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. Artist’s Talk: Kader Attia in Conversation with Stefania Pandolfo

    Wednesday, September 18, 6 PM

    MATRIX artist Kader Attia is joined in conversation by Stefania Pandolfo, a professor of anthropology at UC Berkeley.

  2. Black Life: Michelle M. Wright

    Saturday, September 21, 4 PM

    Wright offers a lecture entitled “Using Time to Represent Blackness,” showing how a “physics of blackness” is necessary for writing accurately and inclusively about black identities.


    Programmed by Ryanaustin Dennis and Chika Okoye

  3. Symposium: Gordon Onslow Ford: A Man on a Green Island

    Saturday, September 21, 1:30 PM

    Exploring the multifaceted work of British-born American painter Gordon Onslow Ford, this symposium features talks by contributors to the recent monograph Gordon Onslow Ford: A Man on a Green Island.


    Copresented by the Lucid Art Foundation


  4. What Is Strange? Rabih Alameddine and Lawrence Rinder in Conversation

    Monday, September 30, 6:30 PM

    Beirut- and Bay Area–based, internationally acclaimed author Rabih Alameddine joins BAMPFA Director and Chief Curator Lawrence Rinder for a conversation on concepts of “strangeness.”

  5. Curator’s Talk: Julia White on Sakaki Hyakusen

    Wednesday, October 2, 12 PM

    Exhibition curator Julia White introduces the first US exhibition focused on the art of Sakaki Hyakusen, the founding father of the Nanga school of painting in Japan.

  6. Nigel Poor and Michael Nelson on The San Quentin Project

    Monday, October 28, 6:30 PM

    Artist Nigel Poor presents collaborative projects she has worked on inside San Quentin Prison, including the work on view in The San Quentin Project and the award-winning podcast Ear Hustle; Michael Nelson, whose work is featured in the exhibition, joins her in conversation.


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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