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Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
2155 Center St.
Berkeley CA   
The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive is the visual arts center of the University of California, Berkeley, the nation’s leading public research university. Our mission is to inspire the imagination and ignite critical dialogue through art and film, engaging audiences from the UC Berkeley campus, the Bay Area, and beyond. Each year BAMPFA presents more than twenty art exhibitions, 450 film programs, and dozens of performances, as well as lectures, symposia, and tours. Learn more about our history.

Collections
The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive’s comprehensive collection—more than 19,000 works of art and 17,500 films and videos—is characterized by artistic excellence and innovation, intellectual exploration, and social commentary. Representing a tremendous diversity of global cultures and historical periods, the collection has particular strengths in Ming and Qing dynasty Chinese painting, Mughal dynasty Indian miniature painting, Baroque painting, old master prints and drawings, early American painting, nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century photography, Conceptual art, and international contemporary art, classic and international cinema, West Coast avant-garde film, international animation, Soviet cinema, early video art, and the largest collection of Japanese films outside of Japan. BAMPFA’s Modern collection is built around a remarkable core holding of fifty paintings by the Abstract Expressionist painter and teacher Hans Hofmann and includes significant works by Mark Rothko, Helen Frankenthaler, Ad Reinhardt, Jackson Pollock, David Smith, and Clyfford Still.

Exhibitions
BAMPFA offers one of the most distinguished and provocative programs of art and film exhibitions in North America, reflecting the diverse interests of the University and Bay Area communities. Each year, we present and important temporary exhibitions that range from classical Asian art to challenging work by today’s artists. 
Our exhibition program includes installations that highlight the richness and scope of our collections, recent avant-garde work presented in the MATRIX Program, thematic exhibitions, artist retrospectives, and the annual UC Berkeley MFA exhibition. We have mounted important exhibitions of the works of Ant Farm, Joe Brainard, Joan Brown, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Robert Colescott, Jay DeFeo, Juan Gris, Eva Hesse, Paul Kos, Robert Mapplethorpe, Barry McGee, Richard Misrach, Bruce Nauman, Peter Paul Rubens, Martin Puryear, Sebastião Salgado, William Wiley, and many others, as well as thematic exhibitions such as Made in U.S.A.: An Americanization in Modern Art, the ‘50s & ‘60s; State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970; In a Different Light: Visual Culture, Sexual Identity, Queer Practice; Human/Nature: Artists Respond to a Changing Planet; and Masterworks of Chinese Painting: In Pursuit of Mists and Clouds.
http://bampfa.org/

Upcoming Events:
Saturday, December 2 2017 4:30 PM
Claire Chase, flute

Music from Density 2036

with
Tyshawn Sorey, percussion
Pauchi Sasaki, violin and voice
Levy Lorenzo, sound designer and live electronics

An exquisite instrumentalist who has been at the vanguard of a generation of musicians invigorating the music world with bold ideas and boundless energy, Claire Chase has been called a "staggering virtuoso with the assurance of a rock star" (Los Angeles Times). For her Density 2036 project, the flutist—a MacArthur Fellow and founder of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)—will commission a new body of work for solo flute each year for a total of 23 years, until the 100th anniversary of Edgard Varèse's groundbreaking flute solo, Density 21.5. At BAMPFA, she performs music from Density, Parts I–V (2013–17).

World-Premiere Marathon Performance

Density 2036: Part I (Prelude)

Steve ReichVermont Counterpoint (1982)
Marcos BalterPessoa (2013, West Coast Premiere)
Alvin LucierAlmost New York (2002)
Philip GlassPiece in the Shape of a Square (1967)
Mario Diaz de LeónLuciform (2013)
Edgard VarèseDensity 21.5 (1936)
Density 2036: Part I (Prelude) is dedicated to Fred Anderson.

Density 2036: Part II (2014)

Felipe LaraMeditation and Calligraphy (West Coast Premiere)
Felipe LaraParábolas na Caverna (2013–14, West Coast Premiere)
George LewisEmergent (West Coast Premiere)
Matthias PintscherBeyond (A System of Passing) (2013–14, West Coast Premiere)
Du YunAn Empty Garlic
Density 2036: Part II (2014) is dedicated to Elise Mann.

Density 2036: Part III (2015)

Dai FujikuraLila (West Coast Premiere)
Francesca VerunelliThe Famous Box Trick (West Coast Premiere)
Nathan DavisLimn (West Coast Premiere)
Jason Eckardt The Silenced (West Coast Premiere)
Pauline Oliveros Intensity 20.15: Grace Chase (West Coast Premiere)
Density 2036: Part III (2015) is dedicated to Steven Schick.

Density 2036: Part IV (2016)

Edgard VarèseDensity 21.5 (1936), with a movement score by Julie Beauvais, version one, (Bay Area Premiere)
Suzanne FarrinThe Stimulus of Loss (Bay Area Premiere)
Tyshawn SoreyBertha's Lair (Bay Area Premiere)
Vijay IyerFive Empty Chambers (Bay Area Premiere)
Pauchi SasakiGama XV: Piece for Two Speaker Dresses (Bay Area Premiere)
Density 2036: Part IV (2016) is dedicated to the loving memory of Pauline Oliveros (1932—2016).

Density 2036: Part V (2017)

Marcos BalterPan (concert preview)  More...

Saturday, December 2 2017 7:30 PM
Claire Chase, flute

Music from Density 2036

with
Tyshawn Sorey, percussion
Pauchi Sasaki, violin and voice
Levy Lorenzo, sound designer and live electronics

An exquisite instrumentalist who has been at the vanguard of a generation of musicians invigorating the music world with bold ideas and boundless energy, Claire Chase has been called a "staggering virtuoso with the assurance of a rock star" (Los Angeles Times). For her Density 2036 project, the flutist—a MacArthur Fellow and founder of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)—will commission a new body of work for solo flute each year for a total of 23 years, until the 100th anniversary of Edgard Varèse's groundbreaking flute solo, Density 21.5. At BAMPFA, she performs music from Density, Parts I–V (2013–17).

World-Premiere Marathon Performance

Density 2036: Part I (Prelude)

Steve ReichVermont Counterpoint (1982)
Marcos BalterPessoa (2013, West Coast Premiere)
Alvin LucierAlmost New York (2002)
Philip GlassPiece in the Shape of a Square (1967)
Mario Diaz de LeónLuciform (2013)
Edgard VarèseDensity 21.5 (1936)
Density 2036: Part I (Prelude) is dedicated to Fred Anderson.

Density 2036: Part II (2014)

Felipe LaraMeditation and Calligraphy (West Coast Premiere)
Felipe LaraParábolas na Caverna (2013–14, West Coast Premiere)
George LewisEmergent (West Coast Premiere)
Matthias PintscherBeyond (A System of Passing) (2013–14, West Coast Premiere)
Du YunAn Empty Garlic
Density 2036: Part II (2014) is dedicated to Elise Mann.

Density 2036: Part III (2015)

Dai FujikuraLila (West Coast Premiere)
Francesca VerunelliThe Famous Box Trick (West Coast Premiere)
Nathan DavisLimn (West Coast Premiere)
Jason Eckardt The Silenced (West Coast Premiere)
Pauline Oliveros Intensity 20.15: Grace Chase (West Coast Premiere)
Density 2036: Part III (2015) is dedicated to Steven Schick.

Density 2036: Part IV (2016)

Edgard VarèseDensity 21.5 (1936), with a movement score by Julie Beauvais, version one, (Bay Area Premiere)
Suzanne FarrinThe Stimulus of Loss (Bay Area Premiere)
Tyshawn SoreyBertha's Lair (Bay Area Premiere)
Vijay IyerFive Empty Chambers (Bay Area Premiere)
Pauchi SasakiGama XV: Piece for Two Speaker Dresses (Bay Area Premiere)
Density 2036: Part IV (2016) is dedicated to the loving memory of Pauline Oliveros (1932—2016).

Density 2036: Part V (2017)

Marcos BalterPan (concert preview)  More...

Sunday, December 3 2017 7:00 PM
Full: Vajra Voices

Programmed by Sarah Cahill

The women’s vocal ensemble Vajra Voices, directed by Karen Clark, returns for a sublime program of medieval and contemporary music. This concert includes music by Hildegard von Bingen, Guillaume de Machaut, and the extraordinary composer-cellist-vocalist Theresa Wong, who joins Vajra Voices for her new work To Burst, to Bloom: Songs on Poems of the 12th Century Taoist Immortal Sun Bu’Er, composed especially for these singers.  More...