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All MCAM exhibitions and programs are open to the public. Admission is free unless otherwise stated.

Opening Reception for Shifting Terrains, Saturday, September 10, 2022, 5:00-7:00 PM, Art Museum SEP 10, 2022 OPENING RECEPTION FOR SHIFTING TERRAINS 5:00–7:00 pm, ART MUSEUM Celebrate the opening of Shifting Terrains and take in over 130 years of artists engaging with the West Coast landscape. Refreshments will be served. Masks required inside the gallery regardless of vaccination status.
Christy Chan, All Is Not Lost, 2019, digital video projection OCT 1 & 4, 2022 ALL IS NOT LOST 7:00–9:00 pm, DOWNTOWN OAKLAND (21 ST & HARRISON ST) Artist Christy Chan brings her video projection piece All Is Not Lost to Downtown Oakland. Join us at the corner of 21st and Harrison streets from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm to view a waterfall flowing backwards up to the top of the 28-story Kaiser Center. All Is Not Lost is a meditation on the uncertainty of the times we live in, and our very human but futile attempts to hold onto experiences and memories.
 (L) Judith Belzer, All That is Solid #15, 2020, Oil on canvas, 96in. x 78in. / (R) Kathryn Spence, Untitled (Coyotes), 2009, Sweaters, shifts, towels, stuffed animals, wood, pins, colored paper, 46in. x 23in. x 15in. Gift of the Steven Wirtz Gallery and Artist, 2014.19a OCT 20, 2022 JUDITH BELZER AND KATHRYN SPENCE IN CONVERSATION 6:00–7:30 pm, DANFORTH LECTURE HALL A conversation between Bay Area artists Judith Belzer and Kathryn Spence, whose work is featured in MCAM’s fall exhibition Shifting Terrains. Belzer’s paintings explore human engagement with the natural world, often looking to manmade landscapes in order to consider this dynamic and sometimes uncomfortable relationship. Spence’s objects and installations are inspired by nature but are composed from the discarded materials of the human world—exploring the disconnection between nature and human culture and, in particular, the realities of an overwhelmingly consumption-driven society.
Bessma Khalaf Artist Lecture, Wednesday, November 16, 2022, 7:00-8:30 PM, Danforth Lecture Hall NOV 16, 2022 BESSMA KHALAF ARTIST LECTURE 7:00–8:30 pm, DANFORTH LECTURE HALL An artist lecture from esteemed Iraq-born, Oakland-based artist Bessma Khalaf whose video work is featured in MCAM’s fall exhibition Shifting Terrains. Khalaf employs processes of degradation (burning, smashing, shattering, melting, defacing, eating, regurgitating) to her work in photography, video, sculpture, and performance to explore the boundaries of landscape, place, and image. In conjunction with the 2022-2023 Art & Visual Culture Department Art Lecture Series.