On View

exhibitions
streaming films
event series

  • Art Wall: Edie Fake

    November 20, 2019–June 27, 2021

    Edie Fake’s mural envisions affordable housing for transgender elders, using architecture to celebrate the uniqueness of trans bodies and the possibilities of queer space.

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  • Performances

    Ongoing

    Music, dance, and other creative actions to inspire you at home.

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  • Black Life

    Ongoing

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

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  • Workshops

    Ongoing

    Inspire your creativity, engage your senses, and expand your ideas.

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  • Family Events

    Ongoing

    Virtual Second Saturdays: Hands-on activities and participatory readings designed for kids and their families at home.

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  • Recent Releases & Restorations

    Ongoing

    Limited Streaming Engagements

    Enjoy newly released films and restored classics selected by our curators, now available in your own home.

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  • Online Events

    Ongoing

    Stay connected with livestreaming and recorded events, from conversations with artists to dance performances and more.

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  • Talks & Conversations

    Ongoing

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

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  • Ron Nagle: Handsome Drifter

    January 15, 2020–March 28, 2021

    Ron Nagle’s small sculptures combine modernism, pop culture, and sensory pleasure in compact, perfect packages.

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  • Rosie Lee Tompkins: A Retrospective

    February 19, 2020–July 18, 2021

    The largest exhibition of Rosie Lee Tompkins’s work to date, this retrospective reveals her as a brilliantly inventive quiltmaker and an artist of stunning variety, depth, and impact. 

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  • From Collective Isolation

    Ongoing

    Poetry in Response to the Pandemic

    We’re presenting some of our favorite poets from the last few years of the series online, reading recent work that speaks to our current moment of isolation.

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  • Views and Voices

    Ongoing

    Personal Perspectives on the Collection

    This new audio series is designed to bring you closer to individual people behind BAMPFA and individual works from our art and film collections.

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  • Picture a STEMinist

    Three recent documentaries chronicle the achievements and challenges of exceptional women working in science and technology. Livestreamed talks with women in STEM complement the films.

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  • Orbits of Known and Unknown Objects: SFAI Histories / MATRIX 277

    September 30, 2020–Ongoing

    An exhibition in the form of a website, MATRIX 277 explores and honors the rich legacy of the San Francisco Art Institute on the occasion of its 150th anniversary, tracing connections among artworks, people, and places over the trajectory of the institution’s history.

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  • East Meets West: The Films of Ulrike Ottinger

    November 20, 2020–March 14, 2021

    German artist Ulrike Ottinger's cinematic work encompasses ethnography, history, and fantasy. “Watching her films is like traveling through an undiscovered country of marvels” (Village Voice). 

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  • Existence Is Longing: Wong Kar Wai

    December 11, 2020–February 28, 2021

    This streaming retrospective features recent 4K restorations of films by Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar Wai, works of exquisite beauty, narrative complexity, and sublime emotion.

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  • Streaming Spotlight: The New Brazilian Cinema

    January 21–March 7, 2021

    In conjunction with Film Quarterly, we present recent films from the flourishing Brazilian cinema scene, highlighting works by Black, Indigenous, and queer filmmakers.

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  • Documentary Voices

    January 21–April 2021

    Our annual series highlights recent international documentary films that bring a critical eye and ear, as well as an artistic vision, to questions about history and contemporary life. Conversations with filmmakers complement the programs.

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  • Free Films for Members

    Ongoing

    We’re grateful to our members for standing with BAMPFA during our temporary closure. To show our appreciation, we’re offering a series of free streaming films just for members.

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