The Rise and Fall of the Hello Kitty Monument

Artist's Presentation
Thursday, November 3, 6  pm
Free for BAC Members/$10 Nonmembers, RSVP requested

Kathy Aoki will present her talk The Rise and Fall of Hello Kitty Monument describing the faux historical context of the work on view in the gallery. Aoki has developed a humorous performance persona as Curator of this "collection" in order to lend ironic academic airs to the presentation. 

HERE, Part I
2016 BAC Artists Annual Exhibition

December 3, 2016 - January 8, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, December 3, 5 - 7 pm

Artwork Drop off Dates:  Thursday – Saturday, November 25 – 27, 11 am – 5 pm
(2D work limited to 24" max in any dimension)

BAC's Artists Annual is a celebration of our members who form the deep and rich art community that makes Berkeley Art Center such a unique organization. This salon-style exhibition features small works in a variety of media. The exhibition is presented in two parts: a non-juried presentation, followed by a juried show. This year the juror will be Renny Pritikin, Chief Curator of the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. 

HERE, Part 2 will open Saturday, January 21 and run through February 26, 2017. 

The Seed Apple, a novel by Sheldon Greene

Reading & Book Signing
Thursday, December 8, 5:30  pm
FREE and open to the public, RSVP requested

Longtime BAC contributor Sheldon Greene will read from his new novel, set in Cold War California. Spiced with magical realism and mysticism, The Seed Apple follows the story of Holocaust survivor Mendel Traig who meets the Binyans, Jewish Indians living in the desert fighting the construction of a controversial tower on a sacred site. The Seed Apple grew out of a visit to Palenque, a Mayan site in the Yucatan which led Greene to speculate about Jewish sailors reaching the New World and helping to construct Pre-Hispanic temples. It is the second novel in a quartet featuring the Binyan family.

Sheldon Greene has had a diverse career as a lawyer, an executive, and a novelist with an early stint as a bureaucrat. He has published five novels with excellent critical reviews as well as articles dealing with public policy.

*Book purchasers will also get a free copy of Burnt Umber, a novel about the life and art of Harold Paris, Berkeley artist, whose ceramic wall can be seen in the BAC sculpture patio.