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EXHIBITIONS: ArtAbout today, TANA open house next week


Graphic: "Viva la Mujer" screenprint by Melanie Cervantes and Jesus Barraza of Dignidad Rebelde

TANA: Melanie Cervantes and Jesus Barraza, Viva la Mujer, screenprint on paper, 17 1/2 inches by 23 inches, 2011, from the exhibition Dignidad Rebelde: Prints for the People

The Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center joins the Davis community’s Second Friday ArtAbout today (March 8), with an invitation to see Cornucopia: A Celebration of Mediterranean Agriculture, Margaret Eldred’s acrylic paintings of crops grown within bicycling distance of Davis paired with canvases of similar crops from Italy, Turkey and Morocco.

There are no special hours for First Friday at the alumni and visitors center, which means you can visit only until 5 p.m. But the exhibition is scheduled to run through March 28. Regular hours: 8 a.m.-5p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

Taller Arte del Amanacer, or Art Workshop of the New Dawn, run by the Department of Chicana/o Studies, has scheduled its Winter Open House from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 15, showcasing art that emerged from the center’s winter screen-printing workshop.

The open house, including a speaker and dance, will welcome the youth participants (and their families), and the community as a whole.

The event coincides with the opening reception for Dignidad Rebelde: Prints for the People, by Melanie Cervantes and Jesus Barraza, Oakland-based artists-activists of the graphic arts collaborative Dignidad Rebelde. It has been prominent in many national and international civil rights struggles centered on community self-determination for historically marginalized and at-risk communities.

“We believe that art can be an empowering reflection of community struggles, dreams and visions,” Cervantes and Barraza declared in a statement. “Following principles of Xicanisma and Zapatismo, we create work that translates people’s stories into art that can be put back into the hands of the communities who inspire it.”

The open house program includes a lecture by Greg Morozumi of the Eastside Arts Alliance of Oakland and dance by Kapulli Tlayollotl.

The Dignidad Rebelde exhibition runs through June. TANA is at 1224 Lemen Ave., Woodland. Call for exhibition hours: (530) 402-1065.


Design + Build An exhibition of visions, ideas and designs — the result of an open call for submissions — to complement the architectural design competition that is now under way for the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art. Casual participation is welcome all throughout the exhibition, where building blocks, site analysis and construction advice will be available. Through March 17, Nelson Gallery, Nelson Hall. Read more.

Fibery Tales and Fibrous Ends — Mixed media by Elvira Delgado, bookbinding and weaving instructor at the Craft Center. Through March 15. Reception for the artist, 4-6 p.m. Saturday, March 9. Craft Center GallerySouth Silo. Regular hours: 12:30-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 12:30-7 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

• Structures, Signifiers and Society: People and TextilesGlobal ethnographic and contemporary works from the university’s Design Collection, in an exhibition that coincides with the release of alumna Mary Schoeser’s new book, Textiles: The Art of Mankind. It features more than 200 objects from the Design Collection, and more than 50 of these are in the exhibition. Through March 18, Design Museum, 124 Cruess Hall. Read more.

The Weavings of D.Y. BegayThe award-winning Navajo weaver creates tapestries with a unique blend of traditional techniques and contemporary design, capturing the changing light, silhouettes and colors of her homestead in Tselani, Ariz. Through March 15, C.N. Gorman Museum, 1316 Hart Hall. Regular hours: noon-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 2-5 p.m. Sunday. Read more.


Foodies in Exile — Art lecturer Bryce Vinokurov says his move to Davis from Boston eight years ago left him feeling like an exile from urban city life. "However," he said, "the inspiration of the Northern California landscape and the emergent national fixation with the sustainable food industry and culture quickly became an inspiration.” The result? A body of work he calls Foodies in Exile, including large and small oil paintings, collages, linocuts and intaglio etchings. You can see his work starting today (March 8) at the Robert Mondavi Winery in Oakville. A reception and wine tasting are scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday (March 10); RSVPs are requested at (707) 968-2040 or karen.oneill@cbrands.com. The exhibition runs through May 9. Regular hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. seven days a week (closed Easter Sunday, March 31).

Read more.

Legacy: Recent Paintings and Prints — By alumnus Jamie Montiel, artist in residence at the university's Taller Arte del Amanacer, or Art Workshop of the New Dawn. Montiel is "a committed community artist," said Carlos Francisco Jackson, assistant professor, Department of Chicana/o Studies, and director of TANA, referring to the art workshop in Woodland. Through May 3, Davis Community Clinic, 2051 John Jones Road. Gallery hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, and 9 a.m-5 p.m. Tuesday and Friday.


Photo: Maynard A. Amerine


Maynard Amerine: In His Own Words Professor Amerine (1911-98) joined the UC Davis Division of Viticulture in 1935 and retired in 1974. As a junior enologist, he was hired to work with Professor A.J. Winkler to improve the quality of grape varieties grown in California. From this modest beginning, Amerine became known throughout the world as a foremost wine expert. For this exhibition, Patsy Inouye, photograph curator in Special Collections, drew on the library’s Maynard A. Amerine Papers, including travel diaries, photographs, a map of his travels and selections of his writings. The exhibition also includes a computer station where visitors can watch Amerine's lectures from VEN 125, "Sensory Analysis of Wine" (the library recently converted the videotaped lectures to digital files). Winter and spring quarters.

Distinguished Speakers Series: Harry Belafonte — Actor and activist, and singer, of course, credited with introducing calypso music to mainstream audiences in the United States in the 1950s. In My Song: A Memoir, written with Michael Shnayerson, Belafonte discusses his early life in Harlem and Jamaica; his struggle to break into acting; his early success as a singer and his award-winning musical career; and his lifelong involvement in human rights campaigns. His music has often conveyed a joie de vivre that masks the pain and suffering in which the songs are rooted. But, as his memoir makes clear, Belafonte has always spoken out against racism and oppression and worked for social justice. In fact, it is this legacy that the artist hopes most to preserve. Winter quarter. (Belafonte gave his talk Jan. 17 in the Distinguished Speakers Series at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts.)

Following the Great Migration: Researching the 2012 Campus Community Book Project Book Library resources that complement the 2012 section, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration, Isabel Wilkerson's award-winning study of the Great Migration, the movement of almost 6 million African-Americans from the South from 1915 to 1970. Display assembled by David Michalski, social and cultural studies librarian, who also has compiled an online resource guide, including parallel texts for examining and interpreting the Great Migration's profound influence on American society and culture. The online guide also includes interviews with Wilkerson, a list of influential books on the Great Migration, and links to archival sources and other research tools that can help animate the discussion of this year's book. Through winter quarter. For more information about the exhibition and-or the online research guide, send an email to the Humanities, Social Sciences and Government Services Department,  hssref@lib.ucdavis.edu.

Worlds of Steampunk: Fiction, Art, Fashion and Culture It started as a subgenre of science fiction in the 1980s — incorporating fantasy, alternate history and fantastic technology, inspired by the advances of the Industrial Revolution and the late 19th century. Like its antecedents, including the novels of Jules Verne (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea) and H.G. Wells (The Time Machine), steampunk fiction features dirigibles, balloons, everything powered by steam, and mechanical contraptions of all kinds. You can see it today in movies and art — and in an entire subculture with its own fashion style (goggles, corsets, fancy top hats, and all manner of mechanical accessories decorated with wheels, cogs, gears, clockworks and other imaginative devices). Exhibit prepared by Roberto C. Delgadillo and Marcia Meister, Humanities, Social Sciences and Government Information Service. Winter quarter.

The Shields Library exhibitions are in the lobby. Regular hours: 7:30 a.m.-midnight Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, noon-6 p.m. Saturday and noon-midnight Sunday. Holidays and other exceptions.

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