Talks & Conversations 2022


Artists, curators, scholars, and others share their insights on BAMPFA exhibitions, the arts, and other cultural topics.

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  • Julio Morales

  • Elizabeth Ferrell

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Past Events

  • Sundays, January 15, April 9, May 7 & Friday, February 24

    Curator’s Talk: Yi Yi Mon (Rosaline) Kyo on Endless Knot: Struggle and Healing in the Buddhist World

    Guest curator Yi Yi Mon (Rosaline) Kyo offers a series of gallery talks highlighting works by contemporary Asian and Asian American artists.

  • Thursday, December 8, 4 PM

    Online Only—Betye Saar’s The Liberation of Aunt Jemima: A Fiftieth Anniversary Close-Up

    In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of Betye Saar’s The Liberation of Aunt Jemima, created in 1972 and a highlight of the BAMPFA collection, artists and scholars explore the evolving significance of this iconic work.

    This event will be presented as a Zoom webinar.

  • Friday, November 18, 3:30 PM

    To What End: A Visual Lecture by William Kentridge

    William Kentridge’s UC Berkeley residency kicks off with a visually illustrated lecture in which he will consider provocations and processes in the making of the chamber opera Waiting for the Sibyl (2019), as well as his multifaceted artistic practice and the role and meaning of art.

    Copresented with Cal Performances and the Townsend Center for the Humanities

  • Saturday, November 12, 2 PM

    Lecture: Alex J. Taylor on Public Objects: Revisiting Alexander Calder’s The Hawk for Peace

    To mark the reinstallation of the culpture The Hawk for Peace (1968) on campus, art historian Alex Taylor offers a lecture that considers the social orientation and political valences of Calder’s late stabiles, exemplifying his entanglement in the fraught politics of public space in the late 1960s.

  • Saturday, November 5, 2–4 PM

    Colloquium: Undoing Time: Images and Archives

    Join guest curator Julio Morales, exhibition artists Stephanie Syjuco and Mario Ybarra, Jr., and Freedom Archives codirectors Claude Marks and Nathaniel Moore for a conversation that expands and explores the exhibition’s themes, including the artist as archivist/activist.

  • Saturday, October 15, 1–2:30 PM

    by Alison Knowles: A Symposium

    Moderated by guest curator Karen Moss, this symposium reassessing the importance and impact of Alison Knowles’s work features art historians Hannah B. Higgins and Nicole L. Woods, and artist/educator/writer Simon Leung.

  • Pictured: Underground Scholars program guides Eli Martinez, Michelle Maxwell, and Erin Katherine McCall
    Wednesday, 12:15 PM, September 28 – December 7; Sundays, 2 PM, October 2 – December 11

    Guided Tours: Undoing Time: Art and Histories of Incarceration

    Tours of Undoing Time are led by students from the Berkeley Underground Scholars program, which supports formerly incarcerated and systems-impacted students.

  • Saturday, September 10. 3 PM

    Conversation: Candice Lin, Mel Y. Chen, and Victoria Sung on Seeping, Rotting, Resting, Weeping

    Join Candice Lin, Mel Y. Chen, and Victoria Sung for a wide-ranging conversation about the exhibition Seeping, Rotting, Resting, Weeping in the context of animals, animality, and theories of interspecies assemblage.

  • Selected Wednesday, 12:15 PM; Sundays, 2 PM

    Guided Tours: by Alison Knowles: A Retrospective (1960–2022)

    Graduate students —Claire Chun and Patricia de Nobrega-Gomes—offer tours of  by Alison Knowles on Wednesdays at 12:15 PM and Sundays at 2:00 PM.

  • Saturday, July 23, 1 PM

    Curator's Talk: Karen Moss and Hannah B Higgins on by Alison Knowles

    Karen Moss, curator of by Alison Knowles, and Fluxus scholar and Knowles’s daughter, Hannah Higgins, offer an immersive tour of the exhibition. The art historians highlight specific works and series, addressing the trajectory of Knowles’s art, from her earliest paintings and involvement with Fluxus in the 1960s to her large-scale intermedia projects and experiments across disciplines from the 1970s to the present.

  • Friday, July 22, 12 PM

    Curator's Talk: Stephanie Cannizzo and Christina Yang on Fluxus Reverb: Events, Scores, Boxes & More

    Stephanie Cannizzo, associate curator, and Christina Yang, chief curator, explore the world of Fluxkits—mini museums, as they have sometimes been called, that owe a debt to Marcel Duchamp’s Boite en valise, which contains miniature versions of his artworks.

  • Sunday, June 19, 3 PM

    Curatorial Gallery Talks: Tammy Rae Carland

    Artist Tammy Rae Carland speaks about her selections from BAMPFA’s collection and from her own oeuvre for the exhibition.

  • Sunday, June 12, 4 PM

    Book Event: Elizabeth Ferrell on About The Rose: Creation and Community in Jay DeFeo’s Circle

    Elizabeth Ferrell, associate professor of art history at Arcadia University and an alumna of UC Berkeley’s History of Art Department, introduces her new book, About The Rose: Creation and Community in Jay DeFeo’s Circle. A book signing will follow.

  • Saturday, June 4, 4 PM

    Book Event: Noah Simblist and Christina Yang on Tania Bruguera and The Francis Effect: Then and Now

    On the occasion of his new book The Francis Effect, curator, artist, scholar, and educator Noah Simblist joins BAMPFA Chief Curator Christina Yang in conversation about noted Cuban artist/activist Bruguera’s project The Francis Effect (2014–ongoing). Simblist also discusses his other projects, such as Commonwealth (2020) and Conjunctions and Disjunctions (2022). A book signing will follow the conversation.

  • Sunday, May 22, 3 PM

    Curatorial Gallery Talks: Lava Thomas

    Artist Lava Thomas speaks about her selections from BAMPFA’s collection and from her own oeuvre for the exhibition.

  • Friday, May 13, 5:30 PM

    MFA Artists’ Talk

    Meet the 2022 graduates of UC Berkeley’s Master of Fine Arts program as they talk about their recent work at the outset of BAMPFA’s fifty-second annual MFA exhibition.

  • Sunday, May 1, 3 PM

    Curatorial Gallery Talks: David Huffman

    Artist David Huffman speaks about his selections from BAMPFA’s collection and from his own oeuvre for the exhibition The Artist’s Eye.

  • Thursday, April 14, 5 PM

    The Vulnerable Media Lab: ecologies, economies, and materialities

    Susan Lord presents a lecture on the practices of the Vulnerable Media Lab, which develops methods and processes to ensure culturally diverse “born digital” media history is preserved and made available according to culturally specific and ethically driven forms of access.

    Free Admission!

  • Sunday, April 10, 3 PM

    Curatorial Gallery Talks: John Zurier

    Artist John Zurier speaks about his selections from BAMPFA’s collection and from his own oeuvre for the exhibition.

  • Sunday, April 3, 3 PM

    Suzanne Hudson on Contemporary Art and Jenni Sorkin on Art in California

    Join art historians Suzanne Hudson and Jenni Sorkin for an introduction to their new books and a conversation about their shared interests in revisionist history and recovering movements, artists, and trends.

  • Sunday, March 27, 3 PM

    Stephanie Cannizzo, Claire Frost, and Lynne Kimura on The Artist’s Eye

    Join the co-organizers of The Artist’s Eye from BAMPFA's curatorial staff for an engaging tour of the exhibition.

  • Sunday, March 20, 3 PM

    Luchita Hurtado: Embodying Landscape

    Join UC Berkeley Professor Laura Pérez, writer and curator Marie Heilich, artist Celia Herrera Rodríguez, and artist Yreina Cervántez for a discussion that places Luchita Hurtado’s work in dialogue with the practices of the generation of Chicanx/Latinx artists that followed her own.

  • Saturday, March 12, 2 PM

    CANCELED—Catherine Maudsley on The Cave and the Mountain: Insights into the Art of Wesley Tongson

    Art historian Catherine Maudsley, the leading authority on the art of Wesley Tongson, discusses the cave and the mountain as powerful paradigms for understanding Tongson’s art.

    This event has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. We anticipate rescheduling this program in the coming weeks.

  • Thursday, March 3, 12 PM

    Julie Rodrigues Widholm on Lines of Thought

    Join BAMPFA director Julie Rodrigues Widholm, who organized Lines of Thought, for an engaging tour of the exhibition, including insights into her curatorial thinking.

  • Sunday, January 30, 2 PM

    Claire Frost on New Time: Art and Feminisms in the 21st Century

    To mark the closing of New Time, BAMPFA Curatorial Assistant Claire Frost offers a tour highlighting a special selection of works that address feminisms’ lingering questions and unfinished business, as well as providing an exhibition overview.

  • Sunday, January 23, 3 PM

    Julia White on Spiritual Mountains: The Art of Wesley Tongson with Cynthia Tongson

    BAMPFA Senior Curator for Asian Art Julia White and Cynthia Tongson, the artist’s sister, discuss Hong Kong artist Wesley Tongson’s artistic achievement along with insights into the influence of other Chinese artists whose works from the museum’s collection are paired with his.