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. Night Watch with Shimon Attie

    Monday, October 22, 6:30 PM

    The artist (and Berkeley alumnus) discusses his site-specific media installations, ranging from Berlin to Israel and Palestine to the United States.

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    Presented by Berkeley Arts + Design, the Department of Art Practice, and the Headlands Center for the Arts.

  2. Curator 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.

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  3. The Good Anthropocene: Terraforming Earth with Kim Stanley Robinson

    Monday, October 29, 6:30 PM

    The bestselling science fiction writer talks about the notion of the Anthropocene era and the possibility of creating a “good Anthropocene.”

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  4. On Routes of Slavery: The African Cultural Diaspora with Ahmad Sikainga

    Thursday, November 1, 12 PM

    Historian Sikainga discusses the African diaspora in relation to The Routes of Slavery (1444–1888), a musical event at Cal Performances.

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  5. The Other 1968s: Counterrevolution, Communism, and Desublimation with Todd Gitlin

    Monday, November 5, 6:30 PM

    Sociologist and cultural critic Gitlin, this year’s Avenali Chair in the Humanities at UC Berkeley, delivers a lecture marking the fiftieth anniversary of the watershed political year 1968.

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    Presented by the Townsend Center for the Humanities at UC Berkeley

  6. Picturing Frank Lloyd Wright: Pedro Guerrero, Photographer with Ray Telles

    Thursday, November 8, 12 PM

    The maker of numerous documentary films and television productions, Telles gives a talk related to his American Masters program on Mexican American photographer Pedro E. Guerrero.

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  7. Crossings: Facing the Boundaries of Gender, Culture, and Family with Carla Lucero

    Thursday, November 15, 12 PM

    Opera composer Lucero discusses her work in a lecture accompanied by recorded musical highlights.

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  8. Black Life: Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo

    Friday, November 16, 6 PM

    Branfman-Verissimo presents The Storyteller of the Future Says Welcome!, a performance and talk to help guide us into brightness.

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    Programmed by Chika Okoye and David Brazil

  9. Daemons Tools Art Tech with Marisa Morán Jahn

    Monday, November 19, 6:30 PM

    The artist and media maker discusses creative technology as a form of mythmaking and the process of designing technologies with and for underserved communities.

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    Presented by the Berkeley Center for New Media

  10. Stephani Syjuco

    ART21 Season 9 Screening and Conversation with Stephanie Syjuco, Lynn Hershman Leeson, and Tina Kukielski

    Monday, November 26, 6:30 PM

    A screening of highlights from the ninth season of the Art21 TV program Art in the Twenty-First Century, with Syjuco and Hershman Leeson—both featured in the show—in person.

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    Presented by the UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice and Art21

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

GROUP VISITS & TOURS

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

History

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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