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Current Exhibitions

link image thumbnail 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.
link image thumbnail American Wonder: Folk Art from the Collection
October 1, 2014 - December 21, 2014
Discover the early years of our nation through portraits, landscapes, commemorative mourning pictures, weather vanes, and decorative sculptures that reflect the daily lives and aspirations of Americans between the years 1776 and 1865. American Wonder begins in Colonial New England, evoking the world of early settlers, and ends in the San Francisco Bay Area, where the pitched optimism of the Gold Rush met with dreams of a post-Civil War American Eden.
link image thumbnail 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.
link image thumbnail 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.
link image thumbnail 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.
link image thumbnail What #isamuseum?
May 23, 2014 - December 31, 2014
Is a museum fun? Truthful? Political? Artist Sam Durant invites you share your thoughts on isamuseum.org and on Twitter using #isamuseum.
link image thumbnail Kids Club
January 29, 2014 - December 21, 2014
Explore and create in 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.
link image thumbnail Rebar: Kaleidoscape
May 12, 2013 - December 21, 2014
We invite you to experience Kaleidoscape, an 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!
link image thumbnail 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.

Upcoming Exhibitions

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Eric Baudelaire / MATRIX 257
February 4, 2015 - February 21, 2015
MATRIX 257 features the work of French-American artist Eric Baudelaire, who explores intricate facets of representation through a keen unraveling of entangled narratives. The exhibition comprises film screenings at the PFA Theater and an installation, film screenings, and public conversations at Kadist Art Foundation in San Francisco.
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Tarek Atoui / MATRIX 258
March 2, 2015 - October 31, 2015
Electroacoustic musician Tarek Atoui will be in residence at UC Berkeley in March, where he will work with graduate students in art practice to build instruments using 3D printers and other technologies. This collaboration will result in a series of concerts to be held in October. As part of his residency, Atoui presents a lecture on March 9 at the David Brower Center exploring his recent interests creating instrumentation for the hearing impaired.
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The 45th Annual University of California, Berkeley Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition
May 15, 2015 - June 15, 2015
We are honored to present the work of six promising artists—Leslie Dreyer, Tanja Geis, Lee Lavy, Michelle Ott, Sofie Ramos, and Matt Smith Chavez—in the forty-fifth edition of the annual MFA exhibition. This year's presentation will be held at the Berkeley Art Center, 1257 Walnut Street, Berkeley.