Nov
3
to Dec 2

Universal Messages: New Vistas

Contemporary works from Muslim Women Artists in the Bay Area curated by Salma Arastu. Artists include Salma Arastu, Bassamat Fayoumi Bahnasy, Manli Salimah Chao, Rabea Chaudhry, Rubina Kazi, Yasmin Khafagy, Azeem Khaliq, Nabeela Sajjad, Ayesha Samdani, and Sophia Ahmed Sattar. Many of these artists are inspired by the art of Arabic Calligraphy which developed from the Islamic tradition forbidding the depiction of God, Mohamed and the prophets in art. Historically verses from the Quran were rendered in beautifully crafted manuscripts. The works in this show, explore the creative possibility of calligraphy and the content of the spiritual words.

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Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

In Search of Eternal Love

Performance artist Naina Shastri and visual artist Salma Arastu collaborate on a performance that combines classical Indian dance, poetry and video projection to connect thirteenth-century Persian mystic Mevlana Rumi and sixteenth-century Indian saint Meera Bai, who both spoke of finding salvation in love.

Shastri is a performing artist, choreographer and teacher of the Indian classical dance style known as Bharatanatyam in the Tri Valley area. She is the artistic director of the Ushanjali School of Dance.

Arastu is an artist and curator whose work has been exhibited internationally in India, Iran, Kuwait, Germany and the United States. She has had more than 30 solo and group exhibitions, including at Stanford’s Cantor Center for the Arts and the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art at Saint Louis University. She earned her MFA from the MS University of Baroda in India.

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Dec
15
to Jan 12

Here Part 1

HERE: Part 1

December 15, 2018–January 11, 2019
Opening Reception: Sat, December 15, 6pm–8pm

Call for Artists Announced November 1
Entry Deadline: December 4 by 5pm


HERE is an annual celebration of BAC’s artist-members, who form the foundation of a deep and rich art community in Berkeley and throughout the East Bay. Working in all media at all levels of experience, their diverse talents are showcased in this salon-style exhibition through the presentation of small works. The show is presented in two parts: a non-juried component, followed by a juried group exhibition. Each year, a prominent juror reviews the works in HERE: Part 1 to invite a selection of artists to participate in HERE: Part 2, with works coalescing around a theme that speaks to the current cultural moment.

This year’s juror is Los Angeles–based gallerist Walter Maciel, whose career has spanned Northern and Southern California for more than two decades. He began his career in 1992 after graduating from the University of California, Berkeley, with a double major in Art History and Studio Art. Maciel was director of two prominent galleries in San Francisco before opening Walter Maciel Gallery in Culver City in 2006, a 4,000-square-foot exhibition space that promotes the careers of emerging, mid-career and established artists who participate in national and international exhibitions and art fairs. Walter has served on many boards and committees, including Southern Exposure, Headlands Center for the Arts, Hospitality House and the San Francisco Art Dealers Association, as well as speaking on panels at universities and art institutions, including University of California, Los Angeles; University of California, Berkeley; San Francisco Art Institute; California College of the Arts; Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University; and Institute for Contemporary Art, San Jose.


Underwriting for opening receptions generously provided by Mechanics Bank.

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Jan
26
to Feb 17

Here: Part II

Here: Part II, the juried exhibition of Berkeley Art Center’s two part Annual Members’ Show, brings together a group of Bay Area artists, who while exhibiting together for the first time, have distinct synergistic parallels in both their work and process. Works will be selected from a vast survey of single-submission works from Berkeley Art Center member artists. Juried by gallerist Walter Maciel.

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Nov
3
7:00 PM19:00

Sounds of Faith

As part of the opening reception for Universal Messages: New Vistas, singers and performers of various faith backgrounds will present “Sounds of Faith,” a program of spiritual songs, starting at 7pm. The performance will begin with a recitation from the Quran, followed by Hebrew hymns, a medley of Indian bhajans, a healing hymn and Sufi chanting. Featuring Mustapha Harb, Taya Shere, Snigdha Venkataramani, Clare Hedin and Issa Chishty.

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Oct
13
4:00 PM16:00

Artists in Conversation

Members of the Bay Area Photographers Collective will discuss their work from the exhibition Of Dreams and Reality with curator Ann Jastrab. Jastrab was the gallery director for Rayko Photo in San Francisco for ten years. She is also Editor in Chief for All About Photo.com. Free for BAC Members/$10 Nonmembers

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Sep
15
to Oct 25

Of Dreams and Reality

BAC will be participating in the inaugural year of the SF Bay Month of Photography (September 2018). Guest curator Ann Jastrab will work with the Bay Area Photographers Collective to create an exhibition including some of the twenty-two BAPC members. BAPC is a nonprofit that sustains a community of photographic artists through support, encouragement, and constructive critique, and exhibition opportunities. Curator Ann Jastrab was the gallery director for Rayko Photo in San Francisco for ten years. She is also Editor in Chief for All About Photo.com. Ann has curated many exhibitions for RayKo as well as for the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Academy of Art in San Francisco, Artspan, SFAI, the Center for Fine Art Photography, and other international venues.

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Aug
26
11:00 AM11:00

Portfolio Reviews

Berkeley Art Center in conjunction with representatives from Bay Area galleries, colleges and arts organization will review artist work, offer feedback and answer questions about the professional art world. This is an amazing opportunity for both artists, and local curators and galleries to view and discover new emerging artists. Reviewers are TBD. $25 BAC Members/$35 Nonmembers

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Aug
25
4:00 PM16:00

Arts in Action Queer Technology

Join us for an hour of dance and art interpretation with the artists from Queer Technology and Dancers in Residence, Sarah Bush Dance Project. Known for their site-specific collaborative dance, SBDP will create short works inspired by the themes, artworks, and the arrangement of BAC’s current exhibition. Audiences will explore the art through short, guided activities. Sliding donation: $10-$20

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Aug
18
11:00 AM11:00

Sticks/Land Art Workshop

A Workshop for Parents+Children - Curated by Paul Frank Wagner
Paul Frank Wagner is a French / American visual artist (paulfrankwagner.com) that has been practicing art since 2000, and Teaching art in high-level profile schools worldwide since 2013. He is the co-founder of Hoopla Education and the Author of Sticks & Stones, the first nature based Art Curriculum that takes children as young as 3yrs+ on journey of creativity using nature’s loose parts: Stones, Sticks, Leaves, Mud, Sand. Enjoy a  2 hr. Workshop where parents + children can explore, play, and create using Sticks. $10 per person.  

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Aug
4
11:00 AM11:00

Stones/Land Art Workshop

A Workshop for Parents+Children - Curated by Paul Frank Wagner
Paul Frank Wagner is a French / American visual artist (paulfrankwagner.com) that has been practicing art since 2000, and Teaching art in high-level profile schools worldwide since 2013. He is the co-founder of Hoopla Education and the Author of Sticks & Stones, the first nature based Art Curriculum that takes children as young as 3yrs+ on journey of creativity using nature’s loose parts: Stones, Sticks, Leaves, Mud, Sand. Enjoy a  2 hr. Workshop where parents + children can explore, play, and create using Stones. $10 per person.  

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Jul
29
11:00 AM11:00

Sunday Concerts with Gautam Ganeshan

Treat yourself to a stimulating sound experience Sunday mornings at BAC. Enjoy a performance by Gautam Tejas Ganeshan, a passionate singer who applies his knowledge of Indian carnatic music to the creation of new music; "bringing a local twist to this centuries-old sound." Stay for the whole set, or come and go.
All ages welcome, Sliding donation $5-$10. Repeats 8/5, 8/12, 8/19 with percussion workshops on 8/19.

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Jul
26
7:00 PM19:00

Women in Rock - From Psych to Punk

Rock historian Richie Unterberger will show and discuss film clips of Bay Area women rock and soul performers from the 1960s and 1970s. Included will be footage, not seen in previous lectures, of performers such as Grace Slick, Janis Joplin, We Five, Mimi Fariña, Lydia Pense with Cold Blood, the Ace of Cups, Mother Earth, It’s a Beautiful Day, the Pointer Sisters, the Tubes, and the Avengers. Unterberger is the author of numerous rock history books, including Unknown Legends of Rock'n'RollWhite Light/White Heat: The Velvet Underground Day-By-Day; and a history of 1960s folk-rock, Jingle Jangle Morning

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Jul
26
5:30 AM05:30

Screening: Rocked by Women

Join us before each Women in Rock lecture for a screening of the performance "Rocked by Women" by BAC Dancers in Residence Sarah Bush Dance Project. Free and open to the public.
Rocked by Women portrays the life of a woman transformed by love, music, and memories. With its eclectic score of unforgettable voices, this kinetic, hybrid work pays tribute to the women who rock us.

 

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Jul
22
11:00 AM11:00

Sunday Concerts & Percussion Workshop

Treat yourself to a stimulating sound experience Sunday mornings at BAC. Enjoy a performance by Gautam Tejas Ganeshan, a passionate singer who applies his knowledge of Indian carnatic music to the creation of new music; "bringing a local twist to this centuries-old sound." Stay for the whole set, or come and go.
All ages welcome, Sliding donation $5-$10. Repeats 7/29, 8/5, 8/12, 8/19 with percussion workshops on 7/22 and 8/19.

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Jul
21
to Sep 2

Queer Technology

Curated by Elliot Anderson, Professor of Digital Arts/New Media at UC Santa Cruz, this exhibition invites LGBTQ artists to critique the norms and values assumed by the techno-sphere. These Queer Technologists create games, augmented virtual reality artworks, sound and music, sculpture, internet-based, video and performance artworks that expose us to other possibilities. 

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Jul
8
11:00 AM11:00

Sunday Concerts with Gautam Ganeshan

Treat yourself to a stimulating sound experience Sunday mornings at BAC. Enjoy a performance by Gautam Tejas Ganeshan, a passionate singer who applies his knowledge of Indian carnatic music to the creation of new music; "bringing a local twist to this centuries-old sound." Stay for the whole set, or come and go.
All ages welcome, Sliding donation $5-$10. Repeats 7/22, 7/29, 8/5, 8/12, 8/19 with percussion workshops on 7/22 and 8/19.
 

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Jul
1
11:00 AM11:00

Summer Luncheon: Artist Awards

For one special afternoon, the Berkeley Art Center will gather the arts community for a celebratory luncheon to honor three very important artists - Judy Dater, Mildred Howard, and Hung Liu. This diverse group of women demonstrate the best of what we do as a community arts center - provide space for artists to tell their stories, to develop their craft, and extend their message to the greatest audience imaginable. More info at awardluncheon

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Jun
23
12:00 PM12:00

Noon Renaissance Concerts

Saturdays in June hear viol music from the 16th century played by Peter Hallifax and friends. Hallifax has been playing the viol for 50 years. He was a founding member of Philharmonia Baroque orchestra and taught at UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz. 
Repeats 6/30. All ages welcome, suggested donation $10-20

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Jun
21
7:00 PM19:00

Women in Rock VOL. 2

Rock historian Richie Unterberger will show and discuss film clips of women rock and soul performers from the 1950s to the 1980s at the Berkeley Art Center. Included will be clips by the Shangri-Las, Carole King, Mary Wells, the Shirelles, Linda Ronstadt, Tina Turner, Bobbie Gentry, Gladys Knight, Shocking Blue, Blondie, Marianne Faithfull, the Raincoats, and others. Unterberger is the author of numerous rock history books, including Unknown Legends of Rock'n'RollWhite Light/White Heat: The Velvet Underground Day-By-Day; and a history of 1960s folk-rock, Jingle Jangle Morning

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Jun
21
5:30 PM17:30

Screening: Rocked by Women

Join us before each Women in Rock lecture for a screening of the performance "Rocked by Women" by BAC Dancers in Residence Sarah Bush Dance Project. Repeats July 26 at 5:30pm. Free and open to the public. Rocked by Women portrays the life of a woman transformed by love, music, and memories. With its eclectic score of unforgettable voices, this kinetic, hybrid work pays tribute to the women who rock us.

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Jun
16
4:00 PM16:00

Arts in Action: Represent

Join us for an hour of dance and art interpretation with the artists from Wonder Women and Dancers in Residence, Sarah Bush Dance Project. Known for their site-specific collaborative dance, SBDP will create short works inspired by the themes, artworks, and the arrangement of BAC’s current exhibition. Audiences will explore the art through short, guided activities.
Sliding donation: $10-$20

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Jun
16
12:00 PM12:00

Noon Renaissance Concerts

Saturdays in June hear viol music from the 16th century played by Peter Hallifax and friends. Hallifax has been playing the viol for 50 years. He was a founding member of Philharmonia Baroque orchestra and taught at UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz. 
Repeats 6/23. 6/30. All ages welcome, suggested donation $10-20

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Jun
9
12:00 PM12:00

Noon Renaissance Concerts

Saturdays in June hear viol music from the 16th century played by Peter Hallifax and friends. Hallifax has been playing the viol for 50 years. He was a founding member of Philharmonia Baroque orchestra and taught at UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz. 
Repeats 6/16, 6/23. 6/30. All ages welcome, suggested donation $10-20

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