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  • Way-Bay_Higgs-Ranson_Morph-Traits-1-2

    Daniel Higgs and Kyle Ranson: Morph Traits, 2007–2010.

    Way Bay

    A sweeping exploration of 200 years of Bay Area creative energies that's been called "thrilling," "exhilarating," "provocative," and "inspired." Come see for yourself.

  • Beuys

    See Films the Way They Were Meant to Be Seen

    LImited engagements of recent releases, restored classics, and other favorites.

  • Way Bay Live

    Join the poets, musicians, performers, artists, dancers, makers, and creative thinkers who are fueling Bay Area creative culture right NOW.

  • Theresa Hak Kyung Cha: A Ble Wail, 1975; performance

    Theresa Hak Kyung Cha: A Ble Wail, 1975; performance

    Theresa Hak Kyung Cha: Avant Dictee

    View artworks and ephemera from the Cha archive at BAMPFA in dialogue with her best-known work, the artist's book Dictee.

  • 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!

  • Late Nights, Great Nights

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

  • 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!

  • Make Your Bookshelf Happy.

    Bring home a beautiful book or compelling catalog from one of our current exhibitions. Available in the BAMPFA Store. 

  • Free First Thursdays

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

In Person

Jacob Gaboury

  • Feb 21, 12 PM

Insights from an assistant professor of new media history and theory at UC Berkeley, part of A+D Wednesdays @ BAMPFA

The curator of Agony in Effigy and the UC professor of German & comparative literature discuss the literary and cultural contexts of works in the exhibition.

Philippe Pirotte

  • Feb 22, 12 PM

The curator of Agony in Effigy shares his insights into artistic depictions of bodily suffering and violence in this exhibition walk-through.

Sir JoQ

  • Feb 23, 6 PM

Tap into your inner diva and learn the basics of voguing in this intro dance class with San Francisco vogue legend Sir JoQ.

A three-part performance event of sound and ritual featuring LEXAGON, Titania Kumeh, and the duo Earthbound

The cofounder of Not an Alternative and the UC Berkeley professor of energy in a discussion titled The Natural History Museum and the Future of Nature

The artists and longtime collaborators discuss their work.

Full: Daktari

  • Mar 1, 7 PM

Daktari Dance Medicine Collective explores the media of drum, movement, meditation, and ritual, illuminating the African spirit.

The author and My Lai librettist introduces our screening of Interviews with My Lai Veterans.

Hear from those behind the upcoming Kronos Quartet performance of My Lai (Cal Performances, March 4)

Kronos Quartet director Harrington and filmmaker Gessner join us for screenings of Winter Soldier and Glessner's Time of the Locust

Unity Press

  • Mar 4, 3 PM

Hang out with the Unity team for a day of zine making and free printing on the Art Lab Riso, with a DJ set and broadcast by Lower Grand Radio.

On View

  • Agony in Effigy

    Art, truth, pain, and the body—works from the BAMPFA collection

    February 21–June 17, 2018
  • Cal Conversations: Dreaming the Lost Ming 梦回金陵

    Curated by UC Berkeley students, this exhibition explores the cataclysmic end of the Ming dynasty through paintings and literature of China’s long 17th century.

    February 21–May 13, 2018
  • Jay Heikes / MATRIX 269

    New works that embody the artist's longing for transcendence amid the ongoing deluge of negative media .

    February 14–April 29, 2018
  • Bergman 100: A Tribute to Liv Ullmann

    Our yearlong celebration of the great director Ingmar Bergman begins with a legendary collaboration.

    February 1–24, 2018
  • Theresa Hak Kyung Cha: Avant Dictee

    View artworks and ephemera from the Cha archive at BAMPFA in dialogue with her best-known work, the artist's book Dictee.

    January 31–April 22, 2018
  • Yosemite Landscape

    Way Bay

    A sweeping exploration of two hundred years of Bay Area creative energies.

    January 17–June 3, 2018
  • Breaking ICE: a community response to a citizenship test

    Breaking ICE: A Community Response to a Citizenship Test

    An interactive installation based loosely on the 100 questions used to test aspiring US citizens.

    January 31–May 20, 2018
  • Reverse Angle: Cinema Looks at Itself

    Works that interrogate film as a medium and ask what cinema’s social and cultural role is—or could be.

    January 20–April 1, 2018
  • In Focus: Eisenstein & His Contemporaries

    An in-depth lecture/screening series exploring the work of the celebrated Soviet filmmaker in the context of his times

    January 17–April 25, 2018
  • Documentary Voices

    Our annual doc series spotlights politically engaged works ranging from Colombia to Portugal to the Canadian North.

    January 17–April 18, 2018
  • Ida Lupino: Hard, Fast, and Beautiful

    This series presents Lupino's groundbreaking work as a director alongside her scintillating on-screen presence.

    January 13–February 24, 2018
  • Art Wall: Karabo Poppy Moletsane

    The artist's first US commission presents vibrant, monumental portraits that draw on both traditional African visual culture and Afrofuturism.

    November 22, 2017–July 15, 2018
  • Limited Engagements & Special Screenings

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

  • Buddhist Realms

    Exquisite art from Tibet, Nepal, India, China, and Mongolia

    October 25, 2107–April 22, 2018
  • Veronica De Jesus / MATRIX 268

    Memorial drawings honoring artists, writers, and diverse cultural figures

    October 25, 2017–February 26, 2018