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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  • Art Wall: Karabo Poppy Moletsane

    November 22, 2017–July 15, 2018

    Moletsane’s vibrant, large-scale portraits for the Art Wall draw on both traditional African visual culture and Afrofuturism.

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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 artmaking 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
  • 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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  • 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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  • Bergman 100: A Summer Interlude

    June 1–July 15, 2018

    Our yearlong celebration of Ingmar Bergman’s cinema continues this summer, showcasing films that launched his international reputation in the 1950s.

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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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  • The Luminous Legacy of Greta Garbo

    June 7–July 13, 2018

    Bask in the radiance of one of cinema’s greatest stars with this big-screen celebration of Garbo’s subtle skill and timeless allure.

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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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