Berkeley Eye is envisioned as a twenty-first century version of Excellence: Art from the University Community, the inaugural 1970 exhibition at BAMPFA. Positioned on the Pacific Rim, Berkeley looks both west to the ‘East,’ and east to the ‘West.’ BAMPFA’s eclectic collection likewise spans historical and contemporary art from Asia, Europe, and the Americas.
BAMPFA Director Emeritus Jacquelynn Baas has organized the approximately 150 works in Berkeley Eye into eight thematic groupings: Bible Stories; Nature; Human Nature; Space, Time, Energy; Black, White, Gray; Barriers and Walls; Connection and Change; and Into the Light. Designed to be explored and experienced according to the interests of individual viewers, Berkeley Eye focuses on works in the collection that activate the senses to stimulate the sixth sense, the mind.
Exhibition overview from museum website