Three East Bay Arts Events to Top Your List in 2018

With the expansion of SFMOMA in 2016, the renovation/expansion of Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and a host of international galleries recently opened in the Bay Area, the region’s art scene is booming.

Put some of these 2018 exhibitions/performances on your calendar to ensure you’re not missing out on opportunities to view top-quality art.

Way Bay” January 17-May 6, 2018
BAMPFA 2155 Center Street Berkeley

This ambitious exhibition features nearly two hundred works of art in a variety of disciplines, including film, performance, poetry, and archival materials. The sweeping survey covers two centuries of Bay Area creative expression, beginning with works by the Ohlone culture, moving into the Gold Rush boom years, and documenting the innovations and cultural clashes of the 20th century.

Respect: Hip-Hop Style and Wisdom” March 24-Aug. 12, 2018
Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak Street, Oakland

The Bay Area plays a major role in this survey of Hip-Hop style. With heavy emphasis on the local and regional influences of this global phenomenon, this exhibit brings to life the story of how Hip-Hop changed the world. A rich, interactive format includes first-person accounts from artists and experts about how Hip-Hop continues to provide a platform for expression, activism, and education.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater April 10–15, 2018
Cal Performances
Zellerbach Hall UC Berkeley

Don’t miss a chance to see this classic American dance troupe. Always on the cutting edge, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater continues to make work that “feeds the soul,” presenting a new generation of choreographers steeped in the African-American experience. Its 4-night run at Zellerbach Hall covers a wide-range of territory, from traditional jazz impressions to contemporary classical.

And why not stop or end your East Bay art excursion with a visit to Public Market? A variety of chef-driven, made-to-order foods await you plus you can check out the unique local public art throughout the Food Hall. See you soon!