Wednesdays at 12pm, at the BAMPFA Theater, Free and open to the public.

A+D Wednesdays is a public lecture series embedded inside our Creative Gateway undergraduate course. The series exposes students and the public to a range of creative forms across the visual arts, performance, literature, film, and design. It introduces students and the community to our campus’s major museums, presenters, and academic departments, as well as to select Bay Area arts organizations and regional partners. 

Fall 2017: Curation Across Disciplines
Wednesdays at 12pm, Free and open to the public

What does it mean to curate? How has the role of the curator changed in our contemporary moment? Does the curator function differently in the performing arts, the visual arts, film, and in the fields of science and technology? And, how has curating changed as it responds to new forms of cultural and digital participation? When curation has become a popular metaphor in many domains --from food, to music, to social media -- how do we define this expanded practice?

Co-taught by Shannon Jackson, Associate Vice Chancellor of the Arts + Design; Natasha Boas, independent curator, art historian and critic; and Eric Siegel, Director of the University of California Botanical Garden at Berkley, Arts + Design Wednesdays @ BAMPFA will explore this theme with some of the most innovative and incisive writers, artists and scholars of our time.

Up Next

Wednesday, October 18
Dramaturgy as Curation: Bringing Literature to the Stage
Christopher Herold (TDPS) and Nina Ball (Scenic Designer) 


Lecture Schedule

Wednesday, August 30
Thinking about Curation: A case-study on making an exhibition “Baya: Woman of Algiers"
Natasha Boas (Independent Curator and Critic)

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Wednesday, September 6
Curating Charles Howard: A Margin of Chaos
Apsara DiQuinzio (BAMPFA)

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Wednesday, September 13
On Curating Worth Ryder, Past and Present
Farley Gwazda (Worth Ryder Gallery)


Wednesday, September 20
Curating Participation: A Public Dialogue
Peter Samis (SFMOMA), Laura E. Pérez (Ethnic Studies) and Kelly McKinley (OMCA)


Wednesday, September 27
Curating the Performing Arts in the Age of Performance
Shannon Jackson (Arts + Design, TDPS, Rhetoric), with Rob Bailis (Cal Performances)


Wednesday, October 4
On Curating Film: From theaters to galleries
Kate MacKay (BAMPFA)


Wednesday, October 11
On Installing Dance/Curating Environments
Brenda Way (ODC/Dance)


Wednesday, October 18
Dramaturgy as Curation: Bringing Literature to the Stage
Christopher Herold (TDPS) and Nina Ball (Scenic Designer) 


Wednesday, October 25
Becoming comfortable with the uncomfortable: realistic impossibilities to prepare ourselves for the future
Andrea Bandelli (Science Gallery International)


Wednesday, November 1
Arts and Science in a Public Learning Laboratory
Theo Watson (Design IO) and Eric Siegel (Botanical Garden)


Wednesday, November 8
Community Curating and the Maker Movement
Dale Dougherty (Maker Media) and Sherry Huss (Maker Media), in conversation with Eric Siegel (Botanical Garden)


Wednesday, November 15
Curating and Collecting Across Media 
Aebhric Coleman (Kramlich Collection)


Wednesday, November 29
Alumni Panel of Curators Across Disciplines
Ben Davis (Illuminate), René de Guzman (OMCA), and Deena Chalabi (SFMOMA)


Arts + Design Wednesdays @ BAMPFA is organized and sponsored by the Arts + Design Initiative in partnership with Big Ideas Courses, with additional support from Cal Performances and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. In kind support is provided by BAMPFA.