An installation and other works by one of UC Davis’ most illustrious art alumni, Bruce Nauman, are among a stellar array of fall exhibitions on campus.
The Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art will hold its Fall Season Celebration next week, launching the Nauman exhibition and another of works by Irving Marcus.
Other new exhibitions are already open or will be opening in the coming weeks. In addition, Shields Library has a new, permanent exhibition of dog-themed art. Admission to all is free and open to the public.
Buehler Alumni Center
Bill Hollingshead ’60 and Sharon Dianne Hollingshead ’63 present two exhibitions, each starting Sept. 6 and concluding different dates in November.
- The Art and Heart of Being an Aggie — Featuring photos from the early- to mid-20th century by Bill Hollingshead’s father, Paul W. Hollingshead, who ran a Woodland photo studio from 1932 to 1962; and paintings by Sharon Dianne Hollingshead. Images reflect social and civic groups in the area, parades and other events from the past, and the California Aggie Marching Band (Bill was a member).
- A Salute to All Our Veterans — In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I (Nov. 11, 1918), the Hollingsheads have gathered historic photos from the UC Davis Library documenting the contributions of the University Farm (which would become UC Davis) to the war effort through agricultural education and farming developments, along with photos taken by Paul Hollingshead at Camp Kearny, San Diego County. Sept. 6-Nov. 30.
Buehler Alumni Center, in the campus’s south entry. Regular hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Read more about the exhibitions in this article on the College of Letters and Science website.
Manetti Shrem Museum of Art
The Fall Season Celebration is scheduled from 4:40 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27. The program will include curator talks at 5:30 p.m.: Ted Mann for the Nauman exhibition and Rachel Teagle for the Marcus exhibition. The celebration also will include music by Munechild, refreshments and self-portrait making.
- Bruce Nauman: Blue and Yellow Corridor — The first realization by the alumni artist (MFA ’66) of the participatory environment he conceived in 1970, Blue and Yellow Corridor is a narrow passageway that wraps around an existing room, combining colored fluorescent light and closed-circuit video to manipulate the viewer’s perceptual experience. Plus, other Nauman works. Guest curator: Ted Mann. Sept. 27-Dec. 16.
- Irving Marcus: Romance & Disaster, A Retrospective — Vibrant and intensely personal paintings alongside works on paper, by an artist considered part of the extended UC Davis art community. Curator: Rachel Teagle, the museum’s founding director. Sept. 27-Dec. 30.
- “The Art of Perpetual Doubt” — Talk by Peter Plagens, art critic, painter and novelist, and the author of Bruce Nauman: The True Artist. 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11.
- “Spatial Encounters” — A discussion with Constance M. Lewallen, adjunct curator, UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and Dore Bowen, associate professor of art history, San Jose State University. Moderated by Ted Mann, curator of the Manetti Shrem Museum’s Nauman exhibition this fall. Lewallan and Bowen have a book coming out in January, Bruce Nauman: Spatial Encounters. 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28.
- Tekunikku: The Art of Japanese Textile Making — A vibrant installation showcasing textile design and creation, featuring textiles from the Catherine Cerny Collection. Cerny’s collection spans more than 40 years of firsthand cultural exploration and technical study. Sept. 24-Dec. 9. Design Museum, 124 Cruess Hall. Regular hours: noon-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 2-4 p.m. Sunday.
C.N. Gorman Museum
- Recent Acquisitions from the Southwest — Over the past two years, the museum has been honored with gifts of artwork from numerous private collections. This exhibition presents a selection of those gifts, including sculpture, painting and multimedia alongside ceramics, textiles and basketry, by contemporary and historical artists. Oct. 4-Dec. 7. C.N Gorman Museum, 1316 Hart Hall. Regular hours: noon-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 2-5 p.m. Sunday.
New at Shields Library
- Fleetfield Gallery Dog Art Display — This permanent exhibition features a rotating selection of dog-themed art from a collection recently donated to the UC Davis Library by the Sheila Grant Fleetfield Dog Museum and Library. The collection includes more than 500 pieces of art — ranging from fine art to pop culture to rare historic artifacts — and hundreds of books about dogs. Grant, who died in 2017, was an animal behaviorist and professional dog handler who volunteered for many years at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Her collection reflects her lifelong passions: dogs and fine art.
Special Collections curated the collection, and Kevin Miller, interim head of Special Collections and university archivist, prepared the exhibition. It is on the lower level of Shields Library to the right of the main staircase. Library hours.