The Enduring Mark

August 6–November 28, 2021

Celebrating drawing as an expression of the beauty, vigor, and ephemerality of life, this exhibition charts a history of European and American drawing from the fifteenth to the twentieth century with works by Rubens, Degas, Klee, Picasso, and more.


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  • Collage by Joan Miró

    Joan Miró: Metamorphosis, 1936, collage of cut, torn, and pasted transfer decals and newsprint, brush and black ink, watercolor, gouache, and fabricated black chalk, over traces of graphite, on cream wove paper; 29 5/; BAMPFA; gift of Richard and Mary L. Gray.

  • A drawing of a nude male figure in an active pose, with a third eye appearing in his forehead.

    Attributed to Benedetto Luti: Polyphemus, 1675–1700; Red chalk, heightened with lead white chalk (partially discolored), on cream laid paper, laid down on off-white laid paper; 27 3/4 x 22 1/2 in.; BAMPFA; gift of Richard and Mary L. Gray.

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Past Events

  • Friday, November 19, 7 PM

    Full: New Esterházy Quartet

    Explore the galleries and discover exciting performances in our dramatic space on the night of each full moon.

    Programmed by William Skeen

  • Saturday, November 6, 2:00 PM

    Victoria Sancho Lobis: The Afterlives of Drawings

    Presented in conjunction with The Enduring Mark, this lecture by Victoria Sancho Lobis, director of the Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College, traces the lives and afterlives of drawings and highlights a number of drawings gifted to the museum from the Gray Collection.

  • Sundays, 3 PM, September 5–December 5

    Gallery Talks by Alan Templeton

    Scholar and collector Alan Templeton offers tours of The Enduring Mark with an emphasis on the evolution of drawing styles and the iconography of individual works featured in the exhibition.

  • Sunday, August 22, 7PM PDT

    Livestream: Three-Point Perspective

    Period instrumentalists of the Contra Costa Trio reflect on the exhibition The Enduring Mark: Six Centuries of Drawing from the Gray Collection in a concert recorded at BAMPFA.

    Programmed by William Skeen

  • Lawrence Rinder at BAMPFA
    Friday, August 6, 3 PM

    Curator's Talk: Larry Rinder on The Enduring Mark

    Join Lawrence Rinder, BAMPFA director emeritus and former chief curator, for a comprehensive overview of the extraordinary works gifted to the museum from the Gray Collection..