Fireside Meeting

The Hillside Club Fireside meetings, held on the first Monday of most months* are a good way to see the club and get to know the members. The meetings begin with Club business at 7:00pm, followed by a speaker at 7:30pm. Club members, our neighbors, and the general public are encouraged to attend.
We hope to see you there.

*(January, February, March, April, June, October, November)

F I R E S I D E   M E E T I N G

Monday,  March 2nd  •  7:30 pm
open to the public - admission is free

“BAM/PFA: Looking Forward”

Lawrence Rinder, Director of the University of California,
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

We are pleased to host the director of The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA), Larry Rinder at our next Fireside evening at The Hillside Club. Larry Rinder will give a slide presentation on the museum's history, programs, and collections. In addition, he will give a preview of BAM/PFA's new building, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, which is slated to open early next year in January 2016.

As many of you know, BAM/PFA is in the midst of a dramatic transformation. This year it left its current building on Bancroft Way to move into a new eighty-thousand-square-foot facility located at the dynamic hinge of campus and community, at the intersection of Oxford and Center Streets in downtown Berkeley. The prominent new location gives physical reality to the museum’s vital position as the cultural hub that unites the University with both local residents and visitors from around the globe.  In its current building – which has been determined to be seismically unsound – BAM/PFA serves approximately one hundred thousand visitors annually. In the new location – at the nexus of multiple public transportation routes, one block from the downtown Berkeley BART train station, and on a street that sees ten thousand pedestrian trips a day – the museum anticipates attracting diverse, new audiences and tripling or quadrupling attendance. Watch the construction timelapse of the new museum:

About the presenter:
Lawrence Rinder is director of the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA). He has held positions at the Museum of Modern Art, Walker Art Center, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, where he was chief curator of the 2002 Biennial. He was the founding director of the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts at California College of the Arts, San Francisco, where he also served as dean. His writing on art has appeared in nest, Artforum, The Village Voice, Fillip, Atlantica, and Flash Art, among others. Art Life, a collection of his essays, was published by Gregory R. Miller in 2005. He has also published poetry, fiction, and a play, co-authored with Kevin Killian.

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