2013 is almost coming to an end, and the art museums throughout the East Bay have seen a lot of things happened. They included a theft of an artifact, an artist with exhibitions in two different museums, and one exhibition that celebrated the history of the Bay Area. Here’s what occurred in the East Bay museums in 2013.
1. Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) (Berkeley): The museum’s MATRIX series featured exhibitions on early Chinese paintings, art of Tibet and Nepal, a seated sculpture, and artist Linda Stark. Shows in L@TE: Friday Nights included performances from Thingamajigs, BareTroupe, and the Living Earth Show. Exhibitons this year included Yang Fudong, Human Rights Art, and one dedicated to the art of poetry and fiction. Film series included movies from Pier Paolo Pasolini and Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
2. Mills College Art Museum (MCAM) (Oakland): The museum was the first of two East Bay museums to exhibit the works of Hung Liu, The annual senior thesis exhibition featured works that used media and concepts as emergence from chaos and confluence. Another exhibition from MCAM was exhibited at both the museum and a location in San Francisco, and there exhibitons of Anna Halprin and one title Experiments in the Fault Zone.
3. Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) (Oakland): The museum suffered a theft of one of its artifacts earlier this year, but there was also a recovery. OMCA became the second site of Hung Liu’s works, and there were exhibitions from Beth Yarnelle Edwards, one on customizing, Peter Slackpole, and annually one celebrating Dia de los Muertos.
4. Bedford Gallery (Walnut Creek): Exhibitions included the contemporary art exploration of Larger than Life, and Home, the exhibition that investigated how one would call one place a home.