Fall 2022:  ARC Welcomes Incoming 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. She takes over from ARC’s incredible past Director, Julia Bryan-Wilson, who finished her tenure this summer.

Beth Piatote is a creative writer, playwright, and scholar. She is the author of two books, including the mixed-genre collection, The Beadworkers: Stories (Counterpoint 2019), which was long-listed for the Aspen Words Literary Prize and the PEN/Bingham Prize, and short-listed for the California Independent Booksellers Association “Golden Poppy” Prize for Fiction. The Beadworkers was named the winner of the 2020 Electa Quinney Award for Published Stories. Her full-length play, Antikoni, was selected for the 2020 Festival of New Plays by Native Voices at the Autry, and has been supported by readings with New York Classical Theatre and the Indigenous Writers Collaborative at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Her short play, Tricksters, Unite! was featured in the 2022 Native Voices Short Play Festival at the Autry and the LaJolla Playhouse.  Her short stories and poems have appeared in Poetry, Kenyon Review, Epiphany, and numerous other journals and anthologies. She is currently completing a poetry collection, Nez Perce Word for Shark; and a novel. She is 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.  Her current scholarly projects include articles on Indigenous language revitalization, with a focus on Nez Perce literature and language; and a book manuscript on Indigenous literature, law, and the senses. She is an associate professor of Comparative Literature and English. She is Nez Perce, enrolled with Colville Confederated Tribes.

You can 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. (Image: Kirsten Lara Getchell)


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

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!

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.