Way Bay

January 17–June 3, 2018

Explore the creative energies that have emerged from the Bay Area over the past two centuries with this sweeping array of art, film, performance, poetry, and archival materials.

  • Yosemite Landscape

    Emma Michalitschke: Yosemite Landscape, 1913; oil on canvas; 50 x 44 in.; gift of Emma Michalitschke.

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Past Events

  • Saturday, March 17, 1:30 PM

    Way Bay Days: Mark Johnson, Claire Carlevaro, Jack von Euw, Kevin Killian

    In the first of our Way Bay Days, four speakers take on four Bay Area artists: Saburo Hasegawa, Ruth Wall, Ludwig Choris, and Harry Jacobus.

  • Saturday, March 17, 3 PM

    Kearny Street Workshop: Evolving Legacy

    Join us for stories and a performance celebrating the forty-fifth anniversary of San Francisco–based Kearny Street Workshop, the oldest Asian Pacific American multidisciplinary arts organization in the country.

  • Sunday, March 4, 3 PM

    Riso Printing with Unity Press

    Hang out with the Unity team for a day of zine making and free printing on the Art Lab Riso, with a DJ set and broadcast by Lower Grand Radio.

  • Saturday, February 24, 7 PM

    Ritual Noise: LEXAGON, Titania Kumeh, Earthbound

    Join us for a three-part performance event of sound and ritual.


    Programmed by Chika Okoye and David Brazil

  • Friday, February 23, 6 PM

    Vogue Dance Class with Sir JoQ

    Tap into your inner diva and learn the basics of voguing in this intro dance class with San Francisco vogue legend Sir JoQ.

  • Sunday, February 18, All Day

    San Quentin Prison Studio Mail Art Exchange

    Exchange mail art with the artists of the San Quentin Prison Arts Program at this special all-day Art Lab event.

  • Friday, February 9, 6 PM

    Fabric Marker Jam with Chulita Vinyl Club and Creative Growth

    Bring a garment and use our fabric-marker stash to explore the expressive potential of your style. Get inspired by fashions from Creative Growth Art Center and groove to a DJ set by Chulita Vinyl Club.

  • Sunday, February 4, 2 PM

    Cardboard Sculpture with Grace Rosario Perkins

    Using cardboard and printed materials, work alongside artist Grace Rosario Perkins to create abstract or representational objects and contribute to a collaborative group sculpture.

  • Yosemite Landscape
    Selected Sundays, Wednesdays, and Free First Thursdays

    Guided Tours: Way Bay

    Get fresh insights into the works in view in Way Bay with a tour led by a UC Berkeley graduate student.


  • Saturday, January 27, 6 PM

    Duane Deterville: The Future Blackwards: Afrifuturism and Black Visual Culture

    Artist, writer, and visual culture scholar Duane Deterville discusses "Afrifuturism" (sic)—its history, its manifestations in various media, and how it can be used as a tool for black liberation.


    Programmed by Chika Okoye and David Brazil

  • Friday, January 19, 6 PM

    Way Bay Poetry Assembly

    Celebrate the release of a series of postcard prints made in the BAMPFA Art Lab with a spirited mass reading of more than a hundred poems.


  • Lawrence Rinder and Kathy Geritz
    Thursday, January 18, 12 PM

    Curators’ Talk: Lawrence Rinder and Kathy Geritz on Way Bay

    Navigate the evocative installation of Way Bay with the exhibition curators as they share insights into their process and selections.

  • Friday, January 12, 6 PM

    Desi Art Night with Discostan

    Artist group Desi hosts a night of collaborative art making scored by celebrated Los Angeles–based DJ collective Discostan.