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thumb Deity, Demon, and Teacher :: Thoughts on an Intervention with Michael Zheng

If you’ve visited BAM/PFA’s Deities, Demons, and Teachers exhibition recently and have noticed someone mediating next to the bronze Prajnaparamita statue, that’s Michael Zheng. The

thumb Look Who's Coming to BAM/PFA :: SFIFF In-Persons

Now in its 57th year, the San Francisco International Film Festival returns to BAM/PFA with a schedule featuring thirty-three features and eleven short films. The

thumb Colorful Possibilities :: An Interview with Textile Artist Sasha Duerr

The Possible textile artist Sasha Duerr has been spending time in the BAM/PFA galleries, experimenting with dye plants found in the surrounding neighborhoods, conducting class

thumb An Interview with Perfumer Mandy Aftel

Meeting natural perfumer and The Possible artist Mandy Aftel in her element, you’re convinced she was born to work with scent. Her home and studio,

thumb SFIFF Update: Special Guests Just Announced!

The 56th San Francisco International Film Festival returns to the PFA Theater with a schedule of thirty features and eleven short films from thirty countries

thumb Life as Art: Anna Halprin interviewed by Jacquelynn Baas

Legendary choreographer Anna Halprin returns to BAM/PFA after a forty-two year absence to direct the final staging of her most enduring and important dance work,

thumb Video :: Trimpin on Nancarrow Percussion Orchestra

To celebrate the one-hundredth anniversary of the birth of avant-garde composer Conlon Nancarrow (1912-97), renowned artist, inventor, and composer Trimpin has created a one-of-a-kind sculptural

thumb Camille Paglia :: Glittering Images

On October 24 BAM/PFA hosts social critic and intellectual provocateur Camille Paglia for a special evening copresented by Berkeley Arts and Letters. Paglia will be

thumb An Army of Phantoms :: J. Hoberman on Fort Apache

The following passage is excerpted from J. Hoberman’s An Army of Phantoms: American Movies and the Making of the Cold War, published by The New

thumb Portraiture :: Some Images from the Films of Raj Kapoor

Our much-anticipated Raj Kapoor series, The Eternal Poet: Raj Kapoor & the Golden Age of Indian Cinema, starts this evening with one of his greatest-looking

thumb Highway '71 Revisited :: Judy Bloch on Eleanor Antin

In this post, former BAM/PFA Publications Director and current SFMOMA Managing Editor, Publications, Judy Bloch explores Eleanor Antin’s 100 Boots, which is featured in the

thumb 42 Films in Fourteen Days :: SFIFF Special Guests at PFA Theater

The 55th San Francisco International Film Festival returns again to the PFA Theater with a schedule of 42 features, shorts, documentaries, and experimental films from

thumb Video :: Robert Warner on Ray Johnson and the "Bob Boxes"

In 1988 New York-based display artist and optician Robert Warner initiated a correspondence with the renowned collagist, mail artist, and formative Pop artist Ray Johnson

thumb Paul Kos Displays His Ambidexterity

Artist Paul Kos joined us recently for Catch Up with Conceptual Art, a special members’ class with Adjunct Curator Constance M. Lewallen. The morning kicked

thumb Video :: Richard Misrach Gallery Talk

Artist Richard Misrach discussed the current exhibition 1991: The Oakland-Berkeley Fire Aftermath, Photographs by Richard Misrach at BAM/PFA on October 12, 2011.

thumb Collecting Memories :: Community Photographs of the 1991 Oakland-Berkeley Hills Fire and its Aftermath

In conjunction with the exhibition 1991: The Oakland-Berkeley Fire Aftermath, Photographs by Richard Misrach, currently on view at BAM/PFA and also the Oakland Museum of

thumb Katherine Sherwood and Lawrence Rinder Debate Create

The following is correspondence between Katherine Sherwood, Professor of Art Practice and Disability Studies, UC Berkeley, and BAM/PFA Director Lawrence Rinder, concerning the exhibition Create,

thumb Eiga Stars IV :: Hideko Takamine

Our Eiga Stars: Portraits of Japanese Divas in Fan Magazines of the 1950s continues with a look at Hideko Takamine, former child star, muse of

thumb Eiga Stars III :: Kinuyo Tanaka

Our Eiga Stars: Portraits of Japanese Divas in Fan Magazines of the 1950s series continues with a profile of Kinuyo Tanaka, Japan’s most popular actress

thumb Eiga Stars :: Machiko Kyo in Japanese Film-fan Magazines of the 1950s

Periodically Blook will be featuring blog entries drawn from the PFA Library and Film Study Center’s exceptional collection of film-related magazines, press kits, and ephemera.

thumb Eiga Stars :: Portraits of Japanese Divas in Fan Magazines of the 1950s

Periodically Blook will be featuring blog entries drawn from the PFA Library and Film Study Center’s exceptional collection of film-related magazines, press kits, and ephemera.

thumb Michael Bernard Loggins Delves into Your Fears

One of the first sights visitors to the Create exhibition are confronted with is an enormous wall-sized reproduction of Michael Bernard Loggins’s list poem Fears

thumb Video :: Getting Hauntological with Scott Hewicker and Larry Rinder

What is hauntology? In this video, author, playwright, poet, and occasional Blook contributor Kevin Killan probes Hauntology co-curators Scott Hewicker and Larry Rinder about the

thumb Last Night on 60 Minutes

The mystery behind a short silent film of San Francisco’s Market Street made in 1906 was the subject of an October 17 report on 60

thumb Radical Light :: Form from the Fog

The following is excerpted from Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945-2000, co-published by the University of California Press

thumb Rosita Arenas and the Aztec Mummy

This weekend is filled with sci-fi and horror pictures from Mexico’s silver age, as curator Steve Seid presents El Futuro Está Aquí: Sci-Fi Classics from

thumb Video :: Green on Gravity

Sculptor and filmmaker Brent Green is perhaps one of the ultimate DIY practitioners. Green produces his own stop-motion animated movies; sculpts, draws, and paints the

thumb Brent Green

Brent Green, whose exhibition in Gallery 1 opened May 2, was born in West Virginia and now lives in Schuykill County, Pennsylvania. He is a

thumb Walter Salles at BAM/PFA; SFIFF Rolls On

In addition to spotlighting films by dozens of up-and-coming directors each year, the San Francisco International Film Festival provides an opportunity to honor the work

thumb SFIFF Update: Confirmed Guests

The 53rd San Francisco International Film Festival arrives at PFA Theater today with a schedule of 36 films from 21 countries, taking place over a

thumb Slides :: Ahmet Ögüt Plays Favorites

In the latest Matrix exhibition, Ahmet Ögüt constructs a sprawling international metropolis, drawing structures from Turkey, Ireland, India, Yugoslavia, Great Britain, and the United

thumb Slides :: Preminger's Saint

This 1957 exhibitor manual had everything you needed to promote Preminger’s new movie for your local venue.See the entire United Artists Corporation Saint Joan

thumb Video :: Poetique, Policier, Politique

You could say Jean-Luc Godard’s work is part film, part art, and part rhetoric. So it’s appropriate that Kaja Silverman, UC Berkeley professor of film,

thumb Black Magic

Edison, Muybridge, Lumière, and … Black? A contemporary of those better-known moving-image innovators, Alexander Black is a film forefather who deserves to be rediscovered. In

thumb Slides :: Inking the Ari Marcopoulos Catalog

It’s fitting that the photographer Ari Marcopoulos would have a hand in designing his BAM/PFA exhibition catalog, Ari Marcopoulos: Within Arm’s Reach. It turns

thumb Stanford Students Behind Bars

Well, not really. In 1971, Stanford professor Philip Zimbardo transformed the basement of the university’s psychology building into a mock prison. (See it in the

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