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Njideka Akunyili Crosby – Inhabiting Multiple Spaces | Artist Interview | TateShots

In this Tate video, Nigerian-born painter Njideka Akunyili Crosby shows how using her own life, identity and history informs her work, where collage and photo layers reflect subjects inhabiting multiple spaces that exist together. Crosby will give a virtual lecture on Nov. 12 organized by the Department of Art and Art History, and co-sponsored by the UC Davis College of Letters and Science and the Manetti Shrem Museum.


Art Explainer 3: Light and Shadow

How do artists use light to keep us out of the dark? This Art Institute of Chicago video shows the ways Henry Ossawa Tanner, Käthe Kollwitz and Dan Flavin have employed light as a medium, or to create emphasis and mood.

Songs of Summer Playlist

Text reading 'Songs of Summer' written on a gradient background.What does summer sound like to you? Check out museum staff’s eclectic picks on this special Spotify playlist to get inspired. Email us your favorites and we’ll add them, too.





Racism, Unrest, and the Role of the Museum Field

Museum leaders Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, Lonnie G. Bunch III and Lori Fogarty discuss how institutions can seize the moment to reimagine their missions and create lasting change in the American Alliance of Museums’ virtual meeting “Racism, Unrest, and the Role of the Museum Field.”



Black and white photo of three people marching in a protest.Exploring Queer Art and Artists

Exhibitions exploring the world of Queer art and artists, from the 1890s to present, are a fitting coda to June’s virtual Pride celebrations. Peruse the work of Mickalene Thomas, Kehinde Wiley, Keith Haring and Frida Kahlo; surveys of Southeast Asian LGBTQ-themed art; and 1970s gay culture.




Colorful sculpture with found objects like chairs and boat parts.Meet the Artist: Robert Hudson

Sculptor Robert Hudson considers his collection of old objects, rusted cans and broken glass culled from junkyards and garage sales “almost like paint.” Step inside his studio with this video from the Smithsonian American Art Museum.



See the museum as you’ve never seen it before in this short film that swoops over the UC Davis campus, exploring the relationship between nature and architecture.

Lisbon's MAAT museum premieres documentary about SO-IL's temporary work with VDF

SO – IL founders Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu discuss how temporary projects inform permanent structures (including the museum) in this new documentary. Read the full article...

Entry plaza of the museum with window on the right showing a sculpture inside.The SO-IL and BCJ–designed Manetti Shrem Museum at UC Davis transforms light and shadow

Delve into the many ways the museum’s design seamlessly connects the exterior and interior, from the Events Plaza to the flexible gallery spaces, in this commentary from The Architect’s Newspaper.



Conceptual artist Stephen Kaltenbach reflects on time, permanence and the premature closure of The Beginning and The End at the Manetti Shrem Museum in this recent video interview.

White numbers in a single line on a black background.Heartbeat

Experience Stephen Kaltenbach’s digital work Heartbeat (2001), from the exhibition The Beginning and The End, as it counts down the number of seconds left in the artist’s life if he were to live as long as his mother.



How Artist Leonardo Drew Lives and Works Beautifully in his Brooklyn Home | Interior Lives

Go inside the unique live/work space of artist and recent Betty Jean and Wayne Thiebaud Endowed Lecturer Leonardo Drew in this “Interior Lives” video from New York Magazine.

Rainbow showing in mist.

Olafur Eliasson: Everyone sees a different rainbow

Even if we walk the same path, what we see can be completely unique. Artist Olafur Eliasson illuminates why everyone sees a different rainbow in this SFMOMA video about his 2007 work, “Beauty.”


Woman painting a canvas in art studio.

‘These Simple Ideas Become Obsessions’: Mary Heilmann Talks Catholicism, ’60s Counterculture, and Her West Coast Roots

Artist Mary Heilmann traces her practice through different mediums, perspectives and ideas in this Art21 video.
Her exhibition Squaring Davis will open at the Manetti Shrem Museum this year.

The Case for Conceptual Art

Everything you wanted to know about Conceptual art but were afraid to ask is explained in this PBS Digital Studios video.