Hearst and Brother Cornelius Galleries
(Chihuly's Venetians Opens June 1)
From Swords to Plowshares: Metal Trench Art from World War I
Through April 13
During the Great War, soldiers crafted pieces of art from artillery shells, bullets, aircraft parts, shrapnel, and other salvaged military detritus. Most of the objects are brass, made between battles in France and Belgium during the Great War. The works tell tales of bravery, grief, loneliness, boredom, fear, faith, hope, despair, and patriotism in a time of destruction.
The elaborate polishing and engraving and repoussé work of some of the objects indicate some of the makers had been metalworkers or artists in civilian life. Yet some of the most powerful and poignant pieces were undoubtedly made by untrained hands. The artists represent all of the countries engaged in the Great War. Also on view: A miniature diorama of the Battle of the Somme by Les Krames. At teh study table: bibliography, books, and WW! documentary videos.
Songs of the Patriot: How Music Helped Win World War One
Through April 13
Through original chromolithographic cover illustrations of popular songs, sheet music and lyrics, this exhibition gives viewers a sense of life on the home front by exploring how music publishers, songwriters, cover artists, and singers generated support for troops overseas. “Music will help win the war,” declared Leo Feist, major publisher of popular music in the 1910s and 1920s, “because a nation that sings can never be beaten.” Fifty original chromolithographed, cover sheets, plus patriotic posters are on view; re-mastered original recordings of the music plays in the exhibition.
Award-winning author Adam Hochschild had a large and attentive audience for his opening day lecture and book-signing. Copies of his book are available in Museum shop.
UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism professor Adam Hochschild is the former editor of Ramparts, and Mother Jones magazines and has written for the San Francisco Chronicle, The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Atlantic, and The New York Times. He is the author of seven books, including the award winning King Leopold’s Ghost: a Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa, and Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire’s Slaves. His newest book, To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918, is a narrative of the First World War, retold as a struggle between generals, cabinet ministers and ordinary soldiers who fought in the trenches, and, opposed to them, war resisters who refused to fight.
Illuminating Divine Word Anew: Heritage Edition of the Saint John's Bible
This exhibition closed April 6, 2014
(All Natural: Work by Pamela Blotber and Sam Perry opens June 1)
The entire new Heritage Edition of The Saint John’s Bible, the first hand-written illuminated Bible manuscript commissioned by a Benedictine Abbey in more than 500 years, will be on display in the Studio Gallery this Spring. Individual books and pages will be rotated and turned weekly throughout the exhibition.
“Ancient methods and tools were used to create a bold, contemporary work for the present age,” explains Donald Jackson, Senior Scrivener to Queen Elizabeth and the project’s artistic director in Wales, working with a second team in Minnesota. This Saint John’s Bible uses the New Revised Standard Version, the ecumenical translation recognized by most Christian denominations. Only 299 Heritage sets were produced, with hand-applied 24 carat gold illumination. Each of the thousands of illustrations was hand-treated. Expert teams of calligraphers and illuminators in Wales and Minnesota labored more than 12 years on the project, which was commissioned by Saint John’s University and Abbey in Minnesota.
View an engaging British Broadcasting Company video that documents the stunning and complex project over the years, and view some of the finest contemporary calligraphers, illuminators, and bookbinders in the world working at their craft.
Malcolm Lubliner: The Automotive Landscape
(Michael Collopy Face to Face: Movers and Shakers opens June 1)
This exhibition closed April 6, 2014
Twenty-five color and black and white images of rare and vintage automobiles, represnyting a 40 year project. As Oakland artist Lubliner writes, “I’ve photographed the urban landscape for many years focusing on two related visual stories: those places where nature and modern humans merge and where that merger is amplified by the appearance of automobiles. Cars in the landscape strike me as comical. I'm pretty sure they are vain and like to have their pictures taken."
Lubliner received an M.F.A. in Photography at the Otis Art Institute; his work is held in major institutions and collections across the country.
Nature's Tranquil Splendor
Through April 13, 2014 (Big Keith: Golden State Grandeur opens June 1)
Saint Mary’s College has long been a leading research institution and repository for California’s great 19th century landscape painter, William Keith (1838 - 1911). Brother F. Cornelius Braeg, F.S.C., was introduced to Keith's paintings during a visit with John Muir in 1908, which led to his lifelong effort to chronicle the life and work of this fascinating artist. Keith remains one of California’s major landscape painters more than 100 years after his death. From his carefully rendered realism of grand mountain vistas to subtle and sublime oak and meadow scenes, Keith’s work over the decades reflected his moods, lengthy European study trips, art market forces, and influence of friends, most especially John Muir, George Inness and Swedenborgian minister Joseph Worcester. I