Graduate Theological Union


Library | Doug Adams Gallery | Badè Museum | Blackfriars Gallery


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.


Formless Form, the Art of Sho, recent works by Ronald Y. Nakasone 

October 1, 2014 to January 31, 2015

The Graduate Theological Union Library invites you to Formless Form, the Art of Sho, an exhibit of recent works by Ronald Y. Nakasone. Sho (as it is referred to in Japan; Ch shu) or calligraphy, is the simple exercise of writing kanji (Ch hanzi) and phonetic script to communicate thoughts, feelings, and information. Its origins can be traced to pictographs inscribed on bone, turtle shells, and other surfaces that expressed yearnings for good harvest, aspirations for health and safe passage through life; many of the inscriptions asked for prognostications for war.


2 October 2014, 6 pm - 7:30 pm, opening reception

5 November 2014, 6 pm - 7:30 pm with Nufa Gukuru- My Spirit Dances, Majikina Honryu

For more information, contact Caryl Woulfe at or 510/649-2541.


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In the Doug Adams Gallery

1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10 am - 3 pm

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