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Kate Mattingly on Trajal Harrell’s “The Ghost of Montpellier meets the Samurai.”

By the end of the performance, the stage of Zellerbach Playhouse was strewn with costumes, toys, and vegetables. Five white squares that had served as platforms and pedestals for dancing were empty. The microphones the performers used to address us, to sing, and to provoke “historical impossibilities” lay silent on a table. Last Thursday, March […]

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Sitting beside a BAMPFA mural project by Chinese artist Qui Zhijie, senior Andrew Wong writes in his journal. (UC Berkeley photo by Brittany Murphy)

Major new effort to elevate Berkeley’s creative culture

Major new effort to elevate Berkeley’s creative culture By Gretchen Kell, Media relations Posted from Berkeley News on March 10, 2016, original story here.    Seniors Brenda Romero and Andrew Wong will graduate from UC Berkeley in May, but not until this semester had they set foot in the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film […]

Kate Mattingly on “Chavez Ravine”

Chavez Ravine is a play about people, politics, and change. More specifically, it’s the story of residents displaced from their homes in Los Angeles on land that eventually became Dodger Stadium. Yet to summarize these events into one simple sentence is impossible: the production honors multiple histories, gives visibility to people who have been marginalized, […]



On Choreography, Power, and Public Space

ON CHOREOGRAPHY, POWER AND PUBLIC SPACE by Susan Moffat, Project Director, Global Urban Humanities Initiative Cross-Posted from the Global Urban Humanities Initiative Blog (link to original article here).   How do bodies construct and inhabit public space? In the past week I had the opportunity to participate in three transformative workshops—two sponsored by the Global Urban […]

ARC | Arts + Design welcomes Susan Miller!

Special Announcement for our ARC | Arts + Design Community   It gives us great pleasure to introduce you to Susan Miller, our new Director of Organizational Strategy for the Arts + Design Initiative! Susan Miller is a seasoned arts and academic professional who has held key posts in numerous presenting institutions, universities, and non-profit cultural […]



ARC Fellows: What Is This ‘Trans’ in Transmedia?

  What Is This ‘Trans’ in Transmedia? Submitted by our 2016 ARC Fellow Team: Clement Goldberg (Art Practice) and Abigail de Kosnik (Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies) Note: Gail and Clement are co-authoring an essay called “What Is This ‘Trans’ in Transmedia.” They have two other graduate student collaborators on the project: Julia Havard, Ph.D. Student in […]

ARC Fellows: Connections between Realist Literature and Verismo Opera

Connections between Realist Literature and Verismo Opera Submitted by our 2016 ARC Fellow Team: Melanie Gudesblatt (Music) and Joseph Lavery (English) Meaningful connections between realist literature and verismo opera are surprisingly elusive. As a term of opera criticism, verismo describes a style of opera popular during the 1880s, 1890s, and early 1900s, which saw French, Italian, […]



New BAMPFA featured in Berkeley News

On the occasion of our campus opening the new Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley News featured the upcoming celebrations and the Arts + Design Initiative. The new Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive — with its fresh design, expanded programs and prime town-and-gown location — is about to be celebrated with […]

Op-Ed: Chancellor’s Corner

In his monthly op-ed for the Daily Cal, Chancellor Dirk highlights exposure to the arts as central to the undergraduate experience. Academic study and practice in arts and design fields can have an incredible impact on our work…as well as in our lives. These disciplines encourage creativity and imagination, expose people to new ideas, bring […]