Recent releases, restored classics, and special guests grace the Barbro Osher Theater.
Full Moon Performances
Once a month, our galleries come alive with experimental music and other impromptu happenings.
Hands-on workshops and more!
Hands-on activities, participatory readings, performances, movie matinees and other events for children and their families.
Treat the family to a Saturday afternoon at the movies.
The artist continues his exploration of language as medium in this newly commissioned work.
Exquisitely composed collages incorporating fragments of found, or "experienced," paper.
Photographic works made at the remote and idiosyncratic Deep Springs College.
Tibetan Buddhist paintings and sculptures vividly evoke the realms of the celestial and the supernatural.
This summer showcase spans centuries and continents with films from the BAMPFA collection and beyond.
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.
Discover the enigmatic work of this pioneering yet underrecognized painter, who bridged figurative, Surrealist, and abstract currents in modern art.
Works from the BAMPFA collection reveal the richness and variety of India's painterly traditions.
The exhibition features clowns and rainbows, but it's not just clowning around—Swiss artist Rondinone's work is both exuberant and melancholy.
Heartfelt melodrama meets candy-colored camp in the Spanish director's tales of women's struggles and solidarity.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.