Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology Galleria
2301 Vine Street
Berkeley, CA 94708
Spring 2009 Exhibits
Rebecca Berru Davis
Picturing Paradise: Cuadros by the Peruvian Women of the Pamplona Alta as Visions of Hope
Picturing Paradise is an exhibition featuring embroidered and appliquéd fabric pictures called cuadros, created by women of Compacto Humano and Manos Ancashinas, two art cooperatives located in Pamplona Alta, a shantytown situated on the outskirts of Lima, Peru. The exhibition places emphasis on the women as artists and the way their art reflects a profound sense of resilience, spirituality, and hope despite the harsh conditions of their lives.
The exhibition is the result of three commissioned projects which took place over three separate fieldwork trips to Peru. Hopes and Dreams (January 2006), consists of fifteen cuadros and depicts each woman’s personal aspirations for herself, for her family or for the world. Inspirations and Motivations (January 2007) illustrates narratives about each woman’s life and the individuals and the communities that sustain her. ¿Quien soy yo? (Who am I?), the most recent project (July 2008), reflects each woman’s self-perception and at the same time, the interconnectedness of her life with others. The exhibit took place January 26 through March 20, 2009.
In conjunction with the exhibit, and in celebration of International Women’s Day, a symposium called Threads That Bind was held on March 8, 2009. Rebecca Berru Davis lead the discussion with a panel of presenters addressing the diverse expressions of women’s textiles from representative regions of the world and the evidence of spirituality manifested through these textiles by women in their Threads That Bind.
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Rebecca Berru Davis
Rebecca Berru Davis is in her third year of theological studies in the area of Art and Religion at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. Rebecca is interested in the intersection of art, faith, and justice as a way to understand the spiritual and religious expressions of those located on the margins of society. Her research is focused on women, particularly Latin American and Latina women’s creative activity evidenced in the home, the church and the community. With over 25 years of teaching experience as an art specialist in schools and in museums, she has developed and taught multicultural art courses as a way to generate appreciation of diverse expressions of art forms, and in the process raise awareness of social and economic conditions at home and abroad.
Touching the Land
Contemporary Aboriginal Art from Australia
Aboriginal art has been called the most important art movement since abstract expressionism. Many of the artists in this exhibit are internationally recognized, with work in American, European and Australian collections. “The uniqueness of this art is that it is produced by people who until recently lived in the Stone Age.” (Cecilia Alfonso, Warlukurlangu Aboriginal Artist Association)
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Virginia received an M.A. in Visual Art in 2005 from the Queensland Institute of Technology in Australia. She is currently writing a Ph.D. dissertation at California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco on the transformative power of the arts. Virginia has lectured on the topic of Aboriginal Art at CIIS, Gaia Arts Center in Berkeley, Claudia Chapline Gallery in Stinson Beach, the Santa Rosa Junior College, and at the Northern California Women’s Caucus for Art.