Bade Museum, Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley
Dr. Darleen Pryds, Dr. Inese Radzins, and Dr. Judith Berling will discuss the Gendered Images: The Feminine Divine exhibit.
Gendered Images: The Feminine Divine offers female depictions of deities that transcend time and geography. Female iconography is often ignored or omitted in male dominated theological constructs. Through this exhibition, the Feminine Divine reemerges, speaking through visual imagery and raising our collective consciousness of of gendered symbolism. Some of these images are abstract, some more representational. Many artists, such as Laura Lengyel and Seana Reilly. expressly treat the human form; others, like Carol Levy, are more ethereal in their reflection. Together, they center on allegory, exploring the interplay between religion, feminism, aesthetics, popular culture and devotion. This collection of images highlights the goddess figure and the power of women as faithful practitioners, while underscoring the creative, non-violent and nurturing qualities of women through the ages.