• Still from Kurt Kren: 46/90 Falter 2 (1990).

    Falter, Stumble, Plunge: Kurt Kren’s Structures

    On Wednesday, November 7 at 7 p.m., BAMPFA welcomes Tomonari Nishikawa, a contemporary Japanese filmmaker living in the United States, who joins us for a screening of his films alongside a selection of films by the pioneering Austrian experimental filmmaker Kurt Kren in the program 

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  • Friends and supporters at the dedication of BAMPFA's James Cahill Asian Art Study Center 2016

    Friends and supporters at the dedication of BAMPFA's James Cahill Asian Art Study Center, March 2016

    A Great Teacher's Legacy: The James Cahill Asian Art Study Center

    August 13 marked the birthday of Professor Emeritus James Cahill, who sadly passed away on February 14, 2014. His writings, teachings, and guidance were, and remain to this day, a driving force in Chinese painting studies.

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  • Still from Luchino Visconti’s The Leopard, screening at BAMPFA on October 13 and October 21.

    BAMPFA Announces Fall Film Season

    This fall, BAMPFA takes a spin around the globe with a season of international cinema—from Shanghai to Sicily, from Bucharest to Belfast (Maine, that is).

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  • The Young Girls of Rochefort

    Free Films on the Outdoor Screen Will Have You Dancing in the Streets

    BAMPFA’s Sunday Summer Cinema series continues through October with free films on our colossal outdoor screen!

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  • The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill screens July 21

  • Tomioka Tessai: Vegetables and Grasshopper (detail), 1877; hanging scroll: ink and color on paper; 48 3/8 x 13 3/8 in.; private collection.

    Hunting and Gathering for Five Tables of Art About Food

    The first Thursday of each month is Free First Thursday, when BAMPFA opens its galleries and study centers to all, free of charge.

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  • Simulated-Marin-Tour_Marin-model

    The camera, a monitor, and a section of the Marin model. All images courtesy of Peter Bosselmann.

    From Lab to Gallery: Simulated Marin Tour in Way Bay

    The exhibition Way Bay (January 17–June 3, 2018) includes a film in which it appears that you are driving through Marin County, just north of San Francisco.

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  • Edith Kramer, Pacific Film Archive

    Above: Edith Kramer poses with a friend during the closing weekend of the Pacific Film Archive Temporary Theater, August 2, 2015. Below (from left): Susan Oxtoby, senior film curator, BAMPFA; Sheldon Renan, founding director of the Pacific Film Archive; Peter Selz, founding director of the UC Berkeley Art Museum; Edith Kramer, former director and senior film curator, Pacific Film Archive; Tom Luddy, former director and curator, Pacific Film Archive, at BAMPFA's Thanks to Henri Langlois: A Centennial Tribute, June 11, 2015.

    Edith R. Kramer Named Honorary Member of FIAF

    Edith R. Kramer, director and senior film curator of the Pacific Film Archive from 1983 to 2005, was voted in as an honorary member of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) at the 2018 Prague Congress, held in April.

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  • still from World's Largest TV Studio featuring Willie Brown

    TVTV: The World's Largest TV Studio (Willie Brown), 1972.

    NEH Grant Will Support Preservation of TVTV Archives

    A collection of rare videotapes containing irreplaceable records of national historical significance will be preserved by BAMPFA, thanks to a prestigious grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

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  • Installation view of On the Hour / JJ PEET: THE VACANT AMERICAN, 2017

    Instagram Contest: Way Bay Now

    BAMPFA's exhibition Way Bay explores creative currents in the Bay Area over the past two hundred years, and we want to see what you're “currently” working on.

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