Past Exhibits

Image of an artwork by John Herschend.
Artworks by Jonn Herschend
Tuesday, Oct 25, 2005 to Sunday, Jan 15, 2006
Townsend Center, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

An MFA Candidate at UC Berkeley, Jonn Herschend has exhibited at locations around the Bay Area, and in Portland, Nashville, and Norway. In 2002 he was artist in residence at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Hershend’s works have been critiqued in The New York Times Magazine and the San Francisco Examiner. He serves on the board for Out of Site, the center for art and architecture in San Francisco.

Image of an intricate, vibrant, almost abstract painting of trees by Saule Suleimenova.
Paintings by Saule Suleimenova
Wednesday, Sep 14, 2005 to Thursday, Oct 20, 2005
Townsend Center, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Saule Suleimenova’s style, says art historian and professor A. Mukhambetova, “is deeply individual and instantly recognizable. Many influences make up its pedigree, including European expressionism, symbolism and dada, the decorative component of Central Asian miniatures, Kazakh ornamental style…One should add God-given talent and hard work by the soul and mind, a unique psyche, both sensitive and dynamic, plus a heightened reaction to falsity, both in life and in creative work.”

Photo of J. Ignacio Diaz de Rábago's installation of floating balls over a walkway, mounted by strings.
Sketches of Art Installations by J. Ignacio Diaz de Rábago
Thursday, Apr 14, 2005 to Wednesday, May 25, 2005
Townsend Center, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Rábago draws on his training in sculpture and painting to create large-scale, site-specific public art installations. His award-winning work has been exhibited widely at museums and galleries throughout Europe. He is particularly known for his Babel towers, monumental works made entirely out of books that he has installed in libraries in Oslo, Copenhagen, Stockholm, and elsewhere. This exhibit featured sketches by Diaz de Rábago of proposed installations for sites across the UC Berkeley campus.

Old photograph of four children holding Norway flags.
A traveling collection of the Norwegian Consulate
Thursday, Apr 7, 2005 to Monday, Apr 11, 2005
Townsend Center, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Photographs and texts presenting the story of Jewish life in Norway as it flourished in the period from 1851 until the Second World War.

Image of a soldier flailing with a scarf around his eyes, created by Alice Wingwall.
Artworks by Alice Wingwall
Thursday, Feb 17, 2005 to Monday, Apr 4, 2005
Townsend Center, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

This show features an in-depth look at the artwork of Alice Wingwall. A sculptor, photographer, and filmmaker, Wingwall experienced a progressive loss of vision as a result of retinitis pigmentosa. Her self-portraits and drawings attest to her deep knowledge of and relationship with architecture. 

Low-angled photo of two women holding hands and wearing simple robes.
Photographs by Avenali Resident Fellow Sheba Chhachhi
Friday, Feb 4, 2005 to Tuesday, Feb 15, 2005
Townsend Center, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Sheba Chhachhi, an installation artist, photographer, activist, and writer based in New Delhi, India, was on campus for the month of February 2005 in a visit organized by the Women’s Studies department and funded by the Townsend Departmental Residency Program. Created in collaboration with women renunciates and ecstatics in various parts of India, the photographs in this exhibition seek to share the unusual lives of contemporary women sadhus—from the almost naked beatific to the power-dressing female mahant.

Photograph of a woman before a scene of the Moldovan countryside.
Photographs by Mimi Chakarova, Keli Dailey & Gosia Wozniacka
Wednesday, Sep 1, 2004 to Friday, Oct 15, 2004
Townsend Center, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

After the collapse of communism, more than 200,000 young Moldovan women have been trafficked and sold abroad. Poverty and desperation are the prevailing factors in this modern-day flesh trade. Chakarova’s photographs examine the living conditions in the villages of the poorest country in Europe.

Photo of Ann Chamberlain.
Artworks by Ann Chamberlain
Friday, Mar 26, 2004 to Tuesday, May 18, 2004
Townsend Center, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Ann Chamberlain explains that “Islands of San Francisco is an exercise in mapping the city as a series of islands, imagining what is isolated, revealed, concealed, or adrift. Perhaps this is an exercise in mythologies of place—archipelagos or constellations, sacred mountains, gated enclaves, nature preserves, or even penal colonies—all linked by common species, activities, or interests. By mapping I hope to reveal some of these layers and associations, both the pinnacles and the underbelly of the city.”

Image of a print of a somber-faced Kabuki actor.
Memorial Prints of Kabuki Actors from the private collection of Professor Al Dien
Tuesday, Jan 27, 2004 to Friday, Mar 19, 2004
Townsend Center, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

In Actors in Death: Commemorative Prints from the World of Kabuki, the Townsend Center presents memorial prints of Kabuki actors, woodblock prints from the collection of Stanford professor Albert Dien that date from the late 18th century through the early 20th century and the heyday of Kabuki theater in Japan.

Close photo of a rose.
Photographs by Stephen Palmer
Monday, Oct 27, 2003 to Friday, Dec 19, 2003
Townsend Center, 220 Stephens Hall
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United States

Stephen Palmer, Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science at UC Berkeley, explores the connections between visual perception—the focus of his research and teaching—and his recent work in color photography.

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