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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  • 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.; UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive; gift of Richard and Mary L. Gray.

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  • 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