January 30 – April 28, 2013 at Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific FIlm Archive
Giorgio de Chirico: Melancholia, 1916
Oil on canvas; 20 x 26-1/2 in.
The Menil Collection, Houston.
Photo: Hickey-Robertson, Houston
In today’s digitized world, silence is increasingly elusive. For composer John Cage, the absence of sound was not merely elusive, it was impossible. His groundbreaking composition4’33” contained no actual music, but instead called attention to the ambient sounds surrounding the performance and its audience. He asserted “there is always something to see, something to hear.” On the occasion of Cage’s hundredth birthday, Silence presents nearly a century of modern and contemporary art and film to examine the spiritual, existential, and political aspects of silence.
Co-organized by the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) and The Menil Collection in Houston, Silence presents a broad range of works, including iconic pieces by Joseph Beuys, Giorgio de Chirico, Marcel Duchamp, René Magritte, Christian Marclay, Robert Rauschenberg, Doris Salcedo, Andy Warhol, and many other leading artists.
BAM/PFA’s presentation of Silence features a host of public programs, including an opening conversation between Toby Kamps, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Menil Collection, and UC Berkeley psychology professor Dacher Keltner; a three-part series of Sunday morning meditations in the galleries; performances by sound artists Jacob Kirkegaard and Loren Chasse; and a series of L@TE: Friday Nights @ BAM/PFAevents inspired by the theme of silence.
Posted by pivotartgallery on January 27, 2013
CreativeMornings is a free, monthly breakfast lecture series for creative types. There are chapters in 29 cities across the world, including San Francisco. Some have dubbed it “TED for the rest of us”.
For upcoming events, and a great video archive of past talks, check out creativemornings.com
Posted by pivotartgallery on June 23, 2012
AOL presents Seven on Seven, a conference bringing together leading figures from the fields of art and technology.
According to the Rhizome website, it “…will pair seven leading artists with seven game-changing technologists in teams of two, and challenge them to develop something new—be it an application, social media, artwork, product, or whatever they imagine—over the course of a single day.”
The conference is organized by Rhizome, an affiliate of the New Museum and is set to take place on May 14, 2011 from 1–6pm at the New Museum in New York.
more info: rhizome.org/sevenonseven
Posted by pivotartgallery on April 30, 2011
John Maeda, current president of RISD, presents on the abc’s at the Adobe Museum of Digital Media.
recommended! see it here: adobemuseum.com
Posted by pivotartgallery on April 29, 2011
A special project of e-flux, unitednationsplaza was a temporary, experimental school in started in Berlin, moving to Mexico City (2008) and then New York City under the name Night School (2008-2009) at the New Museum.
Its program was organized around a number of public seminars, most of which are now available in the online archive.
This incredible archive, (more than two hundred hours of recordings of lectures and presentations) is organized into four chapters and can be found at: unitednationsplaza.org
Posted by pivotartgallery on January 20, 2011
Avenali Lecture I: “New Possibilities: Cinema is Dead, Long Live Cinema”
Peter Greenaway (The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover; Prospero’s Books)
6:00 pm @ Zellerbach Playhouse
Note: Free tickets (1 per person) available at Zellerbach Playhouse at 5 on evenings of lectures.
Avenali Lecture II: “Nine Classic Paintings Revisited”
6:00 pm @ Zellerbach Playhouse
Panel Discussion with Peter Greenaway
12:00 pm @ 315 Wheeler Hall, UC Berkeley
more info about the lecture series here
the Townsend Center will screen Greenaway films Sept. 8-10, details here
Posted by pivotartgallery on September 5, 2010
Women’s Time: Martin and Truitt in the Moment of Minimalism
A LECTURE BY ANNE WAGNER
April 9, 2010 6pm
Berkeley Art Museum Theater
In this special presentation, Anne Wagner, Chair in the Department of History of Art at UC Berkeley will consider the work of Agnes Martin and Anne Truitt in relation to Minimalism and the modern repackaging of time.
Wagner writes: “For us moderns, time has changed. It has become a quantity, an investment, which we save, borrow, waste and spend. Often we run out of it, though occasionally we have a little to spare. Only then, like our machines, do we switch ‘off.’
“It was the forms of Minimalism that in the 1960s were most successful, and most influential, in reducing art’s temporal demands to, well, a minimum, for both viewer and maker alike. Repetition and geometry were the movement’s primary means, as by now is well known. But what is much less obvious is how and why some users of these straightforward sixties devices aimed for-and achieved-such utterly different perceptual effects. Anne Truitt, for example, speaks of her sculpture’s ability to ‘disarm time.’ And in Agnes Martin’s paintings, each line marks the duration of its making in and as its trace.”
Anne Wagner is the author of:
Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux: Sculptor of the Second Empire (1986)
Three Artists (Three Women) (1996)
Mother Stone: The Vitality of Modern British Sculpture (2005)
For further information, please visit http://ls.berkeley.edu/dept/arthistory/
Posted by pivotartgallery on April 2, 2010
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Lecture | February 19 | 4 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall
Deborah Campbell, author
With 5 million Iraqis displaced from their homes since the 2003 invasion, half of them fleeing to neighboring countries, the Iraqi refugee crisis is one of the largest mass displacements in the world. Despite some security improvements, those who have ventured to return home remain a tiny minority. Journalist and author Deborah Campbell spent three months living with Iraqi refugees in Syria and Jordan for her award-winning piece in Harper’s magazine. More recently, she spent a month living with Iraqi refugees who have been resettled to the United States. She will relate her experiences of being “embedded” with Iraqis, the characteristics that distinguish this refugee population from others, such as the Palestinians, and the social and political consequences for the Middle East and the United States of this ongoing humanitarian crisis. Her lecture will address the causes of the exodus, the spread of sectarianism, the “lost generation,” and concrete suggestions for a way forward.
Posted by pivotartgallery on February 7, 2009