previews

  • Yuri Ancarani, Il capo (The Boss), 2010, 35 mm transferred to HD video, color, sound, 15 minutes. From the series “La malattia del ferro (The Malady of Iron),” 2010–12. From “Architecture of Life.”

    “Architecture of Life”

    Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
    2155 Center Street
    January 31 - May 29

    Curated by Lawrence Rinder

    BAM/PFA celebrates the opening of its new building by Diller Scofidio + Renfro with this epic presentation of more than 250 artifacts that sit at the nexus of art, architecture, and life itself. Encompassing a heterogeneous array of objects drawn from the history of music, science, craft, religion, and experimental design, among other cultural practices, the show and its multiauthored catalogue speak to architecture’s varied connections to “forms of life.” Viewed in the context of DS+R’s remarkable structure, for which the New York–based firm sliced through an old printing plant and fused it to a dramatically foreign form, the exhibition promises to remind us that architecture not only operates to regulate spaces, bodies, and psyches in the service of cultural norms but, like art—and, one hopes, this show—can open up new, critical prospects for encountering the contemporary milieu.