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  • Late Nights, Great Nights

    . . . how about a date night? BAMPFA is open til 9 Fridays and Saturdays.

  • Still from Ingmar Bergman's Persona


    Bergman 100

    A centennial retrospective of films by Ingmar Bergman, the Swedish auteur widely considered to be one of the twentieth century’s greatest directors. 

  • Greta Garbo in A Woman of Affairs

    Greta Garbo in A Woman of Affairs (June 10)

    See films the way they were meant to be seen

    Film screenings Wednesdays through Sundays, from silent classics and restored gems to limited engagements of recent releases and in-depth series.

  • Join Us!

    Members receive free admission to exhibitions and many events, discounted film tickets, invitations to openings, and much more. It's your all-access pass to BAMPFA!

  • Second Saturdays for Families

    Bring the family for Gallery + Studio workshops and Roundtable Reading the second Saturday of every month. 1 kid + 1 adult = free!

  • Free First Thursdays

    Visit the BAMPFA galleries with no admission charge the first Thursday of each month.  

In Person

Workshop with Mary Banas

Saturday, July 21
1 PM

Create a collaborative book based on poetry and imagery from Way Bay 2 in this design workshop.

Judy Irving & Mark Bittner

Saturday, July 21
4 PM

Filmmaker Judy Irving and Mark Bittner, the subject of The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, join us for a screening of the film.

Full: Affirmative Action

Friday, July 27
7 PM

This collaborative production foregrounds concepts of transparency, radical diversity, and inclusion, highlighting the “lens of whiteness” through which artists of color present their work.

Matthew Coleman on Peter Hujar

Sunday, July 29
3 PM

This exhibition walkthrough explores Hujar’s distinctive and arresting photographic style and imagery.

Risograph Workshop with Tim Belonax

Saturday, August 4
12 PM

Join designer and educator Tim Belonax to create Risograph-printed postcards in response to Way Bay 2.

Barbara Stauffacher Solomon & Jacquelynn Baas

Thursday, August 16
12 PM

The origniator of Supergraphics discusses her new Art Wall commission with BAMPFA's former director.

Black Life: Brontez Purnell

Friday, August 17
6 PM

Join us for a performance by the renowned Oakland dancer, musician, and author.

Feral Fabric with Amanda Walters & Paulina Berczynski

Sunday, August 26
12 PM

Discover how undomesticated cloth can be in this hands-on workshop with the artists.

Full: Maggi Payne & Laetitia Sonami

Sunday, August 26
7 PM

Two of the Bay Area’s finest composers and intrepid musical pioneers team up for an evening of solo and collaborative performances, electroacoustic music, and sound art.

On View

  • Peter Hujar: Speed of Life

    The first retrospective of this influential artist, who described his own work as “uncomplicated, direct photographs of complicated and difficult subjects,”

    June 30–November 18, 2018
  • Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen

    The artist's first survey exhibition addresses discarded and displaced people, places, and things in a time of global climate change.

    July 11–October 14, 2018
  • Jacques Becker

    Rediscover the films of this classic French director.

    July 12–August 31, 2018
  • Aki Kaurismäki: Films from the Other Side of Hope

    Melodrama meets minimalism and bitter reality is tempered with deadpan comedy in Kaurismäki's unique cinematic universe.

    July 6–August 5, 2018
  • Joanne Leonard: Intimate Documentary

    Rare, intimate photographs of life in Oakland in the 1960s and 1970s.

    July 4-September 2, 2018
  • Way Bay 2

    A fresh iteration of our innovative exhibition exploring the creative energies that have emerged from the Bay Area over the past two centuries.

    June 13–September 2, 2018
  • Michelangelo Antonioni, a retrospective

    Explore the full range of this Italian Modernist master’s dazzling work in this comprehensive retrospective.

    June 15–August 31, 2018
  • Color, Form, Unicorn: New Acquisitions

    Recent additions to the BAMPFA collection feature unusual approaches to color and form—plus a unicorn.

    June 6-August 19, 2018
  • The Luminous Legacy of Greta Garbo

    Bask in the radiance of one of cinema’s greatest stars with this big-screen celebration of Garbo’s subtle skill and timeless allure.

    June 7–July 13, 2018
  • Alicia McCarthy & Ruby Neri / MATRIX 270

    New work by two artists who have maintained a strong artistic dialogue since meeting in San Francisco in the 1990s.

    May 23–August 26, 2018
  • Master Traces, Transcultural Visions

    Works from second through twentieth-century Asia reveal how Buddhist power was expressed and spread through art.

    May 16–September 16, 2018
  • Limited Engagements & Special Screenings

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