Get Berkeleyside's free newsletter.

Delivered to your inbox at 5 p.m., the Daily Briefing brings you all the latest Berkeley news in one handy place.

UPDATED: 2022 gunfire map | PEOPLE'S PARK: Court halts construction after protests | WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT: Monkeypox, COVID

Posted inArts, Schools

‘Saved by the Bay’ at The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life explores lives of academic refugees

Saved by the Bay: The Intellectual Migration from Fascist Europe to UC Berkeley, the exhibition currently on view at The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life in Berkeley through June 27, may be a bellwether of that institution’s recent metamorphosis. The new, reconfigured Magnes is no longer a privately funded museum housed in a […]

Posted inArts, Events

Review: ‘Yang Fudong: Estranged Paradise’ at BAM/PFA

“Estranged Paradise” — the expansive mid-career survey of videos, video installations, photographs and films by contemporary Chinese artist Yang Fudong at the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive — is a compelling personal exploration of what it means to be young, or simply alive, in China today. Through still and moving images, Yang  probes the condition […]

Posted inArts, Events

Zarhouie Abdalian: Elegant forms reflect on free speech

Although you might not guess it right away, Zarhouie Abdalian’s spare, enigmatic audio-visual sculptural installation at the Berkeley Art Museum has deep roots here. The Free Speech Movement was born at UC Berkeley in the 1960s, after all, and Abdalian’s elegant, cryptogrammatic forms, once they’re deciphered, add up poetically to a complex meditation on suppression […]

Posted inArts, Events

Inspired appropriation redux: Nicole Eisenman in Berkeley

Try to conjure a pantheon of great painters from the 16th through the 21st centuries — the likes of Brueghel, Rubens, Renoir, Munch, Beckmann and Pollock — channeled through the sensibility of a contemporary artist with a diabolical sense of humor, a darkly critical take on culture and society, an eclectic appetite for influences from everywhere and […]

Posted inArts, Events

Inspired appropriation: Enrique Chagoya at Kala

In our wired era of ubiquitous information and perpetual image bombardment, all of human history, cultural production included, is online and available for plunder: to sample, remix, recycle and repurpose. This embarrassment of riches has not been lost on artists. In music, film, TV, literature, performance, visual art, you name it, today’s artists steal voraciously […]

Posted inArts, Events

Berkeley Art Center showcases sculpture in new show

By Marcia Tanner One of the many aesthetic pleasures of ORIGINS:Elemental Forms in Contemporary Sculpture — a provocative group sculpture exhibition now at the Berkeley Art Center through June 9 — is the installation itself. Walking into the light-filled airy gallery, you’re confronted with an artfully composed array of three-dimensional (and a few two-dimensional) forms: […]