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Special Events

Berkeley Art Museum Teas and Tours

A tea and open discussion follows each of these free, docent-led special events. Advance registration is required to attend. Contact or 510-642-5461 to register. Space is limited.

American Wonder: Folk Art from the Collection
Thursday, December 4, 2-4pm

This exhibit captures our burgeoning nation during a time of enormous change, from the Declaration of Independence in 1776 to the onset of the Civil War in 1861. The exhibition includes approximately fifty portraits, landscapes, commemorative mourning pictures, weather vanes, and decorative sculptures from the BAM/ PFA collection. This distinguished collection—one of the finest of American folk art in California—is due to the generosity of W.B. Carnochan and N.C. Edebo.

With remarkable beauty and formal simplicity, the works of art in American Wonder evoke the vivid presentness of their subjects and makers.

American Wonder: Folk Art from the Collection is organized by Chief Curator and Director of Programs and Collections Lucinda Barnes.

A Sly Delight in Design and Detail: A Special Introduction to BAM/PFA’s Trove of Japanese Woodblock Prints
Wednesday, October 8, 2-4:30pm

The museum has over 1350 ukiyo-e prints, most the legacy of a 1919 gift to campus from William Dallam Armes, Professor of English.

This special viewing surveys the history of Japanese woodblock prints with particular attention to highlights of the collection: landscape prints by Hiroshige and Hokusai, vivid kabuki and warrior images by Kuniyoshi, and slyly satirical mitate prints that hint at lives and thoughts outside of the outlines of official censorship.

Note: This exhibit is displayed in a conference room. If you have limited mobility or it is difficult for you to move around, you are welcome join the tea and discussion at 3pm and stay later to get a close up view of the prints. The exhibit will be open until 4:30. Thank you to the BAM for accommodating all of our retirees!

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