Thursday, September 19, 2013

Berkeley Architectural Heritage 2013 Fall Lecture Series

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Berkeley Architectural Heritage 2013 Fall Lecture Series

Thursdays, 9/26, 10/24, 11/14, 2013, at 7:30 pm
Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley, CA 94709
Tickets: $15 per lecture, $40 for the series

BAHA - The Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association - is pleased to announce three new fall lectures with a focus on Arts & Crafts. These lectures have never before been presented in California, and two of them are being created especially for BAHA.

The series kicks off on Thursday, September 26, when Dr. Kirby William Brown will present an illustrated talk on “The Tiles of California Faience, Berkeley, Cal., 1913–1959.” Berkeley-based California Faience created hand-crafted tiles and pottery for the high-end market. The firm’s most famous and influential tile installations are to be found at Hearst Castle. Featured will be several unique custom tile commissions that have never before been documented, along with a review of the tiles at Hearst Castle and examples of many architectural installations in the Berkeley area. Dr. Brown is currently writing the definitive book on the subject and will curate the exhibition Of Cottages and Castles: The Art of California Faience (22 Feb.–17 May 2015) at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento.

On Thursday, October 24, Arts & Crafts scholar  and Artistic License member Timothy L. Hansen will present “Sitting in Style: The Birth of a New Furniture Design,” in which he will offer little-known information about the beginnings of the American Arts & Crafts Mission-style furniture. Mr. Hansen will focus on furniture design from 1894 to 1900 in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York, and Grand Rapids, Michigan, with a new explanation of how the American Arts & Crafts furniture style emerged. On display will be several pieces of pre-1900 Arts & Crafts furniture.

The series will conclude on Thursday, November 14, with “Progressive Leaded Glass in Turn-of-the-Century America,” presented by stained-glass designer and scholar and Artistic License member Theodore Ellison will outline the development of decorative art glass as it grew away from the European tradition toward original idioms created by progressive artists, architects, and designers all over America. Focusing primarily on domestic work, the talk will look at various regional styles and will feature rarely seen images of leaded glass installations from private residences across the country.

All three lectures will be presented at the Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley, CA 94709, and will begin at 7:30 pm. Tickets ($15 per lecture, $40 for the series) may be obtained by mail order, online, or at the door.

 For complete information and ticket purchases, visit the BAHA website, e-mail, or call (510) 841-2242.