Samoan Art: Urban is a group exhibition including works by Dan Taulapapa McMullin, Marlaina Key, Siliga David Setoga, Greg Semu, Niki Hastings-McFall, Shigeyuki Kihara, Taniela Taniela, Lonnie Hutchinson, and Rosanna Raymond. Moving image by Lonnie Hutchinson, Angela Tiatia, Janet Lilo, Marlon Rivers, Michel Tuffery, and Lisa Taouma: a snapshot of the contemporary art by Niu Pasifik artists working in the diaspora. As part of Samoan Art: Urban, Samoan artist Dan Taulapapa McMullin will work in the Artist Studio on *O Tino Sa—Sacred Bodies*, a series of paintings based on the communal body of Oceania.
For their support in the development of these works, the artist wishes to thank the de Young Museum, University of California–Irvine, Pacific Art Association, University of the South Pacific, and Oceania Centre for the Arts. Giles Peterson wishes to thank the de Young Museum, CN Gorman Museum, Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design and Pacific Age Art.
October 7 to 31 Wednesdays through Sundays, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Fridays, 6:00-8:45 p.m.
Join us in the Artist Studio Fridays, 6:00–8:30 p.m., for a series of special events.
October 8: Join McMullin and Peterson for a lively discussion about urban Samoan art produced in the diaspora during the last decade.
October 15: Special guest artist Chuck Feesago will discuss his work with McMullin.
October 22: Pacific Poets in Performance Night presents the best in Pacific Islander poetry of the Bay Area.
October 29: Closing reception. Celebrate McMullin’s residency and the exhibition with an artist talk, light refreshments, and live music and dance from the Pacific Islander dance performance community.
A solo exhibition of Dan Taulapapa McMullin's work work, Sa Moana: The Sea Inside, will also open on January 6, 2011 at the CN Gorman Museum at UC Davis.
In search of an indigenous Oceania visual language that expresses the complexities of contemporary life of Pacific Islanders, American Samoan artist McMullin will present new work developed recently in the Cook Islands, in the Fiji Islands and in California. Sa Moana: The Sea Inside is a collection of oil paintings and installation sculptures that addresses issues of tsunami, climate change, the indigenous body, communal traditions, and urban change. From indigenous icons and social media images, Taulapapa investigates the critical position of Pacific Islanders in contemporary Oceania in works that challenge perceptions about Polynesian art.
On view: January 6 - March 13, 2011
The C.N. Gorman Museum is located at 1316 Hart Hall on the main UC Davis campu.
Museum hours: Monday-Friday from 12-5 PM
Sunday from 2-5 PM
For more informtaion, please contact Veronica Passalacqua, Curator at (530) 752-6567 or VPassalacqua@ucdavis.edu.
The Artist Studio program is supported by the Fleishhacker Foundation.