For this Spring 2018 exhibit, entitled Face to Face: Looking at Objects that Look at You, the Hearst staff and 14 UC Berkeley freshmen have co-curated a global selection of objects that depict human faces in different ways. The exhibit asks: Why and how do crafting traditions of the world so often incorporate human faces, and how do people respond to those faces? Objects such as West African helmet masks and Roman sculpture illustrate varying conceptions of the ideal face, while Japanese tobacco boxes and ancient Peruvian portrait jars raise the question of what a facial expression can mean. Additional objects, including Chinese bamboo figurines and Caroline Mytingers paintings of Papua New Guineans, represent the contrast between portraying faces of ones own ethnic group versus those of another. Visitors are invited to examine the way they themselves depict and interpret faces in their everyday lives. This timely exhibit cultivates critical thinking about crucial issues such as stereotyping, representation and misrepresentation, and snap judgments.
Alongside the exhibit, the Hearst Museum will be continuing its monthly Lounge Lecture series. These lectures, hosted in the cozy Lounge of Anthropological Discoveries, will focus on topics related to the exhibit and give visitors the opportunity to learn and discuss in an intimate and casual space. Featured speakers include Ken Goldberg, who will speak about the history of the uncanny, and Paul Koudounaris, who will speak about global death and funerary practices. In addition to lectures, the Hearst will also be hosting a variety of hands-on and performance events ranging from caricature drawing workshops to Maori song and dance demonstrations.
Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology Visitor Information:
102 Kroeber Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720
Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturdays, 10 a.m, to 6 p.m.
$6 general admission
$3 non-UC Berkeley students, UC Berkeley alumni, 65+
Free for all UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff; 18 & under
Lounge Lecture Series Third Thursdays*, 6-8pm
3/15: Ken Goldberg Beyond the Uncanny Valley of the Dolls
4/19: Paul Koudounaris Memento Mori: Lessons from a Decade Among the Dead
5/17: Gloria Nusse Making Faces, Forensic Art and Facial identification
*6/14: Kelly Baur Screening & Discussion of Weichanmu: Vamos a la Guerra
8/16: Sandra Sardjono The Mythological Faces of Java
Hands On at the Hearst Last Saturdays*
4/28, 11am 12pm: Māori Mo Ake Tonu Māori Performance
5/26, 10am 1pm: Ernesto Olmos Mesoamerican Instrument Making Workshop
*6/2, 1pm 2pm: Daniel Barash -Shadow Puppet Faces! A Family Shadow Puppetry Workshop
6/30, 10am 1pm: Vanessa Di Tullio Sculpting the Human Face
7/28, 10am 1pm: Jon Casey Caricature Drawing Workshop
*8/2, 6pm 8pm: Nick Ishimaru The Faces of Japanese Performing Arts
Updated information about events is available at hearstmuseum.berkeley.edu/events
*Starred events occur outside the usual programming schedule.