On View

exhibitions
film series
event series

  • 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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  • 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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  • Film to Table Dinners at Babette

    Ongoing

    Delectable dinners following screenings of the films that inspired them

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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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  • 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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  • It’s Only Rock ’n’ Roll

    June 13–August 31, 2019

    Rock ’n’ roll is the soundtrack to summer at BAMPFA as we celebrate the roots and resonance of rock in cinema. Three free events on our outdoor screen take the music to the streets.

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  • Two Taras 18th century Nepalese sculptures

    Divine Women, Divine Wisdom

    June 26, 2019–January 12, 2020

    Art from South Asia and the Himalayan region that celebrates the beauty, fecundity, wisdom, power, and compassion of women within the context of Hindu and Buddhist traditions.

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  • No Horizon: Helen Mirra and Sean Thackrey

    July 3–August 25, 2019

    This exhibition brings together two Bay Area artists whose work embraces the simple act of seeing as an inspiration to deep reflection and understanding.

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  • Jean-Pierre Léaud at 75

    July 4–August 30, 2019

    This series surveys the career of a French New Wave icon, from his youthful roles as François Truffaut’s alter ego Antoine Doinel to his embodiment of a dying Louis XIV.

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  • View Finders: Women Cinematographers

    July 12–November 21, 2019

    Showcasing the artistic visions of female cinematographers around the world, this series asks whether there is such a thing as a “female gaze.”

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  • calligraphy by Tetsugen Doko

    Meditation in Motion: Zen Calligraphy from the Stuart Katz Collection

    July 17–October 20, 2019

    The first exhibition at BAMPFA to present the unique art form of Japanese Zen-inspired calligraphy, Meditation in Motion features important works by Chinese Ōbaku monks who immigrated to Japan, as well as writings by Japanese monks who expanded on their examples.

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  • Dennis Feldman: Photographs

    July 31–October 13, 2019

    Photographs from two series, Hollywood Boulevard, 1969–1972 and American Images, demonstrate the artist’s achievements as an affecting social documentarian and explorer of what he calls “a world contained in a frame.”

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  • Abbas Kiarostami: Life as Art

    August 2–December 21, 2019

    Iran’s most influential director, Kiarostami made films that blended fiction and documentary, minimalism and spontaneity, poetic vision and humanist spirit. We present a near-complete retrospective of his work.

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