Exhibition

The Guardians
Spirits of Protection

Oct. 4, 2021-April 24, 2022

A beautiful and poignant exploration of the creative relationship between tragedy and design, “The Guardians: Spirits of Protection” is a unique installation which opens at the UC Davis Design Museum on Oct. 4 and runs through April 24 with an opening reception on Oct. 6 at 6 p.m.

Curated by Tim McNeil, professor of design and director of the UC Davis Design Museum, the installation showcases a series of sculptures created by Design  Professor Emerita Ann Savageau. Made from found objects and flotsam that washed up on the beach coming from unknown places, Savageau has assembled new beings that are composites of the disparate castoffs — in response to the tragic events in her life and to the pandemic.

“On a personal scale, ‘Guardians’ is about building a new life from loss,” said Savageau. “Creating them helped me cope with my losses and grief. The meditative, incantatory process of building these figures enabled me to direct feelings of grief and loss to a more positive action. I found comfort in the care, thought, love and attention to detail I devoted to their creation.”

The Design Museum, part of the College of Letters and Science, is in Cruess Hall, Room 124. It is free and open weekdays noon to 4 p.m. and Sundays 2 to 4 p.m.

The exhibition will be open on Saturday, April 24 for Picnic Day, noon to 4 p.m.

For more information about this exhibition, visit arts.ucdavis.edu/design-museum.

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