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The Rest of This Month (16-31) at the Berkeley Art Museum

  • Location:
    San Francisco

The Berkeley Art Museum is Located at:
2626 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94720

Call 510.642.0808 for information
See our website: http://bampfa.berkeley.edu/calendar/month/10012010 for more on this month's happenings!

Gallery Admission:
Free for BAM/PFA members; UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff; 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)

Current Exhibitions:

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 of Flowers of the Four Seasons

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 included with regular museum admission.

Sundays at 2PM: October 17, 24, and 31
Thursdays at 12:15 PM: October 21 and 28

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.

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 (for more information: film series page TK; L@TE events page 8).

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.


Friday, October 29
6:00 P.M. Conversation: Hauntology: An Interdisciplinary Intro 
David Brazil will discuss “hauntings” in literary texts as figures by which we might think through the question of our own responsibilities to the dead. Stanford University professor of English Terry Castle will consider collecting, and the psychic and intellectual urges that lie behind it, in the light of hauntology. Artist and web designer Josh On will address some of the specters of socialism haunting American politics and culture today. Then, artist and musician Scott Hewicker, co-curator of the exhibition, will introduce the program in conjunction with L@TE.

Friday, October 29
L@TE: Friday Nights @ BAM/PFA
7:30 P.M. Hauntology
(Doors 5 p.m., DJ 6:30 p.m.)
Programmed by Scott Hewicker

An evening of hauntological sounds, spirited discussions, and phantasmagorical projections will inhabit Gallery B. The spectral sounds of Portland-based Indignant Senility, and Bay-area based artists Barn Owl and Jim Haynes will provide a haunting sonic backdrop for multiple film, slide, and video projections, many from the PFA Collection, plus a ghostly procession and other tricks and treats. Ghost costumes encouraged! This event is programmed in conjunction with the exhibition Hauntology and is preceded by a public program at 6 p.m.
Galleries Open Until 9 p.m.

Sunday, October 31
3:00 P.M. Conversation 
Willard Clark and Amy Poster
Gallery C

Willard G. Clark, founder of the Clark Center, will converse with Amy Poster, Curator Emerita of Asian Art at the Brooklyn Museum, about his lifelong collecting of Japanese art. Using visual illustrations, Clark will discuss his personal passion for Japanese art and culture and how he became involved in collecting, and share personal reflections about individual objects. Following their conversation, Clark and Poster will together offer an informal walk-through of the exhibition.