Perspectives on the Architecture of Life

Selected Fridays, February 5–April 29, 2016

UC Berkeley professors from across campus offer immersive reads of works on view in Architecture of Life. 

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  • Friday, April 29, 12:15 PM

    Thomas Laqueur on Gustave Caillebotte’s Le Pont de l’Europe

    Thomas Laqueur teaches European cultural history at UC Berkeley. He is working on a book about what dogs represent in Western art and has many intriguing things to say about the eye-catching dog in the foreground of Gustave Caillebotte’s Le Pont de l’Europe.

    Lunchtime Talk

  • Friday, April 22, 12:15 PM

    Sugata Ray on Ganesh Haloi's Gouaches

    UC Berkeley professor of South Asian art and architecture Sugata Ray explores the work of twentieth-century Indian artist Ganesh Haloi.

    Lunchtime Talk

  • Friday, April 15, 12:15 PM

    Chelsea Specht on Karl Blossfeldt’s Botanical Photographs

    UC Berkeley professor Chelsea Specht, an expert on the evolution of form and function in plants, adds a scientific perspective to Karl Blossfeldt's early twentieth-century photographs of plant forms.

    Lunchtime Talk

  • Friday, April 1, 12:15 PM

    CANCELLED Julia Bryan-Wilson on Ruth Asawa and Louise Bourgeois

    Julia Bryan-Wilson, associate professor of modern and contemporary art at UC Berkeley, talks about Ruth Asawa’s wire sculptures and Louise Bourgeois’s hanging bronzes.

    Lunchtime Talk

  • Friday, March 4, 12:15 PM

    Lauren Kroiz on Ad Reinhardt’s Abstract Painting

    UC Berkeley art history professor Kroiz brings her current research on Ad Reinhardt to his classic 1960–65 abstract painting from the BAMPFA collection.

    Lunchtime Talk

  • Friday, February 26, 12:15 PM

    Patrick Kirch on Marshall Islands Navigational Charts

    UC Berkeley professor emeritus of anthropology and curator at the Hearst Museum of Anthropology Patrick V. Kirch discusses the intricate Marshall Islands navigational charts on view in Architecture of Life.

    Lunchtime Talk

  • Friday, February 19, 12:15 PM

    Dan Feldman on Santiago Ramón y Cajal’s Drawings of Brain Structures

    Dan Feldman, of UC Berkeley's Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, UC Berkeley neuroscientist, explores Spanish neuroscientist Ramón y Cajal’s pioneering drawings of neural networks.

    Lunchtime Talk

  • Friday, February 12, 12:15 PM

    Edmund Campion on Iannis Xenakis’s Architectural Sketches and Musical Scores

    Edmund Campion, professor of music composition and director of the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies at UC Berkeley, discusses postwar avant-garde composer Iannis Xenakis.

    Lunchtime Talk

  • Friday, February 5, 12:15 PM

    Evan Variano on Viktor Schauberger’s Drawings of Water Turbines and Impellers

    At this lunchtime talk, UC Berkeley associate professor of civil and environmental engineering Evan Variano responds to the drawings and models of late nineteenth-century Austrian naturalistand inventor Victor Schauberger.

    Lunchtime Talk