On View

exhibitions
film series
event series

  • Arts + Design Mondays @ BAMPFA

    September 10, 2018–April 29, 2019

    Fact and Fiction

    Distinguished speakers bring new approaches to age-old questions: How do we distinguish fact from fiction, the real from the artificial, truth from lies?

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  • Boundless: Contemporary Tibetan Artists at Home and Abroad

    October 3, 2018–May 26, 2019

    Featuring works by renowned contemporary Tibetan artists alongside rare historical pieces, this exhibition highlights how artists explore the infinite possibilities of visual forms to reflect their transcultural, multilingual, and translocal lives.

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  • 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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  • Guided Tours

    Ongoing

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

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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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  • 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 storytelling and performance, our workshops will inspire your creativity, engage your senses, and expand your ideas.

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  • Readings

    Ongoing

    Meet the authors of new books and hear poets and other literary lights read their work.

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  • 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 collection.

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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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  • Film to Table Dinners at Babette

    Ongoing

    Delectable dinners following screenings of the films that inspired them

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  • Movie Matinees for All Ages

    Ongoing

    Treat the family to an afternoon at the movies.

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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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  • Masako Miki / MATRIX 273

    January 9–April 28, 2019

    A magical installation inspired by Shinto beliefs and the shape-shifting beings of Japanese folklore.

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  • Documentary Voices 2019

    January 23–April 24, 2019

    Our annual series of nonfiction films showcases inventive approaches to the documentary form.

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  • Arts + Design Thursdays @ BAMPFA

    January 24–April 25, 2019

    Creativity, Migration, Transformation

    Presenters from a diverse range of cultural and creative backgrounds explore the specific and metaphoric connections between creative action and the possibility of personal, cultural, and social transformation.

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  • lithograph Evolving Gravity by Aaron Marcus

    Aaron Marcus: Early Works

    February 6–June 30, 2019

    In these multicolored transformations of computer-generated forms, the artist makes connections between art, science, design, and visual poetry.

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  • Hans Hofmann: The Nature of Abstraction

    February 27–July 21, 2019

    Spanning the entirety of the artist’s career, this exhibition presents a fresh and eye-opening examination of Hans Hofmann’s prolific and innovative artistic practice.

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  • Afterimage: Ulrike Ottinger

    March 1–May 17, 2019

    The German filmmaker joins us for a weeklong residency. From fantastical feminist fictions to ethnographic explorations, her films reflect a keen and wide-ranging eye for the marvelous.

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  • Painters Painting

    March 1–April 28, 2019

    Inspired by BAMPFA’s Hans Hofmann retrospective, we screen a selection of exceptional films about painters and painting, from Van Gogh to Basquiat, Giotto to Joan Mitchell.

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  • African Film Festival 2019

    March 2–May 10, 2019

    This year’s edition of the annual festival highlights the best of both new African cinema and films of the black diaspora, including a two-film tribute to the great Bill Gunn.

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  • Delphine Seyrig: Resistant Muse

    March 8–April 27, 2019

    A tribute to an actress who contributed her profound intelligence, professional expertise, and sublime beauty to some of the most memorable films of the twentieth century, including Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman and Alain Resnais’s Last Year at Marienbad. 

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  • In Focus: Hirokazu Kore-eda

    March 13–April 24, 2019

    Lecture/Screening Series

    This lecture/screening series is a chance to explore the stylistically restrained yet psychologically probing work of one of the most acclaimed directors working today.

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  • Remembering Nelson Pereira dos Santos

    March 15–May 8, 2019

    A tribute to a founding member of Brazil’s Cinema Novo movement, whose fiery but loving dissections of postcolonial society helped put the Global South on the cinematic map.

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  • Unlimited: Recent Gifts from the William Goodman and Victoria Belco...

    March 27–September 1, 2019

    Celebrating a major gift of photographs from a pair of local collectors, this exhibition features works by masters of the photographic form, with an emphasis on contemporary work from the Bay Area and around the world.

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  • Art Wall: Carlos Amorales

    March 27–October 13, 2019

    This new commission draws on multiple histories of Mexican muralism, graffiti, and political protest, while reinforcing the importance of social engagement in the present moment.

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  • Looking: The Art of Frederick Hammersley

    April 10–June 23, 2019

    Explore the extraordinary creativity of artist Frederick Hammersley in its full breadth, from painting and photography to computer art, in this exhibition marking a significant recent donation of the artist's work.

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  • Permanent Accusation: Art for Human Rights

    April 10–June 30, 2019

    This presentation of work by Fernando Botero and others asks how art can urge accountability for human rights in ways that the law cannot.

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