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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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 Arts. Porges 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.
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.