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Public Programs (July — August 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

FREE First Thursday!
Thursday, July 6
5:30 p.m., Gallery 1
Guided Tour
of Edge of Desire: Recent Art in India

5:30 p.m., PFA Theater
Free Screening -
Kumar Talkies
A lively look inside the only cinema in a small Indian town. "A wise, witty and imaginative documentary . . . the cinema gradually emerges as a metaphor for village life, where fantasy continues to play a central role in people's harsh lives."-Hollywood Reporter. Part of the series Beyond Bollywood.

Sunday, July 9
2:00 p.m., Gallery 1
Guided Tour
of Edge of Desire: Recent Art in India
Sunday, July 11
7:30 p.m., PFA Theater
Screening -
Rockaway, with Filmmaker Mark Street in person.
Street's evocative, improvisational feature captures the anxieties and dreams of three high school girls from Rockaway, Queens. A naturalistic portrait of a place stranded between the city and the suburbs, and young women adrift between childhood and adulthood. Part of the series Screenagers.

Thursday, July 13
12:15 p.m., Gallery 1
Guided Tour
of Edge of Desire: Recent Art in India

Sunday, July 16
2:00 p.m., Gallery 4
Gallery Talk: Amy Lippert on
Bancroft Library at 100: A Celebration 1906-2006
Amy Lippert, Bancroft Research Fellow for the summer of 2006, discusses portrait daguerreotypes, archetypical gold rush images, and other works in the Bancroft Library at 100 exhibition that bring to light San Francisco's early history.

Thursday, July 20
7:30 p.m., PFA Theater
Screening -
Palace of the Winds, with live Neo-Benshi Performance by Summi Kaipa.
Vipin Vijay's poetic essay about that "Holy Little Box," the radio, conceived of as a ghostly transmitter of Indian cultural artifacts. With short I'm Bobby, Xav LePlae's clever update of the classic seventies Bollywood hit Bobby with street kids instead of stars; and a live "interpretation" of the same film by local poet Kaipa. Part of the series Beyond Bollywood.

Saturday, July 22

8:50 p.m., PFA Theater
Screening -
Lucky Star, with Judith Rosenberg on piano.
"An immersion in over-the-top romanticism. . . Farrell gives perhaps his best performance, playing a World War I veteran who comes home in a wheelchair. . . [Borzage's film] showcases Gaynor's gift for underplaying in extreme situations."-L.A. Times

Sunday, July 23
2:00 p.m., Gallery 2
Guided Tour
of Edge of Desire: Recent Art in India

Thursday, July 27
12:15 p.m., Gallery 2
Guided Tour
of Edge of Desire: Recent Art in India

Saturday, July 29
6:30 p.m., PFA Theater
Screening --
The Nth Commandment, with Judith Rosenberg on Piano.
Jazz-age symbol Colleen Moore is cast against type in this silent story of love and sacrifice in a vividly depicted urban setting.

FREE FIRST THURSDAY!
Thursday, August 3

5:30 p.m., Gallery 1
Guided Tour
of Edge of Desire: Recent Art in India

5:30 p.m., PFA Theater
Free Screening -
The River
Borzage brings his intimate depiction of the inner world of lovers to the great outdoors. Part of the series Frank Borzage.

7:30, PFA Theater
Screening -
City of Photos, with introduction by Professor Mary-Ann Milford-Lutzker. (Regular Admission)
A captivating look inside India's neighborhood photo studios, where reality can be reframed any way you like it. With short Winter Trail. Part of the series Beyond Bollywood.

Sunday, August 6

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

Thursday, August 10
12:15 p.m., Gallery 1
Guided Tour
of Edge of Desire: Recent Art in India

Sunday, August 13
2:00 p.m., Gallery 1
Guided Tour
of Edge of Desire: Recent Art in India

5:30 p.m., PFA Theater
Screening --
The Johnstown Flood, with Judith Rosenberg on Piano.
A key supporting role in this 1926 proto-disaster movie was Gaynor's big break. With The Shamrock Handicap, a lighthearted horse-racing drama set in Ireland and directed by John Ford. Part of the series Janet Gaynor.

Thursday, August 17
12:15 p.m., Gallery 1
Guided Tour
of Edge of Desire: Recent Art in India

7:30 p.m., PFA Theater
Screening -- Bad Girl with a Heart of Gold, with Filmmaker Anuj Vaidya in Person and Live Neo-Benshi Performance by Rodney Koeneke.
An experimental, cross-dressed reappropriation of the fabulous world of Helen, Bollywood's dancing "it-girl" queen of the sixties and seventies. With Koeneke's performance reimagining a scene from Guru Dutt's venerable Pyaasa (1957), and short Dancing Othello. Part of the series Beyond Bollywood.

Sunday, August 20

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

Saturday, August 26
5:00 p.m., PFA Theater
Screening --
John Canemaker: Marching to a Different Toon, with presentation by John Canemaker.
The artist discusses his approach to animation and presents a selection of his visually playful, emotionally powerful work, including this year's Academy Award-winning short The Moon and the Son. Part of the series John Canemaker/Winsor McCay.

7:30 p.m., PFA Theater
Screening -
Winsor McCay: His Life and Art, with presentation and booksigning by John Canemaker. Judith Rosenberg on Piano.
A special presentation based on Canemaker's acclaimed biography of pioneering cartoonist and animator McCay, featuring 35mm archival prints of McCay's greatest films. Part of the series John Canemaker/Winsor McCay.

Sunday, August 27
2:00 p.m., Gallery 1
Guided Tour
of Edge of Desire: Recent Art in India



Tuesday, August 29
7:30 p.m., PFA Theater
Screening - a.k.a. Don Bonus, with
Spencer Nakasako in Person.
Sokly Ny (a.k.a. Don Bonus), an eighteen-year-old Cambodian refugee living with his family in San Francisco, was assisted by San Francisco filmmaker Spencer Nakasako in making this compelling documentary about his struggles to get by in school and in life. With short Who I Became, in which a young Cambodian American takes us on a guided tour of his world, from the Tenderloin to the Alemany Housing Projects. Part of the series Screenagers.

Thursday, August 31
12:15 p.m., Gallery 1
Guided Tour
of Edge of Desire: Recent Art in India

Exhibitions

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

Measure of Time
February 22 - June 2007

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

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

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

Film Series

A Theater Near You
July 1 - 16

I Hear Music: Global Rhythms on Screen
July 5 - 26

Desire Under the Banyan: Beyond Bollywood
Thursdays, July 6 - August 31

Labor's Love Lost: The Films of Vittorio De Seta
July 6 - 9

Screenagers: Documents from the Teenage Years
Tuesdays, July 11 - August 29

Janet Gaynor: A Centennial Celebration
July 21 - August 13

Frank Borzage's Philosophy of Desire
July 21 - August 23

Unfolding Mizoguchi: Seven Classics
August 11 - 30

John Canemaker/Winsor McCay
August 26

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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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