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This November at the Berkeley Art Museum

  • Location:
    San Francisco

This month, visit BAM at:
2626 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94720
Call 510.642.0808 for general information

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)

New Exhibition:

Emily Roysdon
December 12, 2010-March 6, 2011
Artist and writer Emily Roysdon’s work, often interdisciplinary and collaborative, explores the intersection of social, political, and aesthetic space. Roysdon’s interest in the invisible, collective histories of public space will take shape as two site-specific works for MATRIX, involving performance for camera, inspired by her interest in choreography as organized movement in both an aesthetic and political sense.

Continuing 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.

Marjolijn Dijkman: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum
Through 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 newsprint atlas.

Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945-2000
The Timeline

Through 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 the exhibition The Timeline 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. This exhibition is free and open to the public.

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.

Unlogo: Jeff Crouse
September 1-November 30
With an iPhone app and a website, this online exhibition enables individuals to use a phone to identify logos occurring in cellular photographs and to replace them with images drawn from an online databank. Anyone can view and contribute to the databank, suggesting and uploading images that may be substituted for a particular logo, hence undoing the original logo—Unlogo. Online only: netart.bampfa.berkeley.edu.

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.


Thursday, November 4
Free First Thursday
Gallery Admission Free All Day

Flowers of the Four Seasons
12:00 Guided 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.

Tour Schedule:
Sunday, November 7 and 14 at 2:00 PM
Thursday, November 4 and 11 at 12:00 PM

Friday, November 5
L@TE: Friday Nights @BAM/PFA*
From meditative masterpieces to off-kilter performances, L@TE programming invades Gallery B with classical and experimental soundworks, dance, video, and conceptual and performance art. This Fall, guest programmer Sarah Cahill continues to focus on the experimental tradition of American music.

7:30 Rothko Chapel
Programmed by Sarah Cahill

The UC Berkeley Chamber Chorus, directed by Marika Kuzma, and the Abel-Steinberg-Winant Trio perform Morton Feldman’s affecting, meditative masterpiece Rothko Chapel, in the resonant architecture of the Berkeley Art Museum. The reflective, elegiac mood is continued and enhanced by performances of Robert Ashley’s choral work She Was a Visitor, Lou Harrison’s gamelan composition Threnody for Carlos Chávez, and Roscoe Mitchell’s monument for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, Bells for New Orleans.

*This November's Friday night programs begin at 7:30 p.m. in Gallery B; doors open at 5 p.m. with a DJ in the lobby or Gallery B at 6:30 p.m. Galleries open until 9 p.m. Admission is $7; free for BAM/PFA members and Cal students. For more information on L@TE programs and our guest programmers, please visit bampfa.berkeley.edu/exhibition/late.

Friday, November 12
3:30 Flowers of the Four Seasons
Kabuki Close-Up: Makeup and Acting Demonstration

Zenshinza Theater Company
Museum Theater

In conjunction with the Flowers of the Four Seasons exhibition, members of the famed Zenshinza Theater Company will demonstrate and describe techniques of Kabuki makeup and acting. A cherished artistic institution in its homeland, Zenshinza performs before more than 250,000 people annually in a wide range of lavish and colorful productions, from traditional Kabuki to period dramas and historical plays about Japanese Buddhism.

One of Japan’s oldest theater troupes, the Zenshinza Theater Company will appear at Cal Performances in two different programs, on November 13 at 8 p.m. and November 14 at 3 p.m. The museum’s presentation offers a special opportunity for a behind-the-scenes encounter with these extraordinary artists as well as insights into their art.

L@TE: Friday Nights @BAM/PFA*
In December, guest programmer Tomo Yasuda’s L@TE series concludes its dialogue with the exhibition Flowers of the Four Seasons: Ten Centuries of Art from the Clark Collection for Japanese Art and Culture.

7:30Prosperity and Tranquility with ARP
Programmed by Tomo Yasuda

“One-man bliss machine” Alexis Georgopoulos, the New York-by-way-
of-San Francisco artist behind ARP, will send his atmospheric electronic sounds into the museum as if delivered via cloud. Noted for its hypnogogic, minimal music, ARP’s latest album, The Soft Wave, “creates enormous sound structures that, as they slowly unfold, become essays on scale,” said the New York Times. Georgopoulos’s BAM/PFA performance will be accompanied by original films by San Francisco experimental filmmaker Paul Clipson, and Los Angeles-based artist Sara Magenheimer will present a seasonal video loop, a meditation on the passage of time and the natural environment. The third installment of Tomo Yasuda’s series of L@TE events, presented in conjunction with the exhibition Flowers of the Four Seasons, Prosperity and Tranquility uses sound and visuals to reflect upon autumn as well as the zeitgeist of Japan during the economic boom of the late Edo period, when the government ceded power to commercial interests and the people lived for the moment, heedless of the consequences.