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It’s official — TB-9 is a Historic Place

June 22, 2016

The National Register of Historic Places and the California Register of HistTB9orical Resources have recognized what we have known all along: that TB-9 (Temporary Building 9) is an amazingly significant and historic place. Even though it’s not much to look at, this past April the NRHP included TB-9 on is register of historic places worthy of preservation. According to the NRHP, TB-9 was added “because it is2 the site where the Funk Figurative Ceramics Movement began, a movement that was influential in altering the history of Ame
rican ceramics” and “because Robert Arneson, a nationally acclaimed ceramic artist who started the Funk Figurative Ceramics Movement, produced his most significant and influential work in his studio at TB-9.”

You can read the complete TB-9 NRHP Listing here.

Shrem Museum groundbreaking

February 26, 2014

Groundbreaking for events-groundbreakinglogo the Shrem Museum is finally here. The ceremonial groundbreaking will occur at 3:00 pm on Saturday, March 1, at the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for Performing Arts. The ceremony will be indoors, and will process outdoors as William Wiley rings his piece, Gong, which will be installed outside the Mondavi Center. Afterwards, you are welcome to join an art fair and reception. Students will display their work, and the museum’s architects will give a talk at 4:30pm.

If you would like to attend, please email:

Brown Bag Lunch Series finale

April 4, 2013

Brown Bag_MoorheadJoin us for the last session of our Brown-Bag Lunch Series: Careers in the Arts, Tuesday April 9th from 12-1 in Everson 148. Our final presenter of the 2012-2013 academic year is Jasmine Moorhead. Jasmine will talk about her experiences creating and managing an art gallery. Jasmine Moorhead is the owner and director of Krowswork, a video and photography gallery in Oakland. She has worked in New York at MOMA and Dia Center for the Arts before moving to California and starting Krowswork. She has featured artists such as Shana Moulton, Christina McPhee and Shalo P, and hosted the annual Summer of Video Art. Krowswork was cited by Oakland Magazine in 2010 as the Best of the Bay for Innovative New Gallery and has received press in the SF Chronicle, Artillery and Art Ltd. magazines, the Huffington Post and others. Krowswork is a member of the Oakland Art Murmur and is proud to be a part of the thriving Oakland art scene. We hope to see you there!

This series has been sponsored by the Art History Program, Art Studio and the Visual Resources Facility.

New Directions in Medieval European and Islamic Art

February 20, 2013

New Directions The Art History Program invites you to the New Directions in Medieval and Islamic Art symposium on Friday, March 8th. Organized and moderated by Art History’s ACLS New Faculty Fellow Seth Hindin, New Directions includes young scholars from throughout Northern California.

Complete schedule:
2:00-2:10: Introduction by Seth Adam Hindin (ACLS New Faculty Fellow, UC Davis)
2:10-2:40: Beatrice Kitzinger (Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford), “On Medieval Figures of Progress and Change”
2:40-3:10: Asa Mittman (Associate Professor, Chico State), “In the Cold Land of Bizo: Expelling Jews on Medieval Maps”
3:10-3:40: Patricia Blessing (Visiting Lecturer, Stanford), “Architecture, Space, and the Body in Medieval Anatolia”
3:40-4:10: Beate Fricke (Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley), “Crafts of Blood and Shapes of Life”
4:10-4:30: Q&A period
An informal reception with the speakers will follow in the lobby of the Art Building.

Additional sponsors include the Medieval and Early Modern Studies Program, the Department of Religious Studies, the Department of French and Italian, the Classics Program, the Middle East/South Asian Studies Program, and the Davis Humanities Institute.

Art historian and visiting lecturer Melanie Michailids

February 5, 2013

The Art History Program mourns the loss of ourmichailidis (1) colleague and friend Melanie Michailidis. Melanie died on Friday night in a car accident in Saint Louis, Missouri where she was a post-doctoral fellow with the Washington University and the Saint Louis Art Museum.

A historian of Islamic art who specialized in Medieval Iranian architecture, Melanie was a Visiting Lecturer in this program from 2008-2010. She taught courses in Islamic art and architecture and filled in for Professor Watenpaugh who was also one of her professors at MIT where Melanie received her PhD in 2007. Melanie was an enthusiastic and popular instructor and was nominated for an Excellence in Teaching Award here at UC Davis.

Anyone wishing to send condolences to the family of Melanie Michailidis is asked to use the following address:
The Grimsley Family
c/o Department of Art History and Archaeology Washington University in St Louis
CB 1189
One Brookings Drive
St Louis MO 6313

Washington University in Saint Louis’ announcement and obituary
Melanie discussing the Saint Louis Museum’s Islamic collection

2012-2013 Visiting Artist Lecture Series

September 27, 2012

The new academic year is here and with it comes a new selection of artists in the Art Studio Program’s Visiting Artist Lecture Series.  All lectures are free and open to the public. They will be held at 4:30 pm in the Art Annex (TCS Building)

September 27: Julia Haft-Candell (please note: this lecture will be held at 4:00 pm not 4:30 pm)
November 15: Wynne Greenwood
January 17: David Pagel
February 21: Keltie Ferris
March 7: Allison Smith
April 18: Laura McPhee

We hope to see you there.

2nd Annual Alan Templeton Colloquium

September 27, 2012

Join us for the Art History Program’s 2nd Annual Alan Templeton Colloquium “Japanese Art and Its Contexts.” This colloquium will be held Friday, October 5th at 2:00 pm in the Art Annex. Andreas Marks, Director and Chief Curator of the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture in Hanford, California, will talk about “Hiroshige’s Famous Tokaido Series: Its True Sources;” David Gundry, Assistant Professor at UCD, will discuss The Life of an Amorous Man (1682) in his talk, “Hell Hath No Fury: Text and Image in a Pivotal Chapter of Ihara Saikaku’s The Life of an Amorous Man;”  Joseph Sorensen, Associate Professor at UCD, will explore the poetic knowledge of Hosokawa Yusai in his paper “Secret Teachings, Hidden Meanings: The Samurai Scholar Hosokawa Yusai;” and Jeffrey Ruday, Professor at UCD, will show how ceramics provide a unique case for understanding differences between eighteenth-century japonaiseries and nineteenth-century japonisme, and the role of japonisme in the Design Reform movement in “Japonaiserie & Japonisme: Two Sides of Orientalism.”

The colloquium has been made possible by the generous support of Alan Templeton (UC Davis alum 1982), and by the Art History Program, the Program in East Asian Studies and the Department in East Asian Languages and Cultures.

Art History MA candidate symposium

May 21, 2012

This Friday (May 25th), the UC Davis Art History Program will hold its annual MA candidate symposium under the title “Aesthetics and Affects in Ages of Crisis.” Six candidates will present their final thesis research:

Sheena Campbell: “Little Venus in a Blue Armchair: Reclaiming Mary Cassatt’s Avant-Garde Gambit”
Monica Butler: “Chinese Painting Translated: Lang Jingsan’s Composite Photographs and the Creation of a Modern Chinese Art, 1934-1949”
Kamal Zargar: “Art as Power: Exhibitions of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art 1999-2005/2009-2012”
Nicoletta Rousseva: “A Parallel Space, A Common Space: Rethinking Sovereignty through the Work of Alban Muja”
Geoffrey Wildanger: “Andrea Fraser and the Affects of Catastrophe”
Anne-Catherine Titus: “Paul Delaroche’s ‘Execution of Lady Jane Grey’: Restaging History”

The symposium will be held in the Art Annex (TCS Building), Main Room from 1-4 pm. This event is free and open to the public. Symposium poster available here.

Congratulations 2012 MA graduates!

12th Annual UCD Film Festival

May 21, 2012

It’s time again for the UC Davis Film Festival hosted by the Davis Varsity Theatre. The 12th annual festival of short films plays Wednesday and Thursday, May 25–26, at 8:30 p.m.

This year’s submissions include a mockumentary about a washed-up child star, a comedy where three twenty-somethings attain mundane abilities after eating a very old casserole, an existential drama about a woman struggling with her life’s purpose, an animated action hero adventure and a documentary about finding the perfect bone marrow donor.

This years finalists survived a rigorous selection process. According to film festival adviser and Art Studio Professor Darrin Martin, “student enthusiasm for more sophisticated approaches to expressing themselves through filmmaking is on the rise as they strive to master the language of a media-saturated culture. Curiosity for the voices of tomorrow’s storytellers, animators, and moving image makers should be the motivating factor to get the public out for two evenings of entertaining and thought provoking works.”

Tickets are $7 and $10, available at the Davis Varsity Theatre box office starting May 16.

To read the complete press release, go here.
To view the festival video promo, go here.

Occupy images

December 2, 2011

The Occupy Movement that started at Wall Street has quickly spread around the globe, aided in part by the vivid, compelling and, at times, chilling images produced by participants or (citizen) journalists. The Occupy Movement is also actively producing and syndicating some pretty amazing protest posters for distribution among its various movements through a site called OCCUPRINT: Posters form the Occupy Movement. Occupy participants can submit and share their own creations. Occuprint has established a PrintLab to generate prints for use in the protest movement (not to generate money — all prints are free).

The Visual Resources Facility has also documented the art and architecture produced by UC Davis Occupy. In our image catalog,  you can see the memorial produced by Robin Hill and her students at the campus rally (November 21) and the UC Davis encampment aka Quad Village.