You See: The Early Years of the UC Davis Faculty
Featuring work of five UC Davis faculty members Robert Arneson, Roy De Forest, Manuel Neri, Wayne Thiebaud, and William T. Wiley, all five artists came to teach at UC Davis between 1960 and 1965. They five artists are sometimes identified with “California funk,” characterized by bawdy irreverence, iconoclasm, and self-deprecating humor. Their work was instrumental in creating a regional movement that served as a counterpoint to the established New York art scene. Featuring over 36 works, Arneson’s enormous ceramic ode to his ’50s-era Davis tract home, will anchor the show, together with three Thiebaud masterworks, and three of Neri’s most admired figurative sculptures. “Crash,” Arneson’s bronze homage to Jackson Pollock, is also included, together with rarely seen paintings, drawings and prints by De Forest and Wiley.