Upcoming Event: October 17 | Art of Cultural Criticism Lecture Series


The Townsend Center for the Humanities, the Arts + Design Initiative, the Arts Research Center, and the Art of Writing are pleased to present The Art of Cultural Criticism. This yearlong series of conversations features some of the most innovative and incisive writers on culture in its various forms—including visual art, film, old and new media, music, and literature.

Monday, October 17 | Music, Race, Popular Culture
Jeff Chang and Hua Hsu

Morrison Reading Room, 101 Doe Library | 5pm

Jeff Chang is executive director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts and author of Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation, Who We Be: The Colorization of America, and the forthcoming We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation.

Hua Hsu is a contributing writer for the New Yorker, where he covers music, culture, and politics. An associate professor of English at Vassar College, he is the author of A Floating Chinaman: Fantasy and Failure Across the Pacific.

To see the complete series, please see here.

Upcoming Event: October 17 | Art, Technology, & Culture Colloquium


Berkeley’s Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium is an internationally recognized forum for presenting new ideas that challenge conventional wisdom about art, technology, and culture. This series, free of charge and open to the public, presents artists, writers, curators, and scholars who consider contemporary issues at the intersection of aesthetic expression, emerging technologies, and cultural history, from a critical perspective.


Monday, October 17 |Sculpture. Simulacrum. Ritual with Tom Sachs

Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall| 6:30pm
In partnership with the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the Art Practice Department

Best known for elaborate and transformative re-creations of various Modern icons, re-creations that are masterpieces of engineering and design, Sachs’ work confronts capitalist culture through bricolage. Critiquing the speed and regularity with which a materialistic society replaces commodities, Sachs uses both a profusion of commercial icons in his work and builds his own functioning versions of consumer goods using re-purposed items. His pieces are emphatically process-oriented as a result — an expression of the artist’s DIY spirit, divulging even the flaws of his complex and labor-intensive projects. This means that all seams, joints, screws, foamcore, and plywood are left exposed. Nothing is erased, sanded away, or rendered invisible. As Arthur Lubow wrote for the New York Times, “[Sachs] presides over a kingdom in which junk becomes treasure without ever ceasing to be junk.”

To see the complete series, please see here.

Cal Smart Wallet – Great Offers Exclusively for Members of the UC Berkeley Community












The UC Berkeley Arts + Design Initiative has partnered with Recreational Sports and Ziploop on the Cal Smart Wallet. Designed exclusively for the UC Berkeley community, the mobile platform will provide high value offers and savings from selected campus & community brands. UC Berkeley Students can see and receive discounts from Cal Performances, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMFPA), and the Music and Theatre, Dance and Performance Students Departments. Download the Ziploop app today to unlock you pre-loaded high value offers.

And always remember! Enrolled Cal students can enjoy free admission to campus galleries and museums, including BAMPFA, CITRIS Tech Museum, Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, The Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley, the Worth Ryder Gallery and Wurster Hall Gallery? Students! Take advantage of free access to UC Berkeley’s incredible creative culture!


To access the “Cal Smart Wallet” download Ziploop on the App Store or Google Play, sign up with your @berkeley.edu email, and unlock your Cal Arts + Design Pass! Learn more here!