berkeley art museum
The Berkeley Art Museum + Pacific Film Archive is ready for its close-up. After three years of construction and a whopping $112 million capital campaign, the museum reopened on January 31st in a stunning new home that easily joins the ranks of local architectural icons such as the De Young and soon-to-reopen SFMoMa.
If you can tear yourself away from the cheese counter at the new Mission Cheese long enough, start your weekend at the Berkeley Art Museum and Film Archive's Ferment[cheese] event this Friday, which gets really nerdy–in a good way, duh!–about milk's epic journey from its liquid form into full-fledged cheesehood.
This can only mean one thing: Walter Van Beirendonck is coming to town.
Yes, for the first time in his 25-year career, the ever innovative and always tongue-in-cheek menswear designer is showing his collection in the U.S. At the Berkeley Art Museum to be exact.
The bears we touched on before? They're of the Castro variety. For his S/S '10 WONDER collection, Van Beirendonck debuted his pastel-hued blazers, military-inspired pants, and even undies on a refreshingly non-emaciated cast of bear models. And after what's sure to have been the most fun casting ever in the Bay Area, he's set to re-stage the show this Sunday for our viewing pleasure.
Ten letters, ten firms. The design community is in serious speculation mode about which ten firms will be receiving letters from the folks at the Berkley Art Museum (which were apparently already sent out), courting them and their architectural prowess to jump in the ring and battle it out for the design of the new museum. Or, er, the new-ish, museum. As you probably know, the initial plans were for a brand-new structure designed by Japanese architect Toyo Ito, but then the world ran out of money, Berkeley included (your bubble didn’t do you much good there, Berkeley-ites!) Read more...