Berkeley

United States



Address:
Galleries: 2626 Bancroft Way; PFA Theater: 2575 Bancroft Way
CA
94720
Phone: 510-642-0808
Website: bampfa.berkeley.edu

University Of California, Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive

The University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) is the visual arts center of the University of California, Berkeley. One of the largest university art museums in the United States, in both size and attendance, BAM/PFA opened the doors of its distinctive Modernist building on the south side of the UC Berkeley campus in 1970. BAM/PFA's diverse exhibition programs and its collections of more than 14,000 objects and 10,000 films and videos are characterized by themes of artistic innovation, intellectual exploration, and social commentary, and reflect the central role of education in BAM/PFA's mission.


Permanent Collection

The Berkeley Art Museum's diverse collections of more than 14,000 objects are characterized by themes of artistic innovation, intellectual exploration, and social commentary, and reflect the central role of education in BAM/PFA's mission.

The museum was founded in 1963 following artist and teacher Hans Hofmann's donation of forty-five paintings and $250,000 to the University; today BAM/PFA's collection of work by this important Abstract Expressionist artist remains the largest in any museum internationally.

The museum's collection has evolved with particular strengths in historical and contemporary Asian art; early American painting; mid-twentieth-century, Conceptual, and contemporary international art; and California and Bay Area art. Highlights include important works by Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, Albert Bierstadt, Paul Gauguin, Helen Frankenthaler, Jay deFeo, Joan Brown, Jonathan Borofsky, and Shirin Neshat. Significant additions in recent years include the Jean and Francis Marshall Collection of Indian miniatures, and selected works from the renowned collection of Chinese painting belonging to UC Berkeley Professor Emeritus James Cahill and Cahill family members.

The Pacific Film Archive is home to the largest collection of Japanese films outside of Japan, as well as impressive gatherings of Soviet silents, West Coast avant-garde cinema, seminal video art, rare animation, Eastern European and Central Asian productions, and international classics. American experimental pioneers like Bruce Conner and Ant Farm share the shelves with international past masters Sergei Eisenstein and Kenji Mizoguchi at PFA's off-site storage vault, which provides a temperature- ...+ [ Read all ]


Exhibitions

The Berkeley Art Museum provides the UC Berkeley and Bay Area communities with an ambitious schedule of exhibitions exploring international art, both historical and contemporary. Each year, the museum presents diverse and important temporary exhibitions that range from classical Asian art to challenging work by today's artists. The exhibition program includes installations that highlight the richness and scope of the museum collections, as well as the MATRIX Program, presenting recent avant-garde work.

Current Exhibitions:

Masterworks by Hans Hofmann
Ongoing

Honoring a Tradition, Honoring a Teacher: A Tribute to James Cahill
Through May 27, 2007

Measure of Time
Through June 24, 2007

Selections from the Collection
Through June 24, 2007

Tara Donovan: Colony
Through October 14, 2007

Gay Outlaw: Black Hose Mountain
Through May 2008

Kunstkammer
April 18 – October 14, 2007

psyche: R&R
April 18 – October 14, 2007

Allison Smith: Notion Nanny
May 13 – August 12, 2007

fer•ma•ta: The 37th Annual University of California, Berkeley Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition
May 18 – June 10, 2007


Previous Exhibitions

BAM has mounted important exhibitions of the works of Bruce Nauman, Juan Gris, Jay DeFeo, Robert Colescott, Joan Brown, Robert Mapplethorpe, Sebastião Salgado, Paul Kos, and many others, as well as thematic exhibitions such as "Anxious Visions: Surrealist Art"; "Made in U.S.A.: An Americanization in Modern Art, the '50s &'60s"; "The Here and the Hereafter: Images of Paradise in Islamic Art"; "In a Different Light: Visual Culture, Sexual Identity, Queer Practice"; "Hogarth and His Times: Serious Comedy"; and "Masterworks of Chinese Painting: In Pursuit of Mists and Clouds."


Forthcoming exhibitions

Forthcoming Exhibitions

Selections from the Asian Collection
June 2007 – December 2008

Andrea Zittel: A–Z Travel Trailer Unit
June 6 – October 14, 2007

David Goldblatt: Intersections
July 8 – August 26, 2007

Abbas Kiarostami: Image Maker
July 8 – September 23, 2007

One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now
September 19 – December 23, 2007

Joan Jonas: The Shape, the Scent, the Feel of Things
October 13, 2007 – May 16, 2008

RIP.MIX.BURN.BAM.PFA
October 24 – December 23, 2007

Enrique Chagoya: Borderlandia
February 13 – May 18, 2008


Cost

Gallery Admission Prices:
Free, BAM/PFA Members; UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff; children (12 & under)
$8, Adults (18-64)
$5, Non-UC Berkeley students, young adults (13-17), senior citizens (65 & over), disabled persons

Theater Admission Prices:

Single Feature
$4, BAM/PFA members, UC Berkeley students
$8, Adults (18-64)
$5, UC Berkeley faculty and staff, non-UC Berkeley students, senior citizens (65 & over), disabled persons, youth (17 & under)

Additional Feature
$4, All patrons


Opening hours

Gallery and Museum Store Hours:
Wednesday – Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursdays 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

PFA Theater Box Office Hours:
Opens one hour before the first showtime of the day

PFA Library & Film Study Center Hours:
Monday-Thursday, 1-5 p.m.

Cafe Muse Hours:
Daily 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Thursdays till 7 p.m.


Getting there

The Berkeley Art Museum, at 2626 Bancroft Way, and the Pacific Film Archive Theater, at 2575 Bancroft Way, are located across the street from each other on the southern edge of the UC Berkeley campus between Telegraph and College Avenues.

By BART

Take BART to the Downtown Berkeley Station. Take AC Transit lines 51 or 7, or walk 15 minutes. To walk, go up the escalators to Shattuck Ave., walk 3 blocks south on Shattuck, turn left on Bancroft Way. Continue on Bancroft for 6 blocks to the theater or seven blocks to the museum.

Or, take BART to the Rockridge Station. Take AC Transit lines 51, 7, or 64 north on College, or walk 20 minutes. To walk, head north on College Ave. to Bancroft Way, turn left on Bancroft.

By Bus

Take AC Transit lines 7, 51, or 64. For eastbound passengers, exit at the corner of Durant and Bowditch. For westbound passengers, exit at the corner of Bancroft and College for the museum, or Bancroft and Bowditch for the theater.

For more public transit information, please see http://transit.511.org.

By Car

From I-80:
Take University Ave. exit, east on University to Oxford St., right on Oxford, left on Durant Ave. Take Durant to College Ave., left on College, left on Bancroft Way.

From Westbound Highway 24:
Take College Ave. exit, right on College, left on Bancroft Way.

From Eastbound Highway 24:
Take Claremont Ave. exit, left on Claremont to College Ave., left on College, left on Bancroft Way.

From Westbound Highway 13:
Take Highway 13 to Tunnel Road (Berkeley exit). Continue west on Tunnel Road (becomes Ashby at Domingo, near the Claremont Hotel). Turn right on College Ave., left on Bancroft Way.+ [ Read all ]




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Membership

Individual: $50 (fully tax-deductible)
* Unlimited free admission to the BAM galleries for 2
* Half-price PFA Theater tickets for 2
* 10% discount on most books and merchandise in the Museum Store
* 10% discount at Cafe Muse
* Invitations to exhibition previews and special events
* Free lectures, seminars, and discussions with artists
* Free access to the PFA Library and Film Study Center
* Free charge-by-phone service for PFA tickets
* BAM/PFA Art & Film Notes mailed to you 6 times a year
* Reciprocal membership privileges at over 30 university art museums
* Discounts at local businesses

Dual/Family: $75 (fully tax-deductible)
* All benefits of Individual membership plus:
* Additional membership card
* Unlimited free admission to the galleries for two cardholders and their guests or children under 18

Student/Senior/Disabled: $35 (fully tax-deductible)
* Special discount on Individual membership available to senior citizens (age 65 and over); non-UC Berkeley students; and persons with disabilities.
* All benefits of Individual membership

UCB Individual: $45 (fully tax-deductible)
* Special discount on Individual membership available to California Alumni Association members and current UC Berkeley faculty and staff.
* All benefits of Individual membership

UCB Dual/Family: $65 (fully tax-deductible)
* Special discount on Dual/Family membership available to California Alumni Association members and UC Berkeley faculty and staff.
* All benefits of Dual/Family membership

PFA Library $25 (fully tax-deductible)
* Free access to PFA Library and Film Study Center
* Phone and Internet access to the PFA Library for reference questions
* Discount...+ [ Read all ]


Venue hire

The award-winning architecture of the Berkeley Art Museum has long been a favorite setting for special events. Ever-changing gallery exhibitions can provide an elegant backdrop to a cocktail reception, or be the focus of private tours. The museum's multi-tiered terraces, overlooking the sculpture garden and catching the golden light of sunset through a stand of poplar and pine, can offer a memorable setting for weddings and other personal celebrations, from an elegant seated dinner to an informal barbeque. For business meetings and lectures, the museum offers the 234-seat Museum Theater as well as smaller spaces for more intimate presentations. For more information, contact the Visitor Services Department at love@berkeley.edu.

The Pacific Film Archive Theater maintains a reputation for the highest standards in presentation, and can accommodate 222 viewers in luxury seating "with more legroom than first class." Film projection capabilities include 16mm and 35mm with Dolby surround sound, as well as large-screen video projection in a dozen formats. The theater is available for community festivals and cast and crew screenings, as well as educational, research, and "just plain fun" screenings of your works or films and videos from the PFA collection. The theater is wheelchair accessible and has two assistive listening systems. For more information, contact the Visitor Services Department at bmertens@berkeley.edu.