FALL 2022:  ARC Welcomes New Director

Beth Piatote

Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature

The Arts Research Center is thrilled to welcome incoming Director Beth Piatote. She will serve as ARC’s faculty director for the next three years and bring her brilliance, creativity, and political commitments to ARC as she continues to showcase how the arts act as vital research. Beth is a creative writer, playwright, and scholar, as well as an Indigenous language activist and a founding member of luk’upsíimey/North Star Collective, a group dedicated to using creative expression for Nez Perce language revitalization. She is one of the co-creators and current Chair of the Designated Emphasis in Indigenous Language Revitalization at Berkeley, and an Associate Prof of English and Comparative Literature. She takes over from ARC’s incredible past Director, Julia Bryan-Wilson, who finished her tenure this summer.

Read three of Beth’s poems in the August 2022 issue of Poetry Magazine, also found online at the Poetry Foundation website: 1855, sound installation, and That you would be made of rock.

More about Beth can be found here.


Arts Research Center Relocated to Hearst Field Annex D23

In early August, ARC relocated from Dwinelle Annex to a newly renovated space in Hearst Field Annex. The 40×30 ft open concept unit is being divided into zones for discussion, meeting, and research/study, along with an enclosed office for staff. This move allows ARC to host workshops, working groups, meetings and gatherings at our 16-person conference table, and host lectures for up to 45 people. We are situated in a wonderful vibrant community, including neighbors the Fannie Lou Hamer Black Resource Center, bridges Multicultural Resource Center, Queer Alliance Resource Center, Disability Cultural Community Center, and Center for Educational Partnerships, all situated around a courtyard with 10 outdoor tables for study and relaxation.

Though we officially moved in August 1, the project finish line has extended to mid-fall. Regardless, we hope you come visit ARC in our new space, and please excuse the occasional construction!

Starting Aug 24, ARC will be open in-person Monday – Thursday from 10am – 5pm, and Fridays by appt. The outside courtyard door is on a keycard and will be unlocked during the M-TH hours.

Our phone and data ports are not yet active, please email Laurie Macfee if you’d like to set up an appointment: macfee@berkeley.edu.

We look forward to seeing you.


4/28 Reading with Tarfia Faizullah, Vievee Francis, & Matthew Olzmann!

Detroit Roots: A Reading with Tarfia Faizullah, Vievee Francis, & Matthew Olzmann

in conversation with Chiyuma Elliott & Jesse Nathan

Thursday April 28, 2022
5:30 – 7pm
IN-PERSON | Doe Library 308A

More info here!

This event is presented in celebration of National Poetry Month by the Arts Research Center in partnership with Engaging the Senses Foundation, and co-sponsored by the Departments of English and Ethnic Studies, the Program in Critical Theory, and The Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies.

4/23 ARC Director Julia Bryan-Wilson Curates Exhibit for Venice Biennale

ARC’s director Julia Bryan-Wilson (Prof. of History of Art) has curated an official collateral exhibition of the 59th Venice Biennale, entitled Louise Nevelson: Persistence. Opening April 23, 2022 at the historic Procuratie Vecchi in Plaza San Marco and organized with The Louise Nevelson Foundation, the landmark show features more than 60 works and marks the 60th anniversary of Nevelson’s appearance at the 1962 Biennale.

Read an interview with Julia in ARTnews here.

A leading expert on the artist’s work, Bryan-Wilson will publish a monograph on Nevelson with Yale University Press, due out in 2023. The exhibition runs through Sept 11. http://louisenevelsonvenice.com

Image credit: Portrait of Louise Nevelson, 1980. © Lynn Gilbert

ARC and Engaging the Senses Foundation Featured in DREAM

ARC’s Poetry & the Senses initiative and partnership with Engaging the Senses Foundation featured in California Arts Council’s premier new arts & culture magazine, DREAM!

From CAC: The annual publication features voices and stories from across the state, sharing a glimpse into the depth of impact of creativity and cultural expression in a region as large and diverse as California. The premier issue… explores what it means to dream, introducing artists and culture bearers from communities throughout the state. 

Please check out our pages here, and enjoy the richness of this beautiful new publication! For more information about CAC’s new initiative, or to submit for their next issue, please visit them here.