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Mike Henderson: Before the Fire, 1965–1985

January 30, 2023 - June 25, 2023


UC Davis Professor Emeritus Mike Henderson’s first solo U.S. museum exhibition in 20 years brings to light the pioneering artist’s rarely seen contributions to the history of contemporary painting and filmmaking, radical Black politics, and to the story of California art. The exhibition integrates paintings and films by Henderson that offer new ideas about Black life in the visual languages of protest, Afro-futurism and surrealism. Challenging the protocols and propriety of art-making in the 20th century, these works depict scenes of anti-Black violence as well as utopian visions and questions of self-making.

Curated by Sampada Aranke (Ph.D. ’13) and Dan Nadel

On view January 30–June 25, 2023

Winter Season Opening celebration: 2:30-5 p.m. Sunday, January 29.

Download the press release

Also in January: Mike Henderson has a new exhibition opening at Haines Gallery


[Image: Mike Henderson, Trust, 1981. Acrylic on canvas, 63 × 59 in. Fine Arts Collection, Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art. Museum purchase, Gina and John Wasson Acquisition Fund. © Mike Henderson. Courtesy of the artist and Haines Gallery.




January 30, 2023
June 25, 2023
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Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis
254 Old Davis Road
Davis, California 95616
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