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  • Late Nights, Great Nights

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

  • Still from Ingmar Bergman's Persona

    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. 

  • Greta Garbo in A Woman of Affairs

    Greta Garbo in A Woman of Affairs

    See films the way they were meant to be seen

    Film screenings Wednesdays through Sundays, from silent classics and restored gems to limited engagements of recent releases and in-depth series.

  • 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!

  • 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

Art Historian Catherine Lusheck

Saturday, September 29
1:30 PM

Why Style Matters—Connoisseurship and the Old Masters delves into intriguing issues about attribution and why an appreciation of the “hand of the artist” truly mattered in the European Renaissance.

Gallery Talk with Alan Templeton and Grace Harpster

Wednesday, October 3
12 PM

Scholar and collector Templeton and art historian Harpster offer their informative perspectives on works in Old Masters in a New Light.

Barbara Pollack: Brand New Art from China: A Generation on the Rise

Sunday, October 7
1:30 PM

The author and critic signs copies of her lastest book following this illustrated presentation on China's newest artists.

Tsherin Sherpa: Artist’s Talk

Sunday, October 7
3 PM

The contemporary Tibetan artist, featured in Boundless, discusses themes of displacement and identity in his work.

Olivia Young on Christina Quarles

Wednesday, October 10
5:30 PM

An exploration of the dynamics of excess, visibility, and form as instruments of black queer longing in Quarles's work, now on view in MATRIX 271.

Matti Braun on Vikram Sarabhai

Saturday, October 13
1:30 PM

Artist Matti Braun spins a web of interdisciplinary associations around famed Indian physicist Vikram Sarabhai (1919–1971), the father of India’s space program.

Apsara DiQuinzio on Harvey Quaytman

Wednesday, October 17
12 PM

The curator of Harvey Quaytman: Against the Static offers an overview of the exhibition, tracing the trajectory of the artist’s career.

Hossein Khosrowjah Introduces Two-Legged Horse

Saturday, October 20
5:30 PM

The author and California College of the Arts professor introduces a screening of Samira Makhmalbaf's film.

Erika Stucky

Sunday, October 21
1 PM

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

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.

On View

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Frederick Wiseman: On Documentary

    Wiseman's incisive, wide-ranging explorations of complex institutions have set a new standard for nonfiction filmmaking.

    September 13–October 12, 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
  • Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen

    The artist's first survey exhibition addresses discarded and displaced people, places, and things in a time of global climate change.

    July 11–October 14, 2018
  • Limited Engagements & Special Screenings

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

    Ongoing