On View

exhibitions
film series
event series

  • Terence Davies: Cinema, Memory, Emotion

    August 19–27, 2017

    We celebrate the release of the British writer-director's latest film, a biography of Emily Dickinson, with a selection of his beautifully nuanced works.

  • Arts + Design Wednesdays @ BAMPFA

    Curation Across Disciplines

    August 30–November 29, 2017

    In this lecture series, some of the most innovative and incisive writers, artists, and scholars of our time consider what it means to curate today.

  • Arts + Design Mondays @ BAMPFA

    Public (Re)Assembly

    September 11–December 4, 2017

    This lecture series asks: What is the role of public assembly in our current moment?

  • On the Hour / JJ PEET

    THE VACANT AMERICAN

    September 13–October 29, 2017

    PEET brings his distinctive observational style to a pair of videos commissioned for BAMPFA's monumental outdoor screen and Theater Two.

  • Information in the Flesh: Art for Human Rights

    September 13–October 1, 2017

    Works by Fernando Botero, Adrian Piper, and others demonstrate how power is articulated and reinforced through the dehumanized body.

  • To the Letter: Regarding the Written Word

    September 13, 2017–January 28, 2018

    This exhibition crosses cultures and centuries to bring together works that activate the expressive and aesthetic potential of letters and words.

  • Martin Wong: Human Instamatic

    September 20–December 10, 2017

    This retrospective surveys the career of "one of our great urban visionaries" (New York Times), from Northern California to New York and back.

  • Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument

    September 27–December 17, 2017

    This investigation of the editorial process behind Parks's photo-essay "Harlem Gang Leader" reveals unspoken conflicts between photographer, editor, subject, and truth.

  • Miyoko Ito / MATRIX 267

    September 27, 2017–January 28, 2018

    Discover the singular vision of a Berkeley-born artist whose paintings explore both exterior and interior landscapes.

  • Repentant Monk: Illusion and Disillusion in the Art of Chen Hongshou

    October 25, 2017–January 28, 2018

    Chen Hongshou is a major figure in Chinese art of the late Ming and early Qing dynasties. This exhibition explores his visually compelling work and his response to the turmoil of his times.

  • Veronica De Jesus / MATRIX 268

    October 25, 2017–February 26, 2018

    De Jesus's memorial portraits honor artists, writers, and diverse cultural figures, testifying to the fact that each life is valuable and worthy of recognition.