Learning from Legends: artist Bella Feldman in conversation with Margaret Jenkins
Celebrate local legends of the Fourth Age (80 and above) who continue to lead their diverse disciplines. In conversation with Margaret Jenkins of the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company.
Bella Feldman, artist and sculptor, began exhibiting in 1964 and still exhibits. Her next exhibit is at the SF Jewish Museum in 2018. She taught sculpture at California College of the Arts from 1965 until 2000; she was also graduate director and Chair of the Department. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including Cabot Trust Fund (Harvard) in 1975, a major NEA award in 1986, a California Arts Council Grant and a Spertus Museum Award in 1994; in 1995 a Florsheim Art Grant; and Fresno Museum's Distinguished Woman Artist of the Year in 1996. Her work is in many museums as well as private collections.
Margaret Jenkins is a choreographer and artistic director of the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, as well as a designer of unique community-based dance projects like Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange (CHIME). In the 1960s, Jenkins studied at Juilliard, continued her training at UCLA and returned to New York to dance with Gus Solomons, Jr., Jack Moore, Judy Dunn, Twyla Tharp, and Viola Farber. Until 1976 she taught for and was an assistant to Merce Cunningham. Since her return to San Francisco, where she has worked now for over four decades, the MJDC has been a part of the cultural fabric of San Francisco, dedicated to the making and touring of new work, and international exchange in Japan, India, China and Israel. She has been a guest lecturer at UC Berkeley and has made work for many other companies including the San Francisco Ballet for their 75th anniversary season. She has received numerous commissions and awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Bernard Osher Cultural Award and a residency in Bellagio, Italy at the Rockefeller Foundation.
Admission is $10 for the general public. Free for OLLI members and UC Berkeley faculty, students and staff.