Flowers of the Four Seasons: Guided Tour (12:15 PM)
A dazzling array of Japan’s greatest artistic traditions from ancient to modern will be presented in BAM/PFA’s major fall exhibition Flowers of the Four Seasons: Ten Centuries of Art from the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture. The Clark Center of Hanford, California, and the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive will collaborate in bringing one of the most significant collections of Japanese art in America to the Bay Area with a presentation of more than 100 works of art. The exhibition will cover the broad collecting interests of the center’s founder, fourth-generation San Joaquin Valley resident Willard Clark, whose passion for Japan’s art and culture has resulted in a collection representing all major areas of artistic endeavor, with dates ranging from the late Heian period to the twenty-first century. Selections from the collection will be organized thematically, addressing topics of Buddhist art, literati painting, the natural environment, everyday life, bamboo sculpture, and contemporary ceramics, as well as works that celebrate a uniquely Japanese sense of humor.
Flowers of the Four Seasons: Ten Centuries of Art from the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture is organized jointly by the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive and the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture and is co-curated by Andreas Marks, Clark Center director, and Julia M. White, senior curator of Asian Art at BAM/PFA.
Coinciding with this exhibition, Timon Screech will give a public lecture on August 26th in the Museum Theater entitled "Collecting and Viewing in the Edo Period: Some Thoughts on the Ownership and Display of Paintings".
Guided tours of Flowers of the Four Seasons are presented by UC Berkeley graduate students in the Department of Art History on Thursdays at 12 noon and Sundays at 2 p.m. Student guides, all of whom specialize in East Asian art, are Kristopher Kersey, Carl Gellert, and Michelle Wang. Guided tours included with regular museum admission.