Educators & Researchers

  • Art Lab

    Creative, hands-on art projects for all ages with a focus on drawing, collage, prints, and books. Drop-in hours are Thursday and Friday starting at 4 PM and all day Saturday and Sunday.

  • Dive Deep into the BAMPFA Collection

    With four study centers to choose from, you can get up close and personal with original works of art from the BAMPFA collection.

  • Inspire & Ignite

    BAMPFA is the visual arts center of the University of California, Berkeley. We aim to inspire the imagination and ignite critical dialogue through art and film.

Educator & Researcher Events

Upcoming Events

  1. California Countercultures: Hippie Modernism with Greg Castillo

    Wednesday, February 22, 12 PM

    Castillo, associate professor of architecture at UC Berkeley and guest curator of Hippie Modernism, maps the exhibition’s alternative cultural geographies.

  2. Arts + Design Mondays: Technology, Race, Popular Culture: Jenna Wortham and Nadia Ellis in Conversation

    Monday, February 27, 6:30 PM

    Wortham writes about technology and culture for the New York Times. Ellis, associate professor of English at UC Berkeley, specializes in African diasporic, Caribbean, and postcolonial literatures and cultures.

  3. California Countercultures: Pynchon’s Paranoid California with Michael Cohen

    Wednesday, March 1, 12 PM

    Cohen, an associate teaching professor in the African American studies department at UC Berkeley, talks about writer Thomas Pynchon, whose work embodies the radical challenge of the California counterculture.

  4. Arts + Design Mondays: Black Sun: Reflections on Otto Piene and Aldo Tambellini, with Tanya Zimbardo

    Monday, March 6, 6:30 PM

    Zimbardo is assistant curator of media arts at SFMOMA.

  5. California Countercultures: Experimental Art and Subjectile Space with Dena Beard

    Wednesday, March 8, 12 PM

    Explore avant-garde art practices with Beard, executive director of The Lab and former assistant curator at BAMPFA.

  6. Arts + Design Mondays: Art, Activism, and Freedom in the American Carceral State, with jackie sumell

    Monday, March 13, 6:30 PM

    New Orleans–based multidisciplinary artist and activist sumell reflects on her service with prisoners indefinitely held in solitary confinement, drawing from the teachings of the Black Panthers, Herman Wallace, and Albert Woodfox.

  7. California Countercultures: Poetry and Protest with Ishmael Reed

    Wednesday, March 15

    Find the intersections between art and politics with Reed, a poet, novelist, essayist, playwright, songwriter, public media commentator, lecturer, and publisher.

  8. Arts + Design Mondays: Designing Spatiality for New Media Art, with Andrew and Deborah Rappaport

    Monday, March 20, 6:30 PM

    Andrew and Deborah Rappaport founded the Minnesota Street Project to offer affordable and economically sustainable spaces for art galleries, artists, and related nonprofits.

  9. California Countercultures: Ana Mendieta: Decolonialized Feminist and Artist with Laura Pérez

    Wednesday, March 22, 12 PM

    Pérez, an associate professor of ethnic studies and core faculty in performance studies at UC Berkeley, delves into the issues raised by Mendieta’s work and life.

  10. Arts + Design Mondays: Remapping History: The Unwanted Population, with Tiffany Chung

    Monday, April 3, 6:30 PM

    Chung is noted for her artworks and performances that examine conflict, migration, displacement, urban progress, and transformation in relation to history and cultural memory.

  11. California Countercultures: My Chemical Sublime with Fred Tomaselli

    Wednesday, April 5, 12 PM

    Tomaselli, a contemporary American painter acclaimed for his surreal collaged works, talks about his art.

  12. California Countercultures: Diggers, Communes, and Counterculture and the Death of Hope with Peter Coyote

    Wednesday, April 12, 12 PM

    Get an inside view on the counterculture from Coyote, an acclaimed actor, Emmy Award–winning narrator of documentary films, and author.

  13. Arts + Design Mondays: Cultural Criticism in the Age of YouTube, with Tiffany Shlain and Rolla Selbak

    Monday, April 17, 6:30 PM

    Emmy-nominated filmmaker Shlain is founder of the Webby Awards and cofounder of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Selbak is a filmmaker whose credits include the film Three Veils and the Web series Kiss Her I’m Famous. Moderated by George Strompolos.

  14. California Countercultures: San Francisco Search and Destroy with V. Vale

    Wednesday, April 19, 12 PM

    Punk perspectives from V. Vale, a San Francisco cultural historian, writer, and keyboard player, and the founder of Search & Destroy and RE/SEARCH.

  15. The Clock: Notions of Cinematic Temporality

    Saturday, April 22, 8 PM

    Time is the concept behind this program of archival shorts and excerpts that tell a surrealist-populist story of the twentieth century. With pieces by Josef von Sternberg, Robert Frank, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, and more.

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  16. Arts + Design Mondays: Radio, Podcast, and Contemporary Cultural Criticism, with John Horn and Glynn Washington

    Monday, April 24, 2017

    Horn is host of KPCC’s The Frame, and has covered culture for nearly thirty years. Washington is host and executive producer of Snap Judgment on NPR. Moderated by Ben Manilla.

  17. California Countercultures: Go Big or Go Home, with Amy Critchett and Mark Pauline

    Wednesday, April 26, 12 PM

    Hear from Pauline, founder of Survival Research Labs, and his wife, Critchett, the founder of Art+Audience and executive producer of Leo Villareal’s public work, including The Bay Lights.

  18. Artist’s Talk: Irwin Kremen

    Wednesday, April 26, 12:15 PM

    MATRIX artist Kremen offers insights into his exquisite small collages.

  19. Arts + Design Mondays: The Future of Media in the Trump Era, with Dave Pell and Guests

    Monday, May 1, 6:30 PM

    Pell is a writer, angel investor, and founder of NextDraft, a curated compilation of daily news and analysis.

  20. Celluloid Man

    Saturday, May 6, 6:30 PM

    Celebrate a passion for film with this portrait of the pioneering efforts of film preservationist P. K. Nair, who founded the National Film Archive of India in 1964. “One of the best movies ever made about cinema ” (Mark Cousins).


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  21. Kalpana

    Saturday, May 6, 3 PM

    This gorgeous experimental drama, the only film by celebrated dancer Uday Shankar (brother of Ravi Shankar), is the semi-autobiographical story of a young man’s dream to establish an arts academy in the Himalayas.


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Study Centers

The new BAMPFA offers unparalleled opportunities for engagement with original works of art. Scholars from around the world, students from UC Berkeley and beyond, and members of the community will all have direct access to specialized study centers.

  • Film Library & Study Center

  • Florence Helzel Works on Paper Study Center

  • James Cahill Asian Art Study Center

  • Steven Leiber Conceptual Art Study Center

Learn more about our study centers >


We offer guided visits and tours for school, college, and other groups of over ten people. Learn more >


As a center for visual culture bringing together art and film, BAMPFA staked out a position squarely in the avant-garde from its beginnings over forty years ago, creating an arena of new thought and innovative techniques while operating within a context of historical and cultural reflection. Today, BAMPFA continues to showcase international works of art and film from the leading edge while also presenting historical works in meaningful contexts. History & Mission >

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