Although it is a large exhibit, featuring the work of over 70 artists, archivists, curators and other collaborators, the new show can only scratch the surface in exploring those who identify with the LGBTQ+ community.
The new show spans the abstract artist’s 30 years of studio work in the United States, as well as one piece from his former homeland in Germany.
We talk to the celebrated artist about the origins of her mixed-media work, her new projects and her thoughts about Berkeley.
The artist has created an installation of large, colorful, felt-covered sculptures that draw from the traditions and religious practices of her native Japan.
The visual artist creates highly detailed drawings of animals — real, supernatural and sometimes a combination of both.
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.
Before his Feb. 1 appearance at the David Brower Center, we talked to Joe Riis, as well as a contributor to his new book, UC Berkeley’s Arthur Middleton.
The photographer’s egret obsession was born in 2011. He has since come to feel that his encounters with the majestic birds have altered his life.
It would be hard to imagine an exhibition more relevant to current events, or one more visually and emotionally stirring, than this stunning show of monumental oil paintings.
UPDATE, 07.16.15: Nancy Rubin’s photography exhibition at the North Branch of the Berkeley Public Library has been extended until July 31. ORIGINAL STORY: When Nancy Rubin taught the pioneering Social Living class at Berkeley High School from the late ’70s to the ’90s, she became something of a public figure and was often asked to comment on the challenges faced by teenagers. People would say: if there was one thing that could be changed to help the kids who are getting in trouble, what would it be? Rubin was quick to point out that there was no “magic wand.” However she did have a suggestion: “Put a loving father in every home.” That’s not to say that children can’t be raised exceptionally well by a single mom or two women, Rubin said recently at her home, where she was preparing for her first solo photography exhibition that centers on fathers. All sorts of kids do really well in all sorts of family situations, Rubin stressed. But as someone who grew up with a “wonderful, warm” father, Rubin could only wish the same for the students she was mentoring, some of whom had no relationships with their own fathers.
To the Berkeley of 2015, the Berkeley of the 1960s and early 1970s seems a long-gone relative. Some of us remember what it looked like, but it is a distant memory. Even so, the Berkeley of then informs both the perception and reality of Berkeley today. The intact collection of the social justice posters of the Red Sun Rising collective is a powerful reminder of those days. Berkeley was filled with communes and collectives in the late 1960s and early 1970s, intentional communities in which New Left politics and counterculture values and behaviors coexisted in a way that they never had before or have since. Red Sun Rising existed for several years on Parker Street. It was, along with the Red Family on Bateman and several others, at the radical end of the spectrum. Several other collectives called Parker Street home, including the Cholima Collective (Chollima was a 1956 state-sponsored movement in North Korea intended to promote rapid economic development), and an anarchist collective that embraced the philosophy of Nestor Makhno, an anarchist/communist Ukrainian revolutionary who led a rogue anarchist army during the Russian Civil War.
Vinyl, it’s not just for DJs anymore. The Oakland Museum of California’s new interactive exhibit Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records, highlights the resurgence of the LP and the enduring appeal of leafing through a bin of albums searching for unexpected aural pleasure. Opening on Saturday, which is also international Record Store Day, the exhibition features listening stations, a newly commissioned art work by MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Walter Kitundu, hundreds of albums, and thematic playlists — dubbed “curated crates” — by an array of cultural figures, including BAM/PFA’s Steve Seid (remembrance of life as a teenager), actress and spoken word artist Aya de Leon (musical influences growing up and becoming a parent), and Berkeley-based novelist Michael Chabon (growing up as a nerd).