2nd Friday ArtAbout

2nd Friday ArtAbout Exhibition

Twelve, month-long exhibits are presented each year at I-House Davis, most with an international theme. Opening receptions are held on the second Friday of the month from 6 to 8 pm. The public is invited to attend at no cost. Please see the I-House calendar for art exhibitions, receptions, and other art display information.

Artists interested in exhibiting their art should contact the Art Committee Chair, Jeffrey Granett, at (530) 756-1362, or fill out the I-House Art Show Application and submit the form with a sample of your work to the Art Committee during their next quarterly meeting. (Contact Jeffrey Granett for the next date.)


January Exhibit:

Exhibit Title: Drawing While Black
Exhibit Duration: Monday, January 6, 2020 – Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Reception: Friday, January 10, 2020 – 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Where: I-House Davis Lounge and Community Room
  Free and open to the public



The January art exhibit at I-House features the compelling and unique drawings and performance art of UC Davis Performance Studies Ph.D. student Maurice Moore. Based on dynamic presentation practice, Maurice’s performance of Drawing While Black aka Black Boy Joy, and the 2-dimensional drawings he creates, both explore how Black queer people have implemented and created a means of survival through African and African American diasporic aesthetics. The black performance serves as a mode of active radical resistance drawing upon multiple traditions and technologies. In his piece, Maurice literally dances and/or moves the Black body to create the work that in turn determines the movement. This piece explores the tactile experience of “Drawing while Black.” The performative aspect of drawing unconsciously allows Maurice to be vulnerable, and to channel a range of energies. He becomes a living drawing in both the archival and non-archival sense. His two-dimensional drawings also reflect this and explore the gamut of Black and queer experience. Maurice is currently a doctoral performance studies student at the University of California, Davis and recently completed his master’s degree in African American Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.


Upcoming Event:

February Exhibit

“The Life and Legacy of Dr. Isao Fujimoto – Asian American Studies and Community Advocacy”

Saturday, January 25, 2020, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, Community Room

Free and open to the public, lunch will be provided

During the 2019-2020 academic year the department of Asian American Studies will commemorate its 50th anniversary. This event honors the life and legacy of Dr. Isao Fujimoto, one of the founding faculty members of the department. Dr. Fujimoto’s life work has been to lift the voices of those marginalized by economic, political, and social systems. He has pursued this through community-engaged research on indigenous peoples in the Philippines, and farmworkers and immigrants in California’s Central Valley. His undaunted but humble commitment to speaking truth to power, along with his teaching and mentorship, has inspired generations of students to pursue careers which advance social justice. In addition to kicking off an exhibition highlighting Dr. Fujimoto’s work, this event brings together contemporary Asian American activists working on issues at the core of Dr. Fujimoto’s work, and showcases current community-engaged commitments of the Asian American Studies faculty.