Curation Across DisciplinesAugust 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.
BAMPFA showcases the indelible roles of an actor who transformed male performance on film, from A Streetcar Named Desire to The Godfather.
Examining India’s contemporary artists and classical painters, Dutta’s process-oriented films attest to the ardor of art history.
Public (Re)AssemblySeptember 11–December 4, 2017
This lecture series asks: What is the role of public assembly in our current moment?
Works by Fernando Botero, Adrian Piper, and others demonstrate how power is articulated and reinforced through the dehumanized body.
This exhibition crosses cultures and centuries to bring together works that activate the expressive and aesthetic potential of letters and words.
THE VACANT AMERICANSeptember 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.
A tribute to Canyon’s fifty-year history of providing access to artist-made films and expanding the idea of what cinema can be.
This series explores James Baldwin’s encounter with cinema and his contributions to American intellectual life.
The local documentary maker presents his films reflecting on the power of music and the creative harmonies of our shared world.
BAMPFA's avant-garde showcase is a chance to explore the rich history of experimental cinema.
This retrospective surveys the career of "one of our great urban visionaries" (New York Times), from Northern California to New York and back.
We pay tribute to the late filmmaker with a selection of her most autobiographical works, which combine formal rigor with empathy and insight.
This investigation of the editorial process behind Parks's photo-essay "Harlem Gang Leader" reveals unspoken conflicts between photographer, editor, subject, and truth.
Discover the singular vision of a Berkeley-born artist whose paintings explore both exterior and interior landscapes.
Rare films imported from the China Film Archive reveal an exceptionally fertile period in the nation’s cinema history.
Films written by Greene or based on his fiction illustrate his famous axiom: “human nature is not black and white but black and grey.”
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.
Everson's films examine formal practices and structures of history while chronicling everyday African American life. Author Michael B. Gillespie joins him in conversation.
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.