Museum Directors Talk Accessibility, Role of Museum, Time at UC Davis
February 19, 2017
UC Davis will break down the walls of the exhibition box with “from this point forward,” a multidisciplinary exhibition by 28 graduate students will include students in art and art history, design, music, theatre, and creative writing.
Neal Benezra and Jock Reyonlds have been leading major museums for years, but in the 1970s both were graduate students at UC Davis. Both were back at UC Davis recently talking about the role of the university versus the civic museum, their time studying here and what they saw as possibilities for their talk’s venue—the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art.
They lead major museums, but the directors of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Yale University Art Gallery have another thing in common – both attended UC Davis.
Working in her Oakland studio, Lisa Rybovich Crallé was surrounded by teetering stacks of white rings looking like oversize life preservers. These rings, 500 of them, will be linked to form a 1,500-foot-long sculpture that will hang from the canopy of the UC Davis Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art for its grand opening.