Past Exhibitions

Cover image for the Wayne Thiebaud | 1958–1968 catalogue.

Cover image for the Wayne Thiebaud | 1958–1968 catalogue.

Wayne Thiebaud | 1958–1968

At an extraordinary historical moment, Wayne Thiebaud proposed a radical new take on painting, and he did so with a slice of pie. This exhibition invites viewers to trace Thiebaud’s emergence as a mature artist with a singular style. The first exhibition to explore this formative period, Wayne Thiebaud | 1958–1968 brings together more than 60 early paintings gathered from private collections and museums throughout the United States. 

January 16-May 13, 2018
Image frame from Tacita Dean, Day for Night, 2009

Image: Frame from Tacita Dean, Day for Night, 2009; 16mm color film, silent, 10min.; Collection SFMOMA, Accessions Committee Fund purchase; © Tacita Dean

Tacita Dean | Day for Night

In 2009 British artist Tacita Dean worked in Giorgio Morandi’s studio in Bologna, where the idiosyncratic painter lived and worked for more than 50 years. She produced several bodies of work as hommage to the painter. In Day for Night (2009), Dean filmed the boxes, pots, containers of different shapes, artificial flowers, tins, pans, and bottles that Morandi painted repeatedly in his still lifes.  

January 16-May 13, 2018
Horace Washington Untitled (Mask), 1988

Horace Washington, Untitled (Mask), 1988. Cast concrete with wire, 15 x 12 x 4 ¾ in. Fine Arts Collection, The Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, University of California, Davis. Gift of Thomasin Grim and Michael S. Bell, in Memory of Joseph A. Baird, Jr. Photo: Douglas Sandberg

Dimensions of Black

Organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in collaboration with the San Diego African American Museum of Fine Art, Dimensions of Black traces the legacy of UC San Diego's MFA program by drawing from the museums' permanent collections. With over 30 artworks from the 1960s to today, the exhibition traverses crucial interests and perspectives that have shaped the art of our time. Artists include: Edgar Arceneaux, Jean Michel Basquiat, Romare Bearden, McArthur Binion, Michael Ray Charles, Ed Clark, Robert Colescott, James Crosby, Damon Davis, Charles Gaines, Theaster Gates, Sam Gilliam, Mark Steven Greenfield, David Hammons, Lyle Ashton Harris, Thomas Allen Harris, Mildred Howard, Richard Hunt, Oliver Lee Jackson, Daniel LaRue Johnson, Kori Newkirk, Kerry James Marshall, Martin Puryear, Marlon T. Riggs, Dread Scott, Gary Simmons, Lorna Simpson, Tavares Strachan, Henry Taylor, Horace Washington, Carrie Mae Weems, Charles White, Jack Whitten, Jessica Wimbley, Joseph E. Yoakum. 

September 17-December 28, 2017

John Cage 33 1/3, 1969

John Cage, 33 1/3, 1969. Installation view at daadgalerie Berlin, 1988-89. Courtesy of DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program. Photo: Werner Zellien, © Archiv Broken Music

John Cage | 33 1/3

In Cage's groundbreaking participatory composition, 33 1/3—which he debuted at UC Davis in 1969—the public is invited to play albums on turn-tables in the exhibition gallery. Celebrate the improvisatory spirit that helped change the course of experimental music and art during the second half of the twentieth century. 

September 17-December 28, 2017

from this point forward

from this point forward

A unique interdisciplinary graduate exhibition that showcases the work and research of students across disciplines at UC Davis, including Art Studio, Design, Creative Writing, Art History, Dramatic Arts, History, and Music. Read more.

May 27-June 30, 2017

Sadie Barnette | Dear 1968,...

Sadie Barnette | Dear 1968,...

In her first solo museum exhibition, Oakland-born artist Sadie Barnette maps identity construction and personal mythology through the FBI file amassed during her father's years as a Black Panther. Read more.

April 14-June 30, 2017

Marc Johnson | YúYú

Marc Johnson | YúYú

YúYú, a 2014 film by Franco-Beninese architect, visual artist, and filmmaker Marc Johnson, tells the story of a Chinese beekeeper who performs a rite of spring ceremony. Read more.

April 14-June 30, 2017

Recent Gifts | Wiley

Recent Gifts

This exhibition highlights a selection of gifts made to the Manetti Shrem Museum since 2012. Building upon the nearly 60-year history of the Fine Arts Collection, these works signal the latest chapter in the university’s radical and vibrant art community. Read more.

April 14-June 30, 2017

Out Our Way

Out Our Way

Major exhibition examining the legacy of UC Davis' Department of Art and the work of first-generation art faculty. Read more. 

November 13, 2016–March 26, 2017

Horse and man running

Hoof & Foot: A Field Study 

Site-specific commission by Bay Area artist Chris Sollars. Read more.

November 13, 2016–March 26, 2017

Image from Pot for a Latch Installation

A Pot for a Latch

Participatory sculptural installation by Mexico City-based artist Pia Camil. Read more.

November 13, 2016–March 19, 2017

SO - IL trying out sample beams on the roof of New York office

SO – IL / Museum as Process

“SO-IL: The Museum as Process” consists of artifacts that illustrate and interpret the process of creating the museum. Created in collaboration with artists and designers they take the form of photography, graphics and installation. The collaboration was with Luisa Lambri and Richard The / TheGreenEyl.Museum as Process. Read more. 

November 13, 2016–March 26, 2017