Mining the Collection: An Archaeology of the Senses
An opening for the show, “Mining the Collection: An Archaeology of the Senses,” will be held Thursday, April 8, from 5-7 pm in the Doug Adams Gallery, at Badè Museum at the Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley. The Mining the Collection series at the Doug Adams Gallery invites a single artist to create a body of work inspired by the Badè Museum archaeology collection. The guest artist gains access to the entire collection, spends time with staff archaeologists and curators, and conducts research that drives their final exhibition.
This series helps to foster cross-disciplinary dialogue and brings to life significant artifacts from biblical times, placing them in a new contemporary context. As our inaugural artist in this series, Pamela Blotner introduces us to an aesthetic awareness of the senses, with allusions to alchemy, performance, and immersive experience. The senses are not autonomous. In Blotner’s work, collaboration and relationships among the senses are highlighted in the frame of the museum.