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.”
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.
Photographs and texts presenting the story of Jewish life in Norway as it flourished in the period from 1851 until the Second World War.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
The Townsend Center, in conjunction with the BAM show Gene(sis), presented a suite of 22 film stills from Organum, the computer graphics animation film by Greg Niemeyer, Chris Chafe, and Christine Liu. The stills present a linear narrative on which the complete film is based (although the film itself is non-linear)