Saya Woolfalk – Wiesenfeld Visiting Artist Lecture | 5 – 7pm, 9/2/14

The Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion presents:

SAYA WOOLFALK in Conversation with Jeff Durham: Visualizing Consciousness: Hybrids, Fractals, and Ritual

Cosponsored by the Department of Art Practice Wiesenfeld Visiting Artist Lecture Series

5 – 7 pm, Tuesday, September 2, 2014
370 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley
Free and Open to the Public

Join in a conversation with Saya Woolfalk and Asian Art Museum Associate Curator of Himalayan Art, Jeff Durham, hosted by the University of California Berkeley’s Center for the Study of Religion and cosponsored by the Department of Art Practice Wiesenfeld Visiting Artist Lecture Series.


Chimera (from The Empathics series), Saya Woolfalk, 2013

Saya Woolfalk (Japan, 1979) is a New York based artist who uses science fiction and fantasy to re-imagine the world in multiple dimensions. Her work encompasses sculpture, textiles, painting, video and performance art while drawing from anthropology, mythology and science fiction to explore notions of hybridity and utopia. She has exhibited at PS1/MoMA; Contemporary Art Museum, Houston; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and the Studio Museum in Harlem, among others. She is in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, California.

Currently in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts, Woolfalk will be presenting ChimaTek™: Hybridity Visualization Mandalaa new work presented by the Headlands Center for the Arts in conjunction with the Asian Art Museum’s Enter the Mandala: Cosmic Centers and Mental Maps of Himalayan Buddhism exhibition on Thursday, September 4th, 6 – 9 pm. Incorporating an original soundtrack composed by Paul D. Miller, a.k.a. DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid, this new work will feature the Empathics, a fictional group of women who physically and culturally metamorphose as they merge identities and cross species, taking on characteristics of various cultures while becoming a fusion of animal and plant.

Jeff Durham is curator of Himalayan art at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. Jeff holds a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, and has served as Professor of Religion at George Mason University, St. Thomas Aquinas College, and the University of North Carolina. With research focusing on visualization practice in esoteric religions, Jeff currently has visions of creating the first cross-cultural exhibition of esoteric art traditions on the West Coast.

The Berkeley Seminars in Art and Religion is a program of the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion (BCSR). Co-presented by the Asian Art Museum–Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture, the Department of Art Practice, and Headlands Center for the Arts.