On designated days, visitors are invited to exchange a personal object with one displayed on the panels in the exhibition. The object you bring is a talisman of sorts. It should be thought of as a gift that has both a personal value and a history. Bring objects of power, of aesthetic interest, and of poignancy. 

Exchange Criteria

Prohibited exchange items include but are not limited to: electronics, items over twenty pounds, objects less than six inches in diameter, mass-produced items, food or other perishables, and any hazardous materials. Anything on paper must arrive framed. Potential items may include but are not limited to: artworks, colorful domestic objects, photographs, clothing, and personal trinkets. Objects accepted for exchange will not be returned to the submitting party. Visitors may participate in up to three Exchange Days.

Exchange Days

Exchanges follow each of the programs listed below (except October 30). 

The Art of Giving Exchange Day  

Sunday, December 18, 2016; 3:30–5pm. There will be no program held in conjunction with this exchange. 


An Artist’s Perspective, Conversation and Exchange Day

Thursday, January 12, 2017; talk from 7–8pm and exchange from 8:30–10pm

Betti-Sue Hertz, guest curator of A Pot for a Latch, will lead a discussion with Guggenheim Fellowship award-winning artist and assistant professor in the Department of Art Practice at UC Berkeley, Stephanie Syjuco. Their broad-based conversation will touch on the connections between art, culture, economies, and the global market. 


Interdisciplinary Transmissions: The Research That Inspires Hoof & Foot Panel Discussion and Exchange Day

Saturday, January 28, 2017; talk from 1–2pm and exchange from 2:30–4pm

Join James Jones and John Pascoe, from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, and Anita Oberbauer, head of the UC Davis Animal Science Department, to learn more about their pioneering research, which served as inspiration for Chris Sollars’ exhibition, Hoof & Foot: A Field Study. Sollars will introduce the project and how it was born from Davis’s innovative cross-disciplinary research.


Alternative Economies Roundtable and Exchange Day

Saturday, February 11, 2017; discussion from 2–3pm and exchange from 3:30–5pm

Denise Cheng, author of “The Peer Economy Will Transform Work (Or At Least How We Think of It),” published by the Harvard Business Review, will lead a discussion about the history of today's sharing economies and how organizations like Etsy, Lyft and Airbnb are shifting our economic and social landscape.