For the innagural exhibition at the new Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis, Out Our Way explores the development of the revolutionary UC Davis Department of Art, founded in 1958. The exhibition revives the “spirit of defiant provincialism” which, in merely 10 years, propelled the program to be recognized as one of the most courageous and wildly inventive communities of artists working in the world.
Out Our Way features the 12 artists Richard Nelson, founding chair of the art department at Davis, hired during his tenure (1952-70): Wayne Thiebaud, Robert Arneson, William T. Wiley, Roy De Forest, Roland Petersen, Manuel Neri, Ralph Johnson, Ruth Horsting, Daniel Shapiro, Tio Giambruni, Jane Garritson and John Baxter. It pulls together 240 works from the collections of major museums and private collections nationwide, as well as UC Davis’ permanent collection, which are characteristic of the instinctive embrace of the vernacular and the desire to ingeniously transform the stuff of daily life.
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