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Joe Brainard: Blossom, 1977 (detail); mixed-media collage; 32 x 511/2 in.; Collection of Amerada Hess Corporation.

BAM/PFA provides the UC Berkeley and Bay Area communities with an ambitious schedule of exhibitions exploring international art, both historical and contemporary. Each year, we present diverse and important temporary exhibitions that range from classical Asian art to challenging work by today’s artists.

Our exhibition program includes installations that highlight the richness and scope of our collections, recent avant-garde work presented in the MATRIX Program, thematic exhibitions, artist retrospectives, and the annual UC Berkeley M.F.A. exhibition. We have mounted important exhibitions of the works of Ant Farm, Joe Brainard, Joan Brown, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Robert Colescott, Jay DeFeo, Juan Gris, Eva Hesse, Paul Kos, Robert Mapplethorpe, Barry McGee, Richard Misrach, Bruce Nauman, Peter Paul Rubens, Martin Puryear, Sebastião Salgado, William Wiley, and many others, as well as thematic exhibitions such as State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970, In a Different Light, Human/Nature: Artists Respond to a Changing Planet, and Masterworks of Chinese Painting: In Pursuit of Mists and Clouds.