On View

exhibitions
film series
event series

  • 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.

  • Marlon Brando: The Fugitive Kind

    September 1–October 28, 2017

    BAMPFA showcases the indelible roles of an actor who transformed male performance on film, from A Streetcar Named Desire to The Godfather.

  • Amit Dutta’s Cinematic Museum

    September 3–10, 2017

    Examining India’s contemporary artists and classical painters, Dutta’s process-oriented films attest to the ardor of art history.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Canyon Cinema 50

    September 13–November 29, 2017

    A tribute to Canyon’s fifty-year history of providing access to artist-made films and expanding the idea of what cinema can be.

  • Reflection and Resistance: James Baldwin and Cinema

    September 14–November 16, 2017

    This series explores James Baldwin’s encounter with cinema and his contributions to American intellectual life.

  • Owsley Brown, A Filmmaker’s Journey

    September 15–October 29, 2017

    The local documentary maker presents his films reflecting on the power of music and the creative harmonies of our shared world.

  • Alternative Visions 2017

    September 20–December 3, 2017

    BAMPFA's avant-garde showcase is a chance to explore the rich history of experimental cinema.

  • 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.

  • Chantal Akerman by Chantal Akerman

    September 24–October 29, 2017

    We pay tribute to the late filmmaker with a selection of her most autobiographical works, which combine formal rigor with empathy and insight.

  • 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.

  • A Golden Age of Chinese Cinema, 1947–52

    September 30–October 21, 2017

    Rare films imported from the China Film Archive reveal an exceptionally fertile period in the nation’s cinema history.

  • Fallen Idols: Graham Greene on Screen

    October 6–28, 2017

    Films written by Greene or based on his fiction illustrate his famous axiom: “human nature is not black and white but black and grey.”

  • 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.

  • Afterimage: Kevin Jerome Everson

    October 25–26, 2017

    Everson's films examine formal practices and structures of history while chronicling everyday African American life. Author Michael B. Gillespie joins him in conversation.

  • 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.