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Green Wall by Robert Schneider
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Berkeley, Calif., December 2015.

TRIVIA ANSWER!
Yep, that’s Chris Pine!

Pine is the son of long-time character actor Robert Pine (Frozen, CHiPS, Parks & Rec, etc.) and Gwynne Gilford. He received his B.A in English at the University of California, Berkeley before attending the American Conservatory Theater to pursue acting. His film debut came in 2004 as Anne Hathaway’s love interest in The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. However, he is best known for playing James T. Kirk in the Star Trek reboot series. See him in The Finest Hours, his second Disney collaboration after 2014’s Into the Woods, in theaters this Friday!

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IMG_3497 _ BAM PFA January 2016 by Matthew Felix Sun
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New Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive Readying for Opening
After a length closure, UC Berkeley’s Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive finally will open in Downtown Berkeley their new home, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, replacing their 27-year-old seismic unsafe older building, a beloved brutalist structure designed by Mario Ciampi.

Here a some snapshots I took yesterday, just before it’s opening to the public on 31 January, 2016.

Be there!

People’ Park

People’s park, shown in the film Berkeley in the Sixties, was started in the late sixties by two student activists that attended Berkeley. The activist wanted to turn the land owned by the school into a public park for anyone to come and talk, discuss, or just have a place to promote what they believe in. Most of those who participated in the park were anti-war activists and also supported the Free Speech Movement. Those who used the park believed they were using the park better than the university ever would, therefore claiming it as their own. Soon after the park was put together, the school released plans to use the lot. About a month after the park was put together the park encountered “Bloody Thursday”. Police overrode the universities promise not to act without notification and engaged in throwing out all those who were in the park. Chain link fences were placed around the perimeter of the land owned by the university, which led to protests, which led to riots, and soon violence.

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Freedom from advertising. Taken with my Ricoh GR (positive film mode). Berkeley, CA.

New Berkeley Art Museum to Open New Week

New Berkeley Art Museum to Open New Week

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C O N T E N T S: KEY TOPICS Rendering of the new Diller Scofidio + Renfro-designed UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) which will open on January 31 with the exhibition Architecture of Life.(More…) As for the art museum, it has 25,000 square feet of what Rinder describes as “wonderfully normal” space in which to host exhibitions and showcase an encyclopedic collection of…

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IMG_3603 _ BAM PFA Pre-Opening, 30 January 2016 by Matthew Felix Sun
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New Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive Opened 

Last week, UC Berkeley’s Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive opened its new building to guest. Thursday was the gala opening day for donors; Friday, opening day for students; Saturday for members of the Museum/Archive; and Sunday, a community open house. I visited the Museum on 30 January, Saturday and it was nice to see so many members and their families and friends exploring the space and artworks on display. The place was full of excitement and high energy but the visitors didn’t overwhelm the quite airy space. Comparing to the old site, this one was slicker and had more conventional gallery layout, thus easier to mount exhibitions. Because the Museum did not exhibit their usual collections at the opening exhibition, it was hard to gauge how much the exhibition space had changed. Once the the permanent collections are back, visitors might be able to understand it better.

Official photos released of new Berkeley art and film centre by Diller Scofidio + Renfro

New York-based Diller Scofidio + Renfro has completed a new home for the Berkeley Art Museum and the Pacific Film Archive, adding a sculptural metal volume to an old industrial plant (+ slideshow).

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BAMPFA, as the cultural institutions are collectively called, is run by the Berkeley branch of the University of California.

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Renowned photographer Iwan Baan has captured images of the new $112 million (£83 million) facility, which opened to the public on Saturday.

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The complex was designed by the architecture studio DS+R, known for high-profile projects such as The Broad museum in Los Angeles and New York’s High Line. The firm is also on a shortlist to design the new Obama Presidential Library in Chicago.

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John King, architecture critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, praised the new BAMPFA complex, for which DS+R repurposed a historic printing plant and added a new metal-clad volume.

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“The new home of the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive wants to be a mind-bending twist of the old and the new, preservation and provocation, a stylized whale of shimmering steel that drapes a stocky neighbor from 1939,” King wrote.

“In fact it’s something better: a well-crafted, multilayered museum that manages to feel intimate and expansive at once.”

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Encompassing 83,000 square feet (7,710 square metres), the complex is located in downtown Berkeley, directly across from the school campus. Its program includes exhibition space, theatres, and a library for film and art.

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DS+R repurposed the printing plant, which consist of a single-storey structure with a distinctive sawtooth roof and an adjoining, three-storey rectangular bar.


Related story: MoMA scales back expansion by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in New York


The refurbished space, described as “wonderfully normal” by BAMPFA Director Lawrence Rinder, showcases the institution’s art collection, which encompasses more than 19,000 pieces.

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The firm also designed a metal-clad volume for the property that total 35,000 square feet (3,250 square metres) and houses a large theatre.

The metal cladding extends over the original factory to form a small wedge-shaped volume that cantilevers over the street.

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“The supple body of the new structure, draped between the original 1930s orthogonal buildings and snagged on their sharp corners, creates a dramatic public spine that begins as a cantilevered cafe marking the building’s entrance, and culminates in an indoor theatre on the other end of the site,” said Charles Renfro in a statement last month.

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Outside the building, a 31-by-17-foot (nine-by-five-metre) LED screen overlooks a public plaza and is intended to be used for film screenings.

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For more than four decades, BAMPFA was housed in a Brutalist building by San Francisco architect Mario Ciampi. The building was closed years ago due to seismic concerns.

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Japanese architect Toyo Ito was originally commissioned to design a new home for the institution, but his proposal was cancelled in 2008 due to budgetary constraints. DS+R was hired in 2010.

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“The new BAMPFA will be the architectural and cultural centerpiece of downtown Berkeley,” Rinder said in a statement.

“Combining serene spaces for viewing film and art with dynamic public areas, the building will inspire audiences for generations with its fresh, imaginative design and versatility.”

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Other recent cultural projects in the US include a proposed art and model train museum in Massachusetts by Gluckman Tang and a recently completed automotive museum in Los Angeles by Kohn Pederson Fox.

Photography is by Iwan Baan.

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