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In Person

Workshop with Emilia Shaffer-Del Valle

Sunday, November 18
2 PM

Make your own masks inspired by a variety of visual cultures, especially Mexico’s Día de los Muertos.

Stephanie Syjuco & Lynn Hershman Leeson

Monday, November 26
6:30 PM

Two of the featured artists join us for a screening of highlights from the ninth season of Art in the Twenty-First Century.

Jeffrey Skoller

Wednesday, November 28
7 PM

The filmmaker introduces a screening of three films that bear personal witness to collective histories, from Auschwitz to the Japanese internment and postwar Japan. 

Jan Pinkava Introduces Trnka

Wednesday, December 5

The Pixar veteran and Academy Award-winning animator introduces the 1960s work of stop-motion master Jiří Trnka.

Arthur Jafa & Stephen Best in Conversation

Wednesday, December 12
6 PM

The MATRIX artist and UC Berkeley professor talk about moving from the cinema screen to the gallery, the politics of aesthetics, and the turn toward “Afropessimism.”

Elizabeth Sharf on the Japanese Collection

Thursday, December 13
12 PM

Take an expert tour of Ink, Paper, Silk with a visiting scholar from UC Berkeley’s Center for Japanese Studies.

Alan Bernheimer on Warren Sonbert

Sunday, January 13

The Berkeley poet introduces the program of shorts, Hall of Mirrors: Four Films by Warren Sonbert.

Artist's Talk: Masako Miki

Wednesday, January 16
12 PM

The MATRIX artist talks about Shinto traditions in Japan and how they have manifested in her felt sculptures and installation work.

Lucinda Barnes on Hans Hofmann

Wednesday, February 27
12 PM

Join the curator of the new retrospective The Nature of Abstraction for an insightful walk-through of this major exhibition.

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
  • Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein

    Works by Man Ray, Isamu Noguchi, Pablo Picasso, Dorothea Tanning, Yves Tanguy, and others reveal connections between the scientific and artistic revolutions of the early twentieth century.

    November 7, 2018–March 3, 2019
  • Harvey Quaytman: Against the Static

    Survey the career of an unsung artist whose abstract experiments in form, texture, and color are formally rigorous and rich with sensuality and humor.

    October 17, 2018–January 27, 2019
  • Afterimage: Corneliu Porumboiu

    The Romanian filmmaker who has been called “one of our great contemporary observers of the human comedy” (Variety) visits BAMPFA to present and discuss his work.

    November 8–16, 2018
  • Jean Vigo Regained

    New restorations of all four films from the director's brief but remarkable career, which presaged Italian neorealism and inspired the French New Wave.

    November 2–23, 2018
  • 1968 and Global Cinema

    Radical films from around the world that emerged from the political and social upheavals of the late sixties.

    October 19–November 29, 2018
  • Luchino Visconti: Cinema of Struggle and Splendor

    A retrospective of a key artist of the Italian cinema, whose films are rich in resonance and throbbing with life.

    September 14–November 30, 2018
  • Christina Quarles / MATRIX 271

    Recent paintings that tussle with culturally prescribed identities and probe the margins where meaning remains unfixed, illegible, and subject to question.

    September 19–November 18, 2018
  • Boundless: Contemporary Tibetan Artists at Home and Abroad

    Contemporary works alongside the historical pieces that influence them

    October 3, 2018–May 26, 2019
  • Old Masters in a New Light: Rediscovering the European Collection

    BAMPFA’s outstanding collection of historical European art—including several important new acquisitions—is showcased in this exhibition, the culmination of a major research and conservation effort.

    September 19–December 16, 2018
  • Mark Morris Presents: In the Age of Pepperland

    The choreographer selects films that inspired his dance work Pepperland.

    September 28–November 25, 2018
  • Redacted: Art for Human Rights

    A selection of works from BAMPFA's collections that utilize redacted text, spaces, and elements to both illustrate and obscure the precarious nature of truth

    September 19–November 25, 2018
  • Alternative Visions

    An expansive avant-garde showcase of films from the early twentieth century to the present, with many special guests in person.

    September 5–November 28, 2018
  • In Focus: Ingmar Bergman

    Explore the director's work in depth with this screening/lecture series, part of a UC Berkeley course and open to the public.

    August 29–November 28, 2018
  • BAMPFA Art Wall

    Art Wall: Barbara Stauffacher Solomon

    A new, site-specific installation by the creator of the 1960s design phenomenon Supergraphics.

    August 15, 2018–March 3, 2019