Mar
7
to Mar 17

Divining Triptychs: works by Robert Woods and Alan Bern

This pop-up exhibition features the work of poet and storyteller Alan Bern and artist Robert Woods, who have worked together under the fine publishing imprint Lines & Faces for more than forty years. Robert Woods is a painter, sculptor, wood engraver and printmaker. Alan Bern has worked in public libraries in the East Bay Area for 25 years. His third book of poetry, greater distance and other poems, with design and illustrations by Robert Woods, was released by Lines & Faces in 2015.  The illustrated broadsides will be on view for the week and during two live performances March 16 & 17. Partial funds from sales of broadsides will be donated to the BAC by the artists.

Lucinda Weaver, who danced with the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, and poet Alan Bern have performed together for fifteen years as PACES: dance & poetry fit to the space. Bern and Weaver will perform a dance/poetry collaboration based on broadsides by Robert Woods and Alan Bern. Performances take place March 16 & 17. All funds donated to the BAC by the performers. 

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Mar
10
3:00 PM15:00

Composing Together

Collaborate with composers to create music that amplifies the meaning and power of words. 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. 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.

Sliding donation $5-20. All funds donated to the BAC by the performers. 

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Mar
11
3:00 PM15:00

Poetry Reading and Panel Discussion


Sunday, March 11, 3:00 pm

Free and open to the public

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.

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Mar
16
7:30 PM19:30

Divining Triptychs: Printmaking, Dance, and Poetry Across Millennia

Lucinda Weaver, who danced with the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, and poet Alan Bern have performed together for fifteen years as PACES: dance & poetry. Bern and Weaver will perform a dance/poetry collaboration based on broadsides by Robert Woods and Alan Bern. Performances take place March 16 & 17. All funds donated to the BAC by the performers. 

$15 advance/$20 at the door; $10 BAC Members & youth under 18
Doors open 30 min prior. A brief reception will follow the performances.

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Mar
17
4:30 PM16:30

Divining Triptychs: Printmaking, Dance, and Poetry Across Millennia

Lucinda Weaver, who danced with the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, and poet Alan Bern have performed together for fifteen years as PACES: dance & poetry. Bern and Weaver will perform a dance/poetry collaboration based on broadsides by Robert Woods and Alan Bern. Performances take place March 16 & 17. All funds donated to the BAC by the performers. 

$15 advance/$20 at the door; $10 BAC Members & youth under 18
Doors open 30 min prior. A brief reception will follow the performances.

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Mar
18
1:00 PM13:00

Berkeley Butoh Gathering

Anoku Butoh Gathering in celebration of the life and death of Japanese choreographer Tatsumi Hijikata, the founder of Butoh performance. Interactive performances in Live Oak Park from 1 - 3pm with a bonfire and food booths. Indoor performances inside BAC from 4 - 6pm. Free and open to all ages.

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Mar
22
to Mar 25

GLAS Animation Festival

Berkeley Art Center will be hosting a pop-up exhibition of animation art installations as part of this city-wide festival. Films will be presented at Shattuck Cinemas and panel discussions at the David Brower Center. 

GLAS Animation Festival includes a complete short film competition program as well as retrospectives, special curated programs, Q&As, behind the scene screenings and panels, animation installations and more. GLAS Animation Festival unites the animation community with the Berkeley and Bay Area community, sharing great and unique animated works from around the world.

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Apr
7
to May 13

Agility Projects: The Measure of Enjoyment

This year’s Agility Projects artists are Leah Rosenberg and Jeremiah Jenkins. Rosenberg is a San Francisco-based artist whose practice spans a range of media including painting, sculpture, installation, printmaking and performance. Color and process play a primary role in her practice. She is the lead artist for the pop-up exhibition “Color Factory” in San Francisco and recently won a commission for a piece at San Francisco International Airport. Jenkins creates sculptures, installations and performative work, whose humor and social resonance stem from a unique understanding of materials. As he states “I think of myself as a reverse anthropologist. I make artifacts that reflect our society on a physical and conceptual level.”

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Apr
14
1:00 PM13:00

Family Workshop: Community Cartography

Suggested Donation $5, drop-in, all ages

Green Art Workshop presents an adventure in mapping!  Through blindfolded tours, experimental drawings, and various tactile experiences, participants will encounter their environment in unexpected ways.  Reflecting on sensory observations, they will then create unique mixed media maps to take home.

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Apr
19
6:00 PM18:00

Artists in Conversation

with Lawrence Rinder, Director and Chief Curator at BAMPFA

Meet the artists as they discuss the intention and inspiration behind their Agility Projects installation.  The conversation will be led by Lawrence Rinder, Director and Chief Curator of BAMPFA.  Mr. Rinder has had a prominent career in both the curatorial and education-program sides of museums.  Previously as BAMPFA's MATRIX curator and Founding Director of CCA's Wattis Institute, he is well-versed in the emerging arts scene in the Bay Area and beyond.

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Feb
15
6:00 PM18:00

Artists in Conversation

Meet the artists featured in THIS PLACE in conversation with exhibition curator Maria Porges. Learn about the various artistic techniques and intentions represented in the show and find out how “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.”

Free for BAC Members / $10 Nonmembers

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Feb
10
1:00 PM13:00

Green Valentines

We kick off our Second Saturday workshop series with a craft you'll LOVE. Green Art Workshops presents an eco-alternative to Valentines with instructor Elizabeth Molnar. Make handmade cards with discarded postcards, magazines, maps, books, and more! Discover how to use collage and other craft techniques to compose unique art pieces for your special Valentine messages for friends and family.

Suggested donation $5, drop-in, all ages

 

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Jan
17
5:00 PM17:00

Volunteer Night

Volunteer Night is a chance for us to thank our current volunteers for all their time and hard work, as well as, gather those who may be interested in volunteering at Berkeley Art Center in the coming year. Please join us to meet staff, members of the board, and artists from our Annual Members Exhibition.

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Dec
10
to Jan 19

HERE (Part 1) BAC's Artists Annual Exhibition

BAC's Artists Annual is a celebration of our members who form the deep and rich art community that makes Berkeley Art Center such a unique organization. This salon-style exhibition features small works in a variety of media. The exhibition is presented in two parts: a non-juried presentation, followed by a juried show.

This year the juror will be Maria Porges, Associate Professor at California College of the ArtsPorges 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.

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Dec
1
to Dec 2

Drop-off dates for HERE (Part 1)

Berkeley Art Center’s Artists Annual includes work in all media submitted by its members. This salon-style exhibition is a celebration of the deep and broad art community that makes Berkeley Art Center such a unique organization. 

All current members (through January 2018) may submit one work under 24" in any direction. No artwork will be accepted without a fully completed online loan form. Visit our Exhibitions page at and click on SUBMISSION FORM to register online by November 29th.

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Nov
18
4:00 PM16:00

Tapestry: Art in Action

Sliding Donation: $10 - 20
Proceeds will be donated to Napa Valley Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund for victims of recent wildfires.

Join us for an hour of dance and art interpretation with the artists from Thread Heads and special guest choreographer Sarah Bush. Sarah Bush Dance Project, known for their site-specific collaborative dance, 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.

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Nov
16
6:00 PM18:00

Book Launch - Immigrant Girl, Radical Woman

Immigrant Girl, Radical Woman is a memoir by Matilda Rabinowitz with commentary and original drawings by artist Robbin Légère Henderson. Rabinowitz (1887-1963) immigrated to the United States from Ukraine at the age of thirteen. Radicalized by her experience in sweatshops, she became an organizer for the Industrial Workers of the World from 1912 to 1917 and wrote a regular column "On the Left" for the Socialist Newsletter in Los Angeles. Matilda's granddaughter, Robbin Légère Henderson illustrates Rabinowitz’s life and journey in black-and white-scratchboard drawings. This memoir challenges assumptions about the lives of early twentieth-century women as they rejected intellectual and social restrictions to seek political and economic equality.

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Nov
11
2:00 PM14:00

Artists in Conversation - Thread Heads

Join us for an exploration of the latest trends in Bay Area fiber art. Moderated by Marion Coleman, one of the Thread Heads jurors and an accomplished public artist who works with quilts and textiles. A number of the exhibition artists will contribute to the conversation. 

"It is refreshing to see artists pushing boundaries by presenting a diversity of themes, materials and techniques that make us think about what is possible and how threads can connect to tradition yet move beyond it." - Marion Coleman

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Nov
5
1:00 PM13:00

Crochet Jam with Ramekon O'Arwisters

Ramekon O'Arwisters started Crochet Jam in 2012. His social-art practice is rooted in a cherished childhood memory that's steeped in the African-American tradition of weaving in a calm and non-judgmental environment without rules or limitations. Crochet Jams engage the public to think differently about the role of art within community and the power of art within society. No experience necessary - no attempt made to dictate the creative process nor judge the finished project. Free and open to the public.

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Oct
21
6:00 PM18:00

Opening Reception - Thread Heads: New Bay Area Fiber Art

Juried by Marion Coleman, Karen Hampton, and Tali Weinberg, this show examines the current state of Bay Area fiber arts and pose the question: “What social and political circumstances are influencing the craft movement of the new millennium?” The following artists were selected from a pool of over 140 talented Bay Area fiber artists: Alice Beasley, Lia Cook, Alexander Hernandez, Lily Homer, Karrie Hovey, Renee Owen, Laura Raboff, Ruth Tabancay, LaQuita Tummings, Ama Wertz, Alice Wiese, and NIAD Art Center.

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Sep
23
to Oct 8

With Liberty and Justice for Some

Co-curated by artist Monica Lundy and gallerist Walter Maciel, this exhibition features 200 portraits of immigrants to the United States by artists from Southern California and the Bay Area. 

Notable subjects portrayed in this exhibition include actors Bela Lugosi and Marlene Dietrich, entertainer Grace Jones, former Secretary of State Madeline Albright, Architect I. M. Pei, Province of Pennsylvania founder William Penn, and several established artists such as Eva Hesse, David Hockney, Louise Bourgeois, Mark Rothko, and Enrique Chagoya.

Each portrait will be priced and sold individually, with a percentage of the sales going to the Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants(CERI) and YAZDA – A Global Yazidi Organization

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