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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Updated November 7, 2014

Please note that dates and exhibition titles listed in this schedule may change. To confirm any information or for image requests, please call the BAM/PFA Communications Office at (510) 642-0365 or write bampfapress@berkeley.edu.

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Upcoming

Eric Baudelaire / MATRIX 257
February 4 through February 21, 2015
PFA Theater and off-site at Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco

Tarek Atoui / MATRIX 258
March and October 2015
Off-site at David Brower Center and other locations to be announced

The 45th Annual University of California, Berkeley Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition
Mid-May through June 2014
Off-site at Berkeley Art Center

Miranda July: New Society
September 22 and 23, 2015
Off-site at Osher Studio, Berkeley

The Architecture of Life
Early 2016 through April 10, 2016
BAM/PFA

Nature Into Action: Hans Hofmann
May through September 2016
BAM/PFA


EXHIBITION DESCRIPTIONS


Eric Baudelaire / MATRIX 257
February 4 through February 21, 2015
PFA Theater and off-site at Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco

MATRIX 257 is the first project that will take place offsite while BAM/PFA transitions to a new building in 2016. The French-American artist Eric Baudelaire (b. 1973), who lives and works in Paris, explores relationships between images and events, documents and narratives. The multidisciplinary artist’s work can involve staged situations that appear to be real, but are somewhat off-kilter, and place the viewer in a situation of questioning the modes of production and consumption of images.

His MATRIX exhibition is in two parts: film screenings at the PFA Theater on February 4 and 5 and The Secession Sessions, presented at Kadist Art Foundation in San Francisco from February 7 to 21. In The Anabasis of May and Fusako Shigenobu, Masao Adachi and 27 Years Without Images (2011) and its sequel, The Ugly One (2013), Baudelaire complicates the distinctions between documentary and narrative genres. Both films reflect on the real and imagined memories of the protagonists, whose lives become dislocated in time and place.

The Secession Sessions explores another place caught in a conflicted narrative—the disputed region of Abkhazia, located along the eastern shores of the Black Sea. Consisting of a new film, Letters to Max (2014); a pseudo-embassy for Abkahzia staffed by the former foreign minister of Abkhazia, Maxim Gvinjia (also the star of the film); and a program of conversations and public events, The Secession Sessions invites visitors to investigate the question of statehood through the prism of the stateless state of Abkhazia.

The Kadist Art Foundation: 3295 20th Street, San Francisco
PFA Theater: 2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Tarek Atoui / MATRIX 258
March and October 2015
Off-site at David Brower Center and other locations to be announced
Born in Lebanon and based in Paris, electroacoustic musician Tarek Atoui (b. 1980) initiates and curates multidisciplinary interventions, concerts, and workshops. Using custom-built electronic instruments and computers that he sometimes assembles from discarded and recycled materials, Atoui’s work references social and political realities and presents music and new technologies as powerful tools of expression and identity.

For his MATRIX exhibition, Atoui will be in residence in March 2015 at UC Berkeley, where he will build instruments using 3D printing technology and other resources with art practice professor Greg Niemeyer and graduate students. This collaboration will inform a series of Bay Area performances in October 2015. During his March residency Atoui will present a lecture at the David Brower Center exploring his recent interests creating instrumentation for the hearing impaired, cohosted by UC Berkeley’s Center for New Media and the Arts Research Center at Berkeley, exploring his recent interests creating instrumentation for the hearing impaired.

Atoui studied contemporary and electronic music at the French National Conservatory of Reims. Co-artistic director of the STEIM Studios, Amsterdam (2008), Atoui released his first solo album in the Mort Aux Vaches series for the label Staalplaat (Amsterdam/Berlin) in 2006-07. He builds new software for each project and specializes in creating computer tools for interdisciplinary art forms and youth education.

Copresented with the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC)

David Brower Center: 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley

The 45th Annual University of California, Berkeley Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition
Mid-May through June 2015
Off-site at Berkeley Art Center
Each year, BAM/PFA teams with the UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice to present the works of graduating MFA students. As BAM/PFA closes its galleries in anticipation reopening in a new building in downtown Berkeley in 2016, this year’s MFA presentation will be held at the Berkeley Art Center. We are honored to present the work of six promising graduates as they embark on their careers—Leslie Dreyer, Tanja Geis, Lee Lavy, Michelle Ott, Sofie Ramos, and Matt Smith Chavez.

Berkeley Art Center: 1257 Walnut Street, Berkeley

The Architecture of Life
Early 2016 through April 10, 2016
BAM/PFA
Organized to mark the opening of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive’s new building, designed by Diller, Scofidio + Renfro, The Architecture of Life asks, Where does architecture end and the landscape, the body, and society begin? Blurring boundaries among categories and states of being, the fields of architecture, art, and science have the capacity to transform our understanding about the most fundamental conditions of life. The drive to discover and engage fundamental properties of form, structure, and material is evident not only in the design of buildings, but also in diverse practices of art and science. An architect’s aim to establish our physical location in space and time resonates across myriad disciplines. As architects refashion reality according to the inspiration of their imaginations so, too, can artists and scientists push the boundaries of known experience to both uncover and shape new realities.

Occupying virtually every gallery in the new building, The Architecture of Life will include over 150 works of art, scientific illustrations, and architectural drawings and models spanning several centuries and multiple continents. Among the artists, architects, and scientists whose work we expect to include are Ruth Asawa, Louise Bourgeois, James Castle, Suzan Frecon, Buckminster Fuller, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Ernst Haeckel, Stephen Kaltenbach, Frederick Kiesler, Fernand Leger, Otto Lehmann, Gordon Matta-Clark, A.G. Rizzoli, Tomas Saraceno, Kim Sooja, Hedda Sterne, Hyun-Sook Song, Rosie Lee Tompkins, and Lebbeus Woods.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog including a text by the curator, BAM/PFA Director Lawrence Rinder, as well as other related texts.

BAM/PFA: 2155 Center Street, Berkeley

Nature Into Action: Hans Hofmann
May through September 2016
BAM/PFA
Nearly a half century since his death, Hans Hofmann endures as one of the most influential and critically acclaimed artists of the twentieth century. Hofmann identified nature as the source of all inspiration. “Whether the artist works directly from nature, from memory, or from fantasy, nature is always the source of his creative impulses.” An exhibition of approximately forty paintings and works on paper, Nature Into Action: Hans Hofmann looks anew at the expansive range and sustained creative vitality of Hofmann’s work, examining how nature takes shape and form through line, space, color, and plane. Through gesture and action of painting Hofmann sought a translation of visual and spiritual experience of the forces of nature. He described a true work of art as an organism capable of a life of its own. “Through a painting,” Hofmann wrote, “we can see the whole world.”

Featuring works from BAM/PFA’s extensive Hofmann collection, as well as works from the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Addison Gallery of American Art, and Renate, Hans and Maria Hofmann Trust, among others, this major exhibition will tour internationally, beginning in December 2016 at the Kunsthalle Bielefeld in Germany. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog with in-depth essays including an examination of new discoveries related to Hofmann’s innovative use of materials.

BAM/PFA: 2155 Center Street, Berkeley


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