Townsend Events

Francisco de Goya and the Art of Critique

Anthony Cascardi
Berkeley Book Chats
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| Online

In his innovative study of Goya's body of work, Anthony Cascardi argues that the artist is engaged in a thoroughgoing critique of the modern social and historical worlds.

Dylan Riley

Microverses: Observations from a Shattered Present
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| 820 Social Sciences Building

Dylan Riley responded to Covid lockdown with the tools of his trade, producing an extraordinary volume of over a hundred short essays inviting us to think about how critical sociology can speak to this troubled decade.

The Everyday Life of Memorials

Andrew Shanken
Berkeley Book Chats
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| Online

In his study of the ordinary — and oftentimes unseen — lives of memorials, Andrew Shanken explores the relationship of commemorative monuments to the pulses of daily life.

Felwine Sarr

Music, Freedom, Africa
Thursday, Feb 23, 2023 5:30 pm
| BAMPFA, 2155 Center Street

Senegalese writer and musician Felwine Sarr has shifted conversations on the central role of Africa in the design of a planetary future. He converses with Natalia Brizuela and performs songs from his career.

Sianne Ngai

Inhabiting Error: From "Last Christmas" to "Senior’s Last Hour"
Avenali Lecture
Wednesday, Mar 1, 2023 5:00 pm
| Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall

Cultural theorist and literary critic Sianne Ngai is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of English at the University of Chicago.

Sianne Ngai in Conversation

with Colleen Lye and Damon Young
Thursday, Mar 2, 2023 5:00 pm
| Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall

Sianne Ngai, the 2022-23 Avenali Chair in the Humanities, talks with UC Berkeley faculty members Colleen Lye (English) and Damon Young (Film & Media and French).

Ursonate

Performed by William Kentridge
Friday, Mar 10, 2023 8:00 pm
| Zellerbach Playhouse

South African artist William Kentridge, the 2022-23 UC Berkeley artist-in-residence, performs a multimedia piece that reveals his talents as an actor as well as a director.

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| Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

In this collection of essays spanning her career, Shannon Jackson explores a range of disciplinary, institutional, and political puzzles that engage the social and aesthetic practice of performance.

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| Zellerbach Hall

In the US premiere of the opera SIBYL, William Kentridge wrestles with the human desire to know our future, and our helplessness in the face of technologies that obscure that knowledge.

Taking Stakes in the Unknown: Tracing Post-Black Art

Nana Adusei-Poku
Berkeley Book Chats
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| Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

Nana Adusei-Poku examines the socio-historical and cultural context of the term “post-black” and its use in defining the work of artists who resisted being labeled as “black artists.”

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| Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

Estelle Tarica examines how community leaders, writers, and political activists facing state repression in Latin America have used Holocaust terms to describe human rights atrocities in their own countries.

Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Filmmaker

In Conversation with Hilton Als
Una's Lecture
Tuesday, Apr 11, 2023 5:00 pm
| BAMPFA, 2155 Center Street

Filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul, the 2022-23 Una’s Lecturer, is joined in conversation by writer and UC Berkeley teaching professor Hilton Als.

Giotto's Arena Chapel and the Triumph of Humility

Henrike Lange
Berkeley Book Chats
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| Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

Henrike Lange examines one of the most celebrated monuments in the world, offering new readings of the work and asking fundamental questions about its place in Western art history.

My Pinup

Hilton Als
Berkeley Book Chats
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| Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

Hilton Als presents a tale of his brief encounter and long obsession with the late musical icon Prince.