Upcoming Events

September 29, 2018
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm


MFA presents a panel discussion with four artists, each focusing on one of the four elements, who discuss their investigations into various causes and effects of climate change.

Water, Fire, Earth, Air panel participants: Don Hankins, Eve Mosher, Ranu Mukherjee, and Rosten Woo, with moderator Heidi Quante.


3:00-3:15: Introduction

3:15-3:50 (including Q & A): WATEREve Mosher, Interventionist. Water is a critical feature in our future with climate chaos, whether it is too much, too little or access to clean drinking water, we will be living in a world desperately out of balance with the element water. Eve Mosher’s work is focused on the water that surrounds us, particularly in urban areas. Whether it is engaging communities in a deeper understanding of local impacts of climate change on coastal cities – such as the frequent flooding paired with regional solutions in HighWaterLine, or engaging across disciplines to plan a future for the waterways in her work Liquid City. Eve is also the co-founder of Works on Water, which supports artists working on, in and with the water.

4:00-4:35 (including Q & A): FIRE – Don Hankins, Plains Miwok Traditional Fire Practitioner. Fire is an integral process in many global ecosystems, and is a sacred life force recognized by many Indigenous groups. As modern society grapples with the risks of fire and environmental change, Indigenous knowledge can shed light on the fact that this “new normal” is not so new. Don Hankins, Plains Miwok, will explore the relationship between ecology, culture, law, and lore to temper our understanding of fire by drawing upon local California Indian and Australian Indigenous fire traditions and knowledge. By working together to rekindle fire, we can create a more resilient landscape while supporting a culture of fire.

4:40-5:15 (including Q & A): EARTH – Ranu Mukherjee will present three recent projects, under the sign of earth, that weave together historical, cultural and ecological significances in relation to migrations. One is her large scale installation “A Bright Stage’ , currently on view at the De Young Museum, which considers the banyan tree as formal and conceptual underpinning. Also known as the ‘strangler fig’ it roots downwards from multiple points, sometimes killing it’s host in the process. Here it is used as a metaphor for colonial legacy coming full circle.

5:20-6:00 (including Q & A): AIR – Rosten Woo will be sharing Common Sensing & Mutual Air, artworks developed through the Exploratorium’s Artist in Residence program. Mutual Air is a public sculpture connecting residents of Oakland to our most ubiquitous yet invisible public commons: the air. Mutual Air is comprised of thirty specially designed bells to generate a soundscape to reflect and respond to the changing composition of our local and global atmosphere. By sonifying air quality fluctuations the artwork hopes to engage the public in an experiential understanding of climate science and how aspects of our atmosphere, while a shared resource, reflect socioeconomic differences and disparities.

Moderator Heidi Quante is an artist and the founder of Creative Catalysts, an organization that brings together experts from diverse disciplines to devise innovative ways to raise awareness, inspire dialogue, and spark action on pressing social and environmental issues.

Reception with artists to follow.

Water, Fire, Earth, Air is presented in conjunction with MFA’s fall exhibition, No Timewhich explores human relationships to the natural world in the past, present, and future.

Admission free. Tickets are available at: mcevoyarts.eventbrite.com.

Image: Don Hankins, Miwkoʔ (Plains Miwok), Burn carried out among cultural practitioners working to train agency fire crews in our home territory.


October 24, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


MFA presents Koyaanisqatsi, directed by Godfrey Reggio.

Drawing its title from the Hopi word meaning “life out of balance,” Koyaanisqatsi (1982) is a renowned documentary that reveals how humanity has grown apart from nature. Directed by Godfrey Reggio and featuring extensive footage of natural landscapes and elemental forces set to a score by Philip Glass, the film ultimately gives way to many scenes of modern civilization and technology. Given its lack of narration and dialogue, the production makes its points solely through imagery and music, with many scenes either slowed down or sped up for dramatic effect. Reggio explained the lack of dialogue by stating: “it’s not for lack of love of the language that these films have no words. It’s because, from my point of view, our language is in a state of vast humiliation. It no longer describes the world in which we live.” Koyaanisqatsi is the first in the Qatsi trilogy. 

Run time: 85 minutes

Godfrey Reggio (b. 1940) is an American director of experimental documentary films. Most well-known for his Qatsi trilogy, Reggio’s films explore the negative impacts of consumerism and fundamentalism on the world. Prior to becoming a filmmaker, Reggio spent fourteen years in fasting, silence, and prayer, training to be a Roman Catholic monk. Reggio has been involved in many progressive political causes in the United States, including work for the American Civil Liberties Union, co-organizing a multimedia public interest campaign on the invasion of privacy and the use of technology to control behavior. He resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Koyaanisqatsi is presented in conjunction with MFA’s fall exhibition No Time, which explores human relationships to the natural world in the past, present, and future.

General admission $7; Seniors (65 & older) and children (18 & under) free

Tickets available at: mcevoyarts.eventbrite.com

Image: Koyaanisqatsi, directed by Godfrey Reggio (1982). Film still (detail). Image courtesy of Park Circus/Institute for Regional Education.


January 9, 2019
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


MFA presents a vivid new digital restoration of Stalker, directed by Andrei Tarkovsky.

One of the most immersive and rarefied experiences in the history of cinema, Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker (1979) embarks on a metaphysical journey through an enigmatic post-apocalyptic landscape. A hired guide—the “Stalker”—leads a writer and a scientist into the heart of the Zone, the restricted site of a long-ago disaster, where the three men eventually zero in on the Room, a place rumored to fulfill one’s most deeply held desires. Adapting a science-fiction novel by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, and making what would be his final Soviet feature, Tarkovsky created a challenging and visually stunning work with painstaking attention to material detail and sense of organic atmosphere. At once a religious allegory, a reflection of contemporary political anxieties, and a meditation on film itself, Stalker envelops the viewer by opening up a multitude of possible meanings.

Run time: 163 minutes. Russian, with English subtitles.

Andrei Arsenyevich Tarkovsky (1932–1986) was a Russian filmmaker, writer, film editor, film theorist, and theater and opera director. Tarkovsky’s films include Ivan’s Childhood (1962), Andrei Rublev (1966), Solaris (1972), The Mirror (1975), and Stalker (1979), among others. He directed the first five of his seven feature films in the Soviet Union; his last two films, Nostalghia (1983) and The Sacrifice (1986), were produced in Italy and Sweden, respectively. His work is characterized by long takes, unconventional dramatic structure, distinctly authored use of cinematography, and spiritual and metaphysical themes.

Stalker is presented in conjunction with MFA’s fall exhibition, No Time, which explores human relationships to the natural world in the past, present, and future.

General admission $7; Seniors (65 & older) and children (18 & under) free

Tickets available at: mcevoyarts.eventbrite.com

Image: Stalker, directed by Andrei Tarkovsky (1979). Film still (detail). Alexander Kaidanovsky as the Stalker, Anatoli Solonitsyn as the Writer, Nikolai Grinko as the Professor. Image courtesy of Janus Films.