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  • Masako Miki: Participation in Mysticism, 2015; silkscreen; 8½ × 11 in.


    This exhibition explores the improbable, uncanny, mysterious, and miraculous as sources of artistic inspiration.

  • Abbas Kiarostami: Life as Art

    We present a near-complete retrospective of the great Iranian filmmaker's work. A related In Focus lecture/screening series starts August 28.

  • Levi Maxwell

    Black Life: Levi Maxwell

    August 25—Maxwell’s lecture explores the impact of African material culture and agrarian knowledge on colonial economies throughout the transatlantic world.

  • Harold Meeks and Nigel Poor: Gym Profile 7-15-75, 2013; inkjet print with ink notations; 11 x 17 in

    The San Quentin Project: Nigel Poor and the Men of San Quentin State Prison

    This exhibition follows the evolution of artist Poor’s collaboration with men incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison.

In Person

Ahmad Kiarostami

Wednesday, August 28, 3:10 PM

Lecture on Abbas Kiarostami's The Traveler

Mimi Zeiger

Thursday, August 29
12 PM

Arts + Design Thursdays lecture on design and citizenship

Film scholar Marilyn Fabe

Wednesday, September 4, 3:10 PM

Discussing Abbas Kiarostami's Close-Up

Scholar Tarek Elhaik

Wednesday, September 4, 7 PM

Introducing short film program Dreams of Suitcases and a Blue Lobster: Latin Surrealism

Sara Dean

Thursday, September 5
12 PM

Arts + Design Thursdays lecture: "Environmental Exploits"

Filmmaker Trinh T. Minh-ha

Thursday, September 5, 7 PM

Discussing her film Naked Spaces: Living Is Round

Madeline Gannon

Monday, September 9
6:30 PM

Arts + Design Mondays lecture: "Robots Are Creatures, Not Things"

Film scholar Marilyn Fabe

Wednesday, September 11, 3:10 PM

Discussing Abbas Kiarostami's Where Is the Friend's Home?

On View

  • The San Quentin Project: Nigel Poor and the Men of San Quentin State Prison

    Collaborations between the artist and men incarcerated in the prison, as well as archival photographs and episodes from the podcast Ear Hustle

    August 21–November 17, 2019
  • Strange

    Works that invoke the improbable, uncanny, mysterious, and miraculous and resonate with the spirit of Surrealism.

    August 21, 2019–January 5, 2020
  • Dennis Feldman: Photographs

    Works from the series Hollywood Boulevard, 1969–72 and American Images demonstrate the artist’s exploration of what he calls “a world contained in a frame.”

    July 31–October 13, 2019
  • Abbas Kiarostami: Life as Art

    Iran’s most influential director, Kiarostami made films that blended fiction and documentary, minimalism and spontaneity, poetic vision and humanist spirit. We present a near-complete retrospective of his work.

    August 2–December 21, 2019
  • calligraphy by Tetsugen Doko

    Meditation in Motion: Zen Calligraphy from the Stuart Katz Collection

    BAMPFA’s first exhibition to present the unique art form of Japanese Zen-inspired calligraphy, featuring works by Chinese Ōbaku monks in Japan, and writings by Japanese monks who expanded on their examples.

    July 17–October 20, 2019
  • It's Only Rock 'n' Roll

    BAMPFA's soundtrack to summer, as we celebrate the roots and resonance of rock in cinema both in the theater and on our outdoor screen.

    June 13–August 31, 2019
  • No Horizon: Helen Mirra and Sean Thackrey

    Works by two Bay Area artists whose practices embrace the simple act of seeing as an inspiration to deep reflection and understanding.

    July 3–August 25, 2019
  • Two Taras 18th century Nepalese sculptures

    Divine Women, Divine Wisdom

    Historical works from South Asia and the Himalayan region celebrating the beauty, wisdom, and power of women.

    June 26, 2019–January 12, 2020
  • View Finders: Women Cinematographers

    Showcasing the artistic visions of female cinematographers around the world, this series asks whether there is such a thing as a “female gaze.”

    July 12–November 21, 2019
  • Unlimited: Recent Gifts from the William Goodman and Victoria Belco Photography Collection

    Works by masters of the photographic form, with an emphasis on contemporary work from the Bay Area and around the world.

    March 27–September 1, 2019
  • Jean-Pierre Léaud at 75

    This series surveys the career of a French New Wave icon, from his youthful roles as François Truffaut’s alter ego Antoine Doinel to his embodiment of a dying Louis XIV.

    July 4–August 30, 2019
  • Art Wall: Carlos Amorales

    This new commission invokes Mexican muralism, graffiti, and political protest, while reinforcing the importance of current social engagement.

    March 27–October 13, 2019