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Bellas Artes Projects (BAP), with support from Ateneo Art Gallery, is pleased to present I AM NOT BRUCE CONNER: A Talk by Bruce Jenkins, a lecture about the visionary film practice of the iconic American artist Bruce Conner (1933–2008) ahead of the upcoming exhibition Bruce Conner: Out of Body, opening at the Outpost on February 24, 2018 with a special screening presentation at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, premiering on March 3, 2018, curated by Diana Campbell Betancourt, Artistic Director of Bellas Artes Projects.Professor Bruce Jenkins will deliver in real time from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) an overview of the artist’s body of work—with an emphasis on his revolutionary films—and his impactful legacy. A conversation with Diana Campbell Betancourt will immediately follow. This event will take place at venue partner Ateneo Art Gallery in Areté on Monday, November 20, 2017 at 12:00 pm sharp to 2:00pm. The talk is free and open to the public.

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Bruce Conner was born 1933 in McPherson, Kansas, USA. He lived and was based in San Francisco, California and was a key part of the San Francisco Beat scene during the late 1950s. He became known for his assemblages (made between 1957–1964) crafted from an assortment of cast-off materials before gaining international admiration for his innovative avant-garde films, which he made under the influence of his friend and fellow American experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage (1933–2003). Like his assemblages, his films were collages, which he produced by splicing together found and new footage, a revolutionary method during that time. Conner passed away in 2008 at the age of 74. In 2016, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA) organized his first comprehensive retrospective initially presented at The Museum of Modern Art in New York and travelled to SFMoMA and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, Spain.


About the Speakers

Bruce Jenkins is Professor of Film, Video, New Media and Animation, Art History, Theory and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Prior to his appointment at SAIC, he was the Stanley Cavell Curator at the Harvard Film Archive and served many years as the Director of Film/Video at the Walker Art Center. Jenkins has written for arts journals including Artforum, Millennium Film Journal, and Mousse Magazine, major museum exhibition catalogues, and published books on Gordon Matta-Clark, Bruce Conner, and Hollis Frampton. Currently he is at work co-authoring the second volume of the catalogue raisonné for the films of Andy Warhol, published by Whitney Museum of Art and Yale University Press.

Diana Campbell Betancourt is the Artistic Director of Bellas Artes Projects and curator of Bruce Conner: Out of Body. Since April 2016, she has curated at the Outpost Prelude: Carlos Amorales, Nazareno: Quiapo Constellations by Pawel Althamer, High Noon at Cagayan Garden by Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan and the upcoming solo exhibition of Filipino artist Cian Dayrit. She is also working with a number of international artists including Rana Begum (Bangladesh), Cristina Lucas and Fernando Sanchez (Spain), Tatzu Nishi (Japan) and Eddie Peake (UK) among many others for their art residencies with BAP in Bagac, Bataan. In addition, she is concurrently the Artistic Director of Samdani Art Foundation and Chief

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Ateneo Art Gallery presents ArtSpeak with Cian Dayrit on the 23rd of November, Thursday, 3:30 pm at Ateneo Art Gallery in Areté. Winner of the Ateneo Art Awards 2017 – Fernando Zóbel Prizes for Visual Art and recipient of the La Trobe Art Institute residency grant, Dayrit will speak to us about his art practice, and his winning works in the group show, Exposition held at the Lopez Museum and Library. 

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About the artist

Cian Dayrit is an intermedia artist working with painting, sculpture, and installation. Straddling between fact and fiction, Dayrit’s works explore origins and histories, and their re-presentations in visual apparatuses, from the map, curiosity cabinet, and on to the museum. He received a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from UP Diliman in 2011, where his final project titled Artefact X was awarded Most Outstanding Thesis. His recent solo exhibitions include Spectacles of the Third World at Tin-Aw Gallery (2015); Polycephalous at Art Informal (2014); and The Bla-Bla Archeological Complex at the UP Vargas Museum (2013). He participated in the group exhibition titled Exposition at the Lopez Memorial Museum in 2016. Dayrit won the Ateneo Art Awards 2017 – Fernando Zóbel Prizes for Visual Art and received the La Trobe Art Institute residency grant.


Organized by Asia Society, sponsored by Ayala Museum
Hosted by Areté and Ateneo Art Gallery
With the support of SMART Communications Inc.


The 2017 Arts & Museum Summit will host a series of presentations and panel discussions featuring leading international arts professionals from the Asia Pacific region and beyond to share their insights into audience engagement through community and educational programming at cultural institutions, as well as the outreach strategies to build these audiences. The two-day program will be held from November 6 to 7, 2017, at Ateneo Art Gallery in Areté and the Ayala Museum.


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Php7500 – regular

Php5000 – students and senior citizens

Php3750 – Asia Society members

It’s National Museums and Galleries Month, and this October 21, Ateneo Art Gallery is participating in the Katipunan Art Festival! As one of the Festival’s side events, AAG is conducting FREE guided tours of current exhibitions, Ateneo Art Awards 2017 and Mutable Truths.

Sign up for the 10am and 2pm tours now through Limited slots available. For inquiries, email Tricia Raya, Museum Education Officer at or call 426-6488.


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Presented by the Department of Fine Arts and the Ateneo Art Gallery, When the Art World Turns, New Spaces Appear features the Bellas Artes Projects (BAP). Founder and director Jam Acuzar and artistic director Diana Campbell Betancourt shall talk about the outreach initiative of the non-profit foundation, particularly within the realm of artist residency, public education, and providing spaces for contemporary work characterized by experimentation, interdisciplinarity, and conceptual daring. This talk also serves as the second plenary session of FA 103: Apprenticeship and Outreach, a course at the Fine Arts Department that explores the notion of outreach by interrogating art’s presence in different levels of community engagement.This ArtSpeak event will be held in Ateneo Art Gallery in Areté, from 5:00 – 6:30 pm18 October 2017Wednesday.RSVP through:
Jam Acuzar
Jam Acuzar, art collector and heritage conservator, is the founder and director of Bellas Artes Projects (BAP). Taking inspiration from its home base, Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, BAP embraces experimental and contemporary works while promoting Filipino heritage, craftsmanship, and material culture. Among BAP’s many projects, she has seen the completion of the monumental site-specific art project in Bataan by the world-renowned Swiss artist, Not Vital. Jam studied Art History at the American University in Paris and took certificate courses at Sotheby’s Institute of Art and Central Saint Martins in London. Recently, she participated in a panel discussion at the viennacontemporary that discussed the “Shifting Role of the Collector.”To learn more about Bellas Artes Projects, visit:
Diana Campbell Betancourt
An American curator, Diana Campbell Betancourt is the Artistic Director of Bellas Artes Projects (BAP). As chief curator, Diana has developed the Dhaka Art Summit to be the world’s leading research and exhibitions platform for art from South Asia. She chairs the board of the Mumbai Art Room, has been a research fellow at the Henry Moore Institute, the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, and the FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, and has collaborated with sculpture parks including Yorkshire Sculpture Park, de Cordova, and Wanas Konst on commissions of Indian sculpture. She has consulted the New Museum and MCA Chicago and many other leading institutions on their inclusion of South Asia in their exhibitions programs. A graduate of Princeton University, Diana was a nominee for the 2016 Independent Curators International Independent Vision Curatorial Award and a part of MoMA’s 2016 International Curatorial Institute.


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Ateneo Art Gallery
In line with Manga Hokusai Manga, Ateneo Art Gallery will be screening animated films by Makoto Shinkai from the collection of The Japan Foundation, Manila. Voices of a Distant Star (2002) and The Garden of Words (2013) will be shown on all Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays until the 26th of July 2017.
July 4, 5, 8, 11, 12 15, 18, 19, 22, 25 & 26
10 am and 2 pm*Both films will be shown during each time slot at the Manga Hokusai Manga exhibition space.

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Ambeth R. Ocampo, historian and curator of #LUZ@90, will give a lecture on the show on 20 April 2017, Thursday at 3:30 pm. Featuring recent and early works, the exhibition is a celebration of the 90th birth anniversary of Arturo R. Luz, National Artist for Visual Arts. Selected works featured in the exhibition will form part of the Ambeth R. Ocampo bequest to the Ateneo de Manila University. Limited seats available. For reservations, email (Photo credit: Bahag)

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ArtSpeak with featured artists in ‘Ligalig: Art in a Time of Turmoil’

23 March 2017, Thursday, 3:30 pm

On the panel for next week’s ArtSpeak are featured artists in ‘Ligalig: Art in a Time of Turmoil’. Virgilio Aviado, Edgar Talusan Fernandez, Jose Tence Ruiz and Pablo Baen Santos will engage us in conversation about their works in the show and art and its response to political unrest. We will also be joined by special guests, Pete Lacaba for a poetry reading and sharing of his experiences in now-defunct Arts Club in Ateneo and Lisa Ito of Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP).

Limited seats available. For reservations, email