Mondays, doors open at 6pm, lectures start at 6:30pm.
Open to the public.

Join us every Monday evening to explore cutting-edge thinking and making on topics of current interest to UC Berkeley’s creative faculty.

Arts + Design Mondays Lecture Series
Located @ BAMPFA's Osher Theater

Mondays at 6:30pm, doors open at 6pm, Free and open to the public

What do we make now of this classic opposition? For centuries, artists and critics have placed pressure on both of these terms, often asking us to question how to separate truth from lies, the real from the artificial, and fact from fiction. Addressing a range of political contexts and utilizing an array of creative forms, speakers in this series offer new approaches to these age-old questions. Asking for both solutions and speculations, accuracy and imagination, we consider the role of critical creativity in education and in politics, for our region and for the world.

PLEASE READ: All Arts + Design Lectures are free and open to the public and are located in the BAMPFA Osher Theater. Doors open at 6pm, lectures start at 6:30pm. Most talks reach the theater capacity. Audience members are encouraged to arrive at 6pm when doors open for seating. Ticket/seat reservation is required for talks scheduled on 3/18 and 4/29 as we expect the theater to reach maximum capacity. Tickets will be made available 10 days before event. Please see individual events for ticket links. If you are a ticket holder, please be aware that if you are not seated in the theater by 6:30pm, we will be opening up the theater to people waiting at the door and on the waitlist. Pending approval, select events exceeding capacity may be available via livestream and if so the link will be made available on the Berkeley Arts + Design Facebook page @berkeleyartsdesign and Twitter @brklyartsdesign.

Spring 2018 archived schedule and lecture videos can be found here. 

Mon Feb 25, 2019 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Presented by Berkeley Center for New Media Chico MacMurtrie’s work pushes the boundaries between robotic sculpture, new media installation, and performance. Immersed in the Bay Area’s Art and Technology Counterculture of the 1990s, he became known for his anthropomorphic, computer-controlled sculptures which evolved over the years into a “Society of Machines”. Today, operating out of his...
Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Presented by Berkeley Center for New Media and co-sponsored with the Department of Architecture's Studio One, the Department of African American Studies, and the Department of English. "Nature is the greatest artist and scientist. If we human beings, with our rather brilliant, often flawed, sometimes evil, creativity joined forces with our creator (nature), as opposed to trying to control it...
Mon Mar 18, 2019 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Presented by Berkeley Center for New Media and co-sponsored with the Art Practice Wiesenfeld Visiting Artist Lecture Series, the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and Stanford University For her talk Morehshin Allahyari will discuss some of her previous projects focused on topics such as 3D fabrication, activism, digital colonialism, monstrosity and...
Mon Apr 01, 2019 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Presented by the Department of Art Practice
Featuring Rhonda Holberton
Free and open to the public

Mon Apr 08, 2019 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Free Berkeley Journalism showcase at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive with professors Richard Koci Hernandez, Ken Light, Carrie Lozano and Dawn Porter. Come be inspired by the power of visual storytelling. Richard Koci Hernandez is an internationally recognized, award-winning innovator in journalism and multimedia. Koci...
Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Since the launch of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, reports of hate speech targeting various minority groups have risen dramatically. Although this surge is well-reported, it remains difficult to quantify the magnitude of the problem or even properly classify hate speech, let alone identify and measure its effects. Keyword searches and dictionary methods are often imprecise and overly blunt...
Mon Apr 22, 2019 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Newsome’s work is deeply invested in how images used in media and popular culture communicate distorted notions of power. He draws attention to the contributions that marginalized communities, whose culture is often absorbed and co-opted by mainstream advertising platforms, have made to Pop culture and society in general. Through his visually engaging and truly interdisciplinary work, Newsome explores the complexities of social power structures and questions of agency.

Mon Apr 29, 2019 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Adam Savage's mother is a psychologist; his father was a celebrated artist, painter and filmmaker. From the youngest age they encouraged his flights of fancy. Savage has been a paperboy, a projectionist, juggler, unicycle rider, sculptor, graphic designer, scenic painter, robot builder, welder, carpenter, machinist, prop maker, toy designer, actor, writer, executive producer and director. He...