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EXHIBITIONS: Staff photographer shows romance of baseball

6.12.2013

'Take me out to the ballgame ...'

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Most days, Joe Proudman is out and about the campus as the multimedia specialist with the Office of Strategic Communications. Friday night (June 14), he will be out and about in town as an exhibitor in the Davis community’s 2nd Friday ArtAbout.

His show, Baseball: A Two-Seam Romance, will run for one night only, 6 to 9 o’clock at the Ray Johnston Photography Studio, Suite 302 in the Chen Building, 803 Second St. The reception will include wine tasting and music.

Proudman writes on his website that he is fascinated by the romanticism of baseball, and that while he enjoys taking in a game as much as the next fan, “my love for the sport lies in the details.”

And, so, in his images you will see those seams; newly chalked batter’s boxes; and a player’s shadow through a chain-link fence. Other images play with baseball lore: a well-scuffed ball lying in the middle of several ears of unshucked corn, and a ball that looms large like a prize amid the contents from a box of Cracker Jack.

Proudman joined the UC Davis communications team in August 2013, coming here from The Star-Ledger newspaper of New Jersey. Before that he interned on The New York Times’ Lens Blog while earning a master’s degree in digital media journalism from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University.

ON CAMPUS

2013 Master of Fine Arts Exhibition — The artists: Andrew Armas, Jason Engelund, Evan Jose, Sarah Julig, Andrea Muñoz Martinez, John Tronsor and May Wilson. Through June 22, Nelson Gallery, Nelson Hall. Regular hours for this exhibition: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Saturday, and by appointment on Fridays.

OFF CAMPUS

• Mexico Mágico: People, Traditions and Color — Professor Marc Schenker presents a collection of photos from the last 20 years or so, taken during his work missions and other trips. As a physican and professor (Department of Public Health Sciences), he focuses on migration and health, occupational and environmental health, pulmonary disease, and global health research and teaching. As a hobbyist photographer, he is particularly interested in cultures, climate and geography around the world. His work encompasses universal themes such as family, work, humor, leisure and personal relationships. He said his photographs on work are a direct outgrowth of his research on occupational health hazards — for example, in agriculture, an area in which he has published numerous scientific papers. Through July 14, Mexican Consulate, 2093 Arena Blvd., Sacramento. Regular hours: 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Schenker's photography website.

• TANA Graduation Exhibition: Nothing to Lose But Our Chains — Screen prints by UC Davis students who have served as interns at Taller Arte del Amanacer (TANA), or Art Workshop of the New Dawn, run by the Department of Chicana/o Studies. Three of the students, Olivia Hernandez, Chucha Marquez and Brian Rojas, are the show's featured artists, in that they interned at TANA for more than a year. The other exhibitors served as interns over the last year: Kara Fleshman, Marco Garcia, Corey LaRue and Noah Wachtel. All seven students "have been central to educating the community youth and residents who have been attending TANA workshops four to five days a week," said TANA Director Carlos Francisco Jackson, associate professor, Department of Chicana/o Studies. The exhibition is scheduled to run through August. TANA is at 1224 Lemen Ave., Woodland. Call for exhibition hours: (530) 402-1065.

NEW AT SHIELDS LIBRARY

Robert G. Mondavi: Celebrating the Good Life With this exhibition, scheduled to run through fall quarter, the Special Collections unit unveils the Robert G. Mondavi Papers, from the iconic winemaker and UC Davis benefactor.

Special Collections doesn’t have any secret hints for making wine (those remain with the winery), but the exhibition explains how Mondavi rose to prominence in the wine industry and how he saw his role in promoting wine, fine food and the arts.

The unveiling and the exhibition’s opening coincide with the 100th anniversary of his birth. He was born June 18, 1913, in Virginia, Minn., and died May 16, 2008, at age 94, at his home in Napa County.

The Robert G. Mondavi Trust donated his papers UC Davis in 2011. They are now preserved, cataloged and ready for researchers, thanks to Liz Phillips, a Special Collections archivist. Funding for this work came from the trust; Mondavi’s wife, Margrit Biever Mondavi; and supporting friends.

Gifts from Robert and Margrit led to the building of UC Davis’ Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, and the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science.

MORE AT SHIELDS LIBRARY

Distinguished Speakers Series: Ira Glass He is the creator, producer and host of This American Life, which premiered on Chicago's WBEZ public radio station in 1995 and is now presented weekly on more than 500 stations with an audience of more than 1.7 million. He is an author and editor, too. The Shields Library collection includes Juvenile in Justice, co-author, 2012; The New Kings of Nonfiction, editor, 2007; and The Fairest Fowl: Portraits of Championship Chickens, co-author, 2001.

Under his editorial direction, This American Life has won the highest honors for broadcasting and journalistic excellence, including several Peabody and DuPont-Columbia awards. A television adaptation ran on the Showtime network for two seasons, 2007 and 2008, winning three Emmy awards, including outstanding nonfiction series.

The show has put out its own comic book, three greatest hits compilations, DVDs of live shows and other events, a "radio decoder" toy, temporary tattoos and a paint-by-numbers set. Half-a-dozen stories are in development to become feature films. In 2012, he produced and co-wrote, with Mike Birbiglia, a movie called Sleepwalk with Me.

Glass appeared May 18 in the Distinguished Speakers Series at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, and gave a talk in the same series in 2010.

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. 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.

On Work: Changing Relations of Value and Labor This exhibition is taken from a bibliography prepared by David Michalski and Michael Winter, humanities and social sciences librarians, in conjunction with a library symposium (held April 19). More information.

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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