An illustrated talk about the role of the book as a work of art in contemporary practice with Peter Rutledge Koch.
Boas kicks off our spring Big Ideas lecture series with a look at the modernist avant-gardes that influenced the California counterculture of the sixties.
B. Ruby Rich, Karen Fiss, Laura Pérez, and Raquel Cecilia discuss the filmworks of Ana Mendieta, on view in Covered in Time and History.
Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley. Nelson, a 2016 MacArthur Fellow, is the author of numerous works of nonfiction and poetry and directs the creative writing program at California Institute of the Arts.
Explore the Left Coast with Boal, a social historian of science and technics and one of the founders of the Retort Collective, an association of radical writers, teachers, artists, and activists.
The Kramlichs are noted collectors who established the New Art Trust to advance the media arts through the support of research and scholarship in the field. Rinder is director of BAMPFA.
Two luminaries of the Bay Area poetry scene come together to reflect on the Beat culture that flourished in San Francisco’s North Beach.
Guest curator Greg Castillo introduces the themes of Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia and talks about some of the works on view in the exhibition.
The first of four Hippie Modernism forums exploring the contemporary relevance of the Bay Area hippie legacy. With guests Lee Felsenstein, Fred Turner, Lynn Hershman Leeson, and moderator Greg Niemeyer.
Greif covers popular culture and political thought for the journal n+1, which he cofounded. Williams is professor emerita of rhetoric and film and media at UC Berkeley, and the author of noted works of feminist film scholarship.
Raiford, associate professor of African American studies at UC Berkeley, considers the role that photography played in the civil rights movement.
Castillo, associate professor of architecture at UC Berkeley and guest curator of Hippie Modernism, maps the exhibition’s alternative cultural geographies.
Wortham writes about technology and culture for the New York Times. Ellis, associate professor of English at UC Berkeley, specializes in African diasporic, Caribbean, and postcolonial literatures and cultures.
Cohen, an associate teaching professor in the African American studies department at UC Berkeley, talks about writer Thomas Pynchon, whose work embodies the radical challenge of the California counterculture.
Miller, author of Blueprint for Counter Education, explores objects and publications that informed his defining work of Vietnam War–era radical pedagogy.
Zimbardo is assistant curator of media arts at SFMOMA.
Explore avant-garde art practices with Beard, executive director of The Lab and former assistant curator at BAMPFA.
Join the artist of Silhouettes to explore the legacy of the portrait, physiognomy, and people’s desire to read the face.
Anthony Raynsford, Bonnie Ora Sherk, and Lisa Uddin explore the radical geographies of counterculture politics in a discussion moderated by Sean Burns.
New Orleans–based multidisciplinary artist and activist sumell reflects on her service with prisoners indefinitely held in solitary confinement, drawing from the teachings of the Black Panthers, Herman Wallace, and Albert Woodfox.
Find the intersections between art and politics with Reed, a poet, novelist, essayist, playwright, songwriter, public media commentator, lecturer, and publisher.
Andrew and Deborah Rappaport founded the Minnesota Street Project to offer affordable and economically sustainable spaces for art galleries, artists, and related nonprofits.
Pérez, an associate professor of ethnic studies and core faculty in performance studies at UC Berkeley, delves into the issues raised by Mendieta’s work and life.
Journalist and best-selling author Pollan and architectural and urban historian Sadler talk about the history and use of psychedelics in therapeutic, philosophical, and cultural contexts.
The previously scheduled lecture by Richard Koci Hernandez has been cancelled. We regret any inconvenience or disappointment.
Syjuco, Assistant Professor of Sculpture and Oakland-based artist, speaks about her work and its intersection with politics.
Join pastor, author, and community activist Pinkard for a lecture and conversation about historical and cultural moments that form a “usable past” for New World Africans.
Programmed by Chika Okoye and David Brazil
Get an inside view on the counterculture from Coyote, an acclaimed actor, Emmy Award–winning narrator of documentary films, and author.
Fayette Hauser, Lauren Onkey, and Brontez Purnell talk about how reinventions of identity—reflected in rock music, performance art, and other flamboyant forms of expression—propelled the counterculture movement. Moderated by Juana María Rodríguez.
Emmy-nominated filmmaker Shlain is founder of the Webby Awards and cofounder of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Selbak is a filmmaker whose credits include the film Three Veils and the Web series Kiss Her I’m Famous. Moderated by George Strompolos.
Punk perspectives from V. Vale, a San Francisco cultural historian, writer, and keyboard player, and the founder of Search & Destroy and RE/SEARCH.
Horn is host of KPCC’s The Frame. Washington is host and executive producer of Snap Judgment on NPR. Veltmanis an arts and culture editor at KQED.
Hear from Pauline, founder of Survival Research Labs, and his wife, Critchett, the founder of Art+Audience and executive producer of Leo Villareal’s public work, including The Bay Lights.
MATRIX artist Kremen offers insights into his exquisite small collages.
Pell is a writer, angel investor, and founder of NextDraft, a curated compilation of daily news and analysis.
MATRIX artist Contis talks about her photographs and shifting notions of place, identity, and gender in the American West.
Could rural communes be the template for a new geography of creativity? Ramón Sender Barayón, Erin Elder, and Fritz Haeg discuss the question along with moderator Greg Castillo.
Meet the 2017 graduates of UC Berkeley’s Master of Fine Arts program as they talk about their recent work.
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the psychedelic art of the light show at this gathering of members of original performance groups as well as recent innovators.