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  • Still from Ingmar Bergman's 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. 

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    Daniel Higgs and Kyle Ranson: Morph Traits, 2007–2010.

    Way Bay

    A sweeping exploration of 200 years of Bay Area creative energies that's been called "thrilling," "exhilarating," "provocative," and "inspired." Come see for yourself.

  • Beuys

    See Films the Way They Were Meant to Be Seen

    Limited engagements of recent releases, restored classics, and other favorites.

  • Way Bay Live

    Join the poets, musicians, performers, artists, dancers, makers, and creative thinkers who are fueling Bay Area creative culture right NOW.

  • Theresa Hak Kyung Cha: A Ble Wail, 1975; performance

    Theresa Hak Kyung Cha: A Ble Wail, 1975; performance

    Theresa Hak Kyung Cha: Avant Dictee

    View artworks and ephemera from the Cha archive at BAMPFA in dialogue with her best-known work, the artist's book Dictee.

  • 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!

  • Late Nights, Great Nights

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

  • 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

Panel: Re-Seeing Dictee

Saturday, April 21
1 PM

Our panelists offer a fresh look at Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s influential book Dictee and its relationship to the rest of her work.

A Discussion of Carlos Villa: Worlds in Collision

Saturday, April 21
2 PM

Our panelists revisit the legacy of Bay Area artist Carlos Villa, whose Worlds in Collision project addressed multiculturalism, education, activism, and identity politics.

Lucrecia Martel and B. Ruby Rich in conversation

Sunday, April 22
5 PM

The Argentine director is joined in conversation by film scholar and critic Rich following a screening of Zama, Martel's latest feature.

Lucrecia Martel

Sunday, April 22
8:30 PM

Argentine director Martel pays a visit to BAMPFA to introduce The Headless Woman, one of the most critically acclaimed films of this century.

Eric McDougall

Monday, April 23
6:30 PM

The head of the design and branding agency Black Ink presents On Social Architecture: Democracy, Design, and New Networks.

Trevor Paglen in Conversation with Julia Bryan-Wilson

Tuesday, April 24
5:30 PM

The artist discusses his new monograph, followed by a book signing.

Malkia A. Cyril

Wednesday, April 25
12 PM

A talk by the founder and executive director of the Oakland Center for Media Justice (CMJ).

Zeena Parkins & William Winant

Saturday, April 28
2 PM

The renowned avant-garde harpist and percussionist perform an interpretation of artist Jay Heikes's edition Music for Minor Planets.

Full: Symphony and Ballet

Sunday, April 29
7 PM

Music meets dance with magical results as composers, choreographers, and dancers join forces.

Rebecca Solnit & Friends

Monday, April 30
6:30 PM

Reassembling Hope with Rebecca Solnit, Dacher Keltner, Dan Kammen, Shannon Jackson, and Friends of the Bay Area Book Festival

Bruce Boone and Robert Glück

Friday, May 4
6 PM

Hear the two poets read their work.

On View

  • Al Wong: Lost Sister

    Sixty-four portraits of a sister the artist never met form a meditation on displacement and the collision between personal and geopolitical histories.

    March 28–June 17, 2018
  • Bergman 100: The Early Years

    Enjoy Ingmar Bergman’s early works in an intimate, salon-style setting.

    March 16–May 6, 2018
  • Jay Heikes / MATRIX 269

    New works that embody the artist's longing for transcendence amid the ongoing deluge of negative media .

    February 14–April 29, 2018
  • African Film Festival 2018

    Our annual showcase of the best of African cinema and films from the diaspora.

    March 8–May 6, 2018
  • Theresa Hak Kyung Cha: Avant Dictee

    View artworks and ephemera from the Cha archive at BAMPFA in dialogue with her best-known work, the artist's book Dictee.

    January 31–April 22, 2018
  • Documenting Vietnam

    Powerful and innovative documentary films reveal the impact of the Vietnam War on the way Americans perceived themselves.

    February 28–April 29, 2018
  • Agony in Effigy

    Art, truth, pain, and the body—works from the BAMPFA collection

    February 21–June 17, 2018
  • Bergman 100: The Silence of God

    This installment in our yearlong Bergman celebration focuses on his metaphysical investigations, and collaboration with actor Max von Sydow.

    March 1–May 9, 2018
  • Cal Conversations: Dreaming the Lost Ming 梦回金陵

    Curated by UC Berkeley students, this exhibition explores the cataclysmic end of the Ming dynasty through paintings and literature of China’s long 17th century.

    February 21–May 13, 2018
  • Erica Deeman portrait of Marvin 2017

    Way Bay

    A sweeping exploration of two hundred years of Bay Area creative energies.

    January 17–June 3, 2018
  • In Focus: Eisenstein & His Contemporaries

    An in-depth lecture/screening series exploring the work of the celebrated Soviet filmmaker in the context of his times

    January 17–May 2, 2018
  • Breaking ICE: a community response to a citizenship test

    Breaking ICE: A Community Response to a Citizenship Test

    An interactive installation based loosely on the 100 questions used to test aspiring US citizens.

    January 31–May 20, 2018
  • Documentary Voices

    Our annual doc series spotlights politically engaged works ranging from Colombia to Portugal to the Canadian North.

    January 17–April 18, 2018
  • Art Wall: Karabo Poppy Moletsane

    The artist's first US commission presents vibrant, monumental portraits that draw on both traditional African visual culture and Afrofuturism.

    November 22, 2017–July 15, 2018
  • Limited Engagements & Special Screenings

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