Current Exhibitions

Frank J. Thomas
Bruce Nauman in his studio mock-up for Green Light Corridor (1970), Pasadena, CA. Photo: Frank J. Thomas. Courtesy Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Green Light Corridor: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York Panza Collection, Gift, 1992 © 2018 Bruce Nauman/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Bruce Nauman: Blue and Yellow Corridor

Coinciding with the opening of Bruce Nauman’s (MFA ’66, UC Davis) retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, this exhibition features the first realization of a participatory environment Nauman conceived in 1970. The work is a narrow passageway that wraps around an existing room, combining colored fluorescent light and closed-circuit video to manipulate the viewer’s perceptual experience. An adjacent gallery includes artworks that situate the corridor within the artist’s career. Guest Curator: Ted Mann

On view September 27–December 16, 2018
Opening celebration September 27, 2018, 4:30–7 PM











Irving Marucus, Call for Bids
Irving Marcus, Call for Bids, 1973, oil on canvas, 51 x 79 in. Collection of the artist.

Irving Marcus: Romance & Disaster, A Retrospective

The UC Davis legacy includes a series of coexisting developments explored by artists in northern California at the end of the Twentieth Century. This extended community has been critically undervalued relative to movements coming out of New York and southern California. Irving Marcus: Romance & Disaster, A Retrospective is the first museum retrospective of this important, and yet overlooked, artist. The exhibition surveys more than 45 years of work; featured are his vibrant and intensely personal paintings exhibited alongside works on paper. Curator: Rachel Teagle, Founding Director

On view September 27 - December 30, 2018
Opening celebration September 27, 2018, 4:30–7 PM