Arts

Pulitzer and National Book Award Finalist Kicks Off Writers Series

October 17, 2019
The UC Davis Department of English Creative Writing Reading Series starts Nov. 18 with Jos Charles, whose poetry collection feeld was a 2019 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and longlisted for a National Book Award. The series, co-sponsored by the UC Davis Library, continues in 2020 with a wide range of writers, including poets who are also visual artists, novelists and non-fiction writers exploring immigration, race, love, pop culture and language.

A New Look at the Slant Step

September 11, 2019
Published in 1969, the Slant Step Book celebrated a thrift store find that became, and remains, a part of UC Davis art department lore. The Slant Step is a green linoleum-covered plywood stool with a slanted – and seemingly nonfunctional – step that has inspired artists for decades.

At UC Davis Ben Wang Found His Calling Working With the Imprisoned

July 15, 2019

Ben Wang began his fight for prisoners’ rights as a UC Davis student. Nearly 20 years later, he’s still at it. Wang (B.A., Asian American studies, ’04) is co-director of the Asian Prisoner Support Committee, a San Francisco Bay Area organization that assists Asians and Pacific Islanders in U.S. prisons.

This story is part of the 50th anniversary celebration of UC Davis Ethnic Studies. 

Graduate Students in Humanities and Arts Display Creativity in Exhibition

May 17, 2019
An expansive exhibition by UC Davis graduate students from studio art, design, music, creative writing, English, art history, theatre and cultural studies opens May 29 at the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art. The annual exhibition by students in the College of Letters and Science will be on display through June 16.

Professors Receive Luce Foundation Grant to Explore Indonesian Music Archives

April 01, 2019
UC Davis professors Henry Spiller and Anna Maria Busse Berger have received a major grant from the Henry Luce Foundation’s Asia Program to investigate untapped documental of music in Indonesia from the late 19th and early 20th century and make these materials more accessible.

Art History Professor Tracks ‘Missing Pages’ from 13th-Century Armenia

March 01, 2019
UC Davis art history professor Heghnar Zeitlian Watenpaugh’s book The Missing Pages: The Modern Life of a Medieval Manuscript from Genocide to Justice follows eight illustrated pages from a 12th century Armenian manuscript from its creation to a Los Angeles museum in 2010.

Explore Art and Enlightenment at Colloquium

February 13, 2019

The annual Templeton Colloquium in Art History at UC Davis will explore how art made during the Enlightenment doesn’t always fit neatly into commonly held ideas about the period. Titled “Art and the Enlightenment,” the colloquium on Feb. 22 will look at how 18th-century paintings are frequently at odds with Enlightenment ideals of reason, equality and beauty.

UC Davis Composition Students’ Music Heard Far and Wide

January 16, 2019

When doctoral music composition students at UC Davis hear their music played for the first time, they hear it played by professionals who are champions of new music with years of performance experience.

“It’s an absolute luxury to have these professional musicians play our work,” said student Jonathan Favero. “In many programs you have to beg, borrow and steal to find players.”

Recent donations give a boost to Gorman Museum Collection

October 26, 2018
 New Exhibition Shows Off Collection

“Recent Gifts from the Southwest” at the Gorman Museum showcases nearly 100 artworks by 60 artists. The exhibition, on display through Dec. 7, includes basketry, weavings, ceramics, prints, paintings and drawings made between 1920 and 2018. Most of the art was made during the past 50 years and donated or promised by collectors and artists over the past two years. The is the first Gorman exhibition focused on the art of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah.

Artist and Writer David Salle Giving Annual Thiebaud Lecture

October 15, 2018
David Salle, who became an art star in the 1980s and has also forged a career as an arts writer, will give the Betty Jean and Wayne Thiebaud Endowed Lecture on Thursday, Nov. 1, at UC Davis. “David Salle: How to See” is presented by the Department of Art and Art History in the College of Letters and Science.

Cuba’s Top Writer Speaking at UC Davis

September 17, 2018

One of Cuba’s most acclaimed writers, Leonardo Padura, will be giving talks and readings at UC Davis Oct. 24 and 25. Padura is known internationally for his series of Mario Conde detective novels, which have been translated into many languages and made into a Netflix series.

Padura has received the National Prize for Literature, Cuba's national literary award, and in 2015 the Premio Principe de Asturias de las Letras of Spain, one of the most important literary prizes in the Spanish-speaking world.