|MATRIX 254 / Geta Brătescu
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.
|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.
|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.
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.
|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 pairs Bess’s paintings, dating from 1946 to 1970, with an installation of archival materials curated by sculptor Robert Gober that illuminates Bess’s art and life.
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.
|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.
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.
|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.
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!
|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.
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.
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.
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.