Contemporary Art & Jewish Themes

Date: Monday, September 19, 2016Time: 7:30 pm
Location:  Show map Berkeley Branch 1414 Walnut St. , Berkeley, CA 94709
Contact: Rachel Whittom Phone: 510-848-0237 x142Email:


Guest Curator: Lawrence Rinder

Join us for a conversation with two acclaimed Bay Area artists, Nicki Green and Julia Goodman, as we explore the resonance of Jewish themes and identity in their work.

Nicki Green is a transdisciplinary artist whose work focuses on skill-based craft processes that explores history preservation, and ornamentation, as well as queer, trans, and Jewish community dynamics. In 2015, she received a San Francisco Arts Commission grant to research trans inclusion in mikvah rituals, and has since been working through ideas of immersion as a transformative experience, fermentation as a queer ritual, and the search for the alchemical sacred androgyne in Jewish history. Originally from New England, she received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2009 and will be entering UC Berkeley’s MFA in Art Practice this fall. She is represented by 2nd Floor Projects in San Francisco. Learn more about Nicki's work at 
Julia Goodman’s work reexamines cycles in life, agriculture, and the cosmos, using source materials to create low-relief handmade paper sculptures from multi-colored bed sheets and t-shirts. Her “Thin Lines” series considers the complexities of human interconnectivity by creating altered and irregular versions of materials that lay closest to our skin. Julia has exhibited nationally and internationally at the San Jose Museum of Art, Intersection for the Arts, Rena Bransten Gallery, and DePaul Art Museum. She has been an artist in residence at the JB Blunck Residency, Recology SF, Angelic Organics, Creativity Explored, and the Salina Art Center. She lives and works in Oakland. Learn more about Julia's work at 

Lawrence Rinder is the Director of the UC Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA).