Each year, BAMPFA and the University of California, Berkeley Department of Art Practice collaborate to present an exhibition of works by Berkeley Master of Fine Arts graduates. This year’s exhibition includes the exceptional work of Maggie Lawson, Nancy Sayavong, Nicki Green, Olivia Ting, Rachel Stallings, and Sarah-Dawn Albani.
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.
The commencement ceremony runs 3pm – 5pm, at Hertz Hall on the campus of UC Berkeley.
Guest speaker to be announced.
Allan DeSouza’s Through the Black Country, or, The Sources of the Thames Around the Great Shires of Lower England and Down the Severn River to the Atlantic Ocean reenacts and upends iconic colonial narratives of discovery in Africa. (more…)
Jill Miller is a visual artist who collaborates with individuals and communities in the form of public interventions, workshops, and installation art. She often creates non-vital public services, using the opportunity to point the finger at something lacking in our culture. For example, The Milk Truck, an emergency breastfeeding advocacy vehicle, called out establishments who were hassling or harassing breastfeeding mothers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Often humorous, her work straddles the line between going too far and not going far enough. She intentionally uses this strategy to open questions about difficult subject matter. In past work, she searched for Bigfoot in the Sierra Nevada, inserted herself into the art historical work of John Baldessari, and became a private investigator who performed surveillance on art collectors.
Born in Illinois, she received her MFA in from University of California, Los Angeles and her BA from University of California, Berkeley, in English. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, and collected in public institutions worldwide including CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo in Madrid and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
Art Practice Commencement May 15th, 2018, at Hertz Hall, on the campus of UC Berkeley
Michele Carlson is a practicing artist, writer, curator and educator in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her visual works, primarily collaged drawings on paper, have been exhibited nationally at venues including Patricia Sweetow Gallery, the San Francisco Arts Commission, Intersection for the Arts, and Cerasoli Gallery, Los Angeles. She has received awards and fellowships from Kala Art Institute, San Francisco Arts Commission, and the Reader’s Digest Museum Foundation. Her critical writings has been published in numerous publications including Art in America, KQED Arts, Hyphen, Art Practical, and Afterimage and various exhibition catalogs.
Carlson is also an independent curator. She recently curated Estamos contra el muro | We Are Against the Wall, a solo exhibition by Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik at Southern Exposure, which addressed the fragility of borders and walls in a global economy.
She is one third of the arts collective Related Tactics, which facilitates projects at the intersection of race and culture. Carlson is on the Board of Directors at SOMArts, San Francisco, CA and the Advisory Board of Center for Art and Public Life, San Francisco, CA. She is currently the Executive Director at Art Practical, an arts media organization based in San Francisco that produces weekly reviews and essays, podcasts, books, events and programming. She is an Associate Professor in Visual and Critical Studies at California College of the Arts.
Great content (as usual) in this issue!
At the last survey of new photography at the Museum of Modern Art two years ago, the atmosphere was so self-referential and hermetic that a visitor panted for oxygen. Often, the photos were images of images, taken off a computer screen or digitally created in the studio. It seemed as if photography, which continued to engage with the world after modernist painting and literature turned inward, had finally crumpled into solipsism.
A lot can change in two years. (article continues…)
Green and orange ceramic statues with a reptilian texture were displayed inside “Bodurinao’s shrine,” surrounded by candles. At first, the statues looked like the body parts of crocodiles, but on closer look, were actually mixed creatures composed entirely of sex organs. The shrine itself was actually the inside of an art studio at the Richmond Field Station. It was built for a new religion called “Leymusoom,” created as an art project by Heesoo Kwon. Visitors came into the shrine and looked at the statues, wondering what those were. Kwon explained the religion to them. (More…)