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Posted inArts

BAMPFA’s inaugural exhibition, ‘Architecture of Life,’ is an eloquent survey

BAMPFA’s new building is an absolute winner. The 82,000-square-foot home catapults Berkeley’s visual art scene into prominence — comparable to many larger, richer and better established West Coast institutions. It handsomely repurposes the former 1930s WPA UC printing plant building. Affixed to it is a brightly clad steel tube-like section that houses the new 232-seat […]

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Master craftsman, Zen priest Paul Discoe puts his touch on new Berkeley Art Museum

By Kathleen Maclay / Berkeley News When the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive reopens at its new downtown location on Jan. 31, the University of California, Berkeley, visual arts center will feature wooden furnishings revived from a previous life by a local master craftsman, ordained Zen Buddhist priest and designer of Buddhist temples. “I […]

Posted inEvents

Berkeley Art Museum’s iconic home closes after 44 years

On Sunday, hundreds of people swarmed through every nook and cranny, every cantilevered balcony and ramp, within the concrete hulk of the Berkeley Art Museum at 2626 Bancroft Way. They came to say goodbye to a building that has hosted innumerable highly regarded exhibitions over four decades, as well as art installations, fashionable events, and parties. Built in 1970, and […]

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Salvaged trees to be used in Berkeley’s new art museum

Seven Canary Island pine trees that were cut down in order to allow construction of the new Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive in downtown Berkeley were salvaged and will be used for several interior elements of the new museum, its director, Lawrence Rinder, revealed last week. At a May 12 presentation made at Berkeley’s Skydeck, which afforded birds’-eye views of the site of the […]