Returning to the UC Berkeley campus for the first time in fifteen years, renowned artist and human rights activist Ai Weiwei discusses art, politics, and modern life in a conversation with stage and film director Peter Sellars and Orville Schell, director of the Center on US-China Relations at the Asia Society.
Off-site Program; Copresented by Cal Performances, BAMPFA, and the Townsend Center for the Humanities.
Berkeley-based Japanese artist Masako Miki discusses Ichiren-bozu (Animated prayer beads blue), a new work in BAMPFA’s collection that reflects her interest in reclaiming the power of myth making. Artist and UC Berkeley professor Stephanie Syjuco talks about her Raiders (Selections from the Asian Art Museum), a collection of flat, laser-cut, life-size images of antique Asian vessels downloaded from the Asian Art Museum’s online databases and adhered to wooden backings, investigating how we participate in the construction of culture.
BAMPFA Senior Curator Anthony Graham discusses selected works from each thematic section of What Has Been and What Could Be, highlighting artists with ongoing relationships to BAMPFA, the UC Berkeley campus, and the Bay Area.
Join Alex Filippenko, UC Berkeley Richard & Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor in the Physical Sciences, for a wide-ranging conversation with California magazine’s editor-in-chief, Pat Joseph, as they explore such topics as the startling new images from the James Webb Space Telescope, the Great North American Eclipse of 2024, and the abiding mysteries of dark energy.
Based in San Diego and Tijuana, Griselda Rosas reflects on the complex histories of the US-Mexico border to explore themes of inheritance and intergenerational knowledge in her art. Rosas and Senior Curator Anthony Graham, who organized the exhibition, discuss the interconnections between her works in various media, from her densely layered textiles to her spatially dynamic sculptural installations.
BAMPFA Executive Director Julie Rodrigues Widholm, who organized What Has Been and What Could Be, offers a curatorial walkthrough of her new collection-based exhibition, addressing selected works from each thematic section, as well as sharing perspectives on curating from the museum’s collection.
BAMPFA is proud to partner with our friends at Berkeleyside on Berkeleyside Idea Makers, a quarterly celebration of Berkeley’s stature in the world of ideas through unscripted, informative, and thought-provoking conversations. This program explores the frontiers of feminism today with designer and technologist Mindy Seu, podcaster Lauren Schiller, and activist Hadley Dynak.
Presented by Berkeleyside in partnership with BAMPFA
Meet the 2023 graduates of UC Berkeley’s MFA program as they talk about their recent work at the outset of BAMPFA’s fifty-third annual MFA exhibition. This year’s artists are Irma Barbosa, Gericault De La Rose, Eniola Fakile, Juniper Harrower, Fei Pan, Tiare Ribeaux, and Samuel Wildman.
Noted Tibetan artist Tsherin Sherpa presents BAMPFA’s 2023 endowed Lijin Lecture in conjunction with the exhibition Endless Knot: Struggle and Healing in the Buddhist World. He focuses on present-day Himalayan art and its connections with traditional arts. Followed by Above and Below, a documentary by Sheri Brenner about Sherpa's life and career.
Cocurators of Alexandre Dumas’s Afro, Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby and Vanessa Jackson, introduce the exhibition, which examines caricature, race, and the infantilization of Alexandre Dumas, the prolific author of The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo, among many other books. Why, they ask, is Dumas’s work so often celebrated in films, comics, and children’s books yet ignored by scholars?
Join us for an engaging, illustrated talk by Amalia Mesa-Bains as she illuminates the sources and stories behind her wide-ranging multimedia practice.
Complementing his new Art Wall project below/here/above/ahead/was, New York–based Uruguayan artist Luis Camnitzer offers a presentation designed to provoke thought and prompt questions about public art.
This event will be presented as a Zoom webinar.
Amalia Mesa-Bains’s artworks, spanning a range of formats and media, resonate in contemporary formal terms and in their ties to her Chicana/o community and history. Scholars Jennifer González and Adriana Zavala and artist Sandy Rodriguez join Mesa-Bains for an expanded conversation in response to these themes and other ideas in her work.
Join Karen Moss, guest curator of by Alison Knowles, for a special Curator's Talk marking the closing day of by Alison Knowles. Art historians and catalogue essayists Lucia Fabio, Hannah Higgins and Nicole Woods will also participate.
Join cocurators María Esther Fernández and Laura Pérez—who organized this major retrospective exhibition of the work of renowned artist, scholar, and curator Amalia Mesa-Bains—for an insightful talk about the artist’s work in BAMPFA’s galleries.
This event is copresented by The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life.
Artists and guest cocurators of Frank Moore / MATRIX 280, Vincent Fecteau and Keith Wilson discuss the role of Moore’s painting within his expansive body of creative, spiritual, and performance work.
Guest curator Yi Yi Mon (Rosaline) Kyo offers a series of gallery talks highlighting works by contemporary Asian and Asian American artists.