Error: 3002 Source: GeoIP.asp line 56: File could not be opened. Lawrence Rinder Appointed Director of BAM/PFA
The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Lawrence Rinder Appointed Director of BAM/PFA
BERKELEY, CA.- Robert J. Birgenau, Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, today announced the appointment of distinguished curator, critic, and educator Lawrence Robert Rinder as the new Director of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA). Mr. Rinder, who has held prominent museum positions on both coasts, joins the organization at an important period in its forty-five-year history, as it finalizes plans for a new building and expanded programming.

Mr. Rinder, who is currently the Dean of the College at the California College of the Arts, in San Francisco and Oakland, assumes his post during the summer of 2008. He worked at BAM/PFA from 1988 through 1998, serving in a variety of positions, including Curator for Twentieth-century Art. In his new position, he succeeds Jacquelynn Baas, former Director of BAM/PFA (1988-1999), who has served as Interim Director since October 2007, following the retirement of Kevin E. consey.

Dr. Birgenau states, "The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive is one of the gems of the University of California system, offering an unparalleled experience for both students and a broad public. We are delighted that Lawrence Rinder has agreed to return to BAM/PFA. His demonstrated leadership and creativity, and his deep knowledge of art, education, and the role of museums in public life, will be critical as BAM/PFA expands not only its physical space but also its program and audience."

BAM/PFA Board Chair Noel Nellis states, "Larry Rinder's unique combination of experience as a curator, administrator and educator-and his full understanding of the role of an institution such as ours, which serves both students and a diverse public-will richly inform his work as BAM/PFA's new director. We look forward to welcoming Larry back to BAM/PFA, and we're thrilled that he'll be leading the institution in the exciting years ahead. We also owe a great debt of gratitude to Jackie Baas, who has provided dynamic leadership to this institution during this transitional period. Jackie has not only ensured that BAM/PFA's plans for its new building in downtown Berkeley, as well as its rich programming, maintained crucial momentum, but she was also key in recruiting Larry Rinder to return to BAM/PFA as its new Director."

Mr. Rinder says, "Joining BAM/PFA as director is both returning to an institution that I know and love and launching into terrifically exciting new territory. The museum's plans—both for its building and its program—are so full of promise and vision that I am certain BAM/PFA will set a new standard for museum practice in the years to come. I'm eager to begin working with colleagues new and old to fulfill this tremendous opportunity, empowering the museum to extend its already strong reputation as a globally-renowned center for the arts. Toyo Ito's remarkable building design will draw worldwide attention while uniting the museum's exceptional collection and programmatic strengths with the unparalleled resources and highly engaged audiences of the University and the City of Berkeley."

In his new position at BAM/PFA, Mr. Rinder will lead the institution through the design and implementation of a new facility that will play a central role in the city of Berkeley's growing arts district. The first North American project for Toyo Ito & Associates Architects, this will reunite the museum galleries with the Pacific Film Archive Theater, which has occupied temporary quarters since 1999, creating a multifaceted arts complex and enabling BAM/PFA to expand its programming.

Mr. Rinder has had a prominent career in both the curatorial and education-program sides of museums. He began his career as an educational consultant to The Museum of Modern Art, New York (MoMA), and then as a curatorial/education intern at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, before coming to Berkeley, where he was MATRIX Curator at the museum from 1988 to 1998, organizing an ongoing series of exhibitions of contemporary art; Curator for Twentieth-century Art from 1991 to 1998, overseeing all aspects of the museum's program in this field; and then also Assistant Director for Audience and Program in 1997-98, where he assumed a leadership role in integrating the museum's education- and public-programming initiatives with its exhibitions program.

From 1998 to 2000, Mr. Rinder was Founding Director of the Institute for Exhibitions and Public Programs (now Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts), at the California College of Arts and Crafts (now California College of the Arts), before joining the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, as the Anne & Joel Ehrenkranz Curator of Contemporary Art. He remained at the Whitney for four years before returning to the California College of the Arts as Dean of Graduate Studies and, later, Dean of the College.

Mr. Rinder has organized or co-organized more than 100 exhibitions at museums and galleries across the country. These have included Louise Bourgeois: The Insomnia Drawings (2003); The American Effect (2003), an exploration of perceptions of America as seen in international contemporary art; Tim Hawkinson (2005), which won the award for "Best Monographic Museum Show in New York City" from the U.S. chapter of the International Association of Art Critics; and the 2002 Biennial Exhibition, all at the Whitney Museum of American Art; Searchlight: Consciousness at the Millennium (2000) and LOT/EK: TV-TANK (1998) at the CCA Wattis Institute; and In a Different Light (1995), co-organized with Nayland Blake, which explored the resonance of gay and lesbian experience in twentieth-century American culture; Suzan Frecon: Drawings and Small Paintings (1995); Knowledge of Higher Worlds: Rudolf Steiner's Blackboard Drawings (1997); and Richard Tuttle: Folded Space (1994), all at the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.

Mr. Rinder has published and lectured widely and is a member of several prominent boards and advisory committees, including The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, New York City; Kelsey Street Press, Berkeley; Camerawork Gallery, San Francisco; and Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, among others. He has held teaching positions at Columbia University, New York; the University of California, Berkeley; and Deep Springs College, Deep Springs, California.

Lawrence Rinder attended the School of Visual Arts, New York, and received his B.A. in Art from Reed College, Portland, Oregon, and his M.A. in art history from Hunter College, New York.

Before coming to Berkeley in fall 1988 as the third director of BAM/PFA, Jacquelynn Baas served as Director of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College. There, she oversaw construction of a new museum designed by Charles W. Moore that opened in fall 1985. Ms. Baas, who has published widely, retired from BAM/PFA in July of 1999 to devote herself to writing and consulting. From 1999 to 2005 she founded and directed the arts consortium Awake: Art, Buddhism, and the Dimensions of Consciousness, which generated two books and many artist residencies and public programs. She has organized some thirty exhibitions over the course of her career, and is currently working on Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life, scheduled to open at the Hood Museum in 2011. Jacquelynn Baas received her Ph.D. in the History of Art from the University of Michigan.

Today's News

April 28, 2008

Important International & Western Art Highlights Christie's Forthcoming Dubai Auction

Historisches Museum Bern Presents Duke Charles the Bold of Burgundy

Daring and Desirable - Photographs at Christie's London

Eight Million People Visit Gregory Colbert's "Ashes and Snow" Exhibit in Mexico City

Harriet Hosmer's Life and Work Celebrated at Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum

Camden Arts Centre in London Presents Tal R: The Sum

Islands & Ghettos Exhibition Project at Heidelberger Kunstverein

Lawrence Rinder Appointed Director of BAM/PFA

Eurostar and the National Gallery Launch the World's First Interactive Digital Art Gallery

'Sydney' Inspires Multicultural Art Competition Winners

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- British archaeologist Nicholas Reeves aims to pinpoint legendary Queen Nefertiti's tomb

2.- Exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum explores the world of Indian textiles and fashion

3.- Rare Byzantine mosaic that depicts ancient streets and buildings in Egypt restored

4.- Sopranos actor/art collector Federico Castelluccio to pen book on Guercino discovery

5.- Exhibition at the McNay Art Museum presents more than 50 works created by Joan Miró

6.- Major monographic exhibition of works by Tamara de Lempicka on view in Verona

7.- Virginia Museum of Fine Arts acquires painting commissioned by King George III

8.- Tang Museum at Skidmore College receives 500 photographs from Jack Shear

9.- The Rijksmuseum and the Louvre to jointly buy rare Rembrandts for 160 mn euros

10.- Rail life: History of trains brought to life in a state-of-the art museum in Brussels

Related Stories

Important Judaica and Israeli & international art bring a combined $7.9 million at Sotheby's New York

Tunisia to auction ousted despot's treasures

Andy Warhol's Mao portraits excluded from the Beijing and Shanghai shows next year

China criticises French Qing dynasty seal auction

Christie's announces auction marking the first half century of the popular and luxurious interiors shop Guinevere

Nine new exhibits debut at San Diego International Airport

Rembrandt masterpiece "Portrait of Catrina Hooghsaet" back on display at National Museum Cardiff

Amber: 40-million-year-old fossilised tree resin is Baltic gold

Egyptian artist Iman Issa wins the Ist FHN Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona Award

The main chapel of the Basilica of Santa Croce open for visits after five year restoration

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez
Social Network Manager and Translator: Norma Cristina Pérez Ayala Cano

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site