Talks & Conversations


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

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  • Apsara DiQuinzio leading a gallery tour.

    Apsara DiQuinzio, curator of modern and contemporary art and Phyllis C. Wattis MATRIX Curator, leads a gallery tour.

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Past Events

  • 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.