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NoCal | Curator Chat: Dr. Elaine Yau on ‘Rosie Lee Tompkins: A Retrospective’ at BAMPFA

July 16, 2021 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Interior shot of the exhibition, 4 quilts are visible hanging on the white walls
12:30pm PT

Connect in-person with your fellow Northern California ArtTable members and guests during an outdoor picnic and discussion with Dr. Elaine Yau, Associate Curator for the Eli Leon Living Trust Collection of African American Quilts. Dr. Yau co-curated the exhibition, Rosie Lee Tompkins: A Retrospective at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA). This show is the largest and most comprehensive exhibition of the artist’s work to date, featuring approximately seventy quilts, pieced tops, embroideries, assemblages, and decorated objects by one of the most brilliant and inventive quilt makers of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.

BAMPFA opens at 11:00am; museum admission will be complimentary for all registered ArtTable members the morning of July 16th if you wish to view the exhibition in-person at your own leisure. The outdoor conversation with Dr. Yau will begin at 12:30pm at the small patio/plaza at the top of the BAMPFA lawn surrounded by stone seating and shade. Bring your own picnic and enjoy!

Click here to read more about the exhibition.

This program is free for ArtTable members and $10 for non-members. Members may bring a guest for an additional $5.

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  • Please note that by registering for this event you consent to have your contact information shared with ArtTable to be used in the event that contact tracing is needed.
  • While masks or face coverings are no longer required outdoors for fully vaccinated individuals, we strongly encourage you to wear one while in close proximity to others who are not in your immediate household.

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Getting There: Directions will be shared with all registered attendees in advance of the program.

About Dr. Elaine Yau

Elaine Yau headshot Elaine Y. Yau is Associate Curator of the Eli Leon Living Trust Collection of African American Quilts at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA); where she is curating an exhibition from Leon’s historic bequest of approximately 3,000 quilts. Along with Larry Rinder, she served as co-curator of Rosie Lee Tompkins: A Retrospective in 2020. The Smithsonian American Art Museum has supported her research, as well as the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art; and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Dr. Yau later earned her doctoral degree at the University of California, Berkeley in History of Art with an emphasis in Folklore in 2015.


Thank you to Dorothy Davila, ArtTable Board Member and NoCal Committee Member, for organizing this program.


  1. Exhibition installation image courtesy Impart Photography.
  2. Elaine Yau, courtesy Katie Cleese Photography


July 16, 2021
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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