Formidable Fragments: Breaking Down the Cult of Cute
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
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.