Formidable Fragments: Breaking Down the Cult of Cute

Kathy Aoki, Hello Kitty Monument: Morning in June, Photo by Kari Orvik 

Kathy Aoki, Hello Kitty Monument: Morning in June, Photo by Kari Orvik 

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 8, 6 - 8pm
Free and Open to the Public. 

As  part  of  The  Agility  Projects  series,  Berkeley  Art  Center  presents  a  solo   exhibition  by  multi-­media  artist  Kathy  Aoki  that  addresses  the  worldwide  obsession  with  Hello   Kitty  and  other  “super  cute”  commercial  ventures  that  have  dominated  the  market  that  targets   young  girls  and  adult  women  alike.       

Aoki’s  work  addresses  gender  and  pop-­culture  issues  through  approachable  visual  formats  with   a  twist  of  humor.  Installations  of  her  current  work  are  often  presented  in  an  ersatz  museum   context  with  “educational”  fictive  labels  in  convincing  language.  The  museum  framework   provides  a  familiar  format  that  is  inviting  rather  than  confrontational. 


The Rise and Fall of the Hello Kitty Monument

Artist's Presentation
Thursday, November 3, 6  pm
Free for BAC Members/$10 Nonmembers, RSVP requested

Kathy Aoki will present her talk The Rise and Fall of Hello Kitty Monument describing the faux historical context of the work on view in the gallery. Aoki has developed a humorous performance persona as Curator of this "collection" in order to lend ironic academic airs to the presentation. 

HERE, Part I
2016 BAC Artists Annual Exhibition

December 3, 2016 - January 8, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, December 3, 5 - 7 pm

Artwork Drop off Dates:  Thursday – Saturday, November 25 – 27, 11 am – 5 pm
(2D work limited to 24" max in any dimension)

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 Renny Pritikin, Chief Curator of the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. 

HERE, Part 2 will open Saturday, January 21 and run through February 26, 2017.