Archaeological Research Facility Upcoming Events People Made These Things: Connecting with the Makers of Our World, thru Dec 17 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 critically about how perceptions of makers have varied in different times and distant places. Objects such as ancient Peruvian jars, Tibetan Buddhist paintings, and Wedgwood china tell diverse stories of makers whose identities are obscure; a Yoruba divining tray, Karuk Indian baskets, and colorful Guatemalan textiles embody rich personal accounts of craftsmanship. Visitors are invited to reflect on the makers of their lives and share their stories. The exhibit will incorporate objects contributed by community members that illustrate the theme's relevance to everyday life. The newly redesigned space, replete with warm woods and comfortable seating areas, creates a pleasing environment for audiences of all kinds.<br /> <br /> The exhibit will open April 3. All visitors will receive free admission from April 3 to April 9. New Favorites: Collecting in the Bancroft Tradition, thru Aug 1 For the first time in many years The Bancroft Library presents<br /> an exhibition of recent additions to its major collections. The<br /> exhibition also includes recently rediscovered masterpieces<br /> carefully collected in years past. Gold-Rush-era memoirs<br /> and advertisements, early editions of William Langland and<br /> Jane Austen, “branded” books from 18th c. Mexico, and David Johnson’s photographs of the African American<br /> community in San Francisco after World War II are but a<br /> few of the items featured. The exhibition showcases the<br /> Bancroft curators and their distinctive collecting practices,<br /> which expand the remarkable vision of library founder<br /> Hubert Howe Bancroft—documenting California as it was<br /> happening and building a library for the American West that<br /> would rival its older European antecedents. The Question of Tartar Textiles: Dante, Cangrande I della Scala, and the Vatican Archive, Oct 2 The Chinese-Islamic cultural encounter in Central Asia found its maximum expression with the Pax Mongolica in territories that, although vast in area, became similar in aesthetic culture, and brought into existence a unique “dress code” among various social classes from China to Italy. Similarly to the Tang, in the thirteenth century, the Mongols established their domain with a multicultural policy which was inclusive of all those artistic and religious processes that created a Eurasian production of textiles and costumes. Often found under the name of “Tartar,” these compounds appear very similar in style although different in technique and material.<br /> <br /> Before the Mongols, however, the Crusades had already created an occasion for the four Italian Maritime Republics to establish their own colonies in Eastern territories, and to trade textiles and other luxury objects. Original meanings of patterns and inscriptions were often lost in translation, transmission, and re-interpretation of the textiles traded in Trans Mediterranean areas. It was in Southern Italy that those items were first acquired and reproduced, not without arousing astonishment in the Italian society, which described them as strange (strani) and marvelous (meravigliosi).<br /> <br /> The Royal Ṭirāz Workshop established in Palermo, possibly around the twelfth century, was a major step in the advent of the Italian textile production that moved only between the end of the thirteenth century and the beginning of the fourteenth to Lucca (when, coincidentally, a few Italian merchants reached mainland China), and Tartar patterns were reinterpreted as pure decorative or “exotic motifs.” Same patterns began to appear not only on textile grounds but also on paintings and as architectural elements.<br /> <br /> Through a visual and textual analysis, based on Eastern and Western textiles, and written sources preserved in the Vatican Archive in Rome, this paper analyzes the so-recorded panni tartarici, which still today, no without questions, represent an example of pre-modern cultural and artistic interaction between various Eurasian societies that, thanks to the Mongols, found a universal style. AIA Joukowsky Lecture - The Late Bronze Age Eruption of Thera (Santorini), Feb 11