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 @ BAMPFA: Creativity, Migration, Transformation
Thursdays at 12:00pm, Free and open to the public

This spring we will explore the specific and metaphoric connections amongst creative action, the experience of migration and movement, and the possibility of personal, scientific, and social transformation. What is the nature of creativity? How do we understand movement, migration, and change both metaphorically and literally? How do artists working in literature, visual art, film, performance, and design explore and enact transformation? How can we gain a better understanding of a variety of artworks with these forces in mind? We will explore these ideas by focusing first on creativity, based on Shanghai-based theater artist Stan Lai’s innovative concepts. Thursday lectures and talks will be given by a series of highly regarded arts professionals: actors and playwrights, dancers and choreographers, curators and producers. Guests will include novelist Isabel Allende; playwrights Jimmy Lopez, Caridad Svitch and Mary Zimmerman; dance scholars and choreographers Joe Goode, Rachna Nivas, and Marni Thomas Wood; and curator Lucinda Barnes.

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 & Sciences and from generous supporters of Berkeley Arts + Design.

Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College in 1958, Marni Thomas Wood joined the Martha Graham Dance Company, toured and performed with the Company, taught at the Graham School, and was privileged to be part of the first generation of women to perform Ms. Graham’s own roles as Graham began choosing successors for her earlier repertory reconstructions. In 1968, with her husband/partner David...
Thu Feb 28, 2019 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Dancer/Choreographer Akram Khan will speak with Cal Performances’ interim artistic director Rob Bailis in the weekly open session of the Arts + Design course Creativity, Migration, Transformation taught by theater director and playwright Peter Glazer. Khan is celebrated for physically demanding, visually arresting solo productions that combine Indian kathak with contemporary dance to tell stories through movement.

Thu Mar 07, 2019 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Lucinda Barnes serves as Curator Emerita at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, after many years as Chief Curator and Director of Programs and Collections. At BAMPFA Barnes has curated and co-curated over forty exhibitions, including Measure of Time (2006), Human/Nature: Artists Respond to a Changing Planet (2009), Indeterminate Stillness: Looking at...
Thu Mar 14, 2019 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Composer Jimmy López and playwright Nilo Cruz collaborated on a new oratorio for orchestra, chorus, and soprano, entitled Dreamers. Performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra, London, under the direction of Esa-Pekka Salonen, featuring soprana Ana Maria Martinez. The piece will explore the human stories of the US immigrant experience, in particular that of Dreamers— undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children— and what it means for cities to provide sanctuary from prosecution and deportation.

Thu Apr 04, 2019 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
The Village is one of the most celebrated plays of the recent Chinese Theatre. Stan Lai will discuss the unique process he used to create this work, weaving personal stories and using improvisation as a creative tool. In a changing national and cultural context, he will also discuss the role of theatre, film and other cultural forms as vehicles for preserving fragile collective memories. Stan Lai...
Thu Apr 11, 2019 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Stan Lai and Sandra Woodall will hold a lively conversation about “organic design” and how that plays out in the upcoming play being created at Berkeley, Ago. Sandra Woodall is a visual artist and scenic and costume designer. Ms. Woodall has contributed scenic and costume designs to American Conservatory Theatre, Eureka Theatre, Magic Theater, San Francisco Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet, Stuttgart...
Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Rachna Nivas is an artist, choreographer, educator, and entrepreneur in Indian classical dance, bringing meaningful leadership to Kathak. Deemed “charismatic” and “revelatory” by the San Francisco Chronicle, Rachna is a fierce performer–a technical powerhouse with masterful creativity and infectious charm. Displaying the depth of her 17-year training under legendary Guru, Pandit Chitresh Das, she is a distinguished torchbearer of the treasured lineage.

Thu Apr 25, 2019 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
In the final public lecture of the series, author Isabel Allende will be in conversation with Caridad Svich, theater-maker and playwright, about The House of the Spirits in its may iterations: novel, play, and the upcoming staged performance by the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, directed by Michael Moran at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Playhouse. Michael Moran will...