Past Exhibits

Spanish War Poster, courtesy Bancroft Library
Poster Art of the Spanish Civil War, 1936-39
Tuesday, Sep 6, 2016 | 10:00 am to Friday, Dec 16, 2016 | 4:00 pm
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United States

This selection of digital prints, drawn from the collection of the Bancroft Library to mark the 80th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), showcases political posters designed by leading graphic artists of the era. Harnessing the communicative capacity of imagery and text, these pieces give striking expression to the anti-fascist Republican cause in its fight against Francisco Franco and the Nationalists.

UT-3255, Painting by Jerry Carniglia, 2015
Monday, Feb 1, 2016 to Friday, Jun 3, 2016
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Abstract expressionist Jerry Carniglia found in aerial landscapes of the American West a point of departure to create layered, spiritually evocative paintings.

Existent Lines I, 2006
Paintings by Andrés Waissman
Thursday, Aug 27, 2015 to Friday, Dec 18, 2015
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Andrés Waissman is an emblematic figure in the world of contemporary art. His work conveys not only a visual but also a deep philosophical and political statement—a whole body of thought rendered through images.

Painting by Nagasawa
Paintings by Craig Nagasawa
Monday, Mar 2, 2015 to Friday, Jun 12, 2015
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United States

Craig Nagasawa’s work combines the technical aspects of Japanese/Nihonga painting techniques with the personal vision of a third-generation Japanese American.

A print from the Peter Koch Exhibit
Prints by Peter Rutledge Koch
Monday, Aug 25, 2014 to Friday, Feb 20, 2015
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

For the past forty years Peter Koch has cultivated a cross-media dialogue between art, philosophy, and literature. HARD WORDS is thirty-seven prints assembled from re-configured photographs, historical documents; manuscript journals and newspaper engravings; accompanied by short legends (one and two syllable messages) by the artist and hand-set in antique lead and wood type. The prints are accompanied by selected texts appropriated from the journals and letters of Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, Ross Cox, William T. Hornaday, L.A. Huffman, Elers Koch, and others.

Bill Dallas Painting Mesmerizing
Paintings by Bill A. Dallas
Tuesday, Sep 3, 2013 to Friday, May 2, 2014
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Imaginations features the paintings of Oakland artist and UC Berkeley alumnus Bill A. Dallas. Often incorporating a mixture of calligraphy, figure studies, and abstract painting, Dallas’ work is also heavily influenced by jazz music.

1968 photograph in Palace Square by David Linger
by David Linger
Monday, Mar 11, 2013 to Monday, Jun 24, 2013
Townsend Center, Main Office, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

David Linger's work takes the form of thin, translucent porcelain panels, often in large-scale works composed of multiple elements. The panels contain halftone photographs in black underglaze, overprinted with intaglio embossment of original text. His 1968 trip to Leningrad introduces us to the fragility of the human condition and opens up the viewers’ mind to the fundamental elegance of the un-extraordinary.

Ken Green Photo
Friday, Sep 14, 2012 to Friday, Mar 29, 2013
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

As staff photographer for the Oakland Tribune between 1968-1982, Kenneth P. Green Sr. captured in the still image some of the most dramatic and dynamic social changes occurring not only in Oakland, but in our time. His work reflects the best of both photojournalism and photography – a chronicle of the here and now, and a collection of personal portraits that illustrate the timeless, human side of the people involved. This exhibition highlights early photographs taken at DeFremery Park in Oakland, a center for community organizing, an important base for the Black Panther Party and for the nascent Black student movement that was taking place at Laney and Merritt Colleges.

Painting by Eva Bovenzi.
Paintings by Eva Bovenzi
Tuesday, Jan 10, 2012 to Friday, May 4, 2012
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

With their iridescent shapes emerging from blue or red backgrounds, Eva Bovenzi’s paintings at one moment suggest outer space, at another the sea. The forms described are similarly ambiguous: they could be tiny or enormous. Like apparitions from a world that is both familiar and unfamiliar, these forms seem caught in the ephemeral moment between appearing and disappearing. They are mysterious messages: letters from emptiness.

Painting of a lotus by Kathleen Thompson.
Paintings by Kathleen Thompson
Monday, Aug 22, 2011 to Friday, Dec 16, 2011
Townsend Center, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Taking inspiration from Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem “As Once the Winged Energy of Delight,” Kathleen Thompson’s recent work emphasizes the vibration of color. Combining references to flowers and natural elements with the use of fluorescent paint, Thompson’s work is not just an abstraction of nature but a bridge to a timeless place.

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