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  • 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. 

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    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!

  • Free First Thursdays

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

In Person

Lynn Hershman Leeson

  • Mar 21, 12 PM

A talk by the celebrated filmmaker and media arts innovator.

Elena Shtromberg

  • Mar 21, 7 PM

The co-curator of the landmark survey from which this program is drawn introduces Memory and Forgetting: Video Art in Latin America.

House of Malico

  • Mar 23, 6 PM

The Oakland-based art production organization presents Spectrum Summit, a discussion exploring contemporary issues affecting the social, cultural, and mental health of black people.

Anna Serner

  • Mar 23, 7 PM

Anna Serner, CEO of the Swedish Film Institute in Stockholm, will introduce Ingmar Bergman's Fanny and Alexander.

Join in this moving performance by the East Bay-based choir, which taps into the roots of African faith and culture through old Yoruba songs and the Ring Shout.

Sierra Reading

  • Mar 25, 2 PM

Discover how printed fabric can tell a story and learn how to print your own repeating textile pattern.

Full: Pairs

  • Mar 31, 7 PM

A night of harmonious pairings. Berkeley Symphony musicians and friends play compositions by Berkeley Sounds composer fellows paired with pieces written by their mentors.

Try your hand at various embroidery techniques and walk away with a stitched sampler and a finished project.

Zoe Beloff

Portrait of Zoe Beloff
  • Apr 1, 7 PM

The experimental filmmaker revisits the Hollywood exile of two revolutionaries—Sergei Eisenstein and Bertolt Brecht—in an illustrated presentation and a trilogy of short films.

Carme Pinós

  • Apr 2, 6:30 PM

The illustrious Barcelona-based architect discusses her recent work.

Gregory Sholette

  • Apr 4, 12 PM

A talk by the artist, activist, and author of works on political art, artists’ collectives, and social practice.

Simon Lereng Wilmont

  • Apr 5, 8:40 PM

The director The Distant Barking of Dogs instroduces his nuanced portrait of war and its corrosive effect. (San Francisco International Film Festival selection)

On View

  • Bergman 100: The Early Years

    Enjoy Ingmar Bergman’s early works in an intimate, salon-style setting.

    March 16–May 6, 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
  • African Film Festival 2018

    Our annual showcase of the best of African cinema and films from the diaspora.

    March 8–May 6, 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
  • Documenting Vietnam

    Powerful and innovative documentary films reveal the impact of the Vietnam War on the way Americans perceived themselves.

    February 28–April 29, 2018
  • Agony in Effigy

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

    February 21–June 17, 2018
  • Bergman 100: The Silence of God

    This installment in our yearlong Bergman celebration focuses on his metaphysical investigations, and collaboration with actor Max von Sydow.

    March 1–May 9, 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
  • Erica Deeman portrait of Marvin 2017

    Way Bay

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

    January 17–June 3, 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
  • 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
  • Documentary Voices

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

    January 17–April 18, 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.