Free and open to the public!
LOCATION & HOURS
Wurster Gallery (121 Wurster Hall)
Thursday, April 5 from 5-7pm
Thursday, April 12 and Thursday, April 19 from 12-1pm
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
How the Body Makes Marks is an exhibition of student drawings collected by Professor Galen Cranz since 2008 to analyze the relationship of somatic experience to drawing and design. Professor Cranz has taught social-cultural approaches to architecture in CED for over four decades. Here, she has evolved a specialization in Body Conscious Design and gathered most of the drawings on display. This coming May, she will celebrate her retirement from 43 years of teaching in the Architecture Department at UC Berkeley. This exhibition documents the contributions of past and present students to Body Conscious Design's expansion as a field of architectural research and creativity. Curated by Chelsea Rushton.
ABOUT PROFESSOR GALEN CRANZ
Dr. Galen Cranz, Professor of Architecture at UC Berkeley, is a sociologist, designer, and certified teacher of the Alexander Technique (a system of body-mind postural education). She studies the social-cultural components of environmental design, including how the body meets the environment, a new subject she has called Body Conscious Design. She provided a critique of the practice of chair sitting from a somatic point of view in The Chair: Rethinking Culture, Body and Design. She also studies post-occupancy effects of designs on users, the role of urban parks, and taste as a communication process in design.
ABOUT THE CURATOR
Chelsea Rushton holds an MFA in Visual Art from the University of Calgary and is certified at the 500 hour level as a yoga instructor. Her creative research focuses on the intersections of art, ritual, and spirituality, and the ways in which creative process can document and facilitate personal and collective growth and evolution. She is the developer and instructor of Art of the Soul: Creative Process as Spiritual Practice, a special topics lecture, seminar, and studio course that profiles 20th century modern and contemporary artists who engage in art-making as a method of spiritual inquiry and practice.