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EXHIBITIONS: Ambitions finished, failed and in progress

8.12.2013

Photo: Quilt made from old Craft Center T-shirts

Ambitions: Monica Riche created this quilt out of old Craft Center T-shirts.

Something new to see this summer: Ambitions, alumna Monica Riche's unique "show-and-tell" exhibition of finished and failed mixed media works, and others in progress. It's at the Craft Center Gallery through Aug. 28.

"I discovered the Craft Center beginning my first winter quarter (January 2007)," Riche said by email. Over the next six and a half years, she would be a Craft Center volunteer (2007-10) and knitting and sewing instructor (2010-13). Along the way, she would switch majors and graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics in 2012.

The sewing class that she is teaching this summer will be her last, as she is moving to southern California. So, a public reception for the Ambitions artist will double as a goodbye party; it is scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24.

The Craft Center and gallery are in the South Silo. Regular hours in summer: 12:30-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 12:30-7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday.

MORE ON CAMPUS

Navajo Summer (Shiigo): Selections from the Permanent Collections — Pulling from the museum's own holdings of works by Navajo (Diné) artists, this exhibition highlights art by the museum's namesake, Carl Nelson Gorman, and his son R.C. Gorman. The exhibition also includes works by Alfred Kee Gorman (C.N. Gorman's son who died at an early age), Thomas Greyeyes, Rowan Harrison, Hulleah J. Tsinhnahjinnie, Melanie Yazzie and Emmi Whitehorse. Through Sept. 13, C.N. Gorman Museum, 1316 Hart Hall. Regular hours in summer: noon-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

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.

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 in summer: 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, closed Saturday and 1-7 p.m. Sunday. Holidays and other exceptions.

OFF CAMPUS

• 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.

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