From a drought perspective, the last day of January was not goo, a sunny and warm Sunday. But for art-lovers, it was a good day. I was one of many attending the opening of UC’s new Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Located at 2155 Center Street, the more conveniently located venue replaces an older one on Bancroft Way. The space, designed by the Diller Scofidio + Renfro firm, is a reimagining of a UC printing plant once located in the Center Street structure. It now features two levels of galleries, a performance space, and a large screening room for films. (When I visited, experimental German films from the 1920s were being shown.) The projection room houses digital and film projectors. The building is filled with natural light and offers appealing interior and exterior views. A small café graces the top level, which looks down on the performance space below.
The highlight of the current exhibit is a huge geographical black-and-white painting by Chinese artist Qiu Zhijie, which covers the central wall adjoining the performance area.
If you have an opportunity, I recommend a visit to BAMPFA. More about the new facility and upcoming events here: bampfa.org