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Manetti Shrem Museum Celebrates Revolutionary Past of UC Davis Art

From museum tours, exhibitions, and lecture series to film screenings, family programs, and interactive workshops, the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art has an ambitious schedule of events for early 2017. The wide range of programming draws on the unique history and people of UC Davis, including an inaugural exhibit on the formation of our revolutionary Art Department, to engage the campus community and beyond.
Later this week, on Thursday December 8, Florian Idenburg, the architect of the Manetti Shrem Museum will speak on “Museum Building in Unpredictable Times” as part of the Chancellor’s Colloquium Series in the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre from 4:00-6:00 p.m. To register to attend this event, please RSVP here.

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On January 5 from 6:30-7:30 p.m., Associate Curator Francesca Wilmott will discuss the less well known members of the UC Davis first generation art faculty in “Recovered His/Herstories of the First Generation.” The lecture is followed by a tour of the artists’ work in the museum’s inaugural exhibit Out Our Way, which explores the development of the revolutionary UC Davis Department of Art, founded in 1958 and shortly thereafter recognized as one of the most courageous and wildly inventive communities of artists working in the world.
On view through March 26, 2017, Out Our Way reassembles lost histories and sheds new light on some of UC Davis’ most cherished lore through 240 paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints from the 12 artists that founding Art Department Chair Richard L. Nelson hired during his tenure (1952-70): Wayne Thiebaud, Robert Arneson, William T. Wiley, Roy De Forest, Roland Petersen, Manuel Neri, Ralph Johnson, Ruth Horsting, Daniel Shapiro, Tio Giambruni, Jane Garritson and John Baxter. Throughout the exhibition, partners of the Manetti Shrem Museum (those who donate $300 or more annually) are able to talk with the first generation faculty artists featured in Out Our Way at weekly “Artist of the Week Club” meet and greet events.
Out Our Way is supported by other events in January: on January 15, author, artist, and art critic Peter Plagens discusses the special qualities that made UC Davis a center for artistic experimentation and innovation in his talk, “Of Serendipity and a Secret Sauce,” from 2:30-4:00 p.m.; and everyone is invited to a January 22 “happening” from 12-5 p.m.- a festival of music, movies, magic and movement celebrating the Out Our Way exhibition.
The other current inaugural exhibitions include:

Hoof & Foot:
A Field Study
A Pot for a Latch SO-IL:
The Museum as Process
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The Manetti Shrem Museum engages the campus community directly with events aimed at faculty, staff and students. The U for You: University Lectures at the Museum series features events co-sponsored by the UC Davis Human Rights Initiative and the Art History, Cinema and Digital Media, and Design Departments. These collaborations touch on pressing human rights issues, and visiting artist lectures on architecture, art history, painting, multi-media art, photography, and more.
Student-only events are organized by the Student Coalition and include a February 14 Valentine’s Party from 6-10 p.m., and iPhone video workshops on January 20 and 27 from 4-6 p.m. Staff and faculty can enjoy a lunch-time “movement in the galleries” stretch on first and third Wednesdays from 12-1, and an “Art Bites” guided tour on second and fourth Wednesdays from 12-1.
The Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art is free and open to all during these hours of operation:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 12–6 PM
Thursday: 12-10 PM
Saturday & Sunday: 11 AM–5 PM

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– Stephanie Maroney, DHI Graduate Student Researcher and doctoral candidate in Cultural Studies

This page was last updated: December 5, 2016



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