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August 20, “150 Years of UC Berkeley Campus Landscape Art” with Steven Finacom, 2-4 pm

Marion Guelld, Japanese Pool, Botanical Garden, watercolor, date unknown

The Berkeley Historical Society & Museum announces a gallery talk and special viewing of a short-term exhibit of artworks depicting the landscape of the UC Berkeley campus and environs over many decades. The event will take place at the Julia Morgan Hall of the UC Botanical Garden on Sunday, August 20, 2-4 pm.

The University of California started operations at its new Berkeley campus site 150 years ago, in the summer of 1873. Almost immediately, artists began to photograph, draw, paint, and etch the new campus and its landscape of ancient oaks, riparian woodland, rolling fields, and the backdrop of unbuilt hills.

The exhibit contains work by William Keith, Pedro Lemos, Dorothea Lange, Jules Mersfelder, Eugen Neuhaus, Chiura Obata, William Seltzer Rice, and many other artists, famous and obscure, who interpreted Berkeley. Some pieces have never been seen in public. Most artworks in the exhibit are originals; a few are reproductions to fill in historical context.

Steven Finacom, a community historian and writer, has curated the exhibit with artwork borrowed from private collections. There will be ample time for viewing the art during the event.

The event will be in the 1911 redwood building by Julia Morgan, originally the Senior Women’s Hall, that was moved up from the main campus and renovated a few years ago.

Attendance is limited to 60 people. The suggested donation is $25 per person. Your ticket will include free admission to the Botanical Garden, an $18 value, starting at 1 pm that day so you can explore the garden before and after our event.

Tickets are available:

More info about the exhibit, directions and parking is here.

Interior, Julia Morgan Building, UC Botanical Garden
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