Berkeley Art Museum Offers Two for One Admission for LightHouse Community

Staff and LightHouse News subscribers of the LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired are eligible for 2 for 1 admission to a career-spanning retrospective of the celebrated self-taught artist James Castle at the Berkeley Art Museum:

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James Castle: A Retrospective (through April 25)
Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Born profoundly deaf, James Castle (1899–1977) was a prodigious artist who, without formal training, created a remarkable and vast body of work over the course of his life in rural Idaho. His drawings, cardboard constructions, paintings, and, even books of drawn text became his chief means of communicating with the world. Despite the barrenness of Castle’s surroundings and the solitary quality of his life, his works lack any sense of loneliness, pain, or worry. On the contrary, making art for Castle was clearly an act of confident pleasure and curiosity, an act in which he immersed his full awareness. This retrospective is the first comprehensive museum exhibition of his drawings, books, and paper constructions. For more about the exhibition visit:

*Staff and Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired e-news subscribers should identify themselves as staff or e-news subscribers with the Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired at the BAM/PFA admissions desk (2626 Bancroft Way) to obtain 2 for 1 admission through April 25.

Admission is $8 adults (18-64); $5 for seniors, disabled persons, and young adults, and non-UC Berkeley students; and free for children (12 and under), BAM/PFA members, and UC Berkeley students, staff, and faculty.

Upcoming Public Programs (free with gallery admission):

Saturday, March 6, 1:30 p.m.
Sign Language–Interpreted Tour: Patricia Lessard

Expert American Sign Language interpreter Patricia Lessard, who is a specialist in interpreting visual art, will work with a student from UC Berkeley’s graduate program in art practice to present a uniquely informative gallery tour of the work of this singular American artist.

Thursday, March 18, noon
Gallery Talk: Jacqueline Crist and Ann Percy
Two of the foremost experts on the art and life of James Castle join forces to offer their insights on selected works in the exhibition, and the stories behind them.

*Sign language interpretation will be provided by Patricia Lessard.

Sunday, April 18, 3 p.m.

Gallery Talk: Constructing Castle with Brenda Brueggemann and Katherine Sherwood
Bringing together two educator-practitioners who have long focused on James Castle, this program will highlight visual and linguistic elements in his work that contribute to a deeper understanding of his artistic output as a whole.

*Sign language interpretation will be provided by Patricia Lessard.

For general information about BAM/PFA including access and house visit: