Criticism + Critique

Whether considering the role of philosophical critique in aesthetics or the professional function of the critic in our contemporary moment, this theme tracks the vital role of writers and thought leaders who engage in deep cultural and theoretical investigations of arts and culture. What is the role of aesthetics in the history of critique?  How has criticism changed in response to different art forms--film, art, literature, dance, theater? How has the role of the journalist and critic changed in a digital age where where "everyone's a critic?" 

Visitors will get a thrill seeing “Enduring Mark: Six Centuries of Drawing From the Gray Collection” at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. 

Art exhibition asks: Who counts in America?

At a San Francisco arts nonprofit called Root Division hangs a photo that Stephanie Syjuco took in 2017. It’s a portrait — or what appears to be a portrait — of a person covered in a semi-sheer checkered cloth. It’s titled “Total Transparency Filter (Portrait of N).”

Deep below Morrison Hall, quadraphonic artist Suzanne Ciani sat in a soundproof recording studio reciting strings of non sequiturs with varying intonations to train a deepfake program.

All they wanted was to read books by women.

They didn’t plan for revolution, but that is what it took.

On June 23, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive held an artists’ talk with UC Berkeley Master of Fine Arts (MFA) students in conjunction with an exhibition of their work. With the tradition of celebrating the graduate students’ ingenuity and creativity starting in 1970, the exhibition is the 51st of its kind. 

Fred DeWitt on Creating a Safe Space Through Art

Talking about current socio-political issues is one of the tallest tasks an artist can tackle, from deciding whether and how to portray acts of violence or using images of family members and loved ones in works of art. 

In 1852, Frederick Douglass asked us to define what freedom is to a Black American.

Much of the Bay Area’s history exists out of sight. Or at least out of notice.  

Berkeley Journalism lecturer, students and alumni honored in 2021 Pulitzer Prizes

The work of a Berkeley Journalism lecturer, five students and two alumni was honored in the 2021 Pulitzer Prizes, in the Breaking News, National News and Public Service categories, Columbia University announced.