On View

exhibitions
film series
event series

  • Family Events 2017

    Ongoing

    Hands-on activities, participatory readings, performances, movie matinees and other events for children and their families. 

  • Limited Engagements & Special Screenings 2017

    Ongoing

    Recent releases, restored classics, and special guests grace the Barbro Osher Theater.

  • Full 2017 Music & Performance

    Full Moon Performances

    Once a month, our galleries come alive with experimental music and other impromptu happenings. 

  • Readings 2017

    Ongoing
  • Workshops 2017

    Ongoing

    Hands-on workshops and more!

  • Movie Matinees for All Ages 2017

    Ongoing

    Treat the family to a Saturday afternoon at the movies.

  • Art Wall: Lawrence Weiner

    March 1–October 30, 2017

    The artist continues his exploration of language as medium in this newly commissioned work.

  • Irwin Kremen / MATRIX 265

    April 26–August 27, 2017

    Exquisitely composed collages incorporating fragments of found, or "experienced," paper.

  • Sam Contis / MATRIX 266

    May 3–August 27, 2017

    Photographic works made at the remote and idiosyncratic Deep Springs College. 

  • Buddhist Realms

    May 24–October 8, 2017

    Tibetan Buddhist paintings and sculptures vividly evoke the realms of the celestial and the supernatural.

  • Summer Repertory, BAMPFA Style

    June 6–August 27, 2017

    This summer showcase spans centuries and continents with films from the BAMPFA collection and beyond.

  • Samurai Rebellion: Toshiro Mifune, Screen Icon

    June 15–August 30, 2017

    In films by Akira Kurosawa and others, Mifune showed astonishing vitality and range. We present a dozen of his iconic roles, plus a new documentary.

  • Charles Howard: A Margin of Chaos

    June 21–October 1, 2017

    Discover the enigmatic work of this pioneering yet underrecognized painter, who bridged figurative, Surrealist, and abstract currents in modern art.

  • Divine Visions, Earthly Pleasures: Five Hundred Years of Indian Painting

    June 22–September 10, 2017

    Works from the BAMPFA collection reveal the richness and variety of India's painterly traditions.

  • Ugo Rondinone: the world just makes me laugh

    June 28–August 27, 2017

    The exhibition features clowns and rainbows, but it's not just clowning around—Swiss artist Rondinone's work is both exuberant and melancholy.

  • Women’s Troubles: The Films of Pedro Almodóvar

    July 27–August 31, 2017

    Heartfelt melodrama meets candy-colored camp in the Spanish director's tales of women's struggles and solidarity.

  • dance scene from West Side Story

    Screen Play

    A Free Outdoor Festival of Theater on Film

    July 29 & August 19, 2017

    BAMPFA's outdoor screen comes to life this summer with vibrant film adaptations of noted stage productions. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the show! 

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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