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Current Exhibitions

link image thumbnail John Zurier / MATRIX 255
September 12, 2014 - December 21, 2014
Berkeley-based artist John Zurier’s luminous, abstract canvases capture qualities of light and the changing effects of the atmosphere. MATRIX 255 debuts a new body of paintings and watercolors that evoke the ice, fog, wind, water, and light of the Icelandic landscape, while also tapping into more timeless, contemplative states.
link image thumbnail Geta Brătescu / MATRIX 254
July 25, 2014 - September 28, 2014
MATRIX 254 presents a focused selection of key works by Geta Brătescu (b. 1926), a central figure in postwar Romanian art. Brătescu’s multidisciplinary practice—which includes collage, drawing, video, textiles, performance, installation, photography, graphic design, and printmaking—is characterized by a playful, experimental approach and frequent use of role-playing and self-portraiture.

link image thumbnail Looking Intently: The James Cahill Legacy
July 23, 2014 - December 21, 2014
In fond memory of James Cahill (1926–2014), we present this selection from the collection in tribute to his tremendous generosity and commitment to Berkeley and to BAM/PFA.
link image thumbnail Hofmann by Hofmann
July 2, 2014 - December 21, 2014
In 1963 Hans Hofmann donated nearly fifty paintings in support of the burgeoning University Art Museum (now BAM/PFA). As we prepare to move to our new building in downtown Berkeley, it seems fitting to revisit the enduring vitality and generosity of Hofmann’s extraordinary gift with a selection of the works selected personally by the artist for BAM/PFA.
link image thumbnail What #isamuseum?
May 23, 2014 - October 15, 2014
Is a museum fun? Truthful? Political? Artist Sam Durant invites you share your thoughts on isamuseum.org and on Twitter using #isamuseum.
link image thumbnail Envisioning Human Rights: The Next Generation
April 23, 2014 - September 21, 2014
We have teamed up with the Human Rights Center at the UC Berkeley School of Law to celebrate their twentieth anniversary with a juried exhibition of artworks by University of California students that address a broad spectrum of social justice issues.
link image thumbnail Kids Club
January 29, 2014 - December 21, 2014
Explore and create in Kids Club, a special gallery dedicated to involving children in creative work. Designed in conjunction with the artists of The Possible. Admission to the BAM/PFA Galleries always free for children 12 and under.
link image thumbnail Rebar: Kaleidoscape
May 12, 2013 - December 21, 2014
We invite you to experience Kaleidoscape, an interactive seating sculpture designed by the San Francisco–based firm Rebar. Come rearrange the modular pieces to create a customized environment for study, relaxation, or socializing, or use the sections to create a crystalline landscape. Take a picture of your Kaleidoscape composition and share it on our photostream!
link image thumbnail The Reading Room
January 15, 2012 - December 21, 2014
Come hang out in The Reading Room, a temporary project dedicated to poetry and experimental fiction. On selected Fridays, The Reading Room becomes the site of readings by poets and writers.

Upcoming Exhibitions

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American Wonder: Folk Art from the Collection
October 1, 2014 - December 21, 2014
American Wonder: American Folk Art from the Collection captures our burgeoning nation during a time of enormous change, from the Declaration of Independence in 1776 to the onset of the Civil War in 1861. The exhibition includes approximately fifty portraits, landscapes, commemorative mourning pictures, weather vanes, and decorative sculptures from the BAM/PFA collection.
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Joseph Holtzman / MATRIX 256
October 17, 2014 - December 21, 2014
Joseph Holtzman’s paintings on marble achieve remarkable chromatic and tonal effects by exploiting the transparency of oil paint and the unusual capacity of the stone surface to absorb and reflect light. The themes and motifs of these highly personal paintings are drawn from Holtzman’s interest in historical painting and eighteenth- and nineteenth-century decorative arts, and often depict family and friends, cultural personalities, historical figures, and literary characters.