Graduate Theological Union
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 email@example.com or 510/649-2541.
In the Doug Adams Gallery
1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10 am - 3 pm
Queer Santas: Holy Violence – Alma Lopez
September 9, 2014 - January 9, 2015
In Queer Santas: Holy Violence, Alma López presents richly detailed, arresting paintings that connect the past and the present by depicting contemporary women as historical saints. Integrating traditional saints’ attributes and folk imagery, López focuses on women who were martyred for their refusal to conform to society’s expectations by marrying men; by presenting these saints as modern-day lesbians, López illustrates the continuity between the saints’ martrydoms and the ongoing problem of violence against women.
For more information, contact Lily Manderville at 510-849-8935.
Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley
See bade.psr.edu for times and other information.
Shedding Light on the Layers of a Lamp: Creation, Production, and Symbolism at Tell en-Nasbeh
March 21, 2012 - Fall, 2012; Badè Museum Gallery
To truly appreciate the multifaceted nature of the lamp in antiquity, one must look past its unassuming size and relative simplicity, and consider instead its less conspicuous layers of creation, functionality, and symbolism. In a world that could not depend on electricity and far-reaching lighting systems, humans had two natural light sources, the sun and fire. While the sun provided an excellent light source for outdoor activities during the daytime, lamps allowed for work to be done both after sunset and in enclosed spaces, therein profoundly altering and manipulating the natural environment for the benefit of humans. This invaluable ability resulted in the production and use of lamps in almost all regions and time periods during antiquity. Yet like any modern commodity, lamps changed throughout time and place as a result of increasing technologies, wavering fashions, and changing environments.
From an archaeological perspective, this consistent use and development of the lamp through place and time makes it a very useful means of dating stratigraphic levels at a single site and between different sites in a similar region. Archaeologists can also learn a lot about the activity areas of an ancient site based on the specific findspots of lamps. Lastly, lamps offer incomparable insight into the varying levels of artistic skills and production in antiquity. Yet, at a deeper level, lamps also attest to the importance of cultural style and to the connection tangible objects can have with ideological and spiritual beliefs within a specific culture and social group.
All of these facets of the lamp are evinced by the archaeological and textual remains from Tell en-Nasbeh, and neighboring regions: from the physical objects themselves, to associated tools and materials used in their creation, and even the textual materials produced by the culture to whom they belonged. There was not a single area or mindset of ancient life at Tell en-Nasbeh that was not in some way lit, whether visually or spiritually, by the flame of a lamp.
This show is the product of the joint venture between the Badè Museum and the Doug Adams Gallery, entitled Mining the Collection, in which the Badè Museum curators work with a resident artist at the Doug Adams Gallery to explore the Tell en-Nasbeh collection together, sharing a variety of ideas and concepts, and creating two exhibits that revolve around a shared interest in a particular aspect of the collection. The Doug Adams Gallery exhibit is entitled "Dimensions of Dark," featuring the work of Cathy Richardson.
'Behinds the Scenes' at the Badè Museum
October, 2011 - present; Badè Museum Hallway Display Cases
While 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
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.
In the Blackfriars Gallery
Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology, 2301 Vine Street, Berkeley
Monday through Friday 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Monks & Friars & Food...Oh, My!
From the ridiculous to the sublime, this exhibition charts those points wherein monastic practices, both real and perceived, have left their mark on culinary history. Fine art, prints, photographs, books, and artifacts have been gathered to amaze, entertain, and instruct viewers in the sweet and savory secrets of the cloister.
The majority of pieces in this exhibit are from the Santa Fe Institute (Berkeley), an affiliate of DSPT under the direction of Michael Morris, OP.
For more information about the exhibit, visit the "Exhibition Notes," by Chris Renz, OP.
For more information: go online