Black Futures lecture
Thursdays at 12:00pm, at the BAMPFA Theater.
Free and open to the public.

A+D Thursdays 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. 

Arts + Design Thursdays: Public Art and Belonging
Thursdays at 12:00pm, Free and open to the public

This lecture series explores relationships between art and belonging, with a focus on race. Might more art remind us of the forgotten, excluded, and devalued contributions of marginalized people to our rich history, or is public art merely a way to manage multiculturalism and silence dissent? How would Berkeley look if art and design were used to create spaces of care for relationships of justice and equity? Join a range of artists and thinkers to investigate how publics might be represented by, formulated through, or critiqued in artworks. For more information, visit artsdesign.berkeley.edu.

All talks are free and open to the public and are located in the BAMPFA theater. Lectures start at 12pm. Arts + Design Thursdays is made possible thanks to support from the Big Ideas Courses Program in the College of Letters & Science at UC Berkeley and from generous supporters of Berkeley Arts + Design. In-kind support is provided by BAMPFA.

Thu Jan 30, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Jeff Chang gives a talk related to his latest book, We Gon' Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation. Published in 2016, it was named the Northern California Nonfiction Book of the Year, and the Washington Post declared it “the smartest book of the year.”

Thu Feb 06, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Join artists Lava Thomas and Mildred Howard for a conversation about their experiences with public art commissions in the Bay Area. Reflecting on the role of artists in envisioning spaces for collective remembrance, Thomas and Howard will discuss questions raised by their respective involvements in the public art process: Who really controls the selection of public artworks? How might we reimagine public visual landscapes to be equitable and inclusive?

Thu Feb 13, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Curator Eungie Joo discusses issues raised in the exhibition SOFT POWER, on view at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art through February. Featuring recent works and new commissions by twenty international artists, the exhibition looks at the ways in which artists deploy art to explore their roles as citizens and social actors.

Tue Feb 18, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

*This event is on a Tuesday; seat reservations required.* 

Thu Feb 20, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

How do images—photographs, films, and videos—create narratives that shape our definition of national belonging? In 1790, America defined national belonging—citizenship—as being white, male, and able to hold property through the Naturalization Act. Is the journey from that definition to the current day a legal narrative alone, or is it also a cultural one? And if it is a cultural narrative, what are the inflection points along that journey? How has the work of the arts enlarged our notion of who counts in society from the founding of the country to the present day?

Thu Mar 05, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

For The New Eagle Creek Saloon, artist Sadie Barnette reimagined her father’s bar, the first black-owned gay bar in San Francisco.

Thu Mar 12, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Oakland-based artists Jesus Barraza and Melanie Cervantes discuss their graphic arts collaboration Dignidad Rebelde. They write, “We believe that art can be an empowering reflection of community struggles, dreams, and visions. Following principles of Xicanisma and Zapatismo, we create work that amplifies people’s stories and art that can be put back into the hands of the communities who inspire it. We recognize that the history of the majority of people worldwide is a history of colonialism, genocide, and exploitation.

Thu Mar 19, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Join us for a presentation by Bryant Terry, a James Beard Award–winning chef, educator, and author renowned for his activism to create a healthy, just, and sustainable food system. Terry is the author of the acclaimed books Vegetable Kingdom, Afro-Vegan, and Vegan Soul Kitchen: Fresh, Healthy, and Creative African-American Cuisine.

Thu Apr 02, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Ronni Favors, rehearsal director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, discusses her work in dance. After training at the Ailey School, Favors was a member of Ailey II, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company; an experienced dance educator, she was involved in the national implementation of the AileyCamp program.

Thu Apr 09, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A presentation by Vincent Medina (Chochenyo Ohlone) and Louis Trevino (Rumsen Ohlone), cofounders of mak-'amham and Cafe Ohlone, a restaurant pop-up at University Press Books in Berkeley devoted to the traditional foods of Bay Area Native peoples. They write: