The University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) is the visual arts center of University California, Berkeley, and one of the largest university museums in the United States, in both size and attendance. BAM/PFA’s collections contain more than 15,000 objects and 14,000 films and videos.
One of the few art institutions to represent a full range of visual culture, BAM/PFA’s diverse exhibition programs are characterized by themes of artistic innovation, intellectual exploration, and social commentary. The museum provides the UC Berkeley and Bay Area communities with over twenty exhibitions and 500 film and video screenings each year, exploring international art, both historical and contemporary.
With each major exhibition and film series, BAM/PFA places an emphasis on public education programming. Drawing on the vast academic resources of the University of California, educational programming features artists, historians, curators, and other experts. Artist involvement ranges from single public lectures to long-term residencies.
BAM/PFA was founded in 1963, and the present facility dedicated in 1970. BAM/PFA is currently undergoing a campaign for a new building. The new museum and film archive will be located in the center of downtown Berkeley, acting as a portal to the University, and an anchor to downtown Berkeley’s burgeoning Arts District.
MCASD is the preeminent contemporary visual arts museum in San Diego County. MCASD serves diverse audiences through the collection, preservation, exhibition, and interpretation of art created since 1950. With a binational constituency in the San Diego/Tijuana region as well as a national and international audience, MCASD functions as a forum for the exploration and understanding of contemporary art and ideas; an art museum preserving, presenting, and interpreting art; and a laboratory for artists to experiment with new forms of visual expression.
MCASD is one museum with two distinct, complementary locations: La Jolla and San Diego. The museum was founded in La Jolla in 1941, and added a second location in downtown San Diego in 1993. In 2007, MCASD again expanded downtown, adding 11,000 square feet of new galleries in a 1915 historic railroad warehouse, redesigned by Richard Gluckman.
MCASD offers an array of educational programming for both adults and children, including a bimonthly film series, artist talks, curator lectures, and TNT (Thursday Night Thing), which invites the community into the galleries on the first Thursday of every month for interactive art activities, live music performances, and other fun happenings.
Rare’s mission is to fundamentally change the way humans relate to nature in the world’s most ecologically rich, but threatened areas. While many conservation organizations focus on the biological sciences, Rare focuses on social science—i.e. the underlying social, political, and even emotional factors that create negative human impact on the environment.
Rare works in more than forty countries, primarily in the developing tropics, which house the majority of the world’s biodiversity. We use a social marketing-based method called a Pride Campaign. Pride campaign tools include billboards, ads, giant mascots, training workshops in more sustainable practices, classroom activities, sermons, radio shows, and other pop culture vehicles to reach every audience segment. Each campaign is built around a flagship species that serves as a symbol of local pride (think Smokey Bear!). Rare has trained more than 120 local leaders who have in turn inspired millions of people to embrace conservation.
All Rare projects are run by a local conservation leader, trained and supported by Rare for two years. Together with Rare’s partners at each site, they have created new protected areas, launched community recycling programs, reduced forest fires and destructive fishing, and built a lasting conservation ethic where it is needed most—at the local level.
Human/Nature: Artists Respond to a Changing Planet is co-organized by the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, in partnership with the international conservation organization Rare.
The exhibition is supported by The Christensen Fund; the Columbia Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; the Walter & Elise Haas Fund; the Nimoy Foundation; the East Bay Community Foundation; the Baum Foundation; the Rotasa Foundation; Christina Desser; Nancy and Joachim Bechtle; and many other generous donors. The project’s website is made possible through the efforts of the Studio for Social Sculpture and the Annenberg Foundation. In addition, the San Diego presentation is made possible by generous gifts from Mary Keough Lyman and Patsy and David Marino. Additional support comes from the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, the County of San Diego, the James Irvine Foundation, and Sempra Energy. Dwell magazine is the exhibition’s official media sponsor. Bank of America is the corporate sponsor of the Berkeley presentation of the exhibition.