Performance at the opening of the UC Berkeley University Art Museum, November 7, 1970

San Francisco: University of California Berkley Museum, 1970. Original poster for one of the most important events in the Bay Area of California in 1970, a performance by Steve Reich to celebrate the opening of the UC Berkeley Art Museum. With a striking triangular design, mounted as issued, with a label on the verso crediting the Richell Gallery of Houston, Texas for the archival framing.

The museum was founded in 1963 after a donation was made to the university from artist and teacher Hans Hofmann of forty-five paintings plus $250,000. A competition to design the building was announced in 1964, and the museum opened in 1970. In 1966, the Pacific Film Archive was founded, and began screenings in 1966. Today the museum continues to be a great success and operates under the name of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, or BAM/PFA.

The performance for the opening included four early works by Reich: "Four Organs", "My Name Is", "Piano Phase", and "Phase Patterns". The event marked an important moment in San Francisco Bay Area new music history with the triumphant return to the East Bay by Reich, who studied at Mills College with Luciano Berio, and who performed the 1964 world premiere of Terry Riley's now-legendary work, “In C", at the San Francisco Tape Music Center.

Three sided poster, each side measuring 26.3 inches, mounted as issued. Unexamined out of frame, no glass. Some fading and minor spotting to the recto, Very Good overall.


[Book #141060]

Price: $850.00