BAN6 Conversations (7 videos)

BAN6 Conversations

The unusual concentration of intellectual curiosity and creative energy in the Bay Area has fueled experimentation and innovation in a number of fields that have had significant impact on contemporary culture. For the sixth anniversary of our triennial — Bay Area Now 6 — we highlight six areas of influence — Food, Futurism, Community Activism, Radical Identities, Environment and Technology — through a series of roundtable conversations hosted by YBCA between February and June of 2011.

Storytellers at the Asian Art Museum

In this Series, hear storytellers in the galleries of the Asian Art Museum telling myths, legends and tales. The stories are inspired by or related to objects in the Museum's collection.

Thornton Dial: Hard Truths

Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial highlights the artist’s significant contribution to the field of American art and shows how Dial’s work speaks to the most pressing issues of our time—including the war in Iraq, 9/11, and social issues like racism and homelessness. The exhibition presents 70 of Dial’s large-scale paintings, drawings and found-object sculptures, including 25 works on view for the first time. Spanning twenty years of his work as an artist, it is the most extensive showing of his art ever mounted.


Connections (17 videos)


Throughout 2011, The Metropolitan Museum of Art's invites its diverse staff to offer their personal perspectives on works of art in the Museum's vast collection. Their voices range from the authoritative to the highly subjective, and touch upon any number of themes and concepts. Connections inspires fresh ways to approach art.


The Dave Project (7 videos)

The Dave Project

The Dave Project was born out of To Speculate Darkly: Theaster Gates and Dave the Potter. In To Speculate Darkly, an installation at the Milwaukee Art Museum, contemporary-Chicago artist Theaster Gates celebrated the legacy of Dave the Potter, an African-American slave who made pots on a plantation in ante-bellum South Carolina. Dave’s pot, a 40-gallon storage vessel placed in the center of the installation, proved unexpectedly captivating.

Bali: Art, Ritual, Performance

The Bali: Art, Ritual, Performance exhibition is on view at the Asian Art Museum from February 25–September 11, 2011. It is not only the beauty of the Indonesian island that has attracted visitors but also its performance and ritual arts traditions. Although Bali is widely known as one of the most vibrant centers of both visual and performing arts in the world, there has never been a large-scale, in-depth examination of its artistic traditions in the United States.

Interviews from the Exhibition The Global Africa Project

An unprecedented exhibition exploring the broad spectrum of contemporary African art, design, and craft worldwide, The Global Africa Project premieres at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) this November. Featuring the work over 100 artists working in Africa, Europe, Asia, the United States, and the Caribbean, The Global Africa Project surveys the rich pool of new talent emerging from the African continent and its influence on artists around the world.

Conversations With A Curator

Get an inside look at pieces in the High's Permanent Collection. Personal insights are from the High's Curators. To learn more about the Permanent Collections and art at the High, visit


Dialogues (2 videos)


Dialogues is an initiative in which recognized artists and cultural practitioners from Mexico are invited to present a public dialogue with a foreign thinker of their choice. Dialogues exhibits, discursively speaking, projects and ideas that are shaping the social imaginary of this country and that also are responsible for the international perspectives in relation to Mexican culture that are being forged.


To Speculate Darkly (3 videos)

To Speculate Darkly

To Speculate Darkly was an installation at the Milwaukee Art Museum by Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates. It centered around a Dave Drake pot, exploring the history of craft, labor and race relations in America through contemporary objects ranging from art historical slides to ceramic speakers. Dave Drake was an enslaved potter in antebellum South Carolina who wrote couplets and signed his name on his pots at a time when it was illegal for slaves to know how to read and write.