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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  • Erica Deeman portrait of Marvin 2017

    Way Bay

    January 17–June 3, 2018

    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.

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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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  • Agony in Effigy: Art, Truth, Pain, and the Body

    February 21–June 17, 2018

    This selection of historical works explores how physical violence and suffering have been represented in art, from the promise of transcendence to political critique.

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  • Al Wong: Lost Sister

    March 28–June 17, 2018

    Al Wong’s photocollage portraits of the sister he never met form a meditation on displacement and the collision between personal and geopolitical histories.

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  • The 48th Annual UC Berkeley Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition

    May 11–June 17, 2018

    This annual showcase celebrates the diverse and exceptional work of new graduates from the MFA program at Cal.

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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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