On View

exhibitions
film series
event series

  • Art laid out for a Five Tables viewing at BAMPFA

    Five Tables

    Ongoing

    Drop by our art study centers on Free First Thursdays for an up-close look at treasures from the BAMPFA collections.

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  • People enjoying dinner at Babette cafe

    Film to Table Dinners at Babette

    Ongoing

    Delectable dinners following screenings of the films that inspired them.

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  • Black Life

    Ongoing

    Experience the vitality and range of cultural production in the African diaspora through this exciting, multidisciplinary event series. 

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  • Workshops

    Ongoing

    From hands-on art making to dance and meditation, our workshops will inspire your creativity, engage your senses, and expand your ideas.

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  • Limited Engagements & Special Screenings

    Ongoing

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

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  • Readings

    Ongoing

    Hear poets and other literary lights read their work.

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  • Full

    Ongoing

    Explore the BAMPFA galleries and discover exciting performances in our dramatic space on the night of each full moon.

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  • Guided Tours

    Ongoing

    Get a deeper look at the artworks on view by joining an expert-led tour.

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  • Family Events

    Ongoing

    Hands-on activities, participatory readings, performances, movie matinees, and more events designed for kids and their families.

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  • Curator Julia White leads a gallery talk

    Gallery Talks, Lectures & Discussions

    Ongoing

    Artists, curators, scholars, and others share their insights on BAMPFA exhibitions, the arts, and other cultural topics.

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  • Movie Matinees for All Ages

    Ongoing

    Treat the family to a Saturday afternoon at the movies.

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  • Master Traces, Transcultural Visions

    May 16–September 16, 2018

    Works dating from the second century through the twentieth reveal how Buddhist power was visually expressed and transmitted throughout Asia.

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  • Alicia McCarthy and Ruby Neri / MATRIX 270

    May 23–August 26, 2018

    New work by two artists who got their start in San Francisco in the 1990s and have maintained a strong artistic dialogue ever since.

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  • Color, Form, Unicorn: Recent Acquisitions

    June 6-August 19, 2018

    Recent additions to the BAMPFA collection feature unusual approaches to color and form—plus a unicorn.

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  • Sunday Summer Cinema: Dancing in the Streets

    June 10–October 14, 2018

    This series of family-friendly dance films on our outdoor LED screen will have you moving and grooving all summer!

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  • Way Bay 2

    June 13–September 2, 2018

    A fresh iteration of our innovative exhibition exploring the creative energies that have emerged from the Bay Area over the past two centuries.

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  • Michelangelo Antonioni

    June 15–August 31, 2018

    This comprehensive retrospective is a rare chance to explore the full range of an Italian modernist master’s formally dazzling work.

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  • Peter Hujar: Speed of Life

    June 30–November 18, 2018

    The first retrospective of an enormously influential artist whose photographs capture the creative subcultures of downtown New York in the 1970s and 1980s.

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  • Joanne Leonard: Intimate Documentary

    July 4-September 2, 2018

    Leonard’s photographs are rare, intimate documents of life in Oakland in the 1960s and 1970s.

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  • Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen

    July 11–October 14, 2018

    This first survey of Vicuña’s work stages a conversation about discarded and displaced people, places, and things in a time of global climate change.

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  • Jacques Becker

    July 12–August 31, 2018

    From hardboiled crime sagas to breezy portraits of postwar Parisian life, the films of this classic French director are ripe for rediscovery.

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  • Bergman 100: An Emerging Style

    July 20–August 19, 2018

    Salon Screenings in Theater 2

    Enjoy rarely screened works by Ingmar Bergman in an intimate, salon-style setting.

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  • Subtle Subversion: The Films of Alain Tanner

    July 26–August 19, 2018

    Championing dreamers and dropouts, political radicals and disaffected youth, Tanner’s films from the late 1960s to the early 1980s feel just as urgent today.

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  • Andrei Tarkovsky: Sculpting in Time

    August 4–30, 2018

    A tribute to the revered Russian director whose visionary films infuse images of the world with metaphysical mystery.

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  • Art Wall: Barbara Stauffacher Solomon

    August 15, 2018–March 3, 2019

    The pioneer of the 1960s design phenomenon Supergraphics creates a new piece for BAMPFA’s Art Wall.

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