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2014 in Review So Far (East Bay Museums)

2014 is halfway over, and a lot of interesting things have already occurred in the art museums in the East Bay. Here is what went down so far:

1. Bedford Gallery (Walnut Creek): The museum had two opening exhibitions; Sky in March and the Skull Show in June. In May, it had received a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) for their BLOW UP exhibition, set to open in 2015.

2. Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (Berkeley): A lot has occurred at this museum. For the exhibitions, they included the experimental participations of The Possible and Kids Club, Barbara Chase-Riboud sculptures commemorating Malcolm X, Southeast Asian art of animals, the works of Will Rogan (as part of the MATRIX 253 program), works for human rights, the works of Forrest Bess, and experimentations of color theory.

As for the films, they included the annual Film 50 and African Film Festivals, two Committed Cinema series, the final installment of the American Comedy series, Polish cinema, shorts adapted from classic children’s books, and among the filmmakers featured in their own series were Jen-Luc Godard, Anthony Mann, Kamran Shirdel, Jia Zhangke, Saul Zaentz, and Ross McElwee.

3. Mills College Art Museum (Oakland): Two exhibitions that opened at this museum included one from two Scottish artists; one that is a filmmaker, and another that is a “moving image” artist. The other came from female contemporary artists including Ana Mendieta and Andrea Bowers.

4. Oakland Museum of California (Oakland): One exhibition celebrated the art of vinyl, two commemorated the anniversaries of both a groundbreaking magazine, and a 1974 fiery installation from Judy Chicago, and another went inside one of the world’s famous comic conventions.

As the year progresses on, some of the upcoming exhibitions in the East Bay Museums include the Oakland Museum’s collaboration with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, a new MATRIX exhibition and tribute to recently departed Professor Emertius from the Berkeley Art Museum, and Bedford Gallery’s celebration of Walnut Creek’s 100th birthday.