BAMPFA’s ‘New Time’ Explores Feminisms in Art Over Past 2 Decades

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Kara Walker: Endless Conundrum, An African Anonymous Adventuress, 2001; paper; 180 × 420 in. (457.2 × 1066.8 cm); collection Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; T. B. Walker Acquisition Fund, 2002.  (© Kara Walker, courtesy Walker Art Center. )

When visitors now walk into the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, they’ll face a mural outlining the earth’s strata designed by the late feminist artist Luchita Hurtado, part of BAMPFA’s newest exhibit “New Time: Art and Feminisms in the 21st Century.” The exhibit examines the feminist practice of more than 67 contemporary artists through pieces spanning the past two decades of feminist art. With sections dedicated to examining gender expansivity, the “male gaze” and women’s labor, the exhibit is part of a larger BAMPFA effort to bring together more than 100 arts organizations dedicated to social justice known as the Feminist Art Coalition. We’ll speak with the exhibit’s curator to discuss what it means to center feminism in 21st century art.


Apsara DiQuinzio, senior curator of modern and contemporary art; Phyllis C. Wattis matrix curator, Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive

Catherine Wagner, artist and photographer, featured in the BAMPFA exhibit New Time, chair of the Art Department at Mills College