Chris Evans, still from  Reconstruction , 2019

Chris Evans, still from Reconstruction, 2019

Opening Reception
Bodies on the Line: Sound, Performance, Endurance

Saturday, June 8, 6pm–9pm
Performance by Simone Bailey with guest artists at 7pm
Free and Open to the Public

Featuring Simone Bailey, Chris Evans and Beatrice L. Thomas (aka Black Benatar). Curated by Rhiannon Evans MacFadyen.

The artists in this 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.

Beatrice L. Thomas, aka Black Benatar

Beatrice L. Thomas, aka Black Benatar

A Juneteenth Lunchtime Drag Queen Story Hour
with Beatrice L. Thomas, aka Black Benatar

Wednesday, June 19, 12:30pm
$10 Suggested Donation

Drag Queen Story Hour is just what it sounds like — drag queens reading stories to children. DQSH captures the imagination and play of the gender-fluidity of childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive and unabashedly queer role models. In spaces like this, kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people can present as they wish, where dress up is real.

Join us for a special Juneteenth celebration in the BAC gallery. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the park. All ages welcome.


2019 Berkeley Art Center Artist Award Luncheon
Honoring Jim Melchert

Sunday, June 23, 11am–2pm

Honorary Event Chair Ann Hatch invites you to celebrate with the Berkeley Art Center as we honor Bay Area conceptual artist and ceramicist Jim Melchert for his decades-long career as an artist, teacher and advocate.

Featured speaker Jock Reynolds
Award made by Gay Outlaw

Screening & Artist Talk with Chris Evans, Guta Galli, Beatrice L. Thomas, Rhiannon Evans MacFadyen
Moderated by UC Berkeley Assistant Professor of Art Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle

Thursday, June 27, 6:30pm–8pm
Free BAC Members & Students/$10 Nonmembers

Performance by Chris Evans

Saturday, July 13, 3pm
$15 BAC Members/$20 Nonmembers