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BAMPFA Presents Works of Barbara Chase-Riboud

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The next latest exhibition to come from the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) consists of works from an artist, best known for expressing cultural references united in the interplay of bold physicality and metaphoric association.

The exhibition Barbara Chase-Riboud: The Malcolm X Steles, is a feature of works that includes six major sculptures (all of which were created in memory of the civil rights leader), as well as a set of drawings. Some of the features include the 1972 sculpture Confessions for Myself, which is in BAMPFA’s collection, and was commissioned during a 1973 solo exhibition that introduced Chase-Riboud’s work in the West Coast. Also included is the 1969 sculpture Malcolm X #3 (which can be seen on BAMPFA website at, 1960s lyrical drawings tracing the development of the sculptures, and the Monument Drawings from the late 1990s.

In a little information about Chase-Riboud, she is a native of Philadelphia, and has studied at Temple University, the American Academy in Rome, and Yale University (where she received her M.F.A.). She is known for her abstract and surreal figural sculptures and drawings. She began the Malcolm X sculptures in 1969, combining cast bronze forms with knotted and braided fiber elements. Chase-Riboud is also an award-winning poet and writer, best known for the 1979 novel, Sally Hernings.

The Barbara Chase-Riboud exhibition runs until April 27th.


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