New BAMPFA featured in Berkeley News

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 a four-day grand opening that starts this Thursday, Jan. 28, and culminates in a free public open house on Sunday, Jan. 31.


….BAMPFA is part of a major effort under way at Berkeley to raise the profile of the arts and creative design acrossBAMPFAlargestgallery400 campus and to engage more students in these fields, no matter their academic major.


Led by UC Berkeley’s first associate vice chancellor for the arts and design, Shannon Jackson, the Arts + Design Initiative further embeds creativity into existing curricular and extracurricular learning while deepening the campus’s strong connection to a wider Bay Area arts ecology.


BAMPFA’s opening exhibition, Architecture of Life, is an example of this venture. A new undergraduate Big Ideas course inspired by the Jan. 31-May 29 exhibition is a no-experience-assumed immersion in how to connect thinking, watching, listening and making on campus.