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Shout Out to Gorman Museum

Talking about an art museum is a little ‘off-topic” for an ecology-based organization… unless you count artists who paint en plein air or use photography as a base for their projects.

In one of our Tending & Gathering Garden meetings recently, the Gorman Museum of Native American Art was mentioned. The Museum, which is renowned for its provocative, risk-taking exhibitions of contemporary Native American art, is celebrating its 50-year-anniversary with a new building on the UC Davis campus.

The Museum was founded by the first person to teach at the Department of Native American Studies, Carl Nelson Gorman (Navajo). It began in a small house in downtown Davis, the Tecumseh Center. As the exhibits and archives outgrew that space, the museum was housed for a while in temporary buildings next to Walker Hall on the UC Davis campus. It was then moved to its 30-year home, the Hart Hall.

As of this writing (since September 2023), the Gorman Museum is celebrating its 50th anniversary by welcoming people to its new, dedicated building on the campus. Until February 25, 2024, you can attend the Grand Opening & 50th Anniversary: Contemporary California Native Art Exhibition. Hours are Wed – Fri 11am to 5pm and Sat – Sun from noon to 5pm and the location is at 181 Old Davis Road, Davis CA 95616.

With this article, we wish the museum a happy anniversary and 50 more years of opening the hearts and minds of our mixed communities. When you go, be prepared to be moved, emotionally and dimensionally.

We would also like to invite artists out to the Tending & Gathering Garden to capture the restoration of wildlife and culturally important plants in your unique ways.

Posted on January 21st, 2024 by Cache Creek Conservancy

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