Category Archives : Blog


The initiator: Implementing Arte Útil with Tania Bruguera

The initiator: Implementing Arte Útil with Tania Bruguera Laura Belik on the Arts + Design Mondays @ BAMPFA | Public (Re)Assembly talk series Implementing Arte Útil with Tania Bruguera, October 2, 2017 Tania Bruguera calls herself an “initiator”. Known for her political art and performance, Bruguera explains how her works create opportunities for reflection and conversation through […]


Performance everywhere

Performance everywhere Laura Belik on the Arts + Design Wednesdays @ BAMPFA | Curation Across Disciplines talk Curating the Performing Arts in the Age of Performance with Shannon Jackson (Arts + Design, TDPS, Rhetoric), response by Rob Bailis (Cal Performances) “Performance is happening everywhere today”, began Shannon Jackson, Associate Vice Chancellor for Arts + Design, UC Berkeley. Even […]


Curation as research and resistance

Curation as Research and Resistance Laura Belik on Curation as Research | Contemporary Art in Central America: Miguel López and Emiliano Valdés in conversation with Julia Bryan-Wilson, September 19, 2017 The work of a curator is one of great responsibility, but often in different ways. Not only does the curator construct stories and introduce different […]


Curator, researcher, producer and story-teller

Curator, researcher, producer and story-teller Laura Belik on the Arts + Design Wednesdays @ BAMPFA | Curation Across Disciplines talk Curating Charles Howard: A Margin of Chaos with Apsara DiQuinzio It is always a great pleasure to have the opportunity to participate in a lecture with a curator that has a show on view. This week’s “Curation Across […]


Creative Assembly Assembling on Mondays

Creative Assembly Assembling on Mondays Laura Belik on the Arts + Design Mondays @ BAMPFA | Public (Re)Assembly talk series On Public (Re)Assembly with Shannon Jackson (Arts + Design and TDPS, Rhetoric), joined by Julia Bryan-Wilson (History of Art, ARC), Stephen Best (English), Ken Goldberg (Industrial Engineering), Nicholas de Monchaux (Architecture, BCNM), and Deirdre English (Journalism) As I […]


“Collaborations, Co-operatives, Coalition-building” Working Group

“Collaborations, Co-operatives, Coalition-building” Working Group   About The 2017-18 Critical Theory Working Group “Collaborations, Co-Operatives, Coalition-Building”: Composer, historian, and civil rights activist Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon once asserted, “if you’re in a coalition and you’re comfortable, you know it’s not a broad enough coalition.” Echoing Reagon’s sentiment, Judith Butler asserted in a recent public discussion […]


Future of Cultural Criticism | Technology, Race, Popular Culture

Future of Cultural Criticism | Technology, Race, Popular Culture Art + Design Mondays @ BAMPFA Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Feb. 27, 2017 By: Tonika Sealy-Thompson Through this series my peers and I have been given chance to think together with some of the sharpest commentators on contemporary culture.  We glimpsed the dizzying possibilities […]


Arts + Design Mondays @ BAMPFA Video Archvie

This semester the Arts + Design Initiative presented a Spring 2017 season of lectures as part of our program Arts + Design Mondays @ BAMPFA. Lectures were organized with multiple units on campus including the Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium, Arts Research Center, and The Future of Cultural Criticism.  Leaders and educators in arts and design […]