<< Friday, November 17, 2017 >>

Friday, November 17, 2017

Fall 2017 Architecture Sustainability Colloquium

Colloquium | August 25 – December 1, 2017 every day | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

FRIDAYS - AUG 25 through DEC 1. CHECK THE SCHEDULE FOR SPEAKERS. Bay Area Leaders discuss topics in sustainability.

International Education Week

Special Event | November 13 – 17, 2017 every day | 9 a.m. |  Stephens Hall

 Peter Burt

 Berkeley Study Abroad

International Education Week is November 13-17!

We will be celebrating with a variety of information sessions and events all week long:

Global Bear Festival, Hosted by BIO
Tuesday 11/14. 5:00-8:30 p.m., I-House

Global Internships Info Session
Wednesday 11/15 12:00-1:00, Barrows 126

L&S Breadth Requirements Abroad
Wednesday 11/15 1:30-2:30, 102 Wurster

Non-Traditional...   More >

​New Nationalism and Universities: Global Perspectives on Politics and Policy and the Future of Higher Education: An International Conference to Celebrate the Center for Studies in Higher Education’s 60th Anniversary

Conference/Symposium | November 16 – 17, 2017 every day | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Center for Studies in Higher Education , Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Institute of Governmental Studies, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), University World News, Carnegie Corporation of New York

To celebrate the Center for Studies in Higher Education's (CSHE) 60th Anniversary, the Center is hosting a two-day international conference on 16 and 17 November 2017 at the iconic UC Berkeley campus in Berkeley, California.

Interested in attending? Register here: www.cshe.berkeley.edu/events/new-nationalism-and-universities

Qigong with Director Eric Siegel

Workshop | November 17 | 10-11 a.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join UCBG Director Eric Siegel for a morning practice in Qigong (pronounced cheegong), a form of meditative exercise with repeated movements, gently stretching the core and limbs and building body awareness.

Free with Garden Admission

  Register online

The Moral Imperative of Better School Quality Measures

Lecture | November 17 | 10-11:30 a.m. | 2515 Tolman Hall

 Jack Schneider, Assistant Professor, College of the Holy Cross

 Graduate School of Education

Today, parents and policymakers can access school- and district-level data in historically unprecedented quantities. Yet available information largely consists of student standardized test scores, which offer a limited picture of school performance and often indicate more about student demography than about educational practice. Consequently, such data may produce a distorted picture of school...   More >

Clark Kerr Garden Open Work Hours

Tour/Open House | October 27 – December 8, 2017 every Friday | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Clark Kerr Campus

 Campus Gardens

Located on the CKC campus, sponsored by UC Grounds Dept. and Cal Dining

Flu Shot Clinics at Tang: Drop-in flu shot clinics at the Tang Center, Fall 2017

Miscellaneous | November 17 | 12-6 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Education Center, first floor

 Tang Center (University Health Services)

Flu shot clinics at the Tang Center. Free for students with SHIP; $30 for staff, faculty, and members of the community (college age adults and above) and students without SHIP. No appointment is necessary. It's quick and easy!

 No children; college-age students or above.

Get Fit in 7 Minutes (BEUHS652)

Workshop | November 17 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 251 Hearst Gymnasium

 Cori Evans, MA, NSCA-CPT Wellness Program Specialist, Be well at Work - Wellness

 Be Well at Work - Wellness

Come and learn how a High Intensity Circuit Training (H.I.C.T.) workout in just 7 minutes using your body weight, a chair and wall, can help you maximize your time and workout space. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, the combination of aerobic and resistance training in a high-intensity, limited-rest design can deliver numerous health benefits in much less time than...   More >

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A Colloquium on Flat Protagonists: A Theory of Novel Character: with author Marta Figlerowicz, Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Yale University

Colloquium | November 17 | 12:30-2 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, Room 300

 Marta Figlerowicz, Assistant Professor Of English and Comparative Literature, Yale University, Berkeley Consortium for the Study of the Novel

 Joshua Steven Gang, Assistant Professor of English, UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Consortium for the Study of the Novel and Berkeley Department of English

Professor Figlerowicz will discuss the new theory of novelistic character proposed in her recently published book. The colloquium is open to all. Selections from Flat Protagonists may be found on the event website.

Flat Protagonists: a Theory of Novel Character

Colloquium | November 17 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 300 Wheeler Hall

 Martha Figlerowicz, Assistant Professor of English & Comparative Literature, Yale University; Joshua Gang, Assistant Professor of English, UC Berkeley

 Department of English, Berkeley Consortium on the Novel, The Eggers Chair of English

Marta Figlerowicz in conversation with Joshua Steven Gang

Selections from Flat Protagonists are available at https://bcourses.berkeley.edu/courses/1466905.

Talking About Combinatorial Objects Student Seminar: Matroid Representability via Stable Polynomials

Seminar | November 17 | 1-2 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Jonathan Leake, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We call a polynomial in $n$ complex variables stable if it is nonvanishing whenever all the variables lie in the open right half-plane. Such polynomials play a key role in a diverse collection of fields, including differential equations, optimization, and combinatorics. In 2004 [1], it was shown that a stable homogeneous multilinear polynomial has support which forms the set of bases of a...   More >

Archaeological Databases with FileMaker Pro

Workshop | November 17 | 1-5 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Michael Ashley, Center for Digital Archaeology

 Archaeological Research Facility

Part I: Filemaker essentials. Using databases for fieldwork and research. Planning, practicalities,
Part II: Building custom applications with FileMaker - mobile, desktop, cloud, multiuser. Your projects.


 Workshops cost $50 for non-UC attendees. The workshops are free for students, faculty, and staff. Make reservations online

Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: From Negative Index Nanophotonic Structures to Topological Light Sources

Seminar | November 17 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, 521 Cory (Hogan Room)

 Boubacar Kanté, Professor, University of California San Diego

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

During the last two decades, our ability to nanostructure materials has led to a better understanding of the role of electromagnetic multipoles in the control of light-matter interaction. In this talk, I will discuss how symmetry considerations have enabled the construction of negative index nanophotonic structures from closed metallic nanorings, the analogue of the Bohr model of atoms...   More >

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 6, 2017 – December 30, 2018 every Sunday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday with exceptions | 1:30-2:45 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join us for a free, docent-led tour of the Garden as we explore interesting plant species, learn about the vast collection, and see what is currently in bloom. Meet at the Entry Plaza.

Free with Garden admission
Advanced registration not required

Tours may be cancelled without notice.
For day-of inquiries, please call 510-643-2755
For tour questions, please email gardentours@berkeley.edu...   More >

Electronic and Optical Properties of Atomically Thin Semiconductors: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | November 17 | 2-3 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall | Note change in location

 Prof. Tony F. Heinz, Stanford University, Applied Physics

 Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute

Graphene, a single atomic layer of carbon atoms, has attracted great attention because of its novel physical properties and potential for technology. Recently, this interest has expanded to the wider class of two-dimensional materials that occur naturally as 2D layers of van-der-Waals crystals. While preserving graphene’s flexibility and tunability by external perturbations, atomically thin...   More >

Student Probability/PDE Seminar: Large Deviation Principle for random graphs

Seminar | November 17 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Fraydoun Rezakhanlou, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Seminar 242, Econometrics: "The role of the propensity score in fixed effects models"

Seminar | November 17 | 2:45-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Guido Imbens, Stanford GSB/Economics

 Department of Economics

Composition Colloquium: Charlie Sdraulig and Davor Vincze

Colloquium | November 17 | 3 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

3-4:30, Morrison 125 (unless otherwise noted)

Free and open to the public

AEarning widespread notice for his richly colored and superbly crafted scores, Pierre Jalbert (b. 1967) has developed a musical language that is engaging, expressive, and deeply personal. Among his many honors are the Rome Prize, the BBC Masterprize, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's 2007 Stoeger Award,...   More >

Postindustrial Language Socialization

Lecture | November 17 | 3-5 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, B-4 (Classroom side)

 Elinor Ochs, UCLA

 Berkeley Language Center

*Message form Claire Kramsch*
Foreign language teachers are used to seeing themselves as teaching language acquisition (SLA), not language socialization (LS). Success in second language acquisition is developing full command of the linguistic and communicative aspects of language, whereas for language socialization it is acculturation and blending into a speech community. However, in both cases,...   More >

MENA Salon

Workshop | November 17 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Every Friday in the semester, the CMES hosts an informal weekly coffee hour and guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all and free of charge. Check the calendar the Monday before the Salon for the current week's topic.

If Data Sharing is the Answer, What is the Question?

Seminar | November 17 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Christine Borgman

 Information, School of

Christine Borgman is Distinguished Professor and Presidential Chair in Information Studies at UCLA.

Seminar 242, Econometrics: "Asymptotics For High Dimensional Regression M-Estimates: Fixed Design Results"

Seminar | November 17 | 3:45-4:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Lihua Lei, UCB Statistics

 Department of Economics

How Ride-Sharing Technology is Impacting Transportation in Africa: The case of Uber in Nairobi

Lecture | November 17 | 4 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Kagure Wamunyu, OxfordUniversity

 Institute of Transportation Studies

Metals in Cells: The Inorganic Foundation of Life

Seminar | November 17 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Amit Reddi, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Georgia Tech University

 College of Chemistry

Metalloproteins constitute one of the largest classes of proteins in the proteome and are involved in virtually every metabolic and signaling pathway of consequence to human health and disease. Research in the Reddi lab is focused on determining the cellular, molecular, and chemical mechanisms by which metalloproteins are activated by cells, and once activated, how they communicate with other...   More >

The Learning Tree

Film - Feature | November 17 | 4-5:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The first Hollywood studio film directed by an African American, The Learning Tree is Gordon Parks’s semiautobiographical portrait of black youth, racial discrimination, and masculinity in Depression-era Kansas.

Meeting Conservation with Anand Varma: Hosted by Society for Conservation Biology- Berkeley Chapter: Photography and "Sciencetelling" Workshop

Workshop | November 17 | 4-6 p.m. | 2063 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Anand Varma, Freelance Photographer, National Geographic

 Society for Conservation Biology- Berkeley Chapter

Workshop on photography and science storytelling with freelance natural history photographer, Anand Varma, of National Geographic. Hosted by the Society for Conservation Biology- Berkeley Chapter.

Lineage of Japanese Prose Fiction

Panel Discussion | November 17 | 4 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Dennis Washburn, Dartmouth College; Reiko Abe Auestad, University of Oslo; Keith Vincent, Boston University; Alan Tansman, UC Berkeley

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

A roundtable discussion of the lineage of Japanese prose fiction. Many critics and readers have long agreed that the peaks in this tradition are the writings of Murasaki Shikibu in the early eleventh century and of Natsume Sôseki in the early twentieth century. But these are writings rarely thought of together. Do they allow us to think of a long tradition of Japanese prose fiction? Is the modern...   More >

Logic Colloquium: Possibilities for Boolean, Heyting, and modal algebras

Colloquium | November 17 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Wesley Holliday, U.C. Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk, we describe an alternative to the standard representation theory for Boolean, Heyting, and modal algebras descending from Stone (1934, 1937) and Jónsson and Tarski (1951). While the standard theory leads to the well-known “possible world semantics” in logic, the alternative theory forms the basis of the recently investigated “possibility semantics” in logic. We will give an...   More >

Seminar 242, Econometrics: "Estimating latent asset pricing factors from large-dimensional data"

Seminar | November 17 | 4:30-5:15 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Markus Pelger, Stanford

 Department of Economics

Music Studies Colloquium: Shana Redmond (UCLA): In Windows and Wood: Curating Paul Robeson’s Voice

Colloquium | November 17 | 4:30 p.m. | 128 Morrison Hall

 Fall welcome misc.

 Department of Music

free and open to the public

Global Lives Project in Theater 2

Film - Documentary | November 17 | 5-6:40 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Explore the diversity of human experience with videos from the Global Lives Project, which capture twenty-four hours in the lives of individuals around the globe.

Seminar 242, Econometrics: "Efficient policy learning "

Seminar | November 17 | 5:15-6 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Stefan Wagner, Stanford

 Department of Economics

Weaving Friendship: Welcome Celebration for Bertina López Cumez

Reception | November 17 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Join us to welcome and celebrate skilled Guatemalan weaver and friend of the museum, Bertina López Cumez. Bertina, in conversation with the Hearst's Head of Education Adam Nilsen, will speak about her weaving practice. In addition to the huipiles currently on exhibit (woven by Bertina and her mother), additional textiles will be on view.
Before and after the talk, explore the current exhibit...   More >

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Volleyball vs. USC

Sport - Intercollegiate - Volleyball | November 17 | 6 p.m. |  Haas Pavilion

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Volleyball hosts USC in conference action at Haas Pavilion.

Poetry by Wendy Trevino, MK Chavez, and Andrea Murphy

Reading - Literary | November 17 | 6-7:05 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Readings from poets Wendy Trevino, MK Chavez, and Andrea Murphy.

Grounds for Science:: Impossible experiments for extreme scales

Presentation | November 17 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. |  Scarlet City Espresso Bar

 3960 Adeline St, Emeryville, CA 94608

 Pratima Satish, Department of Chemistry; Zarek Brot-Goldberg, Department of Economics


No tickets Required!
Come learn about cutting-edge research from the graduate student community at UC Berkeley in a relaxed, sci-fi-themed cafe setting. This month features short talks by graduate students Pratima Satish and Zarek Brot-Goldberg

The Edison super-computer at NERSC


Film - Feature | November 17 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Maggie Cheung was awarded Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival for her portrayal of a junkie trying to get clean in order to win back her young son. Nick Nolte costars.

The Joffrey Ballet: Dance Residency

Performing Arts - Dance | November 17 | 8 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 The Joffrey Ballet, Cal Performances

 Cal Performances

With this program of new and recent works by some of the most exciting choreographers working today, The Joffrey Ballet stays true to its 60-year reputation for innovation and eclecticism. Performed to a live Philip Glass score, Justin Peck's In Creases showcases his keen eye for manipulating bodies to form complex geometric structures. Annabelle Lopez Ochoa creates a spellbinding depiction of a...   More >

$36 - 126

  Buy tickets online or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

The Joffrey Ballet performs Justin Peck’s In Creases, Friday–Sunday, November 17–19, 2017 in Zellerbach Hall.

Theater: TDPS Presents "Mechanics of Love"

Performing Arts - Theater | November 16 – 18, 2017 every day | 8-9:30 p.m. |  Zellerbach Playhouse

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

A man who forgets everything falls in love with a ballerina who forgets nothing. Until, that is, she falls in love with him. And his wife. And the mechanic. Characters frolic through life in this pirouette of a play that questions how we love, who we choose, and the cost of making sense of it all.

$13 Students, Cal Staff & Faculty, & Seniors online presale,, $15 Students, Cal Staff & Faculty, & Seniors at the door. ID required., $18 General Admission online presale,, $20 General Admission at the door

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Exhibits and Ongoing Events

People Made These Things: Connecting with the Makers of Our World

Exhibit - Multimedia | April 12 – December 17, 2017 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday with exceptions | Hearst Museum of Anthropology, 102 Kroeber Hall

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Why do we sometimes know a lot about who made things, and why do we sometimes not? Why does it sometimes matter to us, and why might it sometimes not? These are the questions that will be raised in the exhibit that will inaugurate the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology’s renovated Kroeber Hall Gallery. The Museum will display objects from the collection that urge visitors to think...   More >

 Free UC Berkeley Students, Faculty, Staff, Hearst Museum Members, and Youth under 18, $6 General Admisison, $3 Non-UC Berkeley Students and seniors over 65

In-Between Places: Korean American Artists in the Bay Area

Exhibit - Painting | September 13 – December 10, 2017 every day |  Mills College Art Museum

 5000 MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94613

 Mills College Art Museum

In-Between Places (사이에 머물다) is the story of Korean American artists and their dreams, featuring new work by: Jung Ran Bae; Sohyung Choi; Kay Kang; Miran Lee; Young June Lew; Nicholas Oh; Younhee Paik; and Minji Sohn.

Street by Minji Sohn, 2016

Jennie Smith: New Drawings

Exhibit - Painting | September 18 – December 15, 2017 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | Stephens Hall, Townsend Center for the Humanities

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

San Francisco artist Jennie Smith infuses her detailed drawings of the natural world with an imaginative sensibility.

Viewing hours are generally Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm. The exhibit is located in a space also used for events and meetings; please call (510) 643-9670 or email in advance to confirm room availability.

The Russian Revolution Centenary: 1917-2017: Politics, Propaganda and People's Art

Exhibit - Multimedia | September 11, 2017 – January 8, 2018 every day |  Moffitt Undergraduate Library


This exhibition is dedicated to the centenary of the Russian Revolution that took place in October of 1917. The exhibition will take place in the Moffitt Library, and it will highlight several print-items from the revolutionary times.

 Access to the Moffitt Undergraduate Library is restricted and you'll need the UC Berkeley/ Cal Card for entry.

Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument

Exhibit - Photography | October 6 – December 17, 2017 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

This investigation of the editorial process behind Parks's photo-essay "Harlem Gang Leader" reveals unspoken conflicts between photographer, editor, subject, and truth.

Miyoko Ito/ MATRIX 267

Exhibit - Painting | October 6, 2017 – January 28, 2018 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Discover the singular vision of a Berkeley-born artist whose paintings explore both exterior and interior landscapes.

Repentant Monk: Illusion and Disillusion in the Art of Chen Hongshou

Exhibit - Painting | October 25, 2017 – January 28, 2018 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Chen Hongshou is a major figure in Chinese art of the late Ming and early Qing dynasties. This exhibition explores his visually compelling work and his response to the turmoil of his times.

Veronica De Jesus/ MATRIX 268

Exhibit - Multimedia | October 25, 2017 – February 25, 2018 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

De Jesus's memorial portraits honor artists, writers, and diverse cultural figures, testifying to the fact that each life is valuable and worthy of recognition.

Buddhist Realms

Exhibit - Multimedia | October 25, 2017 – April 22, 2018 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

This presentation showcases exquisite examples of Buddhist art from the Himalayan region.

On the Hour/ Hayoun Kwon

Exhibit - Multimedia | November 1 – December 29, 2017 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Commissioned for BAMPFA’s outdoor screen, Kwon’s imaginative digital animation evokes a woman who transformed her apartment into an aviary.

Fiat Yuks: Cal Student Humor, Then and Now

Exhibit - Artifacts | October 16, 2017 – June 3, 2018 every day | Bancroft Library, Rowell Cases, 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library

 Bancroft Library

Let there be laughter! This exhibition features Cal students’
cartoons, jokes, and satire throughout the years selected
from their humor magazines and other publications.

Fiat Yuks: Cal Student Humor, Then and Now

Exhibit - Artifacts | October 13, 2017 – May 30, 2019 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | Bancroft Library, Rowell Cases, near Heyns Reading Room, 2nd floor corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe

 Bancroft Library

Let there be laughter! This exhibition features Cal students’ cartoons, jokes, and satire from throughout the years, selected from their humor magazines and other publications.

The Summer of Love 50th Anniversary

Exhibit - Artifacts | July 21 – December 29, 2017 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Bancroft Library, Bancroft Corridor between The Bancroft Library and Doe Library

 Bancroft Library

Marking a 50th anniversary, Bancroft’s rare and unique collections documenting the 1967 “Summer of Love” are on exhibit in the corridor cases. Presented are images from the Bay Area alternative press, psychedelic rock posters and mailers, documentary photographs of the Haight-Ashbury scene and major rock concerts, and material from the personal papers of author Joan Didion and poet Michael...   More >

¡Viva La Fiesta! Mexican Traditions of Celebration

Exhibit - Artifacts | October 13, 2017 – February 28, 2018 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Bancroft Library, The Bancroft Library Gallery

 Bancroft Library

¡Viva la Fiesta! explores the cycle of traditional religious and
patriotic celebrations that have for centuries marked the
Mexican calendar. The exhibition draws on unique historical
representations of the fiestas and examines their relationship
to communal identities, national politics, religious practices,
and indigenous customs. These original materials, which are
preserved in the...   More >

The Invisible Museum: History and Memory of Morocco

Exhibit - Multimedia | August 29 – December 15, 2017 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Since its inception in 1962, the former Judah L. Magnes Museum distinguished itself by directing its collecting efforts outside the focus on European Jewish culture and history that was prevalent among American Jewish museums at the time. During the 1970s and 1980s, its founders, Seymour and Rebecca Fromer, actively corralled an informal team of activist collectors and supporters. Together, they...   More >

Sketching "Fiddler": Set Designs by Mentor Huebner

Exhibit - Multimedia | August 29 – December 15, 2017 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

The Power of Attention: Magic and Meditation in Hebrew "shiviti" Manuscript Art

Exhibit - Artifacts | August 29 – December 15, 2017 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Created from the early-modern period and into the present, shiviti manuscripts are found in Hebrew prayer books, ritual textiles, and on the walls of synagogues and homes throughout the Jewish diaspora. Wrestling with ways to externalize the presence of God in Jewish life, these documents center upon the graphic representation of God's ineffable four-letter Hebrew name, the Tetragrammaton, and...   More >

The Worlds of Arthur Szyk: The Taube Family Arthur Szyk Collection

Exhibit - Multimedia | August 29 – December 15, 2017 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Auditorium installation of high-resolution images of select collection items.

Acquired by The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life in 2017 thanks to an unprecedented gift from Taube Philanthropies, the most significant collection of works by Arthur Szyk (Łódź, Poland, 1894 – New Canaan, Connecticut, 1951) is now available to the world in a public institution for the first time as...   More >

To the Letter: Regarding the Written Word

Exhibit - Multimedia | October 6, 2017 – January 28, 2018 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

This exhibition crosses cultures and centuries to bring together works that activate the expressive and aesthetic potential of letters and words.

Matin Wong: Human Instamatic

Exhibit - Multimedia | October 6 – December 10, 2017 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

This retrospective surveys the career of "one of our great urban visionaries" (New York Times), from Northern California to New York and back.