Manetti Shrem Museum art exhibits go virtual

Visitors can engage with contemporary art and artists and experience a museum exhibit brought to life through a new website for the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis. The site was launched on November 15 to celebrate the centenary of artist and professor emeritus Wayne Thiebaud.

the “Current exhibition” invites the public behind the scenes as the museum documents the development and installation leading up to its winter exhibition, “Wayne Thiebaud Influencer: A new generation. The site will provide a window into the challenges and innovative approaches that are part of building an exhibition during a global pandemic.

“It is with the spirit of experimentation at UC Davis that we launch this site documenting and exploring the ways the Manetti Shrem Museum has responded to bring our visitors the engaging and intellectually rigorous exhibits they expect. “said founding director Rachel Teagle. Every two weeks, visitors can expect rich content, including important updates as new artwork is received and unboxed, and “next generation” artists from the exhibition are presented through exclusive video interviews.

Teagle and Associate Curator Susie Kantor, curators of the exhibition, will preview the upcoming exhibition and site during a special winter virtual exhibition program at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, November 19 on Zoom. Click on here record.

“Wayne Thiebaud Influencer: A New Generation” is set to open January 31 at the Manetti Shrem Museum. Selected associations of works by Thiebaud with those of exhibiting artists explore how he foresaw the future of painting through his personal journey to find meaning and reinvention in the history of the medium – and inspired his students to do the same.

Works by contemporary artists who were inspired by Thiebaud as a fellow painter as well as former students are highlighted. Andrea Bowers, Robert Colescott, Alex Israel, Jason Stopa, Jonas Wood and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye pay homage to Thiebaud’s work and sensibility in various ways. The other 13 artists studied directly with Thiebaud: Julie Bozzi, Christopher Brown, Gene Cooper, Richard Crozier, April Glory Funcke, Fredric Hope, Grace Munakata, Bruce Nauman, Vonn Cummings Sumner, Ann Harrold Taylor, Michael Tompkins, Clay Vorhes and Patricia Wall.

For more information about the exhibition and how to book a timed ticket, visit

Wayne Thiebaud’s 1975-1976 oil on panel “Three Treats” will be included in “Wayne Thiebaud Influencer: A New Generation” which will be on display from January 31 through June 13.
Courtesy photo (Fine Arts Collection, Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, University of California, Davis. Pledged gift of Betty Jean and Wayne Thiebaud. © 2020 Wayne Thiebaud / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY . )

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