“To foster intercultural respect and understanding, lifelong friendships, and leadership skills for a more just and peaceful world.”—Motto of International House, UC Berkeley
In the Gallery, we’ve been enjoying featuring a number of posters by one of Berkeley’s living treasures, David Lance Goines. This example below of the artist’s work commemorates another of the city’s living treasures, the University of California’s landmark International House. The 24″ x 16″ poster is framed in a No. 1 “Hasui”—1-1/4” with proud splines and corners rounded inside and out, made in cherry with Black stain and a 23kt gilt slip also with rounded corners echoing the corners of the poster’s gold background.
Guided by the motto above, for more than nine decades I-House has hosted students from all over the world, including some lucky American students whose vistas have invariably been broadened by the experience. Some, such as the Canadian-born economist and U.S. ambassador to India John Kenneth Galbraith, have gone on to lead illustrious careers on the world stage. (One visitor to the gallery told me she worked at I-House at the time this poster was done. Looking on it fondly, she was reminded of hearing Galbraith speak at the anniversary celebrations.)
International House is like a ship. It does not belong to New York or Paris or any other great city in any part of the world, but it belongs to all of us who appreciate its purpose… Just as now, when we go on an adventure, we do not hamper ourselves with too many trunks and other pieces of baggage, so we do not carry onto this ship our trunks of worn-out prejudices and ideas about one another, but come on it free from encumbrances and ready for an adventure in living with folk.
David Lance Goines’s signed and editioned poster “International House” is available for purchase here.« Back to Blog