Educators & Researchers

  • Art Lab

    Creative, hands-on art projects for all ages with a focus on drawing, collage, prints, and books. Drop-in and make art Thursdays through Sundays! Hours

  • Dive Deep into the BAMPFA Collection

    With four study centers to choose from, you can get up close and personal with original works of art from the BAMPFA collection.

  • Inspire & Ignite

    BAMPFA is the visual arts center of the University of California, Berkeley. We aim to inspire the imagination and ignite critical dialogue through art and film.

Educator & Researcher Events

  1. Arthur Jafa and Stephen Best in Conversation

    Wednesday, December 12, 6 PM

    MATRIX artist Arthur Jafa and UC Berkeley professor Stephen Best talk about the move from the cinema screen to the gallery, the politics of aesthetics, and the turn toward “Afropessimism.”

  2. Gallery Talk: Elizabeth Sharf on the Japanese Collection

    Thursday, December 13, noon

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

  3. Black Life: Akande X

    Saturday, December 15, 7 PM

    Writer Akande X shares a multimedia presentation on the intersection of blackness, comedy, the Internet, and politics.


    Programmed by Chika Okoye and David Brazil

  4. Decolonize the Imagination: Future Landscapes with Tosha Stimage

    Saturday, January 5, 6 PM

    This collage and weaving workshop focuses on imagining the reconstruction of historical, social, and geographic inequity.


    Programmed by Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo

  5. 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.

  6. Gallery Talk: John Zurier and Apsara DiQuinzio on Harvey Quaytman

    Thursday, January 24, 5:30 PM

    Artist John Zurier joins curator Apsara DiQuinzio for a multifaceted look at Harvey Quaytman’s art.

  7. Black Life: We.Here.Now—She Lives

    Saturday, January 26, 7 PM

    This performance pursues an inquiry into the complex layers of celebration, grief, tenderness, and untimely loss experienced by the black women and femmes who fight for black power and liberation.


    Programmed by Chika Okoye and David Brazil

Study Centers

The new BAMPFA offers unparalleled opportunities for engagement with original works of art. Scholars from around the world, students from UC Berkeley and beyond, and members of the community will all have direct access to specialized study centers.

  • Film Library & Study Center

  • Florence Helzel Works on Paper Study Center

  • James Cahill Asian Art Study Center

  • Steven Leiber Conceptual Art Study Center

Learn more about our study center hours and appointments


We offer guided visits and tours for school, college, and other groups of over ten people. Learn more >


As a center for visual culture bringing together art and film, BAMPFA staked out a position squarely in the avant-garde from its beginnings over forty years ago, creating an arena of new thought and innovative techniques while operating within a context of historical and cultural reflection. Today, BAMPFA continues to showcase international works of art and film from the leading edge while also presenting historical works in meaningful contexts. History & Mission >

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