Inspired by the original, Funk exhibition presented at the University Art Museum at the University of California, Berkeley in 1967, Funk Ain't Dead pays homage to the original Bay Area Funk artists by showcasing how those modes of making remain relevant and active within contemporary Bay Area artists and makers. This exhibition celebrates 20 funky makers who are still creating in the Bay Area today.
The original Funk art movement had its beginnings in 1960s Northern California as a response to abstract expressionism; it brought figuration back to the fore and the movement was highlighted in an exhibition at UC Berkeley in 1967. This event celebrates parallels between the work of the original Funk artists—Jess, Jay DeFeo, Viola Frey and others—and those “funky makers” practicing today. Free.