Graduate Theological Union


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In the Library

Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, Graduate Theological Union, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley
Exhibits can be viewed during library hours; admission is always free.


In Celebration of Tibetan Year 2142: Year of the Wood Sheep

February 26-April 3, 2015 at the Graduate Theological Union Library

An exhibition of Tibetan art and artifacts from the Sacred World Art Collection, the Northern California Tibetan Community, and the Graduate Theological Union Special Collections. The exhibition also includes a full Tibetan Shrine, unique Tibetan objects, and Thankas on loan from Jamyang Lama of the Tibetan Culture House.  Several activities are scheduled to coincide with the exhibition:

  • Thursday, February 26 at 3 pm, Venerable Thepo Rinpoche, the 8th Thepo Tulku, will give a short talk on the exhibit.  The talk will be followed by Tibetan New Year Auspicious music by well-known Tibetan Music Master Mr. Tsering Dorjee Bawa at 3:30 pm in Henry Mayo Newhall Plaza in front of the library.
  • Wednesday, March 11 at 7 pm, Thepo Tulku will talk on “Life as Sacred Text: The Life and Times of a Tibetan Buddhist Monk” at the annual Sacred Text Lecture in the GTU Dinner Board Room, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley. A reception at 6:30 pm precedes the lecture.

Celebration of the Tibetan New Year, Losar, which follows a lunar calendar, begins on February 19. In the Tibetan calendar, an element (this year, wood) is combined with an animal (this year, sheep), resulting in 2142, Year of the Wood Sheep.

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In the Doug Adams Gallery

The Center for the Arts, Religion, and Education (CARE)
1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10 am - 3 pm


The Erosion of Memory

Works by Anne Tait

September 10 - December 11, 2015

Tait's work is influenced by vernacular 19th-century memorials and the influence of industrialized printmaking on images of memory and domesticity. Prints, paintings, glass etchings, and embroidery pieces combine cemetery grave imagery with monograms. They are an extension of her work in stone carving.




Mining the Collection: Finding Meaning in the Mess

Works by Judith Selby Lang & Richard Lang

June 9 - August 28, 2015

Artists’ Talk, Tuesday, August 25, 2015 | 5-7pm

Since 1999, the Langs have been visiting Point Reyes National Seashore, gathering plastic debris as it washes out of the Pacific Ocean. Like archaeologists, the Langs carefully collect and organize these artifacts of our time. The Langs’ prints stand on their own as beautiful and arresting artworks; the surprise is in the realization that they have been created out of plastic debris. In this way, the Langs address our throwaway culture, the ubiquity of plastic, and our shared responsibility for environmental stewardship.


Present Absence: Icons from the Collection of the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute

February 3 - May 29, 2015

Opening Reception, Thursday, February 5, 2015 | 5-7pm

This exhibition invites us to explore the paradoxical nature of icons as embodiments of both material beauty and divine presence. These 16 icons, primarily 18th- and 19th-c. works from Russia, comprise the first exhibition from the collection of the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute.


For more information, contact Lily Manderville at 510-849-8935.


In the Badè Museum of Biblical Archeology

Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley
See for times and other information.


From Death to Life in Ancient Bahrain
October, 2014 - January, 2015; Badè Museum Gallery and foyer

The Bade Museum is proud to present From Death to Life in Ancient Bahrain, a new exhibit featuring the collaborative research of scholars from Sonoma State University, University of California, Berkeley, Stockholm University, and San Francisco State University. Four thousand years ago a society known as Dilmun existed in what is present-day Bahrain. The people there commemorated their dead by building burial mounds that can still be seen today. Learn about their lives via this fascinating exhibit on teh archaeological remains discovered in the mounds. Highlights include reproductions of ancient pottery made by Sonoma State University ceramics students and facial reconstructions of two ancient Dilmunites.

Participating researchers and coordinators include: Alexis Boutin (Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Sonoma State University), Benjamin Porter (Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology, UC Berkeley), Sabrina Sholts (Stockholm University), Gloria Nusse (San Francisco State University), Gregory Roberts (Associate Professor of Studio Art, Sonoma State University) , Jennifer Jacobs (Sonoma State University), and Karen Brodsky (Sonoma State University Library).


'Behinds the Scenes' at the Badè Museum
October, 2011 - present; Badè Museum Hallway Display Cases

Behind the Scenes at the BadeWhile the Badè Museum Gallery often stands as a symbol of the larger entity and efforts of the museum, and offers the public a clear and comprehensive visual representation of the Tell en-Nasbeh collection, much of the cutting-edge work takes place out of public view. Ongoing research of specific artifacts and object types from the collection, for example, is often carried out in the museum office and storage areas in Holbrook Hall. Working on these projects are the museum staff and visiting scholars, the latter often carrying out additional work from their home research institutions, both in the United States and abroad.

The summaries and photographs in this exhibit highlight the projects currently in progress at the Badè Museum. While being linked by a common base, the Tell en-Nasbeh collection, this group of projects is truly diverse, ranging from artifact-oriented inquiries, digitizing the Tell en-Nasbeh collection, to the revitalization of the museum’s educational outreach program, our popular traveling exhibit. This display, accordingly, brings to light the innovative and often unknown aspects of museum work by offering a unique window to the “behind of the scenes” of the Badè Museum.

The Current Projects on Display include:

  • Cooking at Tell en-Nasbeh: An Archaeological Interpretation of Iron Age Diet and Identity
  • The Tell en-Nasbeh Bioarchaeology Project
  • The Badè Museum’s Traveling Exhibit Program
  • Household Archaeology at Tell en-Nasbeh: A New Approach to Old Material
  • Digitizing, Databasing, and Disseminating the Tell en-Nasbeh Collection
  • Iron Tools and Agriculture at Iron Age Tell en-Nasbeh


Tell en-Nasbeh
Permanent displayOssuary

This exhibit is the "heart and soul" of the Badè Museum.

It displays a wealth of finds from the excavations at Tell en-Nasbeh, Palestine whose objects span from the Early Bronze Age (3100–2200 BC) through the Iron Age (1200–586 BC) and into the Roman and Hellenistic periods.

Highlights of the exhibit include "Tools of the Trade" featuring real archaeological tools used by Badè and his team, an oil lamp typology, a Second Temple period (586 BC–70 AD) limestone ossuary, and a selection of painted Greek pottery.


For more information: go online or contact Aaron Brody, Director, 510/849-8286

In the Blackfriars Gallery

Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology, 2301 Vine Street, Berkeley
Monday through Friday 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

The Blackfriars Gallery, located in the main gathering area of the classroom building at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, is open to the public and has displayed many fascinating exhibits including the largest collection of biblical movie posters, 18th century liturgical vestments, restored stained glass windows from the Neo-Gothic church of the Abbey of Gethsemani, Islamic calligraphy and paintings, contemporary aboriginal art and more.

Read more about current exhibitions at DSPT's Blackfriars Gallery