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Public Programs (May 3 — June 30, 2006)

A listing of tours and conversations with contemporary artists and filmmakers, curators' talks, musical performances, lectures, and special events coming up at BAM/PFA.

Monthly Events

First Impressions: Free First Thursdays at BAM/PFA
Infatuation, discovery, surprise, epiphany – all start with a first impression. Get acquainted with an inspiring world of art and film on Free First Thursdays during the first week of every month. Encounter the work of artists, filmmakers, and scholars who shape our cultural landscape, or take a second look at visual culture from across time and around the world. GAP is proud to support First Impressions: Free First Thursdays at BAM/PFA.

Guided Tours of Edge of Desire: Recent Art in India
Tours led by UC graduate students will be offered on selected Thursdays and Sundays (see below).

Events Listed by Calendar Date

Wednesday, May 3
3:00 p.m., PFA Theater
Screening –
Ed Wood, with lecture by Russell Merritt.
Part of the series Film 50.

FREE First Thursday!
Thursday, May 4
5:30 p.m., Museum Theater
Lecture: Professor Mark Griffith on
The Bancroft Library at 100
A professor of classics and of theater, dance, and performance studies, Mark Griffith brings a very special focus to his work at UC Berkeley's Center for Tebtunis Papyri (a collection of ancient Egyptian scrolls), where he is currently the acting director. With a background in Greek literature and performance, Griffith has been investigating dramatic texts that appear amid the papyri.

Sunday, May 7
3:00 p.m., PFA Theater
Screening –
For the Love of It, with curator Melinda Stone and Artists in Person. World premieres and buried treasures from the annals of amateur filmmaking, from a 1963 Sid Laverents gem to fresh work from S.F.'s Edinburgh Castle Film Night. Part of the Amateur Film Festival.

5:30 p.m., PFA Theater
Screening --
Works from the Eisner Awards Competition with Artists in Person.
A lively selection of films and videos by UC Berkeley student filmmakers, including the winners of the campus's highest award for creativity. Part of the series Film & Video Makers at Cal.

Sunday, March 21
3:00 p.m., Gallery 2
Artists' Talks:
The Flaming Sword of Truth: The 36th Annual University of California, Berkeley, Masters of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition

FREE First Thursday!
Thursday, June 1
5:30 p.m., Gallery 2
Sign Language Interpreted Tour
of Edge of Desire: Recent Art in India

5:30 p.m., PFA Theater
FREE Screening -- Kieslowski's First Films
Rare early works and student films by Kieslowski, "one of the greatest of all filmmakers" (Roger Ebert). Part of the series Krzysztof Kieslowski.

Sunday, June 4
3:00 p.m., Gallery 5
Conversation: Art Professors Jim Melchert and Fred Martin on
Measure of Time
Jim Melchert and Fred Martin, both graduates of UC Berkeley's M.F.A. program who went on, as artists and teachers, to become major figures in the Bay Area art world and beyond, will talk together informally about the context of the BAM exhibition Measure of Time.

Thursday, June 15
12:15 p.m., Gallery 2
Guided Tour
of Edge of Desire: Recent Art in India

Sunday, June 18
1:00 p.m., Gallery 2
Guided Tour
of Edge of Desire: Recent Art in India

2:00 p.m., Museum Theater
Lecture:
India Goes Global: Art and Modernity
Vishakha N. Desai, president, Asia Society, N.Y. will discuss modern art in India.

Thursday, June 22
12:15 p.m., Gallery 2
Guided Tour
of Edge of Desire: Recent Art in India

Sunday, June 25
2:00 p.m., Gallery 2
Guided Tour
of Edge of Desire: Recent Art in India

Thursday, June 29
12:15 p.m., Gallery 2
Guided Tour
of Edge of Desire: Recent Art in India


Exhibitions

The Bancroft Library at 100: A Celebration, 1906–2006
February 11 – December 3

Dreaming California: Ruth-Marion Baruch, Bill Owens, and Larry Sultan
January 18 – May 21

Measure of Time
February 22 – June 2007

The Flaming Sword of Truth: The 36th Annual UC Berkeley M.F.A. Graduate Exhibition
May 3 – 21

Edge of Desire: Recent Art in India
June 14 – September 17

Now-Time Venezuela, Part 1: Media Along the Path of the Bolivarian Process
Worker-Controlled Factories

March 26 -- May 28

Now-Time Venezuela, Part 2: Revolutionary Television in Catia
May 14 – July 16

A Decade in the Asian Galleries: A Retrospective Honoring Sheila Keppel
Through May 14

Centers of Artistry: Indian Paintings from the Collection
May 24 – October 22

Film Series

49th San Francisco International Film Festival at PFA
April 21 – May 4

A Tribute to Jean-Claude Carrière
May 5 – 6

Amateur Film Festival
May 7

A Theater Near You
May 25 – 31

Against Indifference: The Cinema of Krzysztof Kieslowski
June 1 – 27

Isabelle Huppert: Passion and Contradiction
June 9 – 30

The Puppet Animation of Kihachiro Kawamoto
June 28 – 29

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The University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Additional support is provided by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Koret Foundation, the Bernard Osher Foundation, Packard Humanities Institute, the Henry Luce Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Columbia Foundation, the Christensen Fund, the William H. Donner Foundation, San Francisco Foundation, Gap Inc., other private foundations and corporations, and our individual donors and members. Major endowment support has been provided by the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation and by George Gund III.


Gap Inc. is proud to support First Impressions: Free First Thursdays at BAM/PFA. For more information about Free First Thursday gallery tours and screenings visit our website at bampfa.berkeley.edu.


University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Located at 2626 Bancroft Way, just below College Avenue near the UC Berkeley campus.

Gallery and Museum Store Hours:
Wednesday and Friday to Sunday, 11 to 5; Thursday 11 to 7. Closed Monday and Tuesday.

Admission:
General admission is $8; admission for seniors, disabled persons, non-UC Berkeley students, and young adults (13 – 17) is $5; admission for BAM/PFA members, UC Berkeley students, staff and faculty, and children under 12 is free; admission for group tours is $3 per person (to arrange a group tour, call [510] 642-5188). Admission is free on the first Thursday of each month.

Information:
24-hour recorded message (510) 642-0808; FAX (510) 642-4889;
PFA recorded message (510) 642-1124; TDD: (510) 642-8734

Website: bampfa.berkeley.edu

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