On View

exhibitions
film series
event series

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.