Events & Programs

Join us in person and virtually for upcoming events & programs at the Museum. Discover art, meet artists, create, learn, and engage! Art and artists have the power to transport us and to give insight into pressing cultural, political, and social questions. Many of these programs were recorded, and we’ve selected highlights below. Find more on our YouTube channel.

Beginning Wheel Throwing Course

Wednesdays, January 19–February 23, 2022 • 6:30–9:00 PM (Pacific)
Instructor: Colby Charpentier • In Person • $295

Join Artist in Residence Colby Charpentier for a beginning wheel throwing course designed to teach the fundamentals of working with clay on the potter’s wheel—no prior experience is necessary. Students will be introduced to basic throwing shapes, as well as the follow-up steps of trimming, handle making, and glazing.

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Beginning Wheel Throwing Course

Wednesdays, January 22–February 26, 2022 • 10 AM–12:30 PM (Pacific)
Instructor: Mark Muscarello • In Person • $295

Join studio artist Mark Muscarello for a beginning wheel throwing course designed to teach the fundamentals of working with clay on the potter’s wheel—no prior experience is necessary. Students will be introduced to basic throwing shapes, as well as the follow-up steps of trimming, handle making, and glazing.

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Intermediate Wheel Throwing Course

Wednesdays, January 22–February 26, 2022 • 2–4:30 PM (Pacific)
Instructor: Mark Muscarello • In Person • $295

Join studio artist Mark Muscarello for an intermediate wheel throwing course (Winter, 2022). Designed for students who are comfortable throwing, trimming and glazing work independently, this class works on consistency in throwing and also using the wheel to create larger and more complex bodies of work.

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Ashwini Bhat: IMPRINTED, Assembling California

Saturday, January 22, 2022 • 12–1 PM • Virtual & Recorded
Virtual Artist Talk

Join us for a virtual talk to celebrate the exhibition Ashwini Bhat: IMPRINTED, Assembling California, which will debut a new body of work.

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Public, Docent-led Museum Tour

TBA, February, 2022 • 11 AM–12 PM • In-Person

Join a knowledgeable docent for a casual and fun tour of the museum galleries. Free with museum admission. Tours are tailored to the interests of the docent and the visitors joining the tour.

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Family Day at the Museum

Saturday, March 12, 2022 • 11 AM–2 PM • In-Person

Fun for the whole family! Enjoy gallery tours, hands-on activities, & book readings. Appropriate for ages 4-11; all family members welcome!

Artist Talk with artist in residence Colby Charpentier

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 • 12–1 PM • Virtual

A virtual artist talk with Artist in Residence Colby Charpentier. Charpentier has been an Artist in Residence at AMOCA since September 2021.

Artist Talk with Kirstin Willders • Artist in Residence

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 • 12 PM (PST) • Virtual

A virtual artist talk with Artist in Residence Kirstin Willders. Willders has been an Artist in Residence at AMOCA since July 2021.

Nicole Seisler: Holding Patterns • Lecture & Reception

Saturday, October 9, 2021 • 3 PM–5 PM • In-Person & Recorded

A recording of the lecture by Nicole Seisler celebrating the opening of the exhibition.

MIND+MATTER & Don Reitz: Panel Discussions and Reception

Saturday, September 11, 2021 • 3–5 PM • In-Person & Recorded

Recordings of a panel discussion and artist talks hosted by Executive Director Beth Ann Gerstein and featuring Brent and Donna Reitz, Paula Rice, Peter Held, Arthur Gonzalez, Beverly Mayeri, and Nancy Selvin.

Panel discussion for Don Reitz: Life is Not a Dress Rehearsal.
Artist talks for MIND+MATTER: Five Bay Area Sculptors.

Saturday, August 14, 2021 • 4 PM (Pacific) • In Person & Recorded

A curator-led gallery walk of the new exhibition Mind+Matter: Five Bay Area Sculptors with co-curators Jo Lauria and Beth Ann Gerstein.

Studio Visit and Sale with Grayson Fair, Artist in Residence

Saturday, July 24, 2021 • 11 AM (Pacific) • In Person & Virtual

A hybrid in-person and virtual event in the studio of Artist in Residence Grayson Fair.

Artist Talk with Grayson Fair, Artist in Residence

Tuesday, July 20, 2021 • 12 PM (Pacific) • Virtual

Join us for a virtual artist talk with Artist in Residence Grayson Fair. Fair has been an Artist in Residence at AMOCA since the fall of 2020. His introduction to ceramics was through functional pottery, but now his focus is nonobjective, action-based sculpture. Most of his work is wood-fired, a process of firing a kiln exclusively with wood.

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Artist Talk for Amy Santoferraro: Two on a Lot, Three on the Tree

Recorded Saturday, July 10, 2021 • 4 PM Pacific

Two on a Lot, Three on a the Tree is Amy Santoferraro’s site-specific installation in the Vault Gallery at AMOCA. The installation includes a number of live documentary explorations of Santoferraro’s installation process, broadcast and recorded on YouTube Live.

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ARTxSCIENCE 01: Recovering the Future

Recorded Tuesday, March 31, 2021 • 5 PM Pacific

Featuring composer and sound artist Ellen Reid in conversation with physician and scientist Carl Grunfeld, MD-PhD. Moderated by Andrew Vosko, PhD.

What can a Pulitzer Prize-winning artist teach us about healing? What can a distinguished physician-scientist teach us about creativity? What can collective trauma teach us about ourselves? Don’t miss this conversation about the post- pandemic world with two distinguished luminaries who will suggest ways that art and science inform our journey from here to there.

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Closing Panel for Making in Between: Contemporary Chinese American Ceramics

Recorded Thursday, February 18, 2021 • 4 PM Pacific

To celebrate the closing of the exhibition, join Beth Ann Gerstein and the artists for a final walkthrough and conversation. Featuring Jennifer Ling Datchuk, Sin-ying Ho, Beth Lo, Cathy Lu, Stephanie H. Shih, and Wanxin Zhang.

This event took place live on Zoom.

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In Conversation: Stephanie H. Shih + Mei Lum

Recorded Wednesday, August 26, 2020 • 5 PM Pacific/8 PM Eastern

A special engagement with New York-based ceramic artist Stephanie H. Shih and Mei Lum, 5th generation owner of New-York based Wing on Wo and the founder and director of The W.O.W. Project. Shih and Lum converse on a wide-range of topics, discussing art, politics, community, culture, and legacy.

Stephanie H. Shih

Stephanie H. Shih is a Taiwanese American artist exploring concepts of home, not just as a physical place, but also as cultural, generational, and emotional spaces we inhabit. Her work has been shown at the American Museum of Ceramic Art (Pomona, CA), Wieden+Kennedy (Portland, OR), and Hashimoto Contemporary (San Francisco, CA) and featured by NPR, Los Angeles Times, Vogue, The New York Times, and The New Yorker. She lives in Brooklyn.

Visit her website or follow her on instagram.

Mei Lum

Mei Lum is the 5th-generation owner of Wing on Wo & Co, the founder and director of the The W.O.W. Project, and one of the leading voices for placekeeping in New York’s Chinatown. In 2017, Lum was recognized as an emerging voice in the Asian and Pacific American community by NBC Asian America. She received the 2019 Community Builder Award from OCA Asian Pacific American Advocates and the Rubinger Community Fellowship from the Local Initiatives Support Corporation. In 2020, she became a Civic Practice Partnership Artist in Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Events and programs at the museum are made possible by our members and community. For more information, or to suggest a program, contact us.

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