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

  1. Thinking About Curation: Leading-Edge Case Studies from the Field with Natasha Boas

    Wednesday, August 30, 12 PM

    Independent curator, writer, and scholar Boas presents case studies from innovative contemporary curatorial efforts.

  2. Gallery Talk: Apsara DiQuinzio on Charles Howard

    Wednesday, August 30, 12:15 PM

    Explore painter Charles Howard’s enigmatic work with the exhibition curator.

  3. Curating Charles Howard: A Margin of Chaos with Apsara DiQuinzio

    Wednesay, September 6, 12 PM

    The BAMPFA curator discusses her methodology and process in developing and organizing the exhibition Charles Howard: A Margin of Chaos.

  4. Reading & Booksigning: Julia Bryan-Wilson

    Thursday, September 7, 5:30 PM

    Bryan-Wilson introduces and signs her new book, Fray: Art and Textile Politics, and talks with art historian Richard Meyer and artist Angela Hennessey.

  5. Five Tables of Artful Gardens

    Thursday, September 7, 4–7 PM

    Drop by our art study centers on Free First Thursday for an up-close look at treasures from the BAMPFA collections.

  6. Public (Re)Assembly with Shannon Jackson and UC Berkeley Faculty

    Monday, September 11, 6:30 PM

    UC Berkeley’s associate vice chancellor of arts and design joins Cal faculty to discuss the Arts + Design Initiative and reflect on the concept of assembly.

  7. Performing Strangers: Revisioning the Political Divide with Arlie Russell Hochschild and Benjamin Russell

    Monday, September 18, 6:30 PM

    The author of the bestselling book Strangers in Their Own Land talks about theater and community with actor and researcher Ben Russell.

  8. World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech with Franklin Foer and Nicholas de Monchaux

    Monday, September 25, 6:30 PM

    Foer, a staff writer for The Atlantic, exposes the dark underpinnings of our most idealistic dreams for technology. UC Berkeley professor Nicholas de Monchaux joins him in conversation.

  9. Curating the Performing Arts in the Age of Performance with Shannon Jackson and Rob Bailis

    Wednesday, September 27, 12 PM

    UC Berkeley’s associate vice chancellor for arts and design and the associate director of Cal Performances discuss issues of curation in the performing arts.

  10. Implementing Arte Útil with Tania Bruguera

    Monday, October 2, 6:30 PM

    Artist and activist Tania Bruguera discusses the concept of Arte Útil, or “useful art.”

  11. Kathryn MacKay

    Curating the Moving Image: From Cinemas to Galleries with Kate MacKay

    Wednesday, October 4, 12 PM

    MacKay, associate film curator at BAMPFA, discusses her experience as a film curator in a variety of contexts.

  12. Five Tables of Saints, Sages, and Arhats

    Thursday, October 5, 4–7 PM

    Drop by our art study centers on Free First Thursday for an up-close look at treasures from the BAMPFA collections.

  13. Installing Dance/Curating Environments with Brenda Way

    Wednesday, October 11, 12 PM

    Way, founder and artistic director of ODC/Dance, discusses her long-term role as a leading Bay Area dance curator.

  14. Black Futures: On Race in Art, Curation, and Digital Engagement with Kimberly Drew

    Monday, October 16, 6:30 PM

    Drew, an influential blogger and the social media manager for The Met, discusses curation, social media, race, and institutions.

  15. Dramaturgy as Curation: Bringing Literature to the Stage with Christopher Herold

    Wednesday, October 18, 12 PM

    Herold, of UC Berkeley’s Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance, discusses the process of adapting a work of literature to the stage.

  16. Socially Engaged Internet Art: The Aesthetics of Information Ethics with Paolo Cirio

    Monday, October 23, 6:30 PM

    Artist, activist, and cultural critic Cirio discusses how socially engaged Internet art can maximize both social and artistic efficacy.

  17. Rethinking STEAM at Science Gallery International with Andrea Bandelli

    Wednesday, October 25, 12 PM

    The executive director of Science Gallery International considers the creative collisions of art, culture, science, and design.

  18. The Art of Emotions/Emotions in Art: From the Pixar Film to the Empathetic Museum with Dacher Keltner

    Monday, October 30, 6:30 PM

    Keltner, a UC Berkeley professor and codirector of the Greater Good Science Center, talks about art and empathy.

  19. We Must Conjure Our Gods Before We Obey Them with Michael Rock

    Monday, November 6, 6:30 PM

    The acclaimed designer, educator, and author talks about the pervasive influence of design in contemporary life.

  20. Reassemblage (Theory, Practice, Form) with Bill Brown

    Monday, November 13, 6:30 PM

    The University of Chicago’s deputy provost for the arts excavates the deep philosophical history of assemblage. 

  21. The Aerial View in Motion with Bull.Miletic

    Monday, November 20, 6:30 PM

    The two artists of Bull.Miletic consider the visual paradigm of aerial imaging technologies including satellites and drones.

  22. Visualizing the World: Storytelling with Images from the Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

    Monday, November 27, 6:30 PM

    Professors from UC Berkeley’s J-School showcase examples of outstanding visual storytelling by students.

  23. Playtime at Fort Mason with Isaac Julien

    Monday, December 4, 6:30 PM

    Award-winning artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien returns to BAMPFA for this talk.


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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