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Exhibit: Envisioning human rights
April 23 – September 21, 2014 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Envisioning human rights logoThis exhibit includes paintings, photographs, and prints by emerging artist/activists from across the state, addressing critical human rights issues. In conjunction with this juried exhibition, the exhibit will also present a selection of works from the Abu Ghraib series by world-renowned artist Fernando Botero that the artist generously donated to BAM/PFA in recognition of Berkeley’s historic role in the arena of human rights.



Exhibit: The James Cahill Legacy
July 23 – December 21, 2014 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

One of James Cahill's paintingsThe late James Cahill, Professor Emeritus at UC Berkeley, was known as a brilliant scholar, exceptional teacher and writer, and extraordinary connoisseur and collector of Chinese and Japanese paintings. He began collecting in the mid-1950s as a Fulbright Scholar in Japan, where he encountered significantly undervalued Chinese paintings of the Ming and Qing periods. His collection became known by his studio name, Ching Yuan Chai, given to him by his own teacher, Shimada Shujiro. Today paintings associated with that studio name are among the treasures that make up the core of the BAM/PFA Chinese painting collection. 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.

 Free BAM/PFA member; Cal Student, Staff, Faculty, and retirees; Children (12 and under),  $10 Adults (18-64),  $7 Non-UC Berkeley students, senior citizens (65 & over), disabled patrons, young adults (13-17)

Exhibit: Hofmann by Hofmann
July 2 – December 21, 2014 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Hofmann in his painting studioAs 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 of his paintings to the Berkeley Art Museum. “Hofmann by Hofmann” focuses on the first paintings selected personally by Hofmann for BAM/PFA. Hofmann employs contrasting colors and the arrangement of shapes into expanding and contracting forces (push-pull) to create the experience of three-dimensional space. “Space,” he wrote, “must be vital and active—a force impelled pictorial space, presented as a spiritual and unified entity, with a life of its own.”

 Free BAM/PFA member; Cal Student, Staff, Faculty, and retirees; Children (12 and under),  $10 Adults (18-64),  $7 Non-UC Berkeley students, senior citizens (65 & over), disabled patrons, young adults (13-17)

Berkeley Art Museum: The Reading Room
January 15, 2012 – December 31, 2014 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday with exceptions | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Stop by The Reading Room during gallery hours to enjoy a comfortable reading area, listen to recordings of selected poets published by these presses, and view silk-screen prints and original works on paper created by George Schneeman in collaboration with poets Ron Padgett, Bill Berkson, and Lewis MacAdams.

As part of selected Friday night L@TE programs throughout winter and spring, The Reading Room will be the site of literary readings (RE@DS) co-curated by poet/author David Brazil and Suzanne Stein, poet, publisher, and community producer at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

 Free BAM/PFA Members UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, and retirees Children (12 & under),  $10 Adults (18-64),  $7 Non-UC Berkeley students Senior citizens (65 & over) Disabled persons Young adults (13-17)
Buy tickets by calling 510-642-0808.


Botanical garden: Butterfly walk
April 22 – October 28, 2014 the fourth Tuesday of the month every month | 3-4 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden

Butterfly and purple flowersJoin Sally Levinson, UC Berkeley botanical garden volunteer propagator, docent and caterpillar lady, on a guided walk through the collection in search of butterflies. Space is limited. Children welcome. Free with garden admission.

 Free with Garden admission
Register by calling 510-643-2755, or by emailing garden@berkeley.edu.


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