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  • Edge of Desire: Recent Art in India

    June 14–September 17, 2006
  • As Is When and Universal Electronic Vacuum: Silkscreen Prints by...

    October 4, 2006–April 1, 2007

    Prints by Paolozzi-one of the founders of the Independent Group, a precursor to the British Pop Art movement-incorporate a dazzling array of influences, from Ludwig Wittgenstein to Frederick's of Hollywood.

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  • Allen Ruppersberg: The Singing Posters

    October 18–December 10, 2006
  • Semina Culture: Wallace Berman & His Circle

    October 18–December 10, 2006
  • Grapefruit

    October 18, 2006–April 1, 2007

    In the spirit of imagination, BAMPFA presents a selection of "instruction paintings" from Yoko Ono's groundbreaking publication Grapefruit, which John Lennon cited as a powerful influence in the writing of his song "Imagine." Gracefully expressive, enchanting, and original, Ono's... View

  • New Directions in Nineteenth-Century Shanghai

    November 1, 2006–January 28, 2007
  • A Rose Has No Teeth: Bruce Nauman in the 1960s

    January 17–April 15, 2007

    “Bruce Nauman is a national treasure, the most American of American artists, and one of the most celebrated, both at home and abroad.”-Vanity Fair. A Rose Has No Teeth is the first exhibition to explore in depth Nauman's relationship to the place where he created his earliest and... View

  • Honoring a Tradition, Honoring a Teacher: A Tribute to James Cahill

    February 14–May 27, 2007

    Professor Emeritus James Cahill made many contributions to the UC community during his 30-year tenure, none more lasting than the stellar collection of Chinese and Japanese paintings that are the core of the Asian art collection at BAMPFA. This exhibition presents highlights from... View

  • psyche: R&R

    April 18–October 14, 2007

    BAMPFA honors the centennial of the California College of the Arts with this exhibition of lyrical watercolors by Laurie Reid and funny, architecture-inflected drawings by Mark A. Rodriguez, both M.F.A. graduates of CCA.

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  • Kunstkammer

    April 18–October 14, 2007

    An eccentric array of prints, drawings, and photographs from the BAMPFAcollections fills the Theater Gallery, with works by Dürer, Whistler, Gauguin, Basquiat, and many others hung together in the style of a sixteenth-century Kunstkammer-an "art chamber" offering objects of... View

  • Scott Burton: Table and Tableau

    May 5–June 17, 2007

    In the late 1970s and '80s, Scott Burton made a series of works exploring subtle behavioral cues and social relations through tableaux vivants, enacted "living pictures." A suite of these works, including a recorded performance and related sculptures, extends Measure of Time's... View

  • Allison Smith: Notion Nanny / MATRIX 222

    May 13–August 12, 2007

    Allison Smith has some interesting notions about the meanings of history and craft in contemporary life. In her latest project, inspired by nineteenth-century peddler dolls called “notion nannies,” she casts herself as an itinerant apprentice, working with other craftspeople to... View

  • fer·ma·ta: The 37th Annual University of California, Berkeley Master...

    May 18–June 10, 2007

    This year's M.F.A. exhibition introduces seven promising new artists: Lindsay Benedict, Ali Dadgar, Kara Hearn, Bill Jenkins, Alicia McCarthy, Joe McKay, and Jenifer K. Wofford.

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  • Andrea Zittel: A-Z Travel Trailer Unit

    June 6–October 14, 2007

    The exhibition of Andrea Zittel's A-Z Travel Trailer Unit has been delayed while it undergoes extensive conservation treatment. We apologize for any inconvenience.Andrea Zittel creates personalized designs for living, useful artworks that make no distinction between the conceptual... View

  • Parting the Curtain: Asian Art Revealed

    June 27, 2007–July 20, 2008

    A showcase for the museum's extraordinary holdings of Asian art, including ancient pottery, classical Chinese paintings, religious art from Tibet, and provocative works by contemporary artists.

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  • David Goldblatt: Intersections

    July 8–August 26, 2007

    Acclaimed South African photographer David Goldblatt has spent the past five decades documenting his native country and its people. For his Intersections project, Goldblatt traversed the country observing the crosscurrents of "ideas, values, ethics, postures, people, and things"... View

  • Abbas Kiarostami: Image Maker

    July 8–September 23, 2007

    Celebrated as one of the world's great contemporary filmmakers, Abbas Kiarostami is also an accomplished still photographer. In conjunction with a retrospective of this Iranian master's films at the PFA Theater, a selection of his poetic photographs, including the new series Rain... View

  • Rosalind Nashashibi: Bachelor Machines Part I / MATRIX 223

    August 26–November 4, 2007

    British artist Rosalind Nashashibi makes quiet, deliberate films that luxuriate in incidental details of the everyday. Bachelor Machines Part I, her film installation in the MATRIX Gallery, chronicles the voyage of a cargo vessel from Italy to Sweden. In observing life on board,... View

  • One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now

    September 19–December 23, 2007

    Bringing together a multiplicity of media and methods and representing widely divergent points of view, this major exhibition presents works by seventeen young artists who challenge and extend the category of “Asian American art.” “The works in (the exhibition) are pleasantly... View

  • Their Own World: Chinese Paintings of the Ming and Qing Dynasties

    October 10–December 23, 2007

    A small selection of landscapes provides important cornerstones for understanding painting in the turbulent environment of mid-17th-century China.

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  • Joan Jonas: The Shape, the Scent, the Feel of Things

    October 13, 2007–July 20, 2008

    In this recent installation, pioneering video artist Joan Jonas mines the cultural terrain of the American Southwest, as well as more personal territories. Jonas's work is “at once mysterious and transparent, strange yet familiar in an almost universal sense. She is like a... View

  • RIP.MIX.BURN.BAM.PFA

    October 24, 2007–March 2, 2008

    Celebrating the cultural and artistic practice of the remix, digital artworks by Ken Goldberg and Valéry Grancher from the BAMPFA collection become open-source ingredients for new creations by Michael Joaquin Grey, The Studio for Urban Projects, Jonathon Keats, and Nathaniel... View

  • Goya: The Disasters of War

    November 1, 2007–March 2, 2008

    Francisco Goya's famed prints bear witness to the atrocities of the guerrilla war in early-19th-century Spain. Depicting the violence with a mixture of imagination and brutal realism, they are startlingly relevant today.

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  • Tomás Saraceno: Microscale, Macroscale, and Beyond: Large-Scale...

    November 18, 2007–February 17, 2008

    Tomás Saraceno looks to the sky and sees possibilities for rethinking how we live in relation to one another. His artworks express at small scale his large-scale vision of a future in which cities take to the air, creating environments in a state of continuous physical and social... View

  • Enrique Chagoya: Borderlandia

    February 13–May 18, 2008

    Mickey Mouse meets Aztec gods and Francisco Goya meets Jerry Falwell in the first major museum retrospective of the work of Mexico-born, San Francisco–based artist Enrique Chagoya. Chagoya draws on the European canon, Mexican folk arts, and U.S. pop icons to create paintings,... View

  • James Lee Byars: The Perfect Audience

    February 13–August 3, 2008

    The art of James Lee Byars could be as grand as a global gesture or as intimate and fleeting as a kiss. A new exhibition brings together the delicate and monumental sides of the artist's work with artist's books, mail art, performance documentation, and other ephemera from BAMFA's... View

  • MATRIX/REDUX

    March 9–July 6, 2008

    Over the past thirty years, BAMPFA's acclaimed MATRIX Program has charted a unique course through the landscape of contemporary art. This anniversary exhibition samples from the program's history with special loans and works from the museum collection, including new acquisitions... View

  • Protest in Paris 1968: Photographs by Serge Hambourg

    March 12–June 1, 2008

    In May 1968 in Paris, student and worker strikes against the conservative government of General Charles de Gaulle brought the country to a standstill. Images by French photographer Serge Hambourg provide a striking eyewitness account of this pivotal moment in political and... View

  • Held Rectangles

    March 12–August 3, 2008

    Conceptual works by John C. Fernie and Lawrence Weiner from the BAMPFA collection foreground the frame.

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  • Hans Hofmann

    May 3–August 3, 2008

    A cornerstone of the Berkeley Art Museum collection is an extraordinary group of paintings by Hans Hofmann (1880–1966), the world's most extensive museum collection of this German-born artist's work. The exhibition on view draws on this collection to span nearly thirty years of... View

  • These Canyons: The 38th Annual University of California, Berkeley...

    May 16–June 8, 2008

    This year's M.F.A. exhibition introduces seven promising emerging artists: Adrianne Crane, Renée Delores, Rosalynn Khor, Indira Martina Morre, Emily Prince, Wenhua Shi, and Sunaura Taylor.

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  • Jim Campbell: Home Movies

    May 31–August 3, 2008

    Jim Campbell's work manifests a poetics of the digital, upsetting common assumptions about the relationship between technology and humanity, “information” and thought. His LED installation Home Movies “brings us emotionally close, without sentimentality, to the unshareable... View

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