On View May 11, 2018 – June 17, 2018
The University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) highlights the work of six exceptional graduate students from UC Berkeley’s Department of Art Practice in the museum’s 48th Annual Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition. Each of the graduates — three of whom are receiving their first museum presentation — have created new work for the exhibition that goes on view for the first time beginning May 11.
For the past two years, Sarah-Dawn Albani, Nicki Green, Maggie Lawson, Nancy Sayavong, Rachel Cardenas Stallings, and Olivia Ting have advanced their artistic practices as graduate students in UC Berkeley’s highly competitive MFA program, which has previously produced such internationally established artists as Enrique Chagoya, Shirin Neshat, and Theresa Hak Kyung Cha — herself the subject of a recent BAMPFA solo exhibition. Working with Curatorial Assistant Valerie Moon, the graduates are presenting works that reflect their own unique creative perspectives on topics ranging from gender and identity to technology and historical memory.
“It’s a privilege to be among the first institutions to present the work of these talented young artists, whose accomplishments as UC Berkeley MFA students indicate tremendous promise for their careers ahead,” said BAMPFA Director and Chief Curator Lawrence Rinder. “Our annual commitment to showcasing the work of UC Berkeley’s MFA graduates reflects the continuing vitality of BAMPFA’s relationship to its vibrant university community.”
“The artists in this exhibition are driven by questions of utopianism, transgender mythologies, cyclical violence, erasure and gentrification, material and creative process, and spatial and mnemonic perception,” said Moon, who organized the exhibition. “Though working across diverse mediums and themes, they have pursued their inquiries through the intricacies of materials: how they behave, their historical associations, and their social and political underpinnings. The resulting works are deeply sensorial and thought-provoking.”