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  • Harvey Quaytman: Against the Static

    New exhibition—A new retrospective of the painter’s abstract experiments in form, texture, and color.

  • Black Life: Ashara Ekundayo

    Friday, October 19, 6 PM. Curator, cultural strategist, and organizer Ashara Ekundayo presents Riot Babies, a multisensory soundtrack through a political lens of “Loving Blackness.”

  • 1968 and Global Cinema

    October 19–November 29. In conjunction with a new book, these films focus on the radical cinema that emerged from the political and social upheavals of the late sixties.

  • Symposium: New Perspectives on the Art of Harvey Quaytman

    Saturday, October 20, 1:30 PM. Join scholars and artists in discussion on the innovations found in Harvey Quaytman: Against the Static.

In Person

Erika Stucky

Sunday, October 21
1 PM

The eclectic musician incorporates yodeling, scat singing, and spoken word into her happily subversive art.

Filmmakers Olesker and Sachs: The Washing Society

Wednesday, October 24
7 PM

The playwright and filmmaker talk about their experimental documentary chronicling the disappearance of the neighborhood laundromat.

Joel Smith on Peter Hujar

Saturday, October 27
1:30 PM

The exhibition curator speaks about Hujar’s compelling work and presents a screening of Peter Hujar: Immersion.

The Black Aesthetic

Friday, November 2
4 PM

The creative organization, whose mission is to curate and assemble a collective and distinct understanding of black visual culture, introduces a program of radical shorts.

Curator's Walk-through: Vanja Malloy on Dimensionism

Wednesday, November 7
12 PM

Join the curator for an exhibition walk-through exploring connections between early twentieth-century scientific advances and innovative midcentury artists.

Dimensionism Curator Vanja Malloy

Thursday, November 8
6 PM

Lecture: The Intersection of Art and Science in the Age of Einstein

Targol Mesbah Introduces The Cow

Sunday, November 11
7 PM

The curator and California Institute of Integral Studies professor introduces a screening of Dariush Mehrjui's film.

Abigail Polin and Victoria Xu: Relativity and Quantum Mechanics Made Simple

Wednesday, November 14
6 PM

A lively and accessible explanation of two key concepts in modern physics that inform artworks on view in Dimensionism.

On View

  • First-Person Cinema

    German film artist Ute Aurand joins us to present her lyrical works alongside shorts by American underground filmmaker Marie Menken and Scottish film poet Margaret Tait.

    October 17–21, 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Limited Engagements & Special Screenings

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