*Thursday, May 5 at 5:30pm, celebrate ARC Poetry Fellows with a year-end in person reading of work produced during their 2021/22 fellowship year! Maude Fife Rm, 315 Wheeler Hall. More here.

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


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.


Arts Research Center Spring 2022:  Message from the Director

Welcome to spring 2022 at the Arts Research Center, where we have programmed a compelling set of events and are delighted to welcome artist/researcher Dario Robleto as our Artist-In-Residence. It’s challenging to predict how the semester will unfold but we hope to see you at some of our (largely virtual) conversations, readings, and talks!  

Read Julia’s message here!

Julia Bryan-Wilson

Doris & Clarence Malo Prof of Modern & Contemporary Art
Director, Arts Research Center


4/22 Reading & Workshop with Danez Smith!

Calling the Elders presents:

A Reading with Danez Smith
Friday, April 22, 2022

1-2pm    Public Reading
               @Maude Fife Room
                 3rd Floor Wheeler Hall

3-6pm    Workshop*
               @Anthony Hall
                (*limited space, advance
                registration required; only open
                to UC Berkeley affiliates)

To register for the workshop visit: TINYURL.COM/CTE-DANEZ

Sponsored by Othering & Belonging Institute, Arts Research Center, English Dept, Humanities & Social Sciences Association, Queer Alliance Resource Center, & the Sexual Orientation and Gender Advocacy Project 



S2022 Hum 10 Compass Course
Indigenous Arts in the Americas: Old & New Media

With Profs Natalia Brizuela, Julia Bryan-Wilson, & Beth Piatote

This class investigates recent Indigenous creative practices—including poetry, film, dance, photography, and textiles—from across the Americas to think about how these forms of making and expression are not discrete but rather intimately woven together. Looking at work from North and South America, we will explore how conventional notions of “old” versus “new” media are irrelevant as these makers, artists, artisans, and writers urgently draw upon historical traditions in order to reimagine alternative futures. Each professor will illuminate a series of keywords – including life, time, story, and nature – from the perspective of their own disciplines (literature, film/media, visual arts) with an emphasis on social justice. Image: Wendy Red Star, Four Seasons

Enroll here!


F2021 Acting Director featured in Poetry Daily

What’s a victory, what’s a garden?

Join ARC in celebrating our Fall 2021 Acting Director Chiyuma Elliott! Chi’s stunning poem Dear Ilium, was chosen to be the featured poem in Poetry Daily, you can find it here.

It comes from her fourth book of poetry, Blue in Green, published by University of Chicago Press last fall. Booklist’s starred review notes, “The enduring impact of Elliott’s precision with language is one of enchantment and intimacy. Her speakers whisper runes, puzzle-like secrets that strike readers on a primal level before rising to cerebral comprehension” and F. Douglas Brown says, “Elliott’s latest collection is a continuous love letter to all we have lost.” Blue in Green can be found here.

Congratulations Chi!


Catch Up with ARC’s 2021/22 Poetry Fellows

ARC’s 2021/22 Poetry Fellows gave an extraordinary reading in early December 2021, you can watch it here!

They also penned short explorations of this year’s theme of coexistence. Please enjoy each thoughtful post on our blog here.

ARC’s Fellows Program advances interdisciplinary research in the arts at UC Berkeley. During fall 2021 and spring 2022, fellows will focus on Poetry & the Senses. This unique and horizontal working group brings together faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, and local poets involved in a wide range of disciplines, encompassing poetry in its broadest forms.


Revisit Fall 2021 Events

Moving and thought-provoking conversations

Cornelius Eady, Morgan Parker & Cornelius Awkward-Rich joined ARC to Celebrate Cave Canem, with Chiyuma Elliott & Vincente Perez (here). Plus read a review by Menat Allah El Attmah here.

Camille Dungy & Ross Gay joined us for a fantastic reading exploring Black Nature and Coexistence, joined in conversation with Poetry for the People’s Aya de León & Maurya Kerr (here).

ARC joined NY’s Visual AIDS and California College for the Arts in co-hosting ENDURING CARE: Day With(out) Art 2021, a video program in commemoration of World AIDS Day. The program can be found here.

And a wonderful group of Bay Area poets joined us for our continued Flash Reading Series, enjoy their videos here!


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.