kala art institute

(image above) Susan O’Malley, Be Here Now, You Are Exactly Where You Need to Be and Listen to Your Heart billboard, Rapackiego Square, Art Moves Festival, Torun, Poland

Upcoming Events

Extended Through October 24
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 4, 6-9pm

Archive Pop-Up Hours: M–F, 12–5pm; SA 12–4:30pm
Kala Art Gallery, 2990 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA


Kala Art Institute is pleased to present Lacey Halsam’s Archive this September as part of PRINT PUBLIC’s 2014–2015 Programming. Archive is a living collection of books sourced from the personal libraries of influential visual and literary artists, curators, musicians and cultural leaders. Mirroring how we access information and share knowledge, the collection aims to trigger new patterns of collaboration.

The project emerges from an overwhelming desire for a cultural resource built from the direct participation of our most revered and respected creative minds. Each book within the collection is accompanied by a note from the participant and represents inspiration, reference, and connection for both the reader and the contributor alike.

During the month-long installation at Kala, Archive will map the network of those participating and document the growth of the collection via the online catalog. In-house access to the books will be available during gallery hours and virtual access to the catalog can be found at archive-project.com. read more


Print Public Potluck
November 13, Thursday, 6–8pm
Artist Team Presentations: 7–8pm

Kala Gallery and Barclay and Sharon Simpson Conference Room

2990 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA

Join Kala’s Print Public artist teams – Taro Hattori, Taraneh Hemami, Sue Mark (marksearch ), Susan O’Malley, Swell (collaborative duo Ali Naschke-Messing and design studio ScrapD), and Imin Yeh – for an evening of discussion and feedback about their public art projects. Meet the artists, discuss, and share valuable feedback on their respective projects along the San Pablo Avenue Corridor. Research results from our partnership with UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design's INCity students will be on view offering a special look at statistical data gathered in the neighborhood.

*Bring a dish to share in the holiday spirit.

california arts council

UC Berkeley Environmental Design


Cal Humanities

Kala Art Institute gratefully acknowledges support for Print Public from:

University of California Berkeley Chancellors' Community Partnership Fund, The City of Oakland's Cultural Funding Program, California Arts Council's Creative California Communities Grant, California Humanities' California Stories Grant, and the Andy Warhol Foundation.

Print Public

Print Public is an innovative place-making project bringing Kala Art Institute and multiple community partners together to create art installations, print kiosks, pop-up projects and other innovative acts of culture along San Pablo Avenue in West Berkeley. Artist-teams are working with UC Berkeley Department of City & Regional Planning developing distinct projects within the San Pablo Avenue transit corridor, creating an arts-integrated approach to urban planning and community activation.

Events and programming scheduled along San Pablo Avenue throughout 2014–2015

Gallery Exhibition: May 7–June 27, 2015


Swell (collaborative duo Ali Naschke-Messing & design studio ScrapD) presents Well, Being, their first public work together.  Swell will ask “What does well-being look like communally? Does demonstrating well-being have an impact?” Silence (in some form) is a practice that supports well-being. It is common to many traditions and it is central to Swell’s Well, Being project. In collaboration with stakeholders of the San Pablo Ave corridor – specifically spiritual and community service groups, Swell/Kala will host semi-monthly silent walking meditations. Part flash-mob, part vigil, part Zen, these walks are investigations into the nature of reality without the usual pomp of ceremony. Meditations will be led by community members; they will frame the shape and character of each gathering. The inner quietness (amidst urban noise) will illuminate the natural and built environments and the historical context of the community to participants and observers alike. As part of the collaboration Swell/Kala will host flag making workshops, introducing participants to printmaking while producing tributary objects to support the project. The flags will serve as route markers and announcements to bring awareness to the walking events and San Pablo Corridor appreciation. The Well, Being project is the experience of communal silence and the discovery of its impact.

Cultural researcher Sue Mark of marksearch is developing Communities’ Crossing, a multi-phased interdisciplinary exploration of social shifts at the intersection of Berkeley, Emeryville, and Oakland, CA. The project’s first phase, ‘Finding Klinker’, focused on Charles Klinkner, (1852-1893), one of the Golden Gate region’s early developers and a man that many loved to hate. Using letterpress techniques, Mark developed a series of 2000 historically interpretive bookmarks that, since Summer 2014, have been interleaved within the shelved book collection at the neighborhood’s library (Golden Gate). The bookmarks, free to take by any library patron, include a dynamic web page that links to the Oakland Wiki, an evolving collaborative site that offers recipients more information about the neighborhood’s history. Phase two of Communities’ Crossing blends neighborhood stories with image and text-based signage to be used in improvisational dance interactions along San Pablo Avenue, one of the Bay Area’s oldest existing transit routes, to explore community identity. Interviews with residents and encounters in the community will inform ‘human billboard’ performances (Spring-Summer 2015) choreographed at outdoor public spaces. History and current social concerns will reach the community as ‘sidewalk theater,’ collapsing the delineations of audience and participant.

This project is made possible with support from Cal Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit www.calhum.org. This project is supported by the Oakland City Council and funded by the City of Oakland’s Cultural Funding Program.

Susan O’Malley’s Advice from my 80-year-old self is a continuation of O’Malley’s interest in people, language and optimism. The project asks a simple question: “What advice would your 80-year-old self give you?” O’Malley is gathering this information with volunteers from a neighborhood youth organization through interviews along San Pablo and beyond, from people of all ages. She will also seek to develop relationships with senior communities in the area, such as Berkeley Adult Day Health Center, to engage in this conversation. Excerpts from the recorded interviews will be translated into a series of graphic text posters that will be displayed throughout the community - in storefront windows, schools, public spaces, and if possible, a billboard. A website URL will be included on the posters as well to further contextualize the project.

Taro Hattori’s community engagement commission Swan Songs will combine audio recording and sculpture inspired by, collected within, and displayed in Kala’s immediate neighborhood, where West Berkeley connects with Oakland and Emeryville. For Swan Songs individuals in the community will be asked to recall a song, which someone they personally know, sings or has sung to them in the past. Efforts will be made to approach individuals from various walks-of-life and with diverse ages, backgrounds and ethnicities. These songs will be recorded, along with the personal recollections related to the song. These recordings, along with print material displaying song lyrics and context will be installed at various locations in the neighborhoods along the San Pablo corridor, along with city-scape like sculptures made of corrugated cardboards, also created by the artist.

Taraneh Hemami (project brief on the way)

Imin Yeh (project brief on the way)