To Exalt the Ephemeral: The (Im)permanent Collection

August 14, 2024–July 6, 2025

To Exalt the Ephemeral: The (Im)permanent Collection draws from BAMPFA’s art and film collections to explore how museums collect, care for, and amplify the work of artists who celebrate ideas of impermanence and cycles of decay and regeneration.

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  • James Lee Byars, untitled photograph (Balloon), 1968. Black-and-white photograph, 10 x 8 in. Bequest of James Elliott, 2003.7.66.2. © The Estate Of James Lee Byars, Courtesy Michael Werner Gallery, New York And London

  • Joan Jonas, The Shape, the Scent, the Feel of Things, 2004–05. Installation with five projections, color, sound, and props; dimensions variable. Joint purchase: University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Bequest of Thérèse Bonney, Class of 1916, by exchange; and Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego with funds from prior donations by the Estate of George E. and Lois P. Osborn, 2006.77

  • Sister Corita Kent, with love to the everyday miracle, 1967. Serigraph, 23 x 35 in. Museum purchase, Bequest of Phoebe Apperson Hearst, by exchange, 2012.9.2.

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