Visitors in galleries during the Grad Show 2018 opening.

The Manetti Shrem Museum builds on the university’s legacy of excellence in the arts to bring the transformational power of art to everyone. We are committed to offering engaging experiences that reflect and serve the UC Davis community through our public events and programs.

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Intersectional Feminism in Museums: Panel Discussion

Picture of Tejiendo el Amor y la Justicia print by Melanie Cervantes.
Melanie Cervantes, Tejiendo el Amor y la Justicia, 2014, silkscreen print. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Melanie Cervantes.

Wednesday, April 17
4:30–6 PM

The Intersectional Feminism in Museums panel discussion scheduled for April 17 is cancelled due to a series of unforeseen circumstances.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  Xicanx Futurity will remain on view through May 5, 2019.

This discussion explores recent exhibitions and museum approaches that challenge mythologies about sexuality, gender, race and power. How are museums responding in light of #MeToo, LGBTQI advocacy, Black and Brown Lives Matter, and other activist movements? Three museum leaders address the aims and challenges in confronting societal inequities in diverse cultural contexts. A version of this discussion was first presented at the 2019 California Association of Museums Conference. 

A brief tour of Xicanx Futurity with guest curator María Esther Fernández will precede the panel discussion, meeting in the Museum’s lobby at 4:00 pm.

Abby Chen, Head of Contemporary Art/Senior Associate Curator, Asian Art Museum
María Esther Fernández, Chief Curator, Triton Museum of Art and
Guest Curator, Xicanx Futurity, Manetti Shrem Museum 
Heidi Rabben, Curator, Contemporary Jewish Museum
Maria Jenson, Creative and Executive Director, SOMArts Cultural Center

Paula Birnbaum, Professor and Academic Director, Museum Studies Program, Department of Art + Architecture, University of San Francisco

Co-sponsored by the UC Davis Feminist Research Institute



Third Thursday: Game On!

Photo of the Manetti Shrem Museum Event Plaza lit at night.
Photo by Drew Altizer

Thursday, April 18
5:30–9 PM

Don’t miss the final Third Thursday of the school year with an evening of interactivity and play. Game with student organizations Aggie Gaming at UC Davis and Game Development and Arts Club, and learn how to get involved. Watch a film screening of The Gamechangers: Dreams of Blizzcon. Discover the ultimate gaming experience featuring GameTruck Sacramento with the latest consoles and video games at 7 pm. Join us for the celebration!


UC Davis Human Rights Lecture Series
The Missing Pages: The Modern Life of a Medieval Manuscript, from Genocide to Justice

Photo of page from the Cannon Tables from the Zeytun Gospels.
Toros Roslin, Canon Tables from the Zeytun Gospels, 1256, J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 59, folio 6r. Digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program.

Thursday, April 25
7–8:30 PM

Book signing to follow

In 2010, the world’s wealthiest art institution, the J. Paul Getty Museum, found itself confronted by a century-old genocide. The Armenian Church was suing for the return of eight pages from the Zeytun Gospels, a medieval religious manuscript that had been cleaved in two during the Armenian Genocide. Professor Heghnar Zeitlian Watenpaugh (UC Davis, Art History) has written the biography of this manuscript through seven centuries, from a medieval scriptorium to a Los Angeles courtroom. At once a story of genocide and survival, of unimaginable loss and resilience, her book captures the human costs of war and persuasively makes the case for a human right to art.

This lecture is part of the Davis Human Rights Lecture Series, co-sponsored by the UC Davis Human Rights Studies Program and the Manetti Shrem Museum.







Art Studio Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Frances Stark

Detail of Black Flag by Frances Stark.
Detail, Frances Stark, Black Flag, Oil on canvas, four panels total: 72 x 93 in. each. Courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York/Rome.

Thursday, May 2
4:30–6 PM

Frances Stark’s drawings, collages, videos, PowerPoint presentations, performances, and paintings have been extensively exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide. In 2017 a new suite of her paintings were included in the Whitney Biennial, her cinematic opera The Magic Flute premiered at LACMA, and an earlier work was featured in the Venice Biennale. In 2015, Stark’s sprawling mid-career survey, UH-OH: Frances Stark 1991-2015, opened at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles before traveling to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. That same year Stark was the subject of a solo exhibition titled, Intimism, a survey of her video and digital works at The Art Institute of Chicago. In addition to being the author or subject of several books, Stark has had work recently included in prominent exhibitions such as the 2013 Carnegie International, the 2011 Venice Biennale, and the 2008 Whitney Biennial. This past summer in New York, Stark’s The Magic Flute screened at the Museum of Modern Art and featured in her third solo exhibition at Gavin Brown’s enterprise. Stark was born in 1967 in Newport Beach, California. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.


Make Your Own Tea Blend

Student and visitor learning about tea blends at the Botanica del Barrio cart at the Museum.
Discussing tea making at the Botanica del Barrio cart in the galleries.

February 1, March 1, April 5, May 3
12–2 PM

Stop by, learn about herbs and make your own tea blend in the Museum galleries with Xicanx Futurity artist Felicia “Fe” Montes’ Botanica del Barrio Cart workshop. Free and open to the public.





Art Studio Labs

Photo of people making art.
Photo by Jose Luis Villegas

Saturday and Sunday
February 2–May 5

All are invited to join us in the Carol and Gerry Parker Art Studio for participatory activities every weekend between February 2 and May 5.

Get messy, express yourself, and play with hands on experiences-
Always FREE!