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BAM expands its visual art programming with the opening of The Rudin Family Gallery, featuring When A Pot Finds Its Purpose, by Los Angeles-based conceptual artist Glenn Kaino. The exhibition is a meditation on hope, aspiration, and the nature of human progress—and a cautionary tale of the risk of stagnation and the assumptions of infinite expansion. Taking the idea of plant repotting as the building block for a larger conceptual challenge, Kaino asks: Are the mechanisms and levers that are supposed to drive our idea of democracy forward in need of rethinking?
Furthering BAM’s commitment to visual art is an installation by UK-based artist Selina Thompson. Race Cards is an interactive work that invites viewers to answer one of 1,000 thought-starting questions on race and identity displayed publicly for future gallery attendees to peruse. Race Cards is less about answers and more about how you respond when faced with a tough question.
He Did What? is an installation blending opera, music, and film by Belfast-based Dumbworld. This animated, graffiti-style street opera is projected onto the side of a building on BAM’s campus. The short film is broadcast via headphones to curious onlookers, who can drop by, tune in, and find out what happens.
All works are programmed as part of BAM’s Next Wave 2019, a season of all new artists and all new experiences. And all works are free and open to the public.
For more information on these works and more, visit BAM.org/NextWave.
Josué Rojas came from El Salvador as a toddler, and his family settled in the Mission.
For a fleeting few hours, a procession of boats on the Grand Canal reenacted the full pomp and pageantry of 15th-century Venice.
The intricate patterns and strategic colors of the linens used on mummified remains have only begun to be understood by humanists, museum specialists, and chemists working together.
With films touching on protest in France, China’s one-child policy, and Indigenous life in Canada, the 2021 Currents program stays both culturally and politically forward-thinking.
In The Contest of the Fruits, the art collective Slavs and Tatars investigates language, politics, religion, humor, resilience, and resistance in a pluralistic world.