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Current Exhibitions

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 Will Rogan / MATRIX 253
April 11, 2014 - June 29, 2014
For MATRIX 253, Will Rogan has created a new body of work that explores various time scales—past, present, and future—as evinced in a reversed order or a backward motion. Primarily taking the form of photography, collage, sculpture, or video, Rogan’s work possesses a subtlety and quietude that inspire thoughtful consideration of the material effects of time and space.
link image thumbnail The Elephant’s Eye: Artful Animals in South & Southeast Asia
March 5, 2014 - June 29, 2014
Elephants take center stage in this delightful exhibition that focuses on the representation of animals in the art of India, Thailand, and Cambodia. Discover how animals evoke the power of kingdoms, embody the wisdom of saints, and inspire devotional desire.
link image thumbnail Barbara Chase-Riboud: The Malcolm X Steles
February 12, 2014 - April 27, 2014
Barbara Chase-Riboud: The Malcolm X Steles features monumental sculptures and lyrical drawings by the internationally acclaimed artist and author. The exhibition focuses on six major sculptures named in memory of the assassinated civil rights leader, which are marked by the dynamic interplay of material and thematic opposites.
link image thumbnail The Possible
January 29, 2014 - May 25, 2014
Combining studio, school, library, gallery, and stage, The Possible is an open platform for exploring diverse creative techniques. This experimental exhibition transforms our galleries into workshops—a ceramics studio, dye lab, print shop, and recording studio—to foster collaboration among artists and between artists and visitors. Come and be a part of the process.
link image thumbnail Kids Club
January 29, 2014 - December 21, 2014
Come explore and create in the 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 Deities, Demons, and Teachers of Tibet, Nepal, and India
June 26, 2013 - September 14, 2014
Joyful and sensual sculptural figures of Indian deities and dancers join radiant images of enlightened beings from Tibet and Nepal in Deities, Demons, and Teachers, which presents a rotating display of works by anonymous Indian, Nepalese, and Tibetan artisans.
link image thumbnail Rebar: Kaleidoscape
May 12, 2013 - December 20, 2015
We invite you to experience Kaleidoscape, our new 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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44th Annual University of California, Berkeley Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition
May 16, 2014 - June 8, 2014
Discover the work of this year's UC Berkeley M.F.A. graduates: Joey Enos, Jason Fritz, Jessica Hankey, Helena Keeffe, Elizabeth Keegan, and Vreni Michelini Castillo.
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Forrest Bess: Seeing Things Invisible
June 11, 2014 - September 14, 2014
Self-described “visionary” artist Forrest Bess (1911–1977) created a signature aesthetic, painting simple landscapes characterized by planar bands and coded symbols derived from dreams. Forrest Bess: Seeing Things Invisible presents approximately forty paintings, along with selected letters and rare works on paper.
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Color Shift
June 18, 2014 - August 24, 2014
Inspired by Josef Albers, who taught that developing a "sensitive eye for color" was a key component of the modernist project, Color Shift explores color relationships within abstract compositions. The exhibition puts into dialogue a broad range of media and includes work by Jennifer Bartlett, Dan Flavin, Xylor Jane, Ruth Laskey, Ron Nagle, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and more.