Manetti Shrem Museum’s Summer Season Features Northern California Debut Artists Susan Swartz & Andrea Chung
Exhibitions on view June 30th through September 2nd, 2018
Public Opening Celebration featuring a conversation with exhibiting artists Susan Swartz and Andrea Chung, Sunday, July 15, 2-4 p.m. Manetti Shrem Museum.
The Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at the University of California, Davis, launches its summer season on June 30th with two exhibitions highlighting the university’s distinctive legacy of nurturing and exhibiting innovative contemporary art.
Breaking Away: 2006-2018, Susan Swartz’s museum debut on the west coast, features new work straight from the artist’s studio. You broke the ocean in half to be here, San Diego artist Andrea Chung’s first traveling museum exhibition, highlights her inventive use
of collage, printmaking, and photography to explore legacies of colonialism
Breaking Away: 2006-2018, curated by Museum Founding Director Rachel Teagle, showcases Swartz’s development of a painterly style that results in lush surfaces sculpted from the subtle accretion of color. The exhibition is comprised of a survey of recent work that demonstrates a breakthrough for the artist—centered around a newfound synthesis and complexity in her approach to abstracting the natural landscape. “Swartz’s painting is as personal as her journey. A lifelong painter, she began focused work in the studio only after raising her family” notes Teagle. “Her work has progressed rapidly and this exhibition follows a series of solo exhibitions in major US and European art museums.”
Andrea Chung’s practice finds unexpected intersections between materials, processes, and places that often investigate the histories of Caribbean island nations. You broke the ocean in half to be here, organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, includes collages, prints, videos, sculpture, and an installation of cyanotype prints of the non-native predatory lion fish, conjuring up a fantastic underwater world that presents a potent allegory of colonization. Chung’s work is labor intensive and explores the complicated place of labor in postcolonial societies. Recently Chung was featured in KCET’s film, Artist and Mother, a documentary about the timely question of what it means to be a woman, an artist and a mother.
Inaugurated in November 2016, the Manetti Shrem Museum represents a significant addition to Northern California’s vibrant arts scene and the latest milestone in UC Davis’ rich history as a center for artistic innovation. The summer season follows the acclaimed Wayne Thiebaud: 1958-1968 exhibition which presented rarely exhibited works and new scholarship on this pivotal period of Thiebaud’s practice during which the artist refined his singular artistic sensibility.
“At the Manetti Shrem Museum we’re delighted to mount a summer season
highlighting two women artists whose work takes risks, explores nature and
celebrates new voices,” said Founding Director Rachel Teagle. “We’re excited
for students, faculty, and the broader community to join us to explore the
ways these artists bring focus to how the world is seen.”
Andrea Chung: You broke the ocean in half to be here is a traveling exhibition
organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.
More information on Summer Programs can be found on our website:
Sasha Wallinger, Senior Director of Communications,
Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art
Join us to celebrate our Summer Season at the Manetti Shrem Museum.
• Visit the Northern California debut of two new exhibits
• Hear exhibiting artist Susan Swartz and Andrea Chung discuss how they see the world and their place as artists
• Make cyanotype prints
• Cool off with free refreshments
• Hear live music featuring the Cloud Hats
As always, the event is free for all.
For the first time, this summer you can work with master-artists to experiment with new techniques inspired by our exhibits in our museum. Please note these are fee based workshops and you must register in advance for them by calling (530) 752-8012 Mondays – Fridays, 8:30 AM–5 PM. Classes are for ages 16 and up. If you sign up for all three workshops you can save 10% making the cost for all three $180.
Drawn from Nature: Saturday, July 21, 10am-4pm
Artist: Faith Sponsler (UC Davis MFA 2017)
Workshop fee: $80; all supplies and materials included.
Learn to make natural inks from oak galls and other natural materials. Use these inks to sketch and draw as Faith leads you on a ramble through the Arboretum. She will share her creative process and encourage you to find yours through a series of experimental drawing prompts. Participants each receive two jars of handmade ink to take home. Bring a picnic!
Cyanotype Lab: Saturday, July 28, 10am-4pm
Artist: Arielle Rebek (UC Davis MFA 2017)
Workshop fee: $80; all supplies and materials included.
Learn about the history of cyanotype and then visit the exhibition Andrea Chung: You broke the ocean in half to be here where you’ll see how this contemporary artist uses cyanotypes to tell her story. Then head into the Carol and Gerry Parker Art Studio to experiment with this magical medium. You’ll experience the entire process from preparing the materials to fixing and toning the final image. Play with your own nature-inspired images on both paper and fabric.
Abstract Responses to Nature: Saturday, August 4, 10am – 1pm
Artist: Angela Willetts (UC Davis MFA 2016)
Workshop fee: $40; acrylic supplies included.
Try a new take on plein-air painting! Begin with a visit to Susan Swartz: Breaking Away, 2006 -2018 where you’ll see how this artist abstracts the natural landscape. Then immerse yourself in natural environments as you explore abstract responses to nature in the Arboretum. You’ll experiment with paint application and intuitive mark-making: dripping, wiping, glazing, spilling and layering to capture the infinite energy and texture of the natural world.