What does it mean to be made@berkeley?
Shannon Jackson, Associate Vice Chancellor for the Arts + Design and ARC Director

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The start of a new year brings new resolutions along with reflections on the highlights of a year gone by. 2015 was a pivotal one for us: Chancellor Nicholas Dirks introduced the Arts + Design Initiative, and we have since embarked on a range of artistic, intellectual, and infrastructural projects that feature and mobilize the creative excellence of the Arts + Design at UC Berkeley. Read more about our first year goals and accomplishments here2016 marks a new chapter in the long history of the arts and design at UC Berkeley: the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) will open its doors this month and will present an expansive exhibition entitled “Architecture of Life.” Its new downtown location offers a gateway to the campus and a bridge to a range of cultural activities being “made” at UC Berkeley. ARC is co-presenting a weekly noon lecture series that explores “architecture” and “life” across a range of disciplines; BAMPFA architect Charles Renfro kicks it off on January 27th! Meanwhile, the Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium continues, welcoming best-selling author and art critic Sarah Thornton on February 1st. We are also thrilled to announce this year’s cohort of ARC Fellows!  Read about these and more exciting opportunities below. Indeed, at a time when so many tout the importance of “creativity,” UC Berkeley offers a distinctively bracing context for creative experiment, one enriched by the scientific and cultural wealth of a world-class research university, one propelled by an historic public mission committed to access and social impact. Whether attending our many free public lectures, experimenting in our artistic laboratories, or seeing world-class artistic work in our theaters and exhibitions, you will find Berkeley’s faculty, curators, students, and alumni engaged in cutting-edge exploration and creation.
Come explore what it means to be made@Berkeley!

Thinking Across the Arts + Design @ Berkeley

Embedded within a new Mellon-sponsored, Big Ideas course entitled “Thinking Across the Arts + Design @ Berkeley”, this free noon lecture series will offer the public a chance to explore the theme of “Architecture of Life” across a range of disciplines and art forms. BAMPFA architect Charles Renfro launches the series at the First Congregational Church; the new Pacific Film Archive Theater will host the rest of the lectures thereafter. See the complete series here.

January and February lectures include:

January 27: “Containers, Charles Renfro on the New BAMPFA”
First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley

February 3: “Soundscapes: Nicholas Mathew on Messiaen: Des Canyons aux Etoiles at Cal Performances”,
in dialogue with Shannon Jackson
Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive Theater, 2155 Center Street Berkeley

February 10: “Exhibition: Lawrence Rinder on “The Architecture of Life”
in dialogue with Shannon Jackson and Nicholas de Monchaux
Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive Theater, 2155 Center Street Berkeley

February 17: Nicholas de Monchaux, “Architecture and Life”
Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive Theater, 2155 Center Street Berkeley

February 24: Sou Fujimoto: “Architecture and the Future,” in dialogue with Nicholas de Monchaux
Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive Theater, 2155 Center Street Berkeley