The new director of the UC Berkeley-owned art museum replaces outgoing head Lawrence Rinder who stepped down earlier this year.
We talk art, the role of art museums and what the future holds with the director and chief curator of the UC Berkeley-owned Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.
The purchase of film critic Pauline Kael’s former home at 2419 Oregon St. means that the murals painted she hired the artist Jess to paint will be preserved. The new owner has promised to keep them intact for 10 years.
Architecture of Life, on view at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Jan. 31–May 29. Installation view, with a Dogon ritual altar ladder (left) and artwork by Chris Johanson (right). Photo: Sibila Savage BAMPFA’s new building is an absolute winner. The 82,000-square-foot home catapults Berkeley’s visual art scene into prominence […]
The new BAMPFA strikes a contemporary architectural note in the heart of downtown Berkeley. Photo: Iwan Baan/courtesy Diller Scofidio + Renfro and BAMPFA The new BAMPFA strikes a contemporary architectural note in the heart of downtown Berkeley. Photo: Iwan Baan/courtesy Diller Scofidio + Renfro and BAMPFA The countdown is nearly over. The new home of the Berkeley […]
A temporary tent is being built by BAMPFA, on UC Berkeley property abutting Oxford Street, for its opening gala on Jan. 28. Photo: @llamaduck/Twitter Many readers have been in touch with Berkeleyside asking about the strange big “structure” being erected on UC Berkeley property at Oxford Street. We posted the answer on Twitter and Facebook […]
A new campaign launched by a number of downtown Berkeley organizations in collaboration with the Downtown Berkeley Association, encourages people to visit downtown. Photo: courtesy DBA Downtown Berkeley Association is hanging 85 colorful double banners from downtown Berkeley’s lampposts to launch a new branding campaign, “Meet Me Downtown.” The campaign is being led by the DBA with […]
Center Street façade of the new Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive which will open in January 2016. Photo: Iwan Baan/courtesy Diller Scofidio + Renfro and BAMPFA The staff moved in to their offices in September, planning for its inaugural exhibition is well underway, and construction is almost complete on the new Berkeley Art Museum […]
Al Farrow, Menorah (II), 2005, from The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, The Bancroft Library, University of California Berkeley. The menorah is fashioned from guns, bullets, and steel. Photo: Sibila Savage. Last year, when Alla Efimova stepped down as the Jacques and Esther Reutlinger Director of UC Berkeley’s Magnes Collection of Jewish Art […]
Hundreds of people came to the Berkeley Art Museum on its final day on Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. Photo: Tracey Taylor 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 […]
Crowds turned out Thursday evening to celebrate a milestone in the new Berkeley art museum project downtown. Photo: Emilie Raguso Thursday evening, community members turned out in droves to sign the final steel beam for Berkeley’s new art museum before it was lifted high into the air by a crane and set in place. The Berkeley […]
The new Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive is currently under construction in downtown Berkeley. Image: Diller Scofidio + Renfro 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 […]