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October 1-15 at the Berkeley Art Museum (BAM)

  • Location:
    San Francisco

Visit the Berkeley Art Museum this October!

2626 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94720

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


Friday, October 1
7:30 PM
L@TE: Friday Nights @ BAM/PFA
Del Sol String Quartet
(Doors 5 p.m., DJ 6:30 p.m.)
Programmed by Sarah Cahill

Two-time winner of the Chamber Music America/ASCAP First Place Award for Adventurous Programming, the Del Sol Quartet has commissioned new works from a number of esteemed composers around the globe, including Tania Leon, Chinary Ung, Gabriela Lena Frank, and Joan Jeanrenaud. The quartet has performed recently at the National Gallery in Washington, DC and at Santa Fe Opera’s new music series. For this special appearance, the Del Sol Quartet (violinists Kate Stenberg and Rick Shinozaki, violist Charlton Lee, and cellist Kathryn Bates-Williams) perform Osvaldo Golijov’s Tenebrae, Elena Kats-Chernin’s Urban Village 2, and other exciting recent works for string quartet.
Galleries Open Until 9 p.m.

Sunday, October 3

3:00 PM
Conversation: Willa and George Tanabe on Japanese Religious Art
Museum Theater

Two noted scholars will examine significant pieces of Japanese Buddhist art featured in the exhibition through the lens of both religious studies and art history. Engaging each other in discussion about diverse works—including painted and sculptural images of the bodhisattva Jizo, a humorous Zen monk in a tree, and an exquisite Nyoirin Kannon—George and Willa Tanabe plan a complementary, occasionally contentious, disquisition on the backgrounds, styles, and meanings of Japanese religious art.

Thursday, October 7

Free First Thursday
Gallery Admission Free All Day

Friday, October 8

7:30 PM
L@TE: Friday Nights @ BAM/PFA
Dog Night with NYMPH
(Doors 5 p.m., DJ 6:30 p.m.)
Programmed by Tomo Yasuda

Japan’s Edo Period had a strict law on the books: be nice to dogs and other animals, or else! Brooklyn-based psychedelic-shred/avant-garde ensemble NYMPH bares its teeth for an evening of new music with a decidedly tribal feel. Artist and intergalactic traveler Daniel Jay projects visuals celebrating our four-legged friends. Dog Night with NYMPH is programmed in conjunction with the exhibition Flowers of the Four Seasons.
For information see our website: http://bampfa.berkeley.edu/late/
Galleries Open Until 9 p.m.

Friday, October 15

7:30 PM
L@TE: Friday Nights @ BAM/PFA
Radical L@TE: Book Launch
(Doors 5 p.m., DJ 6:30 p.m.)
Programmed by Kathy Geritz and Steve Seid

To celebrate the publication of the Pacific Film Archive program’s first book, Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945-2000, we present an evening of light shows, multiple projection pieces, films loops by Craig Baldwin, Gibbs Chapman, Peter Conheim, and Thad Povey and Alfonso Alvarez, as well as other cinema psychedelica. Film and videomakers discussed in the book as well as writers who contributed to it will join the festivities, which will continue throughout the weekend with screenings on Saturday and Sunday at the PFA Theater. For information see bampfa.berkeley.edu/calendar/day/10152010
Galleries Open Until 9 p.m.

New Exhibition!

Opening Wednesday, October 6:
Exhibition Opens Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945-2000
The Timeline
October 6-April 3, 2011
With the publication of Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945-2000, BAM/PFA presents the first comprehensive overview of Bay Area avant-garde film and video. The book is accompanied by an exhibition featuring posters, flyers, and rare ephemera; a film and video series bringing artists to Berkeley to screen their work at the PFA Theater; and a series of special Radical L@TE programs.

Continuing Exhibitions:

Marjolijn Dijkman: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum
September 26-November 28
Marjolijn Dijkman’s exhibition title refers to the first modern atlas, the “Theater of the World,” published in 1570. For Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, an ongoing photographic project initiated in 2005, Dijkman has archived and organized over 9,000 images in order to rethink existing representations of the world. The project includes an accompanying website and a free online atlas.

Nature into Action: Hans Hofmann

Extended through June 2011
Drawn from BAM/PFA’s extensive Hans Hofmann collection, this installation reveals the relationship between nature as source and action as method in the great abstract painter’s work.

Through December 5
Drawn primarily from the museum’s recent acquisitions of contemporary art, this exhibition explores a wide range of art through the lens of the concept of “hauntology,” a term coined by the French philosopher Jacques Derrida in 1993 to refer to the study of social, psychological, and cultural conditions in the post-Communist period.

Himalayan Pilgrimage
Explore the journey of Buddhism across several centuries and from India into Tibet through exceptionally beautiful objects of sculpture and painting dating from the ninth to the eighteenth centuries.

Thom Faulders: BAMscape
Through fall 2011
How often do you get a chance to sit, lounge, or study on a work of art? BAMscape invites you to interact with art—and with the museum—in unexpected ways.

Flowers of the Four Seasons: Ten Centuries of Art from the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture
Through December 12
A dazzling array of Japan’s greatest artistic traditions from ancient to modern are on view in BAM/PFA’s major fall exhibition, which features a selection of more than 100 works of art from one of the most significant collections of Japanese art in America.

Guided Tours

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.

Thursdays at 12:15 PM: October 7, 14
Saturday, October 9 at 11:00 AM
Sundays at 2 PM: October 3, 10
Special Event Tour: UC Berkeley Homecoming tours at 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM on Friday, October 8