ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Joey Enos, Tamra Seal - Ever Gold Gallery - November 21st - December 19th <div>Ever Gold Gallery is pleased to present&nbsp;<em>New California Sculpture</em>, an exhibition of new works from Northern California based artists Joey Enos (UC Berkeley MFA, 2014) and Tamra Seal (SFAI MFA, 2013). Both artists are rooted in working with non-traditional sculptural media and experimenting with notions of color theory, creating very different yet cohesive bodies of work that engage the viewer with excitement and wonder.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Enos draws from the assemblage tradition of using one&rsquo;s own creations as components in other works, presenting surfaces and structures in reconstituted forms and different iterations as if they were raw materials. Pulling from other California traditions, these sculptures receive applications of "finish fetish&rdquo; treatments over their aesthetically &ldquo;junky&rdquo; forms. The immediacy of the object and the automotive treatment of the surface create tensions that allow for an illustrative, three-dimensional experience. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Seal&rsquo;s work extrapolates iconic two-dimensional imagery from cinema into a three-dimensional phenomenological experience. Seal&rsquo;s sculptural fabrications of cinematic objects&mdash;like telephone booths and flying saucers&mdash;employ synthetic and saturated Technicolor hues to elicit an emotional response and to bring the dynamic visual experience of the screen image into lived, maneuverable space. For the exhibition at Ever Gold, Seal presents a series of sculptures that react to artificial and natural light by the nature of their physical construction, accompanied by photographic studies of their mysterious transformations.&nbsp;</div> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:54:59 +0000 - Asian Art Museum - November 15th 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM <p>A Chinese inscription on an ornately decorated travelling box for valuables at the Brooklyn Museum claims it was produced in China&rsquo;s Zhejiang province. Not bearing a date, the object has been attributed on stylistic grounds to Yuan China between the mid-13th and mid-14th centuries, though some features suggest an association with Chinese artistic techniques practiced after that period. To complicate matters, the object&rsquo;s composition implies a connection to Persian-style book arts and their incorporation of Chinese-inspired elements. Most such elements were introduced during the Mongol period. They evolved into a standardized Persian-style visual repertoire during the 15th century. In this illustrated lecture, the Brooklyn coffer will be examined and compared to other objects produced in medieval China, Iran and Central Asia. Dr. Akbarnia will examine the possibility that the coffer might have been produced either later or over a longer period of time than previously thought.</p> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:19:02 +0000 - Asian Art Museum - November 9th 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM <p>The hijab, chador and burqa are often understood as veils worn by women in Muslim societies, but did you know that covering oneself is a tradition shared among all major Abrahamic religions&mdash;Christianity, Judaism and Islam? Suzanne El Gamal moderates a panel discussion investigating the veil as part of larger historic and religious traditions, and as a lens to explore Islamophobia, gender politics and stereotypes. Panelists include women who choose to wear and not wear the veil: Ameena Jandali, Zahra Billoo and Nora Talebi.</p> <p>&nbsp;<strong>Zahra Billoo</strong> is the executive director of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR,, whose mission is to protect civil liberties of American Muslims and advocate for justice and mutual understanding.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;Suzanne El Gamal</strong> is president of San Francisco State University&rsquo;s Pi Alpha Alpha Public Administration Honor Society and president of the board of ZAWAYA (, a San Mateo-based Arabic arts organization. Suzanne is passionate about identifying methods for increasing the impact of nonprofit organizations on society. </p> <p><strong>Ameena Jandali</strong>is&nbsp;a founding member of the Islamic Network Group (ING, She co-designs and develops ING&rsquo;s educational presentations and cultural competency seminars on Islam and related subjects, in colleges, universities, religious centers and other venues.</p> <p>&nbsp;<strong>Nora Talebi</strong> is a longtime volunteer speaker with the Islamic Network Group. She is a practicing community pharmacist in the East Bay and has been an ING speaker since 2002.</p> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:16:56 +0000 - Asian Art Museum - November 15th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>The Arabian Peninsula has long been a crossroads of art, culture and trade. Several languages and writing systems have been used, and a rich body of oral poetry has been composed. Learn about these languages and hear poetry with students from the Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. </p> <p>This program is co-presented by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.</p> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:14:02 +0000 - Asian Art Museum - November 23rd 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM <p>The political enlightenment of the West articulated ideals that had no substantial counterpart in the spiritual traditions of Asia according to this event&rsquo;s featured speaker, Akeel Bilgrami, a leading philosopher and political and cultural commentator. Yet Gandhi, appealing precisely to those traditions, managed to construct a radical political philosophy. In what ways was Gandhi modern despite his explicit opposition to modernity? Is Gandhi relevant to our own time and politics? Dr. <strong>Bilgrami</strong> presents Gandhi's political philosophy to explore these questions and other contemporary concerns of religion, politics and culture. Immediately following the talk, University of California, Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks leads Dr. Bilgrami in a conversation about his work. Public reception to follow program.</p> <p><strong>Akeel Bilgrami</strong> currently holds the Sidney Morgenbesser Chair of Philosophy at Columbia University, where he is also a founding member of the Committee on Global Thought and the Director of the South Asian Institute. Bilgrami&nbsp;is a widely published author and public intellectual, writing on philosophy, politics, religion and culture with a special interest in Indian politics and history as well as the politics of the Islamic world.</p> <p class="t">&nbsp;<strong>Nicholas Dirks</strong> became the 10th chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley in 2013. A renowned historian and anthropologist, he is a leader in higher education and well-known for his advocacy for accessible, high-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, to the globalization of the university, and innovation across disciplines.</p> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:11:47 +0000 - Asian Art Museum - November 16th 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM <p>&nbsp;Zawaya and Aswat invite you to join us for an interactive musical event and concert directed by virtuoso violinist, multi-instrumentalist and singer, Younes el Makboul. Learn to sing, play Arab percussion instruments and participate in Arab dance circles with the Aswat Ensemble and other artists from the Bay Area&rsquo;s premier Arab music ensemble. </p> <p>Performances will include a recitation of the Qur&rsquo;an (<em>tajweed</em>) and a performance by the Aswat Youth Ensemble, which will captivate your musical senses&mdash;and your visual senses, too, by wearing costumes from the Arab world.</p> <p>The program will culminate with a presentation of sacred songs by the Aswat Sacred Music Ensemble. Lebanese artist Rana Mroue will respond to questions from the audience.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:56:06 +0000 - Asian Art Museum - November 16th 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM <p>Explore art and ideas through immersive storytelling, fun gallery activities, creative art making and more during Family Fun Day. Themes and projects change regularly.</p> <p>November through January, take a trip along the incense roads with a gallery guide or Art Cards that promote closer looking at objects, and discover how ancient civilizations depicted the human form with projects inspired by the special exhibition <em>Roads of Arabia</em>.</p> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:53:18 +0000 - Asian Art Museum - November 2nd 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM <p>Explore art and ideas through immersive storytelling, fun gallery activities, creative art making and more during Family Fun Day. Themes and projects change regularly.</p> <p>November through January, take a trip along the incense roads with a gallery guide or Art Cards that promote closer looking at objects, and discover how ancient civilizations depicted the human form with projects inspired by the special exhibition <em>Roads of Arabia</em>.</p> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:49:25 +0000 - Richmond Art Center - November 6th 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM <p dir="ltr">A unique opportunity to view the intimate artworks by artist Richard Diebenkorn in the "Closely Considered &ndash; Diebenkorn in Berkeley" exhibition in concert with the music of its time played by the Del Sol String Quartet. The evening&rsquo;s program will include music of Robert Erickson, followed by a reception with wine and hors d&rsquo;oeuvres. more info: <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:47:31 +0000 - Asian Art Museum - November 1st 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM <p><em>New concert works inspired by ancient Arabic texts by composer Mohammed Fairouz with pianist Lara Downes, baritone Zachary Gordin, andthe Del Sol String Quartet &nbsp;</em>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Arab-American composer Mohammed Fairouz, hailed by BBC World News as &ldquo;one of the most talented composers of his generation,&rdquo; integrates West Asian modes into Western structures, to expressive effect. This concert introduces the West Coast premieres of several of Fairouz&rsquo;s solo and chamber works inspired by literary and historical influences reaching back to ancient cultures of the Arabian Peninsula.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:46:16 +0000 Tetsuya Ishida - Asian Art Museum - November 14th - February 22nd, 2015 <p>This intimate exhibition consists of eight paintings by Tetsuya Ishida (1973&ndash;2005), the Japanese artist whose untimely death at age 31 ended a brief but significant career as a painter. Ishida's work offers a unique lens to view the tensions of his generation, which came of age amid rising social and academic expectations and uncertain future prospects.</p> <p>While touches of dark humor temper his work, Ishida&rsquo;s darkly powerful imagery poses universal questions about the nature of identity and the meaning of life in the modern, post-industrial world.</p> <p>The exhibition&rsquo;s title is drawn from the artist&rsquo;s words, recorded in a notebook at age 25: &ldquo;I am strongly drawn to saint-like artists. The people who truly believe that &lsquo;the world is saved a little with each brushstroke.&rsquo; &rdquo; <em>Organized by the Asian Art Museum.</em></p> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:36:01 +0000 Margaretta Lovell, David Henkin - Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive - November 23rd 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM <p>BAM/PFA Galleries. Included with gallery admission<br /><br />Art historian Margaretta Lovell and social historian David Henkin, both professors at UC Berkeley, offer a rich context for the artwork on view in&nbsp;<strong>American Wonder</strong>. They will discuss pre-Civil War American society and culture, touching on such issues as individual and community identity, rituals of mourning, schoolgirl skills, professional penmanship, and the role of domestic animals.<br /><br />Margaretta Lovell, the Jay D. McEvoy Professor of Art History at UC Berkeley, received her PhD from Yale and specializes in American and British art, architecture, design, and literature. Her books include the prizewinners&nbsp;<em>Art in a Season of Revolution: Painters, Artisans, and Patrons in Early America</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>A Visitable Past: Views of Venice by American Artists and Writers</em>. Her current project is a book on the antebellum landscape painter Fitz H. Lane.&nbsp;<br /><br />David Henkin, who holds a PhD from UC Berkeley, specializes in American society and culture of the nineteenth century. He is a professor in the Department of History at UC Berkeley and is the author of&nbsp;<em>City Reading: Written Words and Public Space in Antebellum New York</em>,&nbsp;<em>The Postal Age: The Emergence of Mass Communications in Nineteenth-Century America</em>, and&nbsp;<em>Becoming America: A History for the 21st Century</em>. His current project is a study of seven-day rhythms in nineteenth-century America.</p> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:47:21 +0000 Marianne Hirsch - Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive - November 14th 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM <div id="sub_main"> <div id="sub_maintext"> <div class="sub_wrapper"> <p>Gund Theater. Admission free<br /><br />In a discussion of four contemporary artists from across the globe, Columbia University professor Marianne Hirsch explores feminist cross-cultural alternatives to official remembrance in a time of migration, exile, and globalization. Her lecture is the keynote address for<em>&nbsp;</em>Memory Without Borders: Violence, Justice, and Practices of Remembrance, a UC Berkeley conference that considers memory in a global age and its effect on our conception of justice. Go to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow"></a>&nbsp;for more information.<br /><br />Hirsch is professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University. Her path-breaking books on memory, violence, and intergenerational trauma include&nbsp;<em>The Generation of Postmemory: Writing and Visual Culture After the Holocaust</em>;&nbsp;<em>Ghosts of Home: The Afterlife of Czernowitz in Jewish Memory</em>, coauthored with Leo Spitzer; and&nbsp;<em>Family Frames: Photography, Narrative, and Postmemory.<br /><br /></em>This event coincides with the presentation of works from Fernando Botero&rsquo;s&nbsp;<em>Abu Ghraib</em>&nbsp;series in the Theater Gallery from November 5 to 23 as part of Art for Human Rights Week. Memory Without Borders is made possible by a grant from the University of California Humanities Research Institute. Cosponsors include the Townsend Center for the Humanities, the Human Rights Center, the Human Rights Program, and the Departments of French, Spanish and Portuguese, Comparative Literature, and German, all at UC Berkeley, and the Consulat G&eacute;n&eacute;ral de France, San Francisco.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:44:38 +0000 John Zurier - Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive - November 7th 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM <p>Included with L@TE admission<br /><br />Artist John Zurier and curator Apsara DiQuinzio discuss Iceland, the artist&rsquo;s experiences working in nature, the material aspects of the paintings on view on&nbsp;<strong>MATRIX 255</strong>, and color. Followed by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow">L@TE: Dalal&aelig;&eth;a: Music for Cellos &amp; Electronics</a>, programmed by John Zurier.</p> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:41:38 +0000 Sarah Thornton - Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive - November 9th 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM <p>Gund Theater. Included with admission<br /><br />Join us for an illustrated lecture and booksigning with writer and sociologist of art Sarah Thornton, author of the bestselling&nbsp;<em>Seven Days in the Art World</em>. In her new book,&nbsp;<em>33 Artists in 3 Acts</em>, Thornton asks the simple but profound question: what is an artist? She traveled the globe to observe and interview over one hundred artists from fourteen countries on five continents, dividing the stories she brought back into three linked &ldquo;acts&rdquo;&mdash;politics, kinship, and craft&mdash;in order to delve deeply into what motivates artists and how they relate to the broader world.<br /><br />Thornton writes regularly for the&nbsp;<em>Economist</em>&nbsp;and many other publications.&nbsp;<em>Seven Days in the Art World</em>, which explores the precious ecosystem of art dealers, collectors, curators, and critics, was described as &ldquo;a field guide to the nomadic tribes of the contemporary art world&rdquo; and named one of the best art books of 2008 by the<em>New York Times</em>.<br /><br /></p> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:38:42 +0000 - Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive - November 21st 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM <div id="sub_main"> <div id="sub_maintext"> <div class="sub_wrapper"> <p>Gund Theater. Admission free<br /><br />How can we sustain affordable housing and healthy neighborhoods in our communities? How can we sustain a thriving artistic life for our citizens? Most importantly, how can we answer both questions together? The symposium is timed to coincide with the residency of artist and community organizer Rick Lowe of Houston&rsquo;s Project Row Houses, who will deliver a UC Berkeley Regents&rsquo; Lecture on November 17. For more information go to<a href="" rel="nofollow"></a>.<br /><br />Cosponsored by the Arts Research Center (ARC), the Global Urban Humanities Initiative, and the UC Berkeley Regents Lecture series.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:35:44 +0000