The inaugural exhibition BAMPFA's landmark new building, Architecture of Life explores the ways that architecture—as concept, metaphor, and practice—illuminates various aspects of life experience.Read full description
Diller Scofidio + Renfro: Hand holding a model for BAMPFA, 2012; digital photograph. Courtesy and © Diller Scofidio + Renfro.
Yuri Ancarani: still from Il Capo, 2010; 35mm; color, sound; courtesy of the artist and ZERO..., Milan.
Iannis Xenakis: Graphic score for Metastasis, glissandi of chords, 1954; graphite on graph paper; 8 ½ x 10 ⅞ in. Courtesy of the Xenakis family, Paris.
Mandala of Buddhakapala, Tibet, 19th–20th century; ink on cotton; 15 x 15 in.; University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Bequest of G. Eleanore Murray. Photo: Sibila Savage.
Lebbeus Woods: Sarajevo, from War and Architecture, 1993; graphite and colored pencil on board; 10 ⅝ x 12 ⅞ in. © Estate of Lebbeus Woods.
Ruth Asawa: Untitled (S.065), 1962; copper and brass wire; 94 x 17 ½ x 17 ½ in.; private collection, San Francisco. Photo: Laurence Cuneo. © Estate of Ruth Asawa.
Gustave Caillebotte: Le Pont de l’Europe, 1876; oil on canvas; 49 x 71 in.; collection of the Association des Amis du Petit Palais, Geneva. © Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln, Michael Albers.
Sketch in the galleries!
Learn how to make string figures, inspired by those on view in Architecture of Life, with folklorist and storyteller Ruth Stotter.
A conversation with writer Chris Jennings, author of the recently released Paradise Now: The Story of American Utopianism.
Look through a microscope to discover new levels of structure, beauty, and information in the world around us.
Thomas Laqueur teaches European cultural history at UC Berkeley. He is working on a book about what dogs represent in Western art and has many intriguing things to say about the eye-catching dog in the foreground of Gustave Caillebotte’s Le Pont de l’Europe.
UC Berkeley professor of South Asian art and architecture Sugata Ray explores the work of twentieth-century Indian artist Ganesh Haloi.
Join poets Denise Newman and Hazel White for a walk along the creek in the UC Botanical Garden and help them poetically reorder the plant collection.
UC Berkeley professor Chelsea Specht, an expert on the evolution of form and function in plants, adds a scientific perspective to Karl Blossfeldt's early twentieth-century photographs of plant forms.
Visit trees from around the world in this garden tour, including the kinds that lived when dinosaurs roamed the earth.
Susan Billy, a tribal member of the Hopland Band of Pomo Indian and one of few remaining artists practicing traditional Pomo basket weaving, offers insights into this native art form.
In Conversation with Nicholas de Monchaux
Julia Bryan-Wilson, associate professor of modern and contemporary art at UC Berkeley, talks about Ruth Asawa’s wire sculptures and Louise Bourgeois’s hanging bronzes.
At this garden tour, learn how nature’s mathematical designs and patterns are adaptations that help plants to survive.
Columbia University neuroscientist Claude Ghez analyzes Caillebotte's use of linear perspective in the painting Le Pont de l'Europe, on view in Architecture of Life.
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UC Berkeley art history professor Kroiz brings her current research on Ad Reinhardt to his classic 1960–65 abstract painting from the BAMPFA collection.
UC Berkeley professor emeritus of anthropology and curator at the Hearst Museum of Anthropology Patrick V. Kirch discusses the intricate Marshall Islands navigational charts on view in Architecture of Life.
Dan Feldman, of UC Berkeley's Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, UC Berkeley neuroscientist, explores Spanish neuroscientist Ramón y Cajal’s pioneering drawings of neural networks.
Learn about the lace on view in Architecture of Life with Jules Kliot and Erin Algeo of the Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles.
Edmund Campion, professor of music composition and director of the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies at UC Berkeley, discusses postwar avant-garde composer Iannis Xenakis.
Discover slingshots, parachutes, hitchhikers, helicopters, and other mechanisms that propel plant seeds in this UC Botanical Garden walk.
BAMPFA Director Lawrence Rinder talks about Architecture of Life, the inaugural exhibition in the new BAMPFA.
At this lunchtime talk, UC Berkeley associate professor of civil and environmental engineering Evan Variano responds to the drawings and models of late nineteenth-century Austrian naturalistand inventor Victor Schauberger.