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September 16-30 at BAM

  • Location:

The Berkeley Art Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, 11 AM to 5 PM

2625 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94720

info: 510.643.2197

Gallery Admission:

Freefor BAM/PFA members; UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff; and children (12 & under)
$10 for adults (18-64)
$7 for non-UC Berkeley students, senior citizens (65 & over), disabled persons and young adults (13-17)
$7 After 5 PM

Thursday, September 16

Flowers of the Four Seasons
More than 100 works of art from one of the most significant collections of Japanese art in America present a dazzling array of Japan’s greatest artistic traditions from ancient to modern.
12:15Guided Tour 
Guided tours of Flowers of the Four Seasons are presented by UC Berkeley graduate students in the Department of Art History on Thursdays at 12 noon and Sundays at 2 p.m. Student guides, all of whom specialize in East Asian art, are Kristopher Kersey, Carl Gellert, and Michelle Wang.

Guided tours in September continue as follows:
Sundays, September 19 and 26 at 2 PM
and Thursdays,September 23 and 30 at 12:10 PM

Friday, September 17

L@TE: Friday Nights @ BAM/PFA
7:30 Radical L@TE: Advance to Full Fury—Sound and Image Performances
(Doors 5 p.m., DJ 6:30 p.m.)
Programmed by Kathy Geritz, Steve Seid, and Christine Metropoulos

Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945-2000, BAM/PFA’s book on alternative cinema in the Bay Area, ends with the year 2000. To celebrate artists who have emerged since that millennial turn, we give you a searing set of ever-morphing, optically insistent, and sonically frenzied sound and light performances by Andrew Benson and Joshua Churchill; Seth Horvitz; and Curtis Tamm and Michael Campos-Quinn.
Galleries Open Until 9 p.m.

Sunday, September 26
Marjolijn Dijkman/MATRIX 234

Exhibition Opens
September 26-November 28

Theatrum Orbis Terrarum is an ongoing photographic project initiated by Marjolijn Dijkman in 2005 and comprising more than 9,000 images. Its title refers to the first true modern atlas, the “Theater of the World,” published by Abraham Ortelius in 1570. Ortelius’s atlas, an early attempt at collecting the world in one volume of standardized maps, formed a summary of sixteenth-century cartography. At the time, it delimited an understanding of the known world (albeit framed by European imperialism and colonialism), giving form and shape to distant countries, illustrating similarities in urban planning, and visualizing connections between places across land and water. With limited tools of travel and measurement available, these early maps relied on equal parts fact and imagination; of course maps remain subjective, with the subtleties of inclusion and exclusion, and the choices of center and margin being not only practical, but also political and social.

Dijkman's archive of images is organized along three axes: Gestures, References, and Speculations; in aggregate it attempts to rethink existing representations of the world. Gestures shows the traces and effects of human intervention into the built and natural environments, relating verbs of action (Abandon, Botch, Camouflage, Declare, Embrace, for example) to images of public space. References engages notions of geographic and cultural displacement, depicting the ways in which architecture and urban planning often copy or co-opt foreign tropes. Speculations constructs an alternate timeline, organizing itself not through chronology, but by the eras and time periods speculated upon in the images themselves. As a means to engage publicly, the project presents itself in many iterations—through the physical exhibition, accompanying website, and a free online atlas.

3:00 Conversation
Museum Theater
Michael Dear and Marjolijn Dijkman

Exploring their overlapping interests in human geographies, emergent urbanisms, subjective mapping and expressive representations of place, urbanist Michael Dear and artist Marjolijn Dijkman will chart an improvisational conversational course through this mutually compelling terrain.

Michael Dear is professor of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design. His current research in comparative urbanism includes consideration of the future of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. Dear's books include From Chicago to L.A.: Making Sense of Urban Theory; Postborder City: Cultural Spaces of Bajalta California; and The Postmodern Urban Condition. His latest co-edited volume, entitled GeoHumanities: Art, History, Text at the Edge of Place, is forthcoming from Routledge.