Drop by our art study centers on Free First Thursdays for an up-close look at treasures from the BAMPFA collections.
Public (Re)AssemblySeptember 11, 2017–April 30, 2018
This lecture series asks: What is the role of public assembly in our current moment?
Exquisite examples of Buddhist art from the Himalayan region.
Moletsane’s vibrant, large-scale portraits for the Art Wall draw on both traditional African visual culture and Afrofuturism.
Delectable dinners following screenings of the films that inspired them.
From hands-on artmaking to dance and meditation, our workshops will inspire your creativity, engage your senses, and expand your ideas.
Recent releases, restored classics, and special guests grace the Barbro Osher Theater.
Experience the vitality and range of cultural production in the African diaspora through this exciting, multidisciplinary event series.
Explore the BAMPFA galleries and discover exciting performances in our dramatic space on the night of each full moon.
Get a deeper look at the artworks on view by joining an expert-led tour.
Hands-on activities, participatory readings, performances, movie matinees, and more events designed for kids and their families.
Our annual documentary series spotlights politically engaged works ranging from Colombia to Portugal to the Canadian North.
Explore the creative energies that have emerged from the Bay Area over the past two centuries with this sweeping array of art, film, performance, poetry, and archival materials.
Lecture/Screening SeriesJanuary 17–April 25, 2018
Explore the work of celebrated Soviet filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein in the context of his times with screenings and lectures by Eisenstein expert Anne Nesbet.
Artists, curators, scholars, and others share their insights on BAMPFA exhibitions, the arts, and other cultural topics.
Treat the family to a Saturday afternoon at the movies.
This rich array of fiction, nonfiction, and experimental works interrogates film as a medium and asks what cinema’s social and cultural role is or could be.
Experiment and ExplorationJanuary 24–April 25, 2018
View artworks and ephemera from the Cha archive at BAMPFA in dialogue with her best-known work, the artist's book Dictee.
A Community Response to a Citizenship TestJanuary 31–May 20, 2018
An interactive installation based loosely on the 100 questions used to test aspiring US citizens.
This major retrospective celebrates one of cinema’s most pioneering and influential figures, whose theory of montage shaped the way films are made and understood.
Recent paintings, sculptures, and drawings that offer both a reflection on our cultural moment and a commitment to the material properties of the art object
Created in collaboration with a UC Berkeley course, this exhibition explores the cataclysmic end of the Ming dynasty through paintings and literature of China’s long seventeenth century.
This selection of historical works explores how physical violence and suffering have been represented in art, from the promise of transcendence to political critique.
Self-Portraits of America at WarFebruary 28–April 29, 2018
Powerful and innovative documentaries reveal the impact of the Vietnam War on the way Americans perceived themselves.
This installment in our yearlong tribute to Ingmar Bergman focuses on his metaphysical investigations, as well as his collaboration with actor Max von Sydow.
This annual festival showcases the best of African cinema and films from the diaspora.
Salon Screenings in Theater 2March 16–May 6, 2018
Screenings in Theater 2 invite you to enjoy Ingmar Bergman’s early works in an intimate, salon-style setting.