• Jim Goldberg: Nursing Home: Thomas Henderson, 1987; gelatin silver print.; 20 x 15¼ in.; BAMPFA, gift of the artist.
  • Lava Thomas: Jimmie L. Lowe, 2018, from the series Mugshot Portraits: Women of the Montgomery Bus Boycott; graphite and Conte pencil on paper; 48¼ x 34½ in.; BAMPFA, purchase made possible through a gift of Phoebe Apperson Hearst, by exchange.


Five Themes of Art and News

BAMPFA from Home

Join the live webinar with curators Elizabeth Fair, Angela Pastorelli-Sosa, and Delphine Sims.

In a moment when the news can be overwhelming, the Five Tables curators return to artists whose works interrogate, subvert, and find promise in nontraditional conceptions of “news.” The presentation includes artist communication via mail art (intimate news); collage work assembled through newspaper clippings (news as material); print works that incite and demand societal transformation (social change news); moments captured from interior worlds (staying-at-home news); and instances of fake news and the media’s shortcomings (propaganda news).

Elizabeth Fair, Angela Pastorelli-Sosa, and Delphine Sims are currently enrolled in the graduate seminar From Democracy to Decolonization: The History and Futures of Museums; this Five Tables program is an outgrowth of their research in this course. In making their selections, they took inspiration from the 1992 poster series collaboratively produced by BAMPFA’s MATRIX Program and Heyday Press’s unique quarterly magazine News from Native California, devoted to Native Californians and their stories.