Sunday, January 12, 2014

Learning About Covell & Brinley Community Award Recipients (147)

 I was in the City Hall main hallway recently and once again noticed the Covell and Brinley Community Awards plaques mounted on the wall near the Russell Blvd. entrance toward the east end of the building.

Looking at the two lists of recipients, I realized that while I knew something about many of them, there were also many about whom I knew nothing.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Hubert Arnold II: Later Years and Art (146)

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This post continues the profile of Hubert Arnold begun in post 145.

  He had a long-standing interest in ceramic objects--especially pots--as sophisticated art in a time when objects made of clay were considered mere “craft” rather than “true art.” He also happened to be in the Northern California milieu in which artists such as UCD’s Robert Arneson were challenging that conception. And as is known, in the decades after WWII, the products of artists such as Arneson led to redefining at least some clay objects as “high art.”

   Arnold made a significant contribution to this shift when he became, on a worldwide scale, a collector of clay pots and related ceramics. He traveled to many countries in search of those of the finest quality and assembled over 1,800 pieces that he kept in carefully nested cardboard boxes that filled his modest 1930s cottage at 533 E Street in Davis.

   In the late 1980s, he donated this collection to the Crocker Art Museum, which held a major exhibition of it in 1989. Then and now, the collection is valued in the millions of dollars.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Hubert Arnold I: Earlier Years and Statistics (145)


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As detailed in post number 144 and related posts referenced there, Hubert Arnold was the intellectual leader of the science-based critique of fluoridation in Davis from the first public policy episode in 1960 through the fifth in 1991. 

Fluoridation, though, was only a small element in the range of his interests and activities. He was one of those “larger than life” and multi-talented intellectuals who flourish in college towns. Present at the start of the full-campus phase of UC Davis history, he might even deserve the title of being the first in the line of eccentric/brilliant UCD professors who have blessed our community right up to the present day.