Art for Human Rights
As part of the new BAM/PFA program Art for Human Rights, we feature works from internationally acclaimed artist Fernando Botero’s provocative Abu Ghraib series (2004–06). Several of the works on view have just returned to Berkeley after being shown in hugely attended major exhibitions at the Museum of Memory and Human Rights in Santiago, Chile and Mexico City’s Museum of Fine Arts. In Mexico City, the works were presented in a gallery adjacent to the museum courtyard that is lined with enormous socially and politically charged murals by Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros, placing the Abu Ghraib paintings in poignant dialogue with Botero’s earliest influences. Also on view are a 2009 sculpture by the politically provocative and internationally acclaimed Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, and newly acquired photographs by Ruth-Marion Baruch and Pirkle Jones that focus on aspects of the Black Panther movement in 1968. UC Berkeley classes are being invited to discuss these works and the larger issues they raise as part of Art for Human Rights.