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Read about the latest news in the realm of Visual arts, performing arts, literature, media, film, design, and intersections with UC Berkeley Arts + Design across the world.

The history of music is one defined by its rapidity — not only are the ways we play music constantly evolving, from the earliest drumbeats and hymnal chants to the synthy earworms and club trappings that soundtrack our lives today, but the ways we access this music are changing as well.

For many college students, viewing visual art doesn’t exactly sound like the most exciting or compelling way to spend their free time. Museums can be pricey, art galleries can be overwhelmingly hoity-toity, and where does one go to see art in Berkeley besides the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, anyway?

From all appearances, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive has been methodically going through its storerooms to reassess the collection. Beyond its obvious strengths in film and video, modern and contemporary art, and certain aspects of Asian art, it’s a bit of a hodgepodge.

Berkeley Arts + Design Funds 14 Creative Discovery Courses

Berkeley Arts + Design is pleased to announce the fall 2018 awardees of the newly launched Creative Discovery Grants.

Monotonous cubicle got you down? Feel like your apartment or dorm room could use a little extra spark? Turns out that staff, faculty and students can borrow artworks from UC Berkeley’s Graphic Arts Loan Collection, a collection of framed, original lithographs, etchings and woodblock prints by major artists like Chagall, Manet and Kandinsky. 

It’s either a flower, robot butterfly, or alien ballerina — maybe.

Staring at the large, colorful concoction in her arms, Poppy Tian can’t tell you exactly what she’s looking at. The good news, though, is she’ll have the whole school year to figure it out.

Rebecca Solnit, an alumna of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, or J-School, was recognized on the 2018 National Book Awards longlist for her collection of essays, “Call Them By Their True Names: American Crises (and Essays).”

Bay Area arts curator, educator and activist Christian L. Frock is joining UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice as a visiting lecturer in fall 2018 to teach Art 119 | Global Perspectives in Contemporary Art.

BAMPFA Commissions New Site-Specific Installation by Barbara Stauffacher Solomon

(Berkeley, CA) July 25, 2018—The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) has commissioned the distinguished Bay Area artist and graphic designer Barbara Stauffacher Solomon to create a massive, site-specific installation for the museum’s entry space.

Logan photojournalism UC Berkeley Prof. Ken Light collaborated with East Bay musicians Los Cenzontles on a remarkable music video installation featuring dozens of images taken of migrants along the US/Mexico border by Light over four decades.