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
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
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
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
28
4:00 PM16:00

Arts in Action

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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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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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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Aug
5
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 8/12, 8/19 with a percussion workshop on 8/19.

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Aug
12
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 8/19 with a percussion workshop.

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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
19
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. Followed by a percussion workshop.
All ages welcome, Sliding donation $5-$10. 

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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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Sep
15
to Oct 26

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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Oct
25
6:30 PM18:30

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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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 Khafagi, 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
3
7:00 PM19:00

Voices of Faith

Opening night of Universal Messages we are inviting singers and performers to present a bouquet of melodious spiritual songs. It will begin with eloquent Quran reciting, followed by Jewish and Christian hymns performed by local BayArea musicians. Particiapnts will be invited from partnering organizations such as the Islamic Society of SF, and Universal Unitarian Church in San Francisco, Islamic Cultural Center in Oakland and Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County.

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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 show that uses Indian classical dance, poetry, video projection, and live music to connect 13th-century Persian mystic Mevlana Rumi and 16th-century Indian saint Meera Bai, who both spoke of finding salvation in love.

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Dec
15
to Jan 12

Artists Annual Exhibition Part 1

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. 

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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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Jun
7
6:00 PM18:00

Artists in Conversation

Artists from the Wonder Women: Local Treasures exhibition will discuss their practice and progress in the art world with leading Bay Area curators and collectors. Kay Bradner, Robbin Henderson, Naomie Kremer, Tabitha Soren and Jan Wurm will present on June 7. Five more artists will speak on June 28 at 6pm.
Free for BAC Members/$10 Nonmembers

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Jun
2
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 6/9, 6/16, 6/23. 6/30. All ages welcome, suggested donation $10-20

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May
31
7:00 PM19:00

Women in Rock VOL. 1

Rock historian Richie Unterberger will show and discuss film clips of women rock and soul performers from the 1950s to the 1980s. Included will be clips by Wanda Jackson, Brenda Lee, the Ronettes, Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, Dusty Springfield, Lulu, Janis Joplin, Grace Slick with the Jefferson Airplane, Nancy Sinatra, Joni Mitchell, Nico, Patti Smith, 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. This is the first of three presentations on women in rock, with others to follow on June 21 and July 26, 2018.

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May
31
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 June 21 and 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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May
26
to Jul 8

Wonder Women: Local Treasures

Curated by George Krevsky featuring artists: Helen Berggruen, Kay Bradner, Stacey Carter, Dana DeKalb, Lisa Esherick, Robbin Henderson, Naomie Kremer, Diana Krevsky, Tabitha Soren, and Jan Wurm. Using paint, pastel, photography, sculpture, drawing and technology, these talented women artists have created wondrous work that tells a story as exciting as the times we live in.

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May
4
4:00 PM16:00

Open Rehearsal: SBDP

Sarah Bush Dance Project's Bay Area Dance Week open rehearsal will be Friday May 4th from 4-6pm as part of their Residency at Berkeley Art Center. Come see the creative process as they develop movement for their Fall Premiere - exploring ideas about heroes, teachers, the passing on of knowledge, excavating new old histories, sparks of light in darkness, celebrating the powerful heroics of diverse individualism. We invite folks to write notes, take photos/videos, or just pop in and observe. Come and go as you please. 
 

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Apr
19
6:00 PM18:00

Artists in Conversation with Larry Rinder

Meet the artists Leah Rosenberg and Jeremiah Jenkins 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.
Free for BAC members/$10 Nonmembers

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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
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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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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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
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
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
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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