Divining Triptychs: Printmaking, Dance, and Poetry Across Millennia
works by Robert Woods, Lucinda Weaver, and Alan Bern
March 7 - 17, 2018
Live performances: 
Friday, March 16, at 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 17, at 4:30 pm

$15 advance/$20 at the door; $10 BAC Members & youth under 18

Berkeley Art Center will host a multimedia exhibition and live event featuring the work of poet and storyteller Alan Bern; dancer and choreographer Lucinda Weaver; and artist Robert Woods. With deep roots in Berkeley, all three have been working along parallel lines and weaving their work together in site-specific collaborations. Woods and Bern have worked together under the fine publishing imprint Lines & Faces for more than forty years. Weaver, who danced with the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, has performed together with Bern for fifteen years as PACES: dance & poetry fit to the space. On March 16 and 17, Bern and Weaver will perform a dance/poetry collaboration based on the broadsides that feature Bern’s translations of Dante and his poem “Dialogue,” a dramatic exchange between Hildegard of Bingen and St. Francis of Assisi. 

All funds from tickets and art sales donated to the BAC by the artists. A brief reception will follow each performance.

Composing Together: Family Workshop
Saturday March 10, 3pm

Poet Alan Bern and professional musicians will lead step-by-step activities to compose unique, expressive poetry and then pair it with music that fits the mood. Composing Together brings everyone's voice to the table and the stage by using poetry to explore issues of self-identity, relationships with nature, our place in the world, and silly things that just make us feel good.

Poetry Reading and Panel Discussion
Sunday March 11, 3pm

Enjoy poetry readings by members of a North Berkeley writing group: Rebecca Radner, Glenn Ingersoll and Alan Bern. Special guest John Altman, Santa Barbara translator, will read from his translations of Neruda. After the reading, the poets will talk about marketing and publishing, sharing stories about their own struggles, pet peeves, and delights. Q & A and discussion will follow: audience participation will be most welcome.

curated by Maria Porges

February 3 - March 4, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 3, 5 - 7 pm

THIS PLACE highlights the work of Peter Baczek, Monique Boyd, Timothea CampbellVictoria HamlinShelley HoytJeannie O'Connor, and Nancy Mona Russell. The show opens with a reception on Saturday, February 3, 5 - 7pm and runs through March 4, 2018.

The task of selecting a show from the works submitted by 180 member artists is not a simple one. In a display of enormously diverse style and media, the BAC Artists Annual Exhibition is an exciting opportunity for artists to have hundreds of eyes on their work and in particular, the eyes of this year's curator, Maria Porges.

Porges is an Associate Professor at California College of the Arts. She is an artist and writer whose work has been exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions since the late eighties. She received a SECA award from the SFMOMA and has twice been in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts. A finalist for the Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Art Writer's Grant in 2014, her critical writing has appeared in many publications, including Artforum, Art in America, Sculpture, American Ceramics, Glass, the New York Times Book Review, and a host of other art magazines. She has also authored essays for over 100 exhibition catalogues and dozens of scripts for museum audio tours.

In her selection of works for THIS PLACE, Porges was interested in the role that the artist’s environment plays in his/her development. She states, “The work of each of the seven artists in this show demonstrates a connection to the unique landscapes of northern California, whether urban, suburban or pastoral.”

Some works are straightforward, others more abstract or symbolic. Through painting, printmaking, drawing, etching, digital prints and painted film, the artworks create a record of familiar places -- and some that no longer exist.

 Jeannie O’Connor, MacArthur Mayhem, archival pigment print, 2017

Jeannie O’Connor, MacArthur Mayhem, archival pigment print, 2017