhibition focuses on the design team’s process, and it provides valuable information–in drawings, models and videos–to anyone interested in the development of this innovative museum building.”  

Jan. 9 – Apr. 23, reception on Jan. 12 6-8 p.m. Curator: Mark Kessler

UC Davis Design Museum, Cruess Hall, Monday–Friday: noon–4 p.m., Sunday: 2-4 p.m., Closed Saturday and holiday weekends. Free

 

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