Apr
13
6:00 PM18:00

Opening Reception Look at Me Hungry

Free and Open to the Public

Featuring Kim Bennett, Arthur Huang, Xi Nan, Joyce Nojima, Sandra Ono and James Sansing. Curated by artist Mel Prest.

The works in this exhibition evolve from an obsessiveness and immersion in the process of making — something like hunger — while evoking the tension between being being fully realized abstract “things” and pieces disintegrating into their many components. Crossing boundaries between sculpture, painting and installation, the artists in the show lay bare their creative processes through works that embody time and the presence of their hand.

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Apr
15
6:30 PM18:30

Listen to Me Hungry: Dinner & Conversation with Xi Nan

Co-presented with NIAD

NIAD Executive Director Amanda Eicher moderates a conversation with artist Xi Nan about her work in ceramics and installation over a casual sit-down meal in the gallery. Food catered by the Kebabery, Oakland. Wine & beer included. Space is limited.

Xi Nan was born and raised in Jilin, China, and was selected nationally by the China Disabled Person Federation to study abroad at RCN United World College in Norway, where she earned her International Baccalaureate degree. She holds a BA in Studio Art from Luther College, Iowa, and an MFA in Ceramics from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth.

Xi’s work has been shown across the United States, including exhibitions in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Washington DC, New York and San Francisco. She was invited to exhibit at the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) in Pittsburgh in 2018 and was awarded second place in a US national juried exhibition for emerging artists with disabilities in 2011. Xi is currently a full-time artist based Long Island City, New York.

BAC Members $50/Nonmembers $60
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Apr
20
1:00 PM13:00

Walking & Talking with Arthur Huang

Walk to BART and take a ride with artist Arthur Huang and BAC Executive Director Daniel Nevers as they discuss commuting as a source of inspiration. Price includes round-trip BART ticket. Space is limited.

Arthur Huang explores conscious and unconscious memory along the spectrum of neuroscience and visual arts through two ongoing projects — the Memory Walks Project and the Daily Drawings Project. Taking a cue from place cells and other specialized neurons responsible for spatial memory, he started working on the Memory Walks Project in 2012. Utilizing the concept of place cells to explore moments of transit in his daily life, Arthur began drawing different walks that he took from memory. In the process, he moved from drawing on paper to working on alternative substrates, eventually settling on eggshells. Working on a three-dimensional object with a limited view of the drawing surface, Huang found a more direct connection between his memory and his drawing process.

The Daily Drawings Project began as a way to utilize the in-between moments of daily life. Huang makes these semi-automatic drawings while commuting on trains. They start with an arbitrary choice of pen and drawn shape. From there, the drawing is made on a sheet of A5 paper with no preconception of what will transpire during the commute. Since the project’s inception in 2015, he has generated more than 1,000 drawings.

BAC Members $25/Nonmembers $30

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May
9
6:30 PM18:30

Artists in Conversation: Kim Bennett, Joyce Nojima, Sandra Ono & James Sansing

Curator Mel Prest moderates a discussion with artists from the exhibition Look at Me Hungry. Hear from them about their influences and inspiration, their use of materials, and the nature of making work that involves chance and repetition as key elements of the creative process. Audience participation in the conversation is encouraged.

Free for BAC Members & Students/Nonmembers $10

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Jun
8
6:00 PM18:00

Opening Reception Bodies on the Line: Sound, Performance, Endurance curated by Rhiannon MacFadyen

Featuring Simone Bailey, Chris Evans and Beatrice L. Thomas (aka Black Benatar)
Curated by Rhiannon MacFadyen, founder of Black & White Projects, this exhibition showcases work at the intersection of art and activism. The artists in the show place the black female body at the center of their practice, bringing to light the urgency, endurance, violence and magic associated with being black and female in 2019. Through live performances and broad documentation of past performances — including video recordings, photographs, objects and texts — the exhibition explores radically different approaches to understanding issues of performativity related to gender, race and queerness.

Simone Bailey works with video, performance, sculpture and photography to examine themes of violence, agency and the impulse to grasp the intangible. Chris Evans is an interdisciplinary artist trained in music and dance; her practice explores where the lines between dance, space, artist and audience blur. Mx. Beatrice Thomas is a queer multidisciplinary artist and performer who uses the artifice of drag to inhabit her alter ego, Black Benatar, an exaggerated black femme creature who challenges blackness, whiteness, oppression and convention.

Tickets for live performances and public programs associated with this exhibition will be announced in April.

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Jan
26
to Feb 16

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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Dec
15
to Jan 12

Here: Part 1

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


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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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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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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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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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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