"In Heaven."  Behnaz Khaleghi, 2017.

UC Berkeley MFA graduates exhibit innovative explorations of identity, change at BAMPFA

This month, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) is collaborating with UC Berkeley’s Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program in a celebration of the works of this year’s six graduates. Each of these graduates offers unique ways to explore their own backgrounds and identities and in turn gives us great insight into not only their personal stories, but some of the greater cultural narratives that make up our society.
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‘The Evergreen Nature of Romantic Stories’ is one of Yang Fudong’s works featured in the exhibit ‘Estranged Paradise.’

Multimedia exhibit is a channel into Chinese life

It is exactly this that makes Yang Fudong such an outstanding artist and this exhibition so exemplary: He is able to express the overarching questions of a whole society, a whole historical moment — his context — in a personal and understandable way.
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Downtown Shattuck: shaped by buses, ferries and trains

Downtown Shattuck Avenue has undergone several generations of mass transit, the relics and pieces of which are integrated into the restaurants there today. In the pioneering days, the mile-long pier that once docked ferries to and from San Francisco dropped off passengers at Center and Shattuck. Now Center Street is
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Samuel Avishay’s Picks of the Week

Cherry Blossom Festival in Japantown There are only three remaining Japantowns in the United States, and we are lucky to have one in San Francisco. Every year, in each of the three Japantowns, the blooming of the Japanese cherry blossoms, the “sakura,” is celebrated with a festival that attracts hundreds
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