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
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.
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.
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.
Tours of Undoing Time are led by students from the Berkeley Underground Scholars program, which supports formerly incarcerated and systems-impacted students.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Artist John Zurier speaks about his selections from BAMPFA’s collection and from his own oeuvre for the exhibition.
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.
Join the co-organizers of The Artist’s Eye from BAMPFA's curatorial staff for an engaging tour of the exhibition.
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.
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.
Join BAMPFA director Julie Rodrigues Widholm, who organized Lines of Thought, for an engaging tour of the exhibition, including insights into her curatorial thinking.
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.
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.