January/February 2000 Exhibitions & Events

Opening   A Thousand Cranes
January 29 - July 30, 2000
     
Opening   Venoms: Striking Beauties
March 25 - January 7, 2001
     
Ongoing   The Elkus Collection:
Changing Traditions In Native American Art
Through 2001
     
Closing   Africa: One Continent. Many Worlds
January 9, 2000

 

A Thousand Cranes
Fifty breathtaking photos of cranes capture the slow, graceful gestures and poses of the creatures that, according to Buddhist belief, symbolize luck and longevity. The photos by Wu Shao-Tung, a retired photo-journalist, feature all fifteen species of cranes in the world, of which, seven species are endangered.

Venoms: Striking Beauties
Featuring snakes, insects, spiders, frogs, and aquatic animals that rely on venom as a means of survival, this new exhibit produced in-house includes action-packed videos, natural history specimens, and interactive challenges. The exhibit will reveal the mechanisms that venomous animals use to inject their dangerous doses, how the venom affects the victim, and how venomous creatures advertise their lethal natures.

The Elkus Collection: Changing Traditions In Native American Art
This collection of Native American pottery, textiles, baskets, jewelry, kachina dolls, and paintings was donated to our Anthropology department in 1972 by the children of Ruth and Charles de Young Elkus. This extensive collection includes works by some of the leading names in 20th Century Native American art.

Africa: One Continent. Many Worlds.
This exhibit displays the vitality, richness, and diversity of wildlife and cultures in Africa. Visitors will experience the grassy fields of Zaire, a caravan trip across the Sahara, and the bustling streets of Dakar, Senegal. Africa’s ecology, family life, art, and commerce are depicted from both contemporary and historical perspectives. Africa: One Continent. Many Worlds is made possible by Ford Motor Company and TIME Magazine.

Programs for Adults, Children, and Families

*Unless otherwise noted, all programs will be held at 1 p.m. and are free with museum admission.

February 5 West African Dance
Led by founder and director Leslie Carter and accompanied by live drumming, the young dancers of African Queens will present a program of traditional dance from West Africa.
This is a special program in honor of Black History Month.

February 6 Chinese Traditional Dances
Shanghai native Lily Cai will narrate and perform dances from the T’ang and Qing Dynasties. This program is offered in conjunction with Young Audiences of the Bay Area.
This is a special program in honor of Chinese New Year.

February 13 Red Panda Chinese Acrobats - 12 p.m.
Wayne and Nancy Huey, acrobatic artists trained in China, will offer a demonstration of their remarkable talents. Wayne specializes in juggling and barrel contortionism, while Nancy’s specialty, the "Unicycle Bowl Flip" has earned her a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.
This is a special program in honor of Chinese New Year.

February 19 African American Step Show
Members of a Black sorority and a Black fraternity from U.C. Berkeley will demonstrate the art of "stepping." Mastering and performing this dance form, which often combines elements of military drills with contemporary jazz and hip-hop moves, is a traditional part of the initiation process in many of these organizations.
This is a special program in honor of Black History Month.

February 20 The African Roots of Jazz
Internationally acclaimed jazz drummer, performer and producer E.W. Wainwright illustrates through a rhythmic and interactive presentation the social evolution of jazz from its earliest beginnings to the present day. This program is presented in conjunction with Young Audiences of the Bay Area.
This is a special program in honor of Black History Month.

February 26 Balalaika Making and Balalaika Music
Master instrument-maker Francis Kosheleff will discuss the fabrication of the balalaika, a key instrument in Russian traditional music. He and members of the musical ensemble Balka will perform selections of Russian folk music.