Past Exhibitions

Current Exhibitions
  • MITH & CO.: Fifty-Fourth Annual UC Berkeley Master of Fine Arts Exhibition

    May 1–July 21, 2024

    For more than half a century, BAMPFA and the UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice have collaborated to present an exhibition of works by MFA graduates. This year’s exhibition features the exceptional work of Salimatu Amabebe, Anamaya Farthing-Kohl, Valencia James, and Nivedita Madigubba.

  • On the Outdoor Screen: Navigating the Pilot School

    10 AM, 2 PM, and 6 PM daily. 6 PM only on 4/24

    March 21–April 24

    In conjunction with the film series Tell No Lies: Decolonizing Cinema, we present Filipa César and Sónia Vaz Borges’s Navigating the Pilot School on BAMPFA’s outdoor screen. The film uses a performance with children’s building blocks to describe a militant school, together with archival footage, the recollections of a student, and an excerpt from a political publication.

  • Art Wall / Yee I-Lann: TIKAR/MEJA/PLASTIK

    January 24–July 14, 2024

    Yee I-Lann’s (b. 1971, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo) multidisciplinary practice interrogates the complex geopolitical histories of Southeast Asia. For her first major solo presentation at a US museum, the artist has created sixty new works as part of her ongoing TIKAR/MEJA series for BAMPFA’s Art Wall.

  • On the Outdoor Screen: Lessons in Semaphore

    January 15–February 15, 2024

    In conjunction with the film series Cauleen Smith—In Space, In Time, view Lessons in Semaphore on BAMPFA’s outdoor screen. Filmed with Cauleen Smith’s beloved but broken wind-up 16mm camera in a verdant vacant lot on Chicago’s South Side, choreographer Taisha Paggett performs signals with artist-made flags.

  • MATRIX 284 / Sin Wai Kin: The Story Changing

    December 13, 2023–March 10, 2024

    Sin Wai Kin uses speculative fiction and storytelling to create multilayered performances and moving image works. The Story Changing, the artist’s first solo exhibition in the United States, explores how forms of embodiment and multiplicity have the potential to transform social narratives.

  • MATRIX 283 / Gabriel Chaile: No hay nada que destruya el corazón como la pobreza

    December 13, 2023–April 14, 2024

    Playfully intertwining Indigenous mythologies and contemporary social references, Gabriel Chaile creates soaring clay sculptures that expand on the forms, rituals, and traditions of precolonial cultures in northwestern Argentina. MATRIX 283 / Gabriel Chaile features all newly commissioned work, and is the artist’s first solo museum presentation in the United States.

  • Duane Linklater: mymothersside

    October 7, 2023–February 25, 2024

    For over a decade, Duane Linklater has been making art that interrogates the construct of museums, their conventions, and their historical exclusion of Indigenous people and content. Working across a range of media—including painting, sculpture, and video—he addresses the contradictions of contemporary Indigenous life within settler systems of knowledge, representation, and value. Duane Linklater: mymothersside is the artist’s first major survey exhibition.

  • MATRIX 282 / Griselda Rosas: Yo te cuido

    August 30–November 19, 2023

    Griselda Rosas / MATRIX 282: Yo te cuido presents the artist’s textile drawings and sculptural installations, addressing the complexities of the US-Mexico border region by drawing from colonial histories, familial traditions, and personal experience. Themes of inheritance and intergenerational knowledge recur in Rosas’s work alongside references to single motherhood.

  • MATRIX 281 / Kenneth Tam: The Founding of the World

    August 16–November 26, 2023

    For MATRIX 281, Kenneth Tam’s latest video and sculptural installation makes its museum debut at BAMPFA. Incorporating the artist’s long-standing research into culturally prescriptive forms of masculinity, The Founding of the World interrogates themes of group identity, ritualized violence, belonging, and intimacy.

  • Art Wall: Xylor Jane

    August 16, 2023–January 7, 2024

    For BAMPFA’s Art Wall, Xylor Jane presents a pyramidal calendar organized by the fifth palindromic triangular number, 666—a number with myriad positive and negative connotations. A black grid outlines the color-coded days of the week, while hand-drawn notations mark full moons, equinoxes, and solstices to queer and cross-reference the relationship of natural cycles with European constructions of time.

  • What Has Been and What Could Be: The BAMPFA Collection

    June 7, 2023–July 7, 2024

    What Has Been and What Could Be: The BAMPFA Collection inaugurates a year-long presentation of the BAMPFA collection, bringing a contemporary perspective to the museum’s global art holdings.

  • Fifty-Third Annual UC Berkeley Master of Fine Arts Exhibition

    May 10–July 23, 2023

    For over half a century, BAMPFA and the UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice have collaborated to present an exhibition of works by Master of Fine Arts graduates. This year’s exhibition includes the exceptional work of Irma Yuliana Barbosa, Gericault De La Rose, Eniola Fakile, Juniper Harrower, Fei Pan, Tiare Ribeaux, and Samuel Wildman.

  • Alexandre Dumas’s Afro: Blackness Caricatured, Erased, and Back Again

    Cal Conversations

    April 12–July 30, 2023

    Alexandre Dumas’s Afro reassembles the “scattered pieces” of Dumas and his circle, including American actress, poet, and painter Adah Isaacs Menken.

  • On the Hour: Three short films by William Kentridge

    March 9–April 30, 2023

    This trio of short animated films by William Kentridge demonstrate his interest in patterns associated with stream of consciousness thought, transformation, language, abstraction, and time. He uses the formal principles and building blocks of cinema, i.e. the illusion of movement that is created when the eye sees 24 frames per second, and manipulates the single film frame to make these magical works.

  • Out of Africa: Selections from the Kramlich Collection

    March 8–April 30, 2023

    This selection of photographs and two video installations centers the continent of Africa as a site of extraction, exploitation, and displacement for economic gain.

  • Apichatpong Weerasethakul "Morakot (Emerald)"

    Endless Knot: Struggle and Healing in the Buddhist World

    March 8–April 30, 2023

    Independent filmmaker, screenwriter, and producer Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s video installation Morakot (Emerald), a work in the BAMPFA collection, is on view as part of the exhibition Endless Knot: Struggle and Healing in the Buddhist World.

  • Amalia Mesa-Bains: Archaeology of Memory

    February 4–August 13, 2023

    Amalia Mesa-Bains: Archaeology of Memory is the first retrospective exhibition of the work of longtime Bay Area artist Mesa-Bains. Presenting work from the entirety of her career for the first time, this exhibition, which features nearly 60 works in a range of media, including fourteen major installations, celebrates Mesa-Bains’s important contributions to the field of contemporary art locally and globally.

  • Frank Moore / MATRIX 280: Theater of Human Melting

    January 25–April 23, 2023

    This exhibition represents a small portion of the vast body of creative work by the late Berkeley-based artist and teacher Frank Moore (1946–2013). Over the course of more than five decades, Moore, who was born with a physical disability, used painting, performance, public access television, and an extensive writing practice to explore the unlimited capacity for humans to connect. 

  • Rina Kimche

    January 11–March 26, 2023

    This is the first solo exhibition in the United States of the work of Israeli-based artist Rina Kimche (born 1934). Kimche’s diminutive sculptures are modern in their reductive, abstract simplicity and in their expression of the material essence of their clay medium.

  • Endless Knot: Struggle and Healing in the Buddhist World

    December 14, 2022–May 7, 2023

    Endless Knot: Struggle and Healing in the Buddhist World explores how artists and practitioners across two millennia have understood and utilized one of the core tenets of Buddhism—dependent arising, which posits that cycles of existence (saṃsāra) arise from past actions and that everything in the world can impact everything else.

  • Art Wall: Luis Camnitzer

    November 30, 2022–July 16, 2023

    In his West Coast solo project debut, Uruguayan artist Luis Camnitzer (b. 1937) debuts the new work below/here/above/ahead/was as part of BAMPFA’s Art Wall commissioned series.

  • Lena Wolff and Hope Meng: VOTE

    October 8–November 8, 2022

    The return of Wolff’s iconic poster series encourages viewers to make their voices heard at the ballot box in support of urgent and timely issues: for reproductive freedom, gun reform, trans rights, environmental justice, and democracy at large.

  • Undoing Time: Art and Histories of Incarceration

    September 3–December 11, 2022

    Undoing Time: Art and Histories of Incarceration considers the foundational roots of confinement from philosophical, sociological, theological, and art historical perspectives to better understand the fact that today’s mass incarceration crisis has been centuries in the making. This exhibition traces images from history that contribute to the entrenched cultural beliefs associated with today’s carceral system.

  • Hannah Levy / MATRIX 279

    August 10, 2022–January 8, 2023

    Hannah Levy’s tactile, creaturelike sculptures infuse the stripped-down lines of Modernist design with a visceral tension that is simultaneously sterile and erotic, amusing and disturbing.

  • Fluxus Reverb: Events, Scores, Boxes & More

    July 20, 2022–February 12, 2023

    An international movement of the 1960s and 1970s of artists working across disciplines and in a decidedly anti-commercial manner, this exhibition offers an opportunity to see Fluxus materials and many artworks in the form of a box, including numerous Fluxkits by a wide variety of artists.

  • by Alison Knowles: A Retrospective (1960–2022)

    July 20, 2022–February 12, 2023

    Best known as a core member of Fluxus, the first comprehensive exhibition of Knowles's work, spanning the entire breadth of her still-active career, from her intermedia works of the 1960s to participatory and relational art from the 2000s. 

  • Whitney Bradshaw: OUTCRY

    July 13–December 3, 2022

    This large-scale presentation of Bradshaw's photographic project features one hundred women engaging in unbridled self-expression as an act of defiance against patriarchal oppression. Running three times daily on the outdoor screen.

  • The 52nd Annual UC Berkeley Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition

    May 13–July 24, 2022

     BAMPFA and the UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice host an exhibition of works by the Master of Fine Arts class of 2022: Erica Deeman, Edgar Fabián Frías, Kavena Hambira, Hala Kaddoura, Ahn Lee, and Rivka Valérie Louissaint.

  • Art Wall: Caroline Kent

    April 27–October 30, 2022

    BAMPFA commissioned Chicago-based artist Caroline Kent to present The Sounds Among Us, a large-scale, self-reflective yet otherworldly meditation on the museum as a site of intimate performance and public engagement.

  • On the Hour: A Cool Million

    April 18–22, 2022

    This Earth Week, BAMPFA is proud to be participating in this public initiative for climate awareness led by artists and institutions to expand environmental arts programming and support the conservation of land central to the California hydrological cycle.

  • The Artist’s Eye: Tammy Rae Carland, David Huffman, Lava Thomas, John Zurier

    March 19–July 17, 2022

    Curated by four established Bay Area artists, this exhibition centers their respective artistic visions and engages the space where the artist—as curator, collector, and maker—meets the museum.

  • Recent Acquisitions from the BAMPFA Collection

    March 2–April 24, 2022

    This exhibition of recent acquisitions by the museum demonstrates BAMPFA’s ongoing work to expand the global art historical canon through the art of lesser known makers and marginalized groups.

  • Spiritual Mountains: The Art of Wesley Tongson

    January 12–June 12, 2022

    This exhibition debuts a recent gift of eleven Tongson paintings and pairs them with historic paintings from BAMPFA’s extensive Chinese painting collection, demonstrating the relationship between his genius and that of past masters.

  • Lines of Thought

    Gestural Abstraction in the BAMPFA Collection

    January 5–July 3, 2022

    This collection-based exhibition of gestural paintings from the 1950s to the present features works by key international figures who have continued to explore artistic possibilities within or in dialogue with gestural abstraction

  • Jumana Manna / MATRIX 278

    December 8–March 6, 2022 View
  • On the Hour: Night Watch

    September 16–October 31, 2021

    Screening hourly on BAMPFA's Outdoor Screen, Shimon Attie's 2018 video work features twelve portraits of refugees who fled violence and discrimination in their homeland and were granted political asylum in the United States.

  • New Time: Art and Feminisms in the 21st Century

    August 28, 2021–January 30, 2022

    Featuring more than 150 works, most made since the year 2000, this major survey presents a kaleidoscopic view of feminist practices in contemporary art.

  • Shirin Neshat: Fervor

    August 25–November 14, 2021 View
  • The Enduring Mark

    Six Centuries of Drawing from the Gray Collection

    August 6–November 28, 2021

    Celebrating drawing as an expression of the beauty, vigor, and ephemerality of life, this exhibition charts a history of European and American drawing from the fifteenth to the twentieth century with works by Rubens, Degas, Klee, Picasso, and more.

  • Art Wall: Luchita Hurtado

    August 6–March 20, 2022

    Developed from a drawing that delineates the differing strata of earth's material structure, BAMPFA's Art Wall commission is Hurtado's most monumental painting to date and among the last works she made.

  • The 51st Annual University of California, Berkeley Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition

    June 11–July 11, 2021

    BAMPFA presents works by this year’s MFA graduates from the Department of Art Practice at Cal.

  • Kay Sekimachi: Geometries

    May 28–October 24, 2021

    This survey spans the innovative career of Kay Sekimachi, whose experimental objects fold together art and craft, found and made, and Japanese and American artistic traditions.



  • The 50th Annual University of California, Berkeley Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition

    May 14–June 20, 2021

    After a pandemic-related postponement, we showcase works by 2020 graduates from the MFA program at Cal.

  • Ulrike Ottinger / MATRIX 276

    April 30–July 18, 2021

    In tandem with a streaming series of Ulrike Ottinger’s films, this exhibition highlights her work as a photographer, revealing her keen eye for landscape and intimate portraiture.

  • Present Tense: Five Centuries of Colonialism in Latin American and Caribbean Art

    Cal Conversations

    April 30–June 20, 2021

    An exhibition of historical and contemporary art that reveals how colonialism has shaped life in the Latin Americas offers captivating works that critique society and introduce beauty as a form of healing.


  • Beyond Boundaries: Buddhist Art of Gandhara

    April 30, 2021–March 13, 2022

    Northern India’s Gandharan region was a crossroads of power, culture, and art from the second to ninth centuries. Rare sculptural images of the Buddha and his life story reflect cultural exchanges between the Hellenistic world and the native artistic traditions of India.

  • 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.

  • Catherine Opie: Political Landscapes

    On the Outdoor Screen

    September 2–November 29, 2020

    Presented hourly on BAMPFA’s outdoor screen, this selection of photographs from Opie’s ongoing series documenting political protests in Los Angeles provides a glimpse into civic participation and affirms the right to freedom of expression.

  • When All That Is Solid Melts into Air

    Exploring the Intersection of the Folk and the Modern in Postcolonial India

    March 4–November 1, 2020

    Featuring Indian folk art as well as less traditional forms, this exhibition tells the story of the momentous social and artistic transformations that unfolded in the relationship between the “modern” and the “folk” in India after 1947.

  • Art for Human Rights: Peace Now!

    February 26–August 30, 2020

    A selection of protest posters made in Berkeley in the sixties and seventies offers a chance to reflect on an era when Americans were at war with one another while waging war abroad.

  • 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.


  • Ron Nagle: Handsome Drifter

    January 15, 2020–March 14, 2021

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

  • Brave Warriors and Fantastic Tales: The World According to Yoshitoshi

    January 15–July 19, 2020

    Legendary warriors and fantastical creatures come to life in the daring prints of Taiso Yoshitoshi, one of the last great ukiyo-e artists of Meiji Japan.

  • Lands of Promise and Peril: Geographies of California

    Cal Conversations

    December 11, 2019–August 23, 2020

    This student-curated exhibition maps California’s many contradictions as a place of beauty and brutality, prosperity and inequality, sanctuary and exclusion.

  • 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.

  • Sylvia Fein / MATRIX 275

    November 13, 2019–March 1, 2020

    This career-spanning centenary tribute of Sylvia Fein showcases a wide array of works drawing on both the personal and the fantastical.

  • BAMPFA AR—Augmented Time

    A Project by Luisa Caldas

    October 23–December 15, 2019

    Using augmented reality as a medium, BAMPFA AR—Augmented Time tells the story behind the new BAMPFA building by architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

  • Dennis Feldman: Photographs

    October 16–December 15, 2019

    Photographs by an affecting social documentarian and explorer of what he calls “a world contained in a frame.”

  • Terry Fox: Resonance

    October 2–December 15, 2019

    Two of Terry Fox’s video and audio works are being presented at BAMPFA in conjunction with Terry Fox: Resonance, a multivenue celebration organized by Dena Beard and Constance Lewallen.

  • Hinges: Sakaki Hyakusen and the Birth of Nanga Painting

    October 2, 2019–February 2, 2020

    The first US exhibition focused on Sakaki Hyakusen, the founding father of the Nanga school of painting in Japan, this presentation reveals his pivotal role in the history of eighteenth-century Japanese art and highlights the conservation of his masterpiece Mountain Landscape.

  • Kader Attia / MATRIX 274

    September 18–November 17, 2019

    Part of French-Algerian artist Kader Attia’s ongoing investigation of the concept of repair and healing from the trauma of war, this exhibition presents his seminal installation J’accuse.

  • The San Quentin Project: Nigel Poor and the Men of San Quentin State Prison

    August 21–November 17, 2019

    Following the evolution of artist Nigel Poor’s collaboration with men incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison, this exhibition features visual documents, photographs from the prison’s archive, and episodes of the award-winning podcast Ear Hustle.

  • Strange

    August 21, 2019–January 19, 2020

    Featuring works from many cultures and time periods that resonate with the spirit of Surrealism, this exhibition explores the improbable, uncanny, mysterious, and miraculous as sources of artistic inspiration.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Divine Women, Divine Wisdom

    June 26, 2019–December 8, 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.

  • The 49th Annual University of California, Berkeley Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition

    May 17–June 16, 2019

    BAMPFA showcases work by the latest graduates from the MFA program at Cal.

  • About Things Loved: Blackness and Belonging

    Cal Conversations

    May 17–July 21, 2019

    Featuring creations by Black artists in the collections of BAMPFA and the Hearst Museum of Anthropology, this exhibition organized by UC Berkeley graduate students imagines the liberatory possibilities of celebrating blackness and belonging.

  • Permanent Accusation: Art for Human Rights

    April 10–July 14, 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.

  • 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.

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

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Masako Miki / MATRIX 273

    January 9–April 28, 2019

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

  • Get Dancin’: Selections from the Collection

    January 9–March 31, 2019

    The exuberance, romance, and beauty of dance are central themes in this wide-ranging selection of works.

  • Ink, Paper, Silk: One Hundred Years of Collecting Japanese Art

    December 12, 2018–April 14, 2019

    An exceptional selection of scroll paintings, screens, woodblock prints, lacquerware, and ceramics demonstrating the breadth and beauty of Japanese art.

  • Arthur Jafa / MATRIX 272

    December 12, 2018–March 24, 2019

    A gallery exhibition and complementary screenings of videos by Arthur Jafa, whose work expands the concept of black cinema while exploring African American experience and race relations in everyday life.

  • Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein

    November 7, 2018–March 3, 2019

    Discover the connections between the scientific and artistic revolutions of the early twentieth century with this groundbreaking exhibition, which reveals how artists responded to scientific advances with bold new forms of creative expression.

  • Harvey Quaytman: Against the Static

    October 17, 2018–January 27, 2019

    This new retrospective charts the painter’s career from the 1960s through the 1990s, showcasing abstract experiments in form, texture, and color that are both formally rigorous and rich with sensuality and humor.

  • 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.

  • Redacted: Art for Human Rights

    September 19–December 10, 2018

    A selection of works from the BAMPFA collection that use redacted content to question the relationships between power, information, and censorship and consider the precarious nature of truth.

  • Old Masters in a New Light: Rediscovering the European Collection

    September 19–December 16, 2018

    BAMPFA’s outstanding collection of historical European art—including several important new acquisitions—is showcased in this exhibition, the culmination of a major research and conservation effort.

  • Christina Quarles / MATRIX 271

    September 19–November 18, 2018

    A gathering of paintings by Quarles, whose work tussles with culturally prescribed identities and probes the margins where meaning remains unfixed, illegible, and subject to question.

  • Art Wall: Barbara Stauffacher Solomon

    August 15, 2018–March 3, 2019

    The pioneer of the 1960s design phenomenon Supergraphics creates a new piece for BAMPFA’s Art Wall.

  • Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen

    July 11–October 14, 2018

    This first survey of Vicuña’s work stages a conversation about discarded and displaced people, places, and things in a time of global climate change.

  • Joanne Leonard: Intimate Documentary

    July 4-September 2, 2018

    Leonard’s photographs are rare, intimate documents of life in Oakland in the 1960s and 1970s.

  • Peter Hujar: Speed of Life

    June 30–November 18, 2018

    The first retrospective of an enormously influential artist whose photographs capture the creative subcultures of downtown New York in the 1970s and 1980s.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Cal Conversations: Dreaming the Lost Ming 夢回金陵

    February 21–May 13, 2018

    Created in collaboration with a UC Berkeley course, this exhibition explores the cataclysmic end of the Ming dynasty through paintings and literature of China’s long seventeenth century.

  • 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.

  • Jay Heikes / MATRIX 269

    February 14–April 29, 2018

    Recent paintings, sculptures, and drawings that offer both a reflection on our cultural moment and a commitment to the material properties of the art object

  • Theresa Hak Kyung Cha: Avant Dictee

    January 31–April 22, 2018

    View artworks and ephemera from the Cha archive at BAMPFA in dialogue with her best-known work, the artist's book Dictee.


  • Breaking ICE

    A Community Response to a Citizenship Test

    January 31–May 20, 2018

    An interactive installation based loosely on the 100 questions used to test aspiring US citizens.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • On the Hour / Hayoun Kwon

    I Suddenly Hear the Flap of Wings

    November 1–December 29, 2017

    Commissioned for BAMPFA’s outdoor screen, Kwon’s imaginative digital animation evokes a woman who transformed her apartment into an aviary.

  • Veronica De Jesus / MATRIX 268

    October 25, 2017–February 25, 2018

    De Jesus's memorial portraits honor artists, writers, and diverse cultural figures, testifying to the fact that each life is valuable and worthy of recognition.

  • Repentant Monk: Illusion and Disillusion in the Art of Chen Hongshou

    October 25, 2017–January 28, 2018

    Chen Hongshou is a major figure in Chinese art of the late Ming and early Qing dynasties. This exhibition explores his visually compelling work and his response to the turmoil of his times.

  • Global Lives Project

    October 25–December 29, 2017

    This collaborative video project captures twenty-four hours in the lives of diverse individuals across the globe.

  • Buddhist Realms

    October 25, 2107–April 22, 2018

    Exquisite examples of Buddhist art from the Himalayan region.

  • Miyoko Ito / MATRIX 267

    September 27, 2017–January 28, 2018

    Discover the singular vision of a Berkeley-born artist whose paintings explore both exterior and interior landscapes.

  • Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument

    September 27–December 17, 2017

    This investigation of the editorial process behind Parks's photo-essay "Harlem Gang Leader" reveals unspoken conflicts between photographer, editor, subject, and truth.

  • Martin Wong: Human Instamatic

    September 20–December 10, 2017

    This retrospective surveys the career of "one of our great urban visionaries" (New York Times), from Northern California to New York and back.

  • To the Letter: Regarding the Written Word

    September 13, 2017–January 28, 2018

    This exhibition crosses cultures and centuries to bring together works that activate the expressive and aesthetic potential of letters and words.

  • On the Hour / JJ PEET


    September 13–October 29, 2017

    PEET brings his distinctive observational style to a pair of videos commissioned for BAMPFA's monumental outdoor screen and Theater Two.

  • Information in the Flesh: Art for Human Rights

    September 13–October 1, 2017

    Works by Fernando Botero, Adrian Piper, and others demonstrate how power is articulated and reinforced through the dehumanized body.

  • Ugo Rondinone: the world just makes me laugh

    June 28–August 26, 2017

    The exhibition features clowns and rainbows, but it's not just clowning around—Swiss artist Rondinone's work is both exuberant and melancholy.

  • Divine Visions, Earthly Pleasures: Five Hundred Years of Indian Painting

    June 22–September 10, 2017

    Works from the BAMPFA collection reveal the richness and variety of India's painterly traditions.

  • Charles Howard: A Margin of Chaos

    June 21–October 1, 2017

    Discover the enigmatic work of this pioneering yet underrecognized painter, who bridged figurative, Surrealist, and abstract currents in modern art.

  • Buddhist Realms

    May 24–October 8, 2017

    Tibetan Buddhist paintings and sculptures vividly evoke the realms of the celestial and the supernatural.

  • The 47th Annual University of California, Berkeley Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition

    May 17–June 11, 2017

    Works by this year's MFA recipients from UC Berkeley's Department of Art Practice. 

  • Sam Contis / MATRIX 266

    May 3–August 26, 2017

    Photographic works made at the remote and idiosyncratic Deep Springs College. 

  • Irwin Kremen / MATRIX 265

    April 26–August 26, 2017

    Exquisitely composed collages incorporating fragments of found, or "experienced," paper.

  • Asher Hartman and Cliff Hengst / MATRIX 264

    April 12–16, 2017

    A one-man performance by Cliff Hengst, directed by Asher Hartman.

  • AMERICA AMERICA: Art for Human Rights

    March 22–April 16, 2017

    Works from the collection examining the history of US human rights.

  • Erica Deeman: Silhouettes

    March 8–June 11, 2017

    Large-scale photographs of women from the African diaspora, presented in a way that challenges traditional assumptions about artistic technique and individual identity.

  • Art Wall: Lawrence Weiner

    March 1–October 30, 2017

    The artist continues his exploration of language as medium in this newly commissioned work.

  • Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia

    February 8–May 21, 2017

    Explore how artists, architects, and designers intersected with the counterculture of the 1960s and early 1970s.

  • Slow Reading / Slow Seeing

    Cal Conversations

    January 18–April 30, 2017

    An exhibition of poems and artworks developed in collaboration with UC Berkeley Professor Lyn Hejinian’s class English 190: Slow Reading / Slow Seeing.

  • Michael Armitage / MATRIX 263

    December 14, 2016–April 2, 2017

    New works by the London-based painter reflect on sexuality and gender stereotypes in Kenya. 

  • Buddhist Art from the Roof of the World

    Transmission of the Dharma

    December 14, 2016–May 7, 2017 View
  • Andy Warhol: Still Lifes and Portraits

    November 23, 2016–March 12, 2017

    Warhol prints from 1964 to 1977 that critique contemporary culture.

  • Covered in Time and History: The Films of Ana Mendieta

    November 9, 2016–February 12, 2017

    This exhibition presents the films of Ana Mendieta (1948–1985) in the context of her own work and of the transformation of visual art in the 1970s.

  • Fernando Botero: Art for Human Rights

    Fall 2016

    Compelling works from Fernando Botero's Abu Ghraib series.

  • Mind Over Matter: Conceptual Art from the Collection

    October 19–December 23, 2016

    First-generation Conceptualism, focusing on performance and language. Works by Ant Farm, Eleanor Antin, John Baldessari, James Lee Byars, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Bruce Nauman, Ed Ruscha, Yoko Ono, and more.

  • Pat O'Neill / MATRIX 262

    September 28–November 27, 2016

    The work of Pat O'Neill, a pioneer of avant-garde film and optical printing techniques, including films, sculpture, photography, and works on paper.

  • Push and Pull: Hans Hofmann

    August 31–December 11, 2016

    Push and Pull: Hans Hofmann showcases signature works that manifest Hofmann’s dynamic painterly approach.

  • Art Wall: Terri Friedman

    August 25, 2016–February 12, 2017

    A monumental weaving by East Bay artist Terri Friedman, the second work in BAMPFA’s Art Wall series of commissioned temporary works.

  • Sojourner Truth, Photography, and the Fight Against Slavery

    July 27–October 23, 2016

    Photographic carte de visite self-portraits by abolitionist, feminist, and orator Sojourner Truth.

  • Buddhist Art from the Roof of the World

    July 27–November 27, 2016

    Paintings and sculptures from India, Tibet, and Nepal provide a window into a divine Buddhist reality.

  • Berkeley Eye

    Perspectives on the Collection

    July 13–December 11, 2016

    Berkeley Eye celebrates BAMPFA’s collection with nearly 150 works organized into thematic groupings, such as Human Nature; Space, Time, Energy; Barriers & Walls; Connection & Change. 

  • Summer Trees Casting Shade: Chinese Painting at Berkeley

    The First Fifty Years

    July 6–September 25, 2016

    Summer Trees Casting Shade celebrates the breadth and depth of BAMPFA’s acclaimed Chinese painting collection with over fifty diverse works.

  • The 46th Annual University of California, Berkeley Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition

    June 29–August 7

    Discover the work of this year’s MFA graduates of the UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice.

  • Cecilia Edefalk / MATRIX 261

    June 29-October 16, 2016

    Stockholm-based artist Cecilia Edefalk’s engagement with nature comes to the fore in this MATRIX exhibition featuring watercolors, photographs, sculptures, and paintings.

  • Otobong Nkanga / MATRIX 260

    May 11 & 14, 2016

    Two mixed-media performances by Otobong Nkanga that use storytelling to explore the material and natural history of Nigeria and beyond.

  • Architecture of Life

    January 31–May 29, 2016

    The inaugural exhibition BAMPFA's landmark new building, Architecture of Life explores the ways that architecture—as concept, metaphor, and practice—illuminates various aspects of life experience. 

  • Will Brown / MATRIX 259

    June 12–September 13, 2015

    Inspired by enigmatic stories about Dan Flavin’s 1978 site-specific installation at BAMPFA, Will Brown’s MATRIX exhibition includes installations outside BAMPFA’s Bancroft Way building, an artist book displayed in UC Berkeley’s Morrison Library, and a one-night theatrical production written by poet and playwright Kevin Killian.

  • The 45th Annual University of California, Berkeley Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition

    May 15–June 14, 2015

    We are honored to present the work of six promising artists-Leslie Dreyer, Tanja Geis, Lee Lavy, Michelle Ott, Sofie Ramos, and Matt Smith Chavez-in the forty-fifth edition of the annual MFA exhibition. This year's presentation will be held at the Berkeley Art Center, 1257 Walnut Street, Berkeley.

  • Tarek Atoui / MATRIX 258

    March 2–November 7, 2015

    Electroacoustic musician Tarek Atoui uses custom-built electronic instruments and computers to create music as a powerful tool of expression and identity.

  • Eric Baudelaire / MATRIX 257

    2/4/15 to 2/21/15 MATRIX 257 features the work of French-American artist Eric Baudelaire, who explores intricate facets of representation through a keen unraveling of entangled narratives. The exhibition comprises film screenings at the PFA Theater and an installation, film screenings, and public conversations at Kadist Art Foundation in San Francisco. View
  • Eric Baudelaire / MATRIX 257

    February 4–February 21, 2015

    MATRIX 257 features the work of French-American artist Eric Baudelaire, who explores intricate facets of representation through a keen unraveling of entangled narratives. The exhibition comprises film screenings at the PFA Theater and an installation, film screenings, and public conversations at Kadist Art Foundation in San Francisco.

  • Joseph Holtzman / MATRIX 256

    October 17–December 21, 2014

    Joseph Holtzman's paintings on marble achieve remarkable chromatic and tonal effects by exploiting the transparency of oil paint and the unusual capacity of the stone surface to absorb and reflect light. The themes and motifs of these highly personal paintings are drawn from Holtzman's interest in historical painting and eighteenth- and nineteenth-century decorative arts, and often depict family and friends, cultural personalities, historical figures, and literary characters.

  • American Wonder: Folk Art from the Collection

    October 1–December 22, 2014

    Discover the early years of our nation through portraits, landscapes, commemorative mourning pictures, weather vanes, and decorative sculptures that reflect the daily lives and aspirations of Americans between the years 1776 and 1865. American Wonder begins in Colonial New England, evoking the world of early settlers, and ends in the San Francisco Bay Area, where the pitched optimism of the Gold Rush met with dreams of a post-Civil War American Eden.

  • John Zurier / MATRIX 255

    September 12–December 21, 2014

    Berkeley-based artist John Zurier's luminous, abstract canvases capture qualities of light and the changing effects of the atmosphere. MATRIX 255 debuts a new body of paintings and watercolors that evoke the ice, fog, wind, water, and light of the Icelandic landscape, while also tapping into more timeless, contemplative states.

  • Geta Brătescu / MATRIX 254

    July 25–September 28, 2014

    MATRIX 254 presents a focused selection of key works by Geta Brătescu (b. 1926), a central figure in postwar Romanian art. Brătescu's multidisciplinary practice-which includes collage, drawing, video, textiles, performance, installation, photography, graphic design, and printmaking-is characterized by a playful, experimental approach and frequent use of role-playing and self-portraiture.

  • Looking Intently: The James Cahill Legacy

    July 23–December 21, 2014

    In fond memory of James Cahill (1926–2014), we present this selection from the collection in tribute to his tremendous generosity and commitment to Berkeley and to BAMPFA.

  • Hofmann by Hofmann

    July 2–December 22, 2014

    In 1963 Hans Hofmann donated nearly fifty paintings in support of the burgeoning University Art Museum (now BAMPFA). As we prepare to move to our new building in downtown Berkeley, it seems fitting to revisit the enduring vitality and generosity of Hofmann's extraordinary gift with a selection of the works selected personally by the artist for BAMPFA.

  • Color Shift

    June 18–August 24, 2014

    Inspired by Josef Albers, who taught that developing a "sensitive eye for color" was a key component of the modernist project, Color Shift explores color relationships within abstract compositions. The exhibition puts into dialogue a broad range of media and includes work by Jennifer Bartlett, Dan Flavin, Xylor Jane, Ruth Laskey, Ron Nagle, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and more.

  • Forrest Bess: Seeing Things Invisible

    June 11–September 14, 2014

    Self-described “visionary” artist Forrest Bess (1911–1977) created a signature aesthetic, painting simple landscapes characterized by planar bands and coded symbols derived from dreams. Forrest Bess: Seeing Things Invisible pairs Bess's paintings, dating from 1946 to 1970, with an installation of archival materials curated by sculptor Robert Gober that illuminates Bess's art and life.

  • What #isamuseum?

    May 23–December 31, 2014

    Is a museum fun? Truthful? Political? Artist Sam Durant invites you share your thoughts on and on Twitter using #isamuseum.

  • Envisioning Human Rights: The Next Generation

    April 23–September 21, 2014

    We have teamed up with the Human Rights Center at the UC Berkeley School of Law to celebrate their twentieth anniversary with a juried exhibition of artworks by University of California students that address a broad spectrum of social justice issues.

  • Will Rogan / MATRIX 253

    April 11–June 29, 2014

    For MATRIX 253, Will Rogan has created a new body of work that explores various time scales-past, present, and future-as evinced in a reversed order or a backward motion. Primarily taking the form of photography, collage, sculpture, or video, Rogan's work possesses a subtlety and quietude that inspire thoughtful consideration of the material effects of time and space.

  • The Elephant's Eye: Artful Animals in South & Southeast Asia

    March 5–July 6, 2014

    Elephants take center stage in this delightful exhibition that focuses on the representation of animals in the art of India, Thailand, and Cambodia. Discover how animals evoke the power of kingdoms, embody the wisdom of saints, and inspire devotional desire.

  • Barbara Chase-Riboud: The Malcolm X Steles

    February 12–April 27, 2014

    Barbara Chase-Riboud: The Malcolm X Steles features monumental sculptures and lyrical drawings by the internationally acclaimed artist and author. The exhibition focuses on six major sculptures named in memory of the assassinated civil rights leader, which are marked by the dynamic interplay of material and thematic opposites.

  • The Possible

    January 29–May 25, 2014

    Combining studio, school, library, gallery, and stage, The Possible is an open platform for exploring diverse creative techniques. This experimental exhibition transforms our galleries into workshops-a ceramics studio, dye lab, print shop, and recording studio-to foster collaboration among artists and between artists and visitors. Come and be a part of the process.

  • Kids Club

    January 29–December 21, 2014

    Explore and create in Kids Club, a special gallery dedicated to involving children in creative work. Designed in conjunction with the artists of The Possible. Admission to the BAMPFA Galleries always free for children 12 and under.

  • Paz Errázuriz / MATRIX 251

    January 17–March 30, 2014

    MATRIX 251 presents two series by Chilean photographer Paz Errázuriz, La manzana de Adán (Adam's Apple) and Boxeadores (Boxers), both of which were made during the brutal military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. The photographs display Errázuriz's authentic and deeply human approach to portraying people living on the margins of society.

  • Anna Maria Maiolino / MATRIX 252

    January 17–March 30, 2014

    This exhibition of work by São Paulo–based artist Anna Maria Maiolino features a group of four videos from the 1970s and early 1980s that use the body to express the experience of living under an oppressive regime.

  • Art for Human Rights

    November 13–November 25, 2013

    Powerful drawings and paintings from Fernando Botero's Abu Ghraib series commemorate Art for Human Rights.

  • Multiple Encounters

    November 6–February 16, 2014

    Multiple Encounters puts the video work of Yang Fudong in direct dialogue with historical Chinese paintings from our collection, and suggests that some of the ambiguous qualities of Yang's work may be inherited from the Chinese classical tradition.

  • Linda Stark / MATRIX 250

    October 18–December 22, 2013

    Los Angeles–based artist Linda Stark has been making figurative and abstract paintings with heavily built-up surfaces of paint since the late 1980s. MATRIX 250 highlights her more recent series of “adorned” and “branded” paintings, which conflate the surface textures of the painting with various aspects of the female body.

  • Beauty Revealed: Images of Women in Qing Dynasty Chinese Painting

    September 25–December 22, 2013

    Beauty Revealed proposes new ways of viewing and understanding the genre of later Chinese painting known as meiren hua, or beautiful women painting. The exhibition features over twenty rare, exquisite paintings of women in intimate settings, such as the garden, home, bath, and brothel.

  • Yang Fudong: Estranged Paradise, Works 1993–2013

    August 21–December 8, 2013

    This first midcareer survey of the work of Yang Fudong presents photographs, films, and video installations by a leading figure in China's contemporary art world and independent cinema movement. Yang reflects the ideals and anxieties of the generation that came of age after the Cultural Revolution and is struggling to find its place in the rapidly changing society of the new China.

  • Zarouhie Abdalian / MATRIX 249

    August 2–September 29, 2013

    MATRIX 249 showcases the work of Oakland-based artist Zarouhie Abdalian, whose work often responds to the specific attributes of a given location, architectural setting, or social landscape. For this exhibition, the artist has created new sculptures for Gallery A that explore the interrelated, yet distinct, states of noise, silence, and the absence of sound.

  • Thingamajigs: Migrations, Maps & Labyrinths

    July 21–August 16, 2013

    We are pleased to welcome Thingamajigs Performance Group as our first-ever L@TE artists-in-residence. With the help of audiences and local collaborators Thingamajigs investigates the meanings of travel, migrations, maps, and labyrinths in a series of linked performances, talks, a workshop, and open rehearsals.

  • Deities, Demons, and Teachers of Tibet, Nepal, and India

    June 26–September 14, 2014

    Joyful and sensual sculptural figures of Indian deities and dancers join radiant images of enlightened beings from Tibet and Nepal in Deities, Demons, and Teachers, which presents a rotating display of works by anonymous Indian, Nepalese, and Tibetan artisans.

  • Gazing into Nature: Early Chinese Painting

    June 5–October 20, 2013

    We are delighted to present, for the first time in ten years, a selection of BAMPFA's earliest Chinese paintings. These rare works by twelfth- to fifteenth-century landscape and bird-and-flower painters demonstrate the sophistication and accomplishment of the early Chinese painting tradition.

  • Unruly

    June 4–July 14, 2013

    Unruly highlights new acquisitions in which line, form, color, and surface operate in willful and surprising ways. Includes work by Linda Geary, Clare Rojas, Leslie Shows, David Simpson, Leo Valledor, and others.

  • The 43rd Annual University of California, Berkeley Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition

    May 17–June 16, 2013 BAMPFA presents the work of the 2013 M.F.A. graduates of UC Berkeley's Department of Art Practice. View
  • Hans Hofmann: Rectangles

    May 17–September 1, 2013

    Now closing August 25. Drawn exclusively from BAMPFA's unsurpassed collection of paintings by the tremendously influential Abstract Expressionist artist, Hans Hofmann: Rectangles celebrates the completion of a comprehensive conservation project.

  • Ballet of Heads: The Figure in the Collection

    May 17–August 25, 2013

    Taking as its point of departure the work of Nicole Eisenman, on view in MATRIX 248, Ballet of Heads brings together works from the collection that demonstrate the inexhaustible variety and texture of the human form in art.

  • Rebar: Kaleidoscape

    May 12, 2013–December 21, 2014

    We invite you to experience Kaleidoscape, an interactive seating sculpture designed by the San Francisco–based firm Rebar. Come rearrange the modular pieces to create a customized environment for study, relaxation, or socializing, or use the sections to create a crystalline landscape. Take a picture of your Kaleidoscape composition and share it on our photostream!

  • Nicole Eisenman / MATRIX 248

    May 3–July 14, 2013

    MATRIX 248 showcases the work of New York–based artist Nicole Eisenman, who has been steadfastly expanding dialogues surrounding painting and drawing since the 1990s. Intermixing styles associated with American Regionalism and the Italian Renaissance with German Expressionism, Eisenman brings history to bear in her canvases and drawings, yet twists the imagery to infuse these familiar forms with her own incisive social commentary and aesthetic voice.

  • Art For Human Rights

    April 1–April 14, 2013

    As part of our ongoing Art for Human Rights program, we display paintings and works on paper from acclaimed Colombian artist Fernando Botero's provocative Abu Ghraib series (2004–06).

  • Apichatpong Weerasethakul / MATRIX 247

    February 15–April 21, 2013

    MATRIX 247 presents Apichatpong Weerasethakul's 2007 video installation Morakot (Emerald), where ghostly voices share their stories as the camera lingers on dust, light, and memory in the empty rooms and hallways of a defunct Bangkok hotel that once housed Cambodian refugees.

  • Anna Halprin / MATRIX 246

    February 15–April 21, 2013

    For MATRIX 246, visionary choreographer Anna Halprin stages the final performances of her groundbreaking 1965 dance, Parades and Changes, and we display scores, photographs, and other documentation of the history of the dance.

  • Silence

    January 30–April 28, 2013 Inspired by John Cage's groundbreaking composition 4'33", and the centenary of the composer's birth, Silence considers the absence of sound as both subject and medium in modern and contemporary art and film. The exhibition includes work by Joseph Beuys, Stan Brakhage, Giorgio de Chirico, Maya Deren, Nathaniel Dorsky, Marcel Duchamp, René Magritte, Christian Marclay, Nam June Paik, Robert Rauschenberg, Doris Salcedo, Tino Sehgal, Stephen Vitiello, and Andy Warhol, among others. View
  • Rudolf de Crignis / MATRIX 245

    January 30–May 5, 2013

    MATRIX 245, Rudolf de Crignis's first solo museum exhibition in the United States, brings together fourteen paintings and a series of graphite works on paper from 1991 to 2006. De Crignis (1948–2006) is best known for radiant abstract works, layered hues of blue that he called "catalysts to create the space and the light."

  • Facing Two Directions: A Japanese Painter Looks to China

    January 30–May 19, 2013

    A magnificent pair of screens painted by Sakaki Hyakusen forms the centerpiece of this exhibition. The masterful Hyakusen (1697–1752) was an artist facing two directions: one towards the traditions of China and the other toward the future of Japanese Nanga painting.

  • Himalayan Pilgrimage: Sacred Space

    December 5–May 26, 2013 View
  • Trimpin: Nancarrow Percussion Orchestra / MATRIX 244

    November 2–December 23, 2012

    Trimpin's Nancarrow Percussion Orchestra celebrates the one-hundredth birthday of the avant-garde composer Conlon Nancarrow (1912–97) with an interactive sculptural sound installation comprising three reconstructed salvaged pianos as well as percussive instruments originally designed and built by Nancarrow. Commissioned by Other Minds in collaboration with BAMPFA in conjunction with Nancarrow at 100: A Centennial Celebration.

  • Art for Human Rights

    October 31–November 11, 2012

    As part of the new BAMPFA program Art for Human Rights, we feature several works from Fernando Botero's provocative Abu Ghraib series, as well as a sculpture by the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and newly acquired photographs by Ruth-Marion Baruch and Pirkle Jones that focus on aspects of the Black Panther movement.

  • Points of Departure

    October 3–December 2, 2012 View
  • Devotion

    August 24–November 4, 2012

    Devotion brings together works from the collection toexplore the relationship between viewer and image in fourteenth to eighteenth century devotional art from the West. Among the artists included are Rubens, Dürer, Rembrandt, Patinir, and Caracciolo.

  • Barry McGee

    August 24–December 9, 2012

    This first midcareer survey of the globally influential San Francisco–based artist showcases the broad range of Barry McGee's compassionate and vivacious work. Taking over the entire lower level of the museum, the exhibition includes rarely seen early etchings, letterpress printing trays and liquor bottles painted with his trademark cast of down-and-out urban characters, constellations of vibrant op-art painted panels, animatronic taggers, and an elaborate re-creation of a cacophonous street-corner bodega, along with many new projects.

  • Lutz Bacher / MATRIX 242

    July 18–October 7, 2012

    MATRIX 242 presents Bien Hoa (2006–07), an important but rarely seen series that sheds light on the elusive practice of Berkeley-based artist Lutz Bacher. The series juxtaposes enlargements of photographs taken by a soldier in Vietnam, unearthed by the artist at a local salvage store, with the versos of the originals, which reveal the soldier/photographer's handwritten annotations. As in much of her work, in this series Bacher uses found objects to prompt questions without offering clear answers.

  • D-L Alvarez / MATRIX 243

    July 18–October 7, 2012

    D-L Alvarez's first solo museum exhibition explores the aesthetic guises that sometimes mask unspeakable horrors. MATRIX 243 pairs The Closet, a drawing series from 2006–07 based on the 1978 horror film Halloween, with Something to Cry About (I and II) (2007), patchwork bodysuits draped on armatures that evoke the skins of corpses.

  • At the Edge: Recent Acquisitions

    July 18–December 23, 2012

    At the Edge features works that have entered the BAMPFA collection over the past two years that convey a sense of reaching-and sometimes crossing-limits of perception and experience. Among the works on view are dreamlike, mystical, and otherworldly visions, as well as images of life at its dramatic extremes.

  • Himalayan Pilgrimage: Liberation Through Sight

    June 15–November 25, 2012

    The journey of Himalayan Pilgrimage continues with Liberation Through Sight, which focuses on artwork created as vehicles to enlightenment. Works on view include an exceptionally rare set of seven paintings depicting the lineage of the Great Fifth Dalai Lama (c. 1815), as well as images of compassionate and wrathful deities of the Tibetan pantheon.

  • The 42nd Annual University of California, Berkeley Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition

    May 18–June 10, 2012

    Be among the first to encounter the work of seven exceptional artists as they embark on their careers in the Forty-Second Annual University of California, Berkeley Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition.

  • State of Mind: New California Art circa 1970

    February 29–June 17, 2012

    Have you ever heard the sound of ice melting? State of Mind: New California Art circa 1970, part of Pacific Standard Time, offers an in-depth exploration of Conceptual art made by both Northern and Southern California artists during a pivotal period in contemporary art.

  • Tables of Content: Ray Johnson and Robert Warner Bob Box Archive / MATRIX 241

    January 27–May 20, 2012

    The collagist Robert Warner has arranged the contents of thirteen boxes given to him by reclusive artist Ray Johnson (the "Bob Boxes") on tables and on the gallery walls. The collages, letters, drawings, beach trash and other found objects reveal Johnson's stream-of-consciousness flow through the matter and memory of everyday life. “Once you get into Johnson art, it's very hard to leave . . . take that immersive trip with a highly knowledgeable and profoundly committed guide” (Holland Cotter, New York Times).

  • Andy Warhol: Polaroids / MATRIX 240

    January 27–May 20, 2012

    Meet celebrities and other fabulous people in this diverse selection of portraits taken by Warhol in the 1970s and 1980s with his favorite camera, the Polaroid Big Shot. A generous gift from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, these images reveal a little-known but seminal aspect of Warhol's practice.

  • Abstract Expressionisms: Paintings and Drawings from the Collection

    January 18–June 10, 2012

    Come spend some time with the work of seminal Abstract Expressionists this spring at BAMPFA. Forceful paintings by Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Hans Hofmann, William Baziotes, Asger Jorn, Philip Guston, and others hang in light-filled Gallery A, while Gallery C displays rarely seen works on paper by artists including Sam Francis, Mark Tobey, Antonio Saura, and Norman Bluhm.

  • The Reading Room

    January 15, 2012–December 21, 2014

    Come hang out in The Reading Room, a temporary project dedicated to poetry and experimental fiction. On selected Fridays, The Reading Room becomes the site of readings by poets and writers.

  • Sun Works

    November 9–May 6, 2012

    The sun's power to illuminate, yet also to scar, makes itself known in the works of Sarah Charlesworth and Chris McCaw on view in Sun Works. Part of a larger series that explores how current events are represented photographically in the media, Charlesworth's Arc of Total Eclipse (1979) tracks a solar eclipse across the front pages of multiple newspapers. Like Charlesworth, McCaw is also interested in questioning the role of the photograph as a simple representation of reality. For Sunburned GSP #488 (2011), he used a handmade view-camera to capture the path of the sun on a paper negative, creating an ambiguous, ethereal image.

  • Richard Misrach: Photographs from the Collection

    October 12–February 5, 2012

    In conjunction with 1991: Oakland–Berkeley Fire Aftermath, Photographs by Richard Misrach, we are pleased to present works by Richard Misrach from the BAMPFA collection. In addition to the entire Graecism portfolio (1979–82), Richard Misrach: Photographs from the Collection also includes samplings from the artist's acclaimed series Golden Gate (2000), Desert Cantos (1987–97), and Bravo 20 Bombing Range (1986).

  • 1991: The Oakland-Berkeley Fire Aftermath Photographs by Richard Misrach

    October 12–February 5, 2012

    In October 1991, immediately following a catastrophic firestorm that struck the Oakland and Berkeley hills, renowned Bay Area photographer Richard Misrach ventured into the fire zone armed with his eight-by-ten-inch view camera, recording both stark vistas and intimate details of destroyed homes. To commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the fire, BAMPFA and the Oakland Museum of California each present forty photographs from the series, including fourteen large-format images whose immense scale invites the viewer to enter into Misrach's quiet elegies.

  • Silke Otto-Knapp: A light in the moon / MATRIX 239

    September 30, 2011–January 15, 2012

    With layered washes of similarly hued watercolors, the canvases of London-based German artist Silke Otto-Knapp seem at first monochromatic, but slight changes in light or a viewer's position reveal figures or landscapes. Conflating the mediums of painting and performance, Otto-Knapp draws from the vocabulary of abstraction to renew our engagement in the act of seeing.

  • Kurt Schwitters: Color and Collage

    August 3–November 27, 2011

    The first major museum presentation of Schwitters's work to appear in the United States in more than twenty-five years, Kurt Schwitters: Color and Collage examines one of the most daring and innovative figures of the international avant-garde. Including assemblages, collages, sculpture, and a reconstruction of his room-size sculptural installation Merzbau, the exhibition places particular emphasis on the significance of color and light in the artist's work and explores the relationship between his collage and painting.

  • Fernando Botero: The Abu Ghraib Series

    August 3–September 23, 2011

    Internationally acclaimed artist Fernando Botero created an intense torrent of drawings and paintings responding to abuses at Abu Ghraib prison. In 2009, the artist donated fifty-six works from this series to BAMPFA, an extraordinary gift made in recognition of Berkeley's historic role in the arena of free speech.

  • Rome, Naples, Venice: Italian Masterworks from the BAMPFA Collection

    July 6–December 18, 2011

    In celebration of the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of Italian unification, we present Rome, Naples, Venice: Italian Masterworks from the BAMPFA Collection. This exhibition brings together striking works by Mannerist and Baroque artists, including Caravaggio, Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, Giambattista Tiepolo, and Il Cavaliere d'Arpino, that reflect a vibrant range of artistic innovation from three of Italy's great cities.

  • Desirée Holman: Heterotopias / MATRIX 238

    June 26–September 18, 2011

    Heterotopias, which combines live action with digital animation, is one of a trilogy of videos in which Desirée Holman imagines and interrogates the human tendency to engage in fictional narratives. Holman constructs a Möbius-like relation between real and virtual, self and avatar, action and play, fantasy and fiction.

  • Thomson & Craighead: Flipped Clock

    Online only

    June 1–August 31, 2011

    Flipped Clock, by the British artist duo Jon Thomson and Alison Craighead, is an online digital clock display that is inverted vertically. Flipped Clock takes an image created to be a display (a clock face) and puts it on display. Inverting the numbers underscores this quotation and asks us to consider the artifice behind this taskmaster of modern life.

  • Inarguably Uncertain: The 41st Annual University of California, Berkeley Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition

    May 20–June 26, 2011

    Come see the newest talents to arrive on the art-world stage in the Forty-First Annual M.F.A. exhibition. The M.F.A. exhibition at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive offers UC Berkeley M.F.A. graduates in art practice the opportunity to present their work in the museum galleries and, in the process, gain valuable experience working in a professional museum setting. This year's artists include Corinna Nicole Brewer, Chun-Shan (Sandie) Yi, Narangkar Glover, Plinio Alberto Hernandez, Merav Tzur, Chris E. Vargas, and David Gregory Wallace.

  • Create

    May 11–September 25, 2011

    Create is a major survey exhibition that brings together work made at three pioneering centers for artists with developmental disabilities: Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland, San Francisco's Creativity Explored, and NIAD Art Center in Richmond. Showcasing twenty artists, who work in a variety of media and styles, Create celebrates the thirty years of phenomenal achievement that has been nourished in these small but influential artistic communities.

  • Jill Magid: Closet Drama / MATRIX 237

    March 20–June 12, 2011

    Jill Magid's recent work explores the intersection of governmental power and current events. For MATRIX, Magid considers a shooting at the Texas State Capitol by Fausto Cardenas in relation to Goethe's Faust, finding in the obvious but ultimately fruitful association similar tragic themes. By turning the gallery into a stage for the reading of Faust, a “closet drama,” the piece engages the larger themes of truth and fiction, language and translation, history and legend, gesture and performance, revelation and redaction, individual and institution.

  • Shelley Jackson: Skin

    March 1–May 31, 2011

    Shelley Jackson's Skin-equal parts conceptual art, performance art, literature, and Internet art-literalizes many of the tropes of Web-based art, such as decentralized authorship and the networked (common) body. In 2003, Jackson posted a 2,095-word short story on the Internet and invited readers to tattoo one word from the story on their bodies. The participants, known as “words,” gradually publish the story in the world, blurring the boundaries between online and offline.

  • Abstract Now and Then 

    February 16–April 17, 2011

    This exhibition in two parts draws on BAMPFA's rich permanent collection to present an overview of abstraction from the 1940s to 2010, including Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, and Conceptualism, as well as works that exemplify how a new generation of artists is extending, reinterpreting, and challenging the legacy of these pivotal movements.

  • Futurefarmers: A Variation on the Powers of Ten / MATRIX 236

    February 6–April 17, 2011

    San Francisco-based collective Futurefarmers is spending the academic year in residency at the University exploring the production and the limits of knowledge. As a framework for this research, Futurefarmers is drawing on the iconic 1977 film Powers of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames and its central image of a picnic on a blanket. Research events will be documented and made available through the project website and related publication, and will also serve as fodder for a series of public programs at BAMPFA.

  • Indeterminate Stillness: Looking at Whistler 

    January 26–April 10, 2011

    This exhibition, celebrating Sharon and Barclay Simpson's gift to BAMPFA of sixty-two prints by James McNeill Whistler, looks at how Whistler subordinated Realism to the Modernist concerns of design, color, and tonal variation.

  • Eva Hesse: Studiowork

    January 26–April 10, 2011

    Like other artists of the 1960s, sculptor Eva Hesse (1936-1970) pushed the conceptual and technical limits of art. Organized by The Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh, this exhibition presents rarely seen small-scale works, many from BAMPFA's own collection, that illuminate Hesse's studio practice and capture moments of experimentation.

  • Echoes of the Past: Qing Dynasty Chinese Painting 

    January 5–June 26, 2011

    This selection of new acquisitions highlights the ink painters of the Ming and Qing dynasties whose work was inspired by the artists of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries.

  • Emily Roysdon: If I Don't Move Can You Hear Me? / MATRIX 235

    December 12, 2010–March 6, 2011

    Artist and writer Emily Roysdon's work explores the intersection of social, political, and aesthetic space. Roysdon's MATRIX project, produced largely on-site in Berkeley, consists of photographic work that engages with the limits, framing, and representation of movement(s), both bodily movement and social/political movements. As part of her collaborative practice, Roysdon has invited other writers to consider the project's vocabulary of use, regulation, structure, and frame in a publication that accompanies the exhibition.

  • Vuk Ćosić: ASCII History of Moving Images

    December 1, 2010–February 28, 2011

    Vuk Ćosić created the ASCII History of Moving Images in 1998, just five years after the World Wide Web was introduced to the general public. Rendered online in the visual lingo of early computers, a black screen with green letters and numbers (ASCII characters), the piece presents clips that recall points when film, television, and video were finding their voices as the new media of their day. Online only:

  • Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945–2000 The Timeline

    October 6, 2010–April 3, 2011

    With the publication of Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945–2000, BAMPFA presents the first comprehensive overview of Bay Area avant-garde film and video. The book is accompanied by an exhibition featuring posters, flyers, and rare ephemera; a film and video series bringing artists to Berkeley to screen their work at the PFA Theater; and a series of special Radical L@TE programs.

  • Marjolijn Dijkman: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum / MATRIX 234

    September 26–November 28, 2010

    Marjolijn Dijkman's exhibition title refers to the first modern atlas, the “Theater of the World,” published in 1570. For Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, an ongoing photographic project initiated in 2005, Dijkman has archived and organized over 9,000 images in order to rethink existing representations of the world. The project includes an accompanying website and a freely distributed newspaper.

  • Jeff Crouse: Unlogo

    September 1–November 30, 2010

    With an iPhone app and a website, this online exhibition enables individuals to use a phone to identify logos occurring in cellular photographs and to replace them with images drawn from an online databank. Anyone can view and contribute to the databank, suggesting and uploading images that may be substituted for a particular logo, hence undoing the original logo-Unlogo.Online only:

  • Flowers of the Four Seasons: Ten Centuries of Art from the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture

    August 25–December 12, 2010

    A dazzling array of Japan's greatest artistic traditions from ancient to modern will be presented in BAMPFA's major fall exhibition, which will feature a selection of more than 100 works of art from one of the most significant collections of Japanese art in America.

  • Hauntology

    July 14–December 5, 2010

    Drawn primarily from the museum's recent acquisitions of contemporary art, this exhibition explores a wide range of art through the lens of the concept of “hauntology,” a term coined by the French philosopher Jacques Derrida in 1993 to refer to the study of social, psychological, and cultural conditions in the post-Communist period.

  • David Wilson: Gatherings / MATRIX 233

    July 7–August 22, 2010

    Gatherings is the first-ever crossover project between the museum's MATRIX and L@TE programs. Follow the Oakland-based artist David Wilson's progress on site-specific installations in Gallery B while becoming immersed in a series of four Friday-night performances programmed in conjunction with his work.

  • Himalayan Pilgrimage: Journey to the Land of Snows

    June 16, 2010–June 8, 2012

    Explore the journey of Buddhism across several centuries and from India into Tibet through exceptionally beautiful objects of sculpture and painting dating from the ninth to the eighteenth centuries.

  • Marisa Olson: Double Bind

    June 1–August 31, 2010

    With a pair of provocative YouTube videos, Olson unravels the promise and pitfalls of online participatory culture.

  • No Right Angles: The 40th Annual University of California, Berkeley Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition

    May 21–June 20, 2010

    This year's M.F.A. exhibition introduces seven local artists-Miguel Arzabe, Bonnie Begusch, Amanda Eicher, Matt Mullins, Aliza Rand, aZin seraj, and Rebecca Suss-who challenge preconceptions about both the media and the motivations of art.

  • Brent Green: Perpetual and furious refrain / MATRIX 232

    May 2–September 12, 2010

    Brent Green is a maker of moving things-animated films, kinetic objects, and other eccentric inventions. His MATRIX exhibition coincides with the release of his first feature film, Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, a fable of love, loss, and compulsive construction.

  • What's It All Mean: William T. Wiley in Retrospect

    March 17–July 18, 2010

    This retrospective surveys the witty, idiosyncratic, and introspective work of William T. Wiley, a beloved Bay Area artist and “a national treasure” (Wall Street Journal). Layered with ambiguous ideas and allusions, autobiographical narrative and sociopolitical commentary, Wiley's art is rich in self-deprecating humor and absurdist insight.

  • Realm of Enlightenment: Masters and Teachers from the Land of Snows

    March 3–August 1, 2010

    This installation of extraordinary objects from Tibet explores the role of the teacher and master in the transmission of the Buddhist canon.

  • Assignment Shanghai: Photographs on the Eve of Revolution

    March 3–May 23, 2010

    In 1946, Life magazine assigned the young photographer Jack Birns to Shanghai with instructions to document the ongoing Chinese civil war. This selection of the resulting photographs, drawn from the BAM collection, vividly captures a cosmopolitan city in the midst of social and political change.

  • James Buckhouse: Serg Riva

    March 1–May 31, 2010

    Welcome to the world of Serg Riva, self-declared “aquatic couturier, enfant terrible, and man about town”-and sly fictive creation of artist James Buckhouse.

  • Nature into Action: Hans Hofmann

    February 3, 2010–July 3, 2011

    Drawn from BAMPFA's extensive Hans Hofmann collection, this installation reveals the relationship between nature as source and action as method in the great abstract painter's work.

  • James Castle: A Retrospective

    February 3–April 25, 2010

    Born deaf and raised in rural Idaho, James Castle was an artist of remarkable range, subtlety, and graphic skill. This retrospective of Castle's drawings, books, and paper constructions is an “exhilarating . . . opportunity to fully consider one of America's most idiosyncratic self-taught artists” (Artforum).

  • Thom Faulders: BAMscape

    January 29, 2010–April 15, 2012

    How often do you get a chance to sit, lounge, or study on a work of art? BAMscape invites you to interact with art-and with the museum-in unexpected ways.

  • Ahmet Öğüt: Exploded City / MATRIX 231

    January 24–April 11, 2010

    An imaginary metropolis constructed from models of buildings and vehicles that have figured in acts of violence and terrorism worldwide, Ahmet Öğüt's Exploded City engages the poetics and politics of space, architecture, and international relations.

  • Joe McKay: Big Time

    December 1, 2009–February 28, 2010

    This new Internet artwork and iPhone app takes a tongue-in-cheek approach to the notion of “personal time.”

  • French Film Posters from the BAMPFA Collection

    November 25, 2009–September 12, 2010

    An exhibition in the museum's Theater Gallery celebrates the art of the French film poster.

  • New Pathways to Ancient Traditions: Recent Acquisitions to the Asian Art Collection

    October 30, 2009–February 14, 2010

    A new exhibition unveils major gifts to the BAM collection, including subtly beautiful Chinese ceramics and fascinating, intricately sculpted seals.

  • Omer Fast: Nostalgia / MATRIX 230

    October 25–December 17, 2009

    Omer Fast's video works conflate factual and fictional narratives at the intersection of memory, history, and media. In his project for MATRIX, an interview with a Nigerian refugee is reimagined as science fiction.

  • Fernando Botero: The Abu Ghraib Series

    September 23, 2009–February 7, 2010

    Internationally acclaimed artist Fernando Botero offers a powerful critique of the prisoner abuses at Abu Ghraib in a series of paintings and drawings recently donated to the Berkeley Art Museum.

  • Ari Marcopoulos: Within Arm's Reach

    September 23, 2009–February 7, 2010

    Recording New York's downtown art world or the emerging hip-hop scene, shooting snowboarders hurtling down a vertical mountain face or chronicling the vicissitudes of his own family life, photographer Ari Marcopoulos unerringly captures the zeitgeist. This midcareer retrospective surveys the intimate and compelling work of a key documentarian of contemporary culture.

  • Angelo Plessas

    September 1–November 30, 2009

    The first presentation of the new BAMPFA NetArt portal features whimsical and meditative works that offer a nuanced critique of social spectacle.

  • Theresa Hak Kyung Cha: Earth

    August 26, 2009–February 7, 2010

    Conceptual art takes on elemental themes in this exhibition of works by Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, drawn from the artist's archive at BAMPFA.

  • Material Witness

    July 22–December 20, 2009

    Artists from Francisco Goya to Carrie Mae Weems bear witness to social issues and consider cultural memory in a new selection of works from the Berkeley Art Museum collection.

  • Deborah Grant: Bacon, Egg, Toast in Lard / MATRIX 228

    May 31–October 11, 2009

    Deborah Grant's paintings are densely layered with marks and meanings drawn from popular media, history, and personal experience. The centerpiece of her MATRIX exhibition views contemporary concerns-race, sexuality, violence-through the surprising prism of an imagined meeting between painter Francis Bacon and comedienne Jackie “Moms” Mabley.

  • What We Can Live With: The 39th Annual University of California, Berkeley Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition

    May 15–June 21, 2009

    This year's M.F.A. exhibition introduces six promising local artists: Sara Bright, Lydia Greer, Laura Britt Greig, Farley Gwazda, Aaron Maietta, and Ginger Wolfe-Suárez.

  • Human/Nature: Artists Respond to a Changing Planet

    April 1–September 27, 2009

    Can art inspire conservation? Can conservation inspire art? Human/Nature explores these questions and investigates the relationships between fragile natural environments and the human communities that depend upon them. The exhibition presents new works by Mark Dion, Ann Hamilton, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Marcos Ramírez ERRE, Rigo 23, Dario Robleto, Diana Thater, and Xu Bing.

  • Taking Refuge: Buddhist Art from the Land of White Clouds

    February 25–May 3, 2009

    A selection of rare and beautiful objects from Tibet, Nepal, and northern India represents the rich history of Buddhist art in the Himalayas.

  • Galaxy: A Hundred or So Stars Visible to the Naked Eye

    February 25–August 30, 2009

    Galaxy creates a new constellation of works from the Berkeley Art Museum's eclectic collection, including pieces by major stars from Dürer and Rembrandt to Pollock and Warhol as well as many less familiar lights.

  • Mario García Torres: Je ne sais si c'en est la cause, What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger, and Some Reference Materials / MATRIX 227

    February 22–May 17, 2009

    By investigating and reconstructing ephemeral histories of conceptual art, Mario García Torres considers the functions of time and distance in our constructions of the past. The works in this exhibition excavate two such histories: Martin Kippenberger's attempt to establish a modern art museum on a Greek island, and Daniel Buren's murals at a now-derelict resort hotel.

  • Gas Zappers

    October 22, 2008–February 8, 2009

    “A fierce, funny and inventive political satirist” (N.Y. Times), Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung offers an interactive online game that tackles global warming with political savvy and wry humor.

  • Bending the Word / MATRIX 226

    September 28, 2008–February 8, 2009

    This exhibition brings together four artists-Martha Colburn, Patricia Esquivias, Olivia Plender, and Tris Vonna-Michell-whose work mingles fact and fiction, history and anecdote, reshaping our views of the world through storytelling.

  • Mahjong: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection

    September 10, 2008–January 4, 2009

    This landmark exhibition, complemented by a broad array of public programs, offers a unique window onto four decades of extraordinary transformation in Chinese art, culture, and society.

  • The Graphic Arts Loan Collection at UC Berkeley: 50 Years

    June 14–August 3, 2008

    For half a century, the Morrison Library's unique graphic arts loan program has been bringing original art to students. We celebrate the program's anniversary with prints by masters from Rembrandt to Matisse, once in the loan collection and now held by BAMPFA.

  • Bruce Conner: Mabuhay Gardens

    June 4–August 3, 2008

    Bruce Conner's photographs from a legendary San Francisco nightclub document the demimonde of three-chord chaos that was the seventies punk scene, when acts like the Avengers, Negative Trend, and the Mutants were in their anarchic heyday. In his images, Conner captured both the outcry and the surrounding silence.

  • Trevor Paglen: The Other Night Sky / MATRIX 225

    June 1–September 14, 2008

    Trained as both an artist and a geographer, Trevor Paglen uses an array of tactics to map the “black world” of U.S. military and intelligence activities. His MATRIX project scans the heavens for signs of covert activity, visualizing “the other night sky.”

  • Scott Snibbe: Falling Girl

    June 1–August 31, 2008

    Media artist Scott Snibbe animates BAMPFA's Durant Avenue entrance, making it the backdrop for a silent, dreamlike narrative of mortality, empathy, and whimsy.

  • Jim Campbell: Home Movies

    May 31–August 3, 2008

    Jim Campbell's work manifests a poetics of the digital, upsetting common assumptions about the relationship between technology and humanity, “information” and thought. His LED installation Home Movies “brings us emotionally close, without sentimentality, to the unshareable quotient of memories.”-S.F. Chronicle

  • These Canyons: The 38th Annual University of California, Berkeley Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition

    May 16–June 8, 2008

    This year's M.F.A. exhibition introduces seven promising emerging artists: Adrianne Crane, Renée Delores, Rosalynn Khor, Indira Martina Morre, Emily Prince, Wenhua Shi, and Sunaura Taylor.

  • Hans Hofmann

    May 3–August 3, 2008

    A cornerstone of the Berkeley Art Museum collection is an extraordinary group of paintings by Hans Hofmann (1880–1966), the world's most extensive museum collection of this German-born artist's work. The exhibition on view draws on this collection to span nearly thirty years of Hofmann's practice, from the figurative works of the 1930s to the explosive abstraction of the postwar period.

  • Protest in Paris 1968: Photographs by Serge Hambourg

    March 12–June 1, 2008

    In May 1968 in Paris, student and worker strikes against the conservative government of General Charles de Gaulle brought the country to a standstill. Images by French photographer Serge Hambourg provide a striking eyewitness account of this pivotal moment in political and cultural history.

  • Held Rectangles

    March 12–August 3, 2008

    Conceptual works by John C. Fernie and Lawrence Weiner from the BAMPFA collection foreground the frame.


    March 9–July 6, 2008

    Over the past thirty years, BAMPFA's acclaimed MATRIX Program has charted a unique course through the landscape of contemporary art. This anniversary exhibition samples from the program's history with special loans and works from the museum collection, including new acquisitions such as Kiki Smith's Crèche.

  • James Lee Byars: The Perfect Audience

    February 13–August 3, 2008

    The art of James Lee Byars could be as grand as a global gesture or as intimate and fleeting as a kiss. A new exhibition brings together the delicate and monumental sides of the artist's work with artist's books, mail art, performance documentation, and other ephemera from BAMFA's Conceptual Art Study Center.

  • Enrique Chagoya: Borderlandia

    February 13–May 18, 2008

    Mickey Mouse meets Aztec gods and Francisco Goya meets Jerry Falwell in the first major museum retrospective of the work of Mexico-born, San Francisco–based artist Enrique Chagoya. Chagoya draws on the European canon, Mexican folk arts, and U.S. pop icons to create paintings, drawings, and prints that are politically charged, formally sophisticated, and often scathingly funny.

  • Tomás Saraceno: Microscale, Macroscale, and Beyond: Large-Scale Implications of Small-Scale Experiments / MATRIX 224

    November 18, 2007–February 17, 2008

    Tomás Saraceno looks to the sky and sees possibilities for rethinking how we live in relation to one another. His artworks express at small scale his large-scale vision of a future in which cities take to the air, creating environments in a state of continuous physical and social transformation.

  • Goya: The Disasters of War

    November 1, 2007–March 2, 2008

    Francisco Goya's famed prints bear witness to the atrocities of the guerrilla war in early-19th-century Spain. Depicting the violence with a mixture of imagination and brutal realism, they are startlingly relevant today.


    October 24, 2007–March 2, 2008

    Celebrating the cultural and artistic practice of the remix, digital artworks by Ken Goldberg and Valéry Grancher from the BAMPFA collection become open-source ingredients for new creations by Michael Joaquin Grey, The Studio for Urban Projects, Jonathon Keats, and Nathaniel Wojtalik and Iris Piers.

  • Joan Jonas: The Shape, the Scent, the Feel of Things

    October 13, 2007–July 20, 2008

    In this recent installation, pioneering video artist Joan Jonas mines the cultural terrain of the American Southwest, as well as more personal territories. Jonas's work is “at once mysterious and transparent, strange yet familiar in an almost universal sense. She is like a magician who dazzles us while revealing the secret to every trick.”-N.Y. Times

  • Their Own World: Chinese Paintings of the Ming and Qing Dynasties

    October 10–December 23, 2007

    A small selection of landscapes provides important cornerstones for understanding painting in the turbulent environment of mid-17th-century China.

  • One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now

    September 19–December 23, 2007

    Bringing together a multiplicity of media and methods and representing widely divergent points of view, this major exhibition presents works by seventeen young artists who challenge and extend the category of “Asian American art.” “The works in (the exhibition) are pleasantly uncategorizable. . . . And by virtue of being so conceptually diverse, so defiantly without formula, they reveal a maturation, or at least an evolution, in the way that these creators view the very ideas of Asianness, Americanness, and art itself.”-S.F. Chronicle

  • Rosalind Nashashibi: Bachelor Machines Part I / MATRIX 223

    August 26–November 4, 2007

    British artist Rosalind Nashashibi makes quiet, deliberate films that luxuriate in incidental details of the everyday. Bachelor Machines Part I, her film installation in the MATRIX Gallery, chronicles the voyage of a cargo vessel from Italy to Sweden. In observing life on board, the film obliquely reveals neglected aspects of global commerce.

  • David Goldblatt: Intersections

    July 8–August 26, 2007

    Acclaimed South African photographer David Goldblatt has spent the past five decades documenting his native country and its people. For his Intersections project, Goldblatt traversed the country observing the crosscurrents of "ideas, values, ethics, postures, people, and things" since the end of apartheid. The resulting photographs sharply capture the political and physical geographies of South Africa in the twenty-first century.

  • Abbas Kiarostami: Image Maker

    July 8–September 23, 2007

    Celebrated as one of the world's great contemporary filmmakers, Abbas Kiarostami is also an accomplished still photographer. In conjunction with a retrospective of this Iranian master's films at the PFA Theater, a selection of his poetic photographs, including the new series Rain and Trees and Crows, is on view in the BAMPFA galleries.

  • Parting the Curtain: Asian Art Revealed

    June 27, 2007–July 20, 2008

    A showcase for the museum's extraordinary holdings of Asian art, including ancient pottery, classical Chinese paintings, religious art from Tibet, and provocative works by contemporary artists.

  • Andrea Zittel: A-Z Travel Trailer Unit

    June 6–October 14, 2007

    The exhibition of Andrea Zittel's A-Z Travel Trailer Unit has been delayed while it undergoes extensive conservation treatment. We apologize for any inconvenience.Andrea Zittel creates personalized designs for living, useful artworks that make no distinction between the conceptual and the utilitarian. Her faintly retro travel habitat brings a touch of the trailer park to the museum's sculpture garden.

  • fer·ma·ta: The 37th Annual University of California, Berkeley Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition

    May 18–June 10, 2007

    This year's M.F.A. exhibition introduces seven promising new artists: Lindsay Benedict, Ali Dadgar, Kara Hearn, Bill Jenkins, Alicia McCarthy, Joe McKay, and Jenifer K. Wofford.

  • Allison Smith: Notion Nanny / MATRIX 222

    May 13–August 12, 2007

    Allison Smith has some interesting notions about the meanings of history and craft in contemporary life. In her latest project, inspired by nineteenth-century peddler dolls called “notion nannies,” she casts herself as an itinerant apprentice, working with other craftspeople to exchange ideas, skills, objects, and experiences along the way.

  • Scott Burton: Table and Tableau

    May 5–June 17, 2007

    In the late 1970s and '80s, Scott Burton made a series of works exploring subtle behavioral cues and social relations through tableaux vivants, enacted "living pictures." A suite of these works, including a recorded performance and related sculptures, extends Measure of Time's consideration of time-based art.

  • psyche: R&R

    April 18–October 14, 2007

    BAMPFA honors the centennial of the California College of the Arts with this exhibition of lyrical watercolors by Laurie Reid and funny, architecture-inflected drawings by Mark A. Rodriguez, both M.F.A. graduates of CCA.

  • Kunstkammer

    April 18–October 14, 2007

    An eccentric array of prints, drawings, and photographs from the BAMPFAcollections fills the Theater Gallery, with works by Dürer, Whistler, Gauguin, Basquiat, and many others hung together in the style of a sixteenth-century Kunstkammer-an "art chamber" offering objects of scholarship and wonder.

  • Honoring a Tradition, Honoring a Teacher: A Tribute to James Cahill

    February 14–May 27, 2007

    Professor Emeritus James Cahill made many contributions to the UC community during his 30-year tenure, none more lasting than the stellar collection of Chinese and Japanese paintings that are the core of the Asian art collection at BAMPFA. This exhibition presents highlights from that collection and pays tribute to a scholar whose passion for Chinese art is inspiring and infectious.

  • A Rose Has No Teeth: Bruce Nauman in the 1960s

    January 17–April 15, 2007

    “Bruce Nauman is a national treasure, the most American of American artists, and one of the most celebrated, both at home and abroad.”-Vanity Fair. A Rose Has No Teeth is the first exhibition to explore in depth Nauman's relationship to the place where he created his earliest and often most strikingly innovative works.

  • New Directions in Nineteenth-Century Shanghai

    November 1, 2006–January 28, 2007 View
  • Semina Culture: Wallace Berman & His Circle

    October 18–December 10, 2006 View
  • Grapefruit

    October 18, 2006–April 1, 2007

    In the spirit of imagination, BAMPFA presents a selection of "instruction paintings" from Yoko Ono's groundbreaking publication Grapefruit, which John Lennon cited as a powerful influence in the writing of his song "Imagine." Gracefully expressive, enchanting, and original, Ono's instructions allow you to take the art home in the form of a do-it-yourself idea-along with a free IMAGINE PEACE button, a gift from Ono to museum visitors.

  • Allen Ruppersberg: The Singing Posters

    October 18–December 10, 2006 View
  • As Is When and Universal Electronic Vacuum: Silkscreen Prints by Eduardo Paolozzi

    October 4, 2006–April 1, 2007

    Prints by Paolozzi-one of the founders of the Independent Group, a precursor to the British Pop Art movement-incorporate a dazzling array of influences, from Ludwig Wittgenstein to Frederick's of Hollywood.

  • Edge of Desire: Recent Art in India

    June 14–September 17, 2006 View
  • Selections from the Collection

    March 1, 2006–May 4, 2008

    This ongoing, evolving exhibition features a range of BAMPFA's signature works, from the 16th century to the 21st, as well as important new acquisitions.

  • Measure of Time

    February 22, 2006–June 24, 2007

    Time is of the essence in American art of the past century. Measure of Time showcases the museum's important 20th-century collection along with some significant loans to explore, over time, how artists have worked with temporality and duration. In two galleries of paintings, sculptures, and media (both analog and digital), time and motion are compressed, fragmented, mechanized, sped up, and slowed down to an almost imperceptible pace.

  • Jeanne Dunning: Study After Untitled

    January 25–April 2, 2006 View
  • Wilhelm Sasnal / MATRIX 219

    November 20, 2005–March 5, 2006 View
  • The Baum Award 2005: Lisa Kereszi

    October 6–December 4, 2005 View
  • Yosemite Views from Berkeley

    September 28–December 23, 2005 View
  • Carla Klein / MATRIX 218

    September 18–November 6, 2005 View
  • Meiji à la Mode: A Modernizing Japan, 1868–1912

    August 24, 2005–February 19, 2006 View
  • Yosemite in Time

    August 10–December 23, 2005 View
  • Haim Steinbach / MATRIX 217

    Work In Progress: Objects for People-Snapshots

    July 10–September 4, 2005 View
  • Diana Thater's Red-Green-Blue Sun

    July 1–August 14, 2005 View
  • Slater Bradley / MATRIX 216

    The Year of The Doppelganger

    April 24–June 26, 2005 View
  • Home

    March 23–September 18, 2005 View
  • Narrating Moral Models

    March 9–August 7, 2005 View
  • Mark Manders / MATRIX 214

    The Absence of Mark Manders

    February 6–April 24, 2005 View
  • Althea Thauberger / MATRIX 215

    A Memory Lasts Forever

    February 6–April 10, 2005 View
  • Blind at the Museum

    January 26–July 24, 2005 View
  • Painting in Everyday Life in Traditional Japan

    November 3, 2004–February 27, 2005 View
  • The Making of a Modernist: Hans Hofmann

    October 13, 2004–April 30, 2006 View
  • The Baum 2004

    Katy Grannan

    October 7–December 5, 2004 View
  • Ragamala Paintings

    From the Jean and Francis Marshall Collection

    September 20, 2004–March 13, 2005 View
  • Some Forgotten Place / MATRIX 213

    September 19–December 19, 2004 View
  • Threshold: Byron Kim 1990–2004

    September 15–December 12, 2004 View
  • Collage

    August 18–December 19, 2004 View
  • Figurations

    July 21, 2004–December 23, 2005 View
  • Eija-Liisa Ahtila / MATRIX 212

    Intention to Fail

    July 11–September 5. 2004 View
  • Within Small See Large

    Rocks in Chinese Painting and Woodblock Printing

    July 2–October 24, 2004 View
  • The Korean Potter

    July 2–October 24, 2004 View
  • Roger Ballen


    May 12–August 15, 2004 View
  • Julie Mehretu / MATRIX 211


    April 18–June 27, 2004 View
  • Simryn Gill / MATRIX 210

    Standing Still

    February 8–April 5, 2004 View
  • Time's Shadow

    Photographs trom the Jan Leonard and Jerrold Peil Collection

    February 5–August 8, 2004 View
  • Ant Farm 1968–1978

    January 21–April 25, 2004 View
  • The Garden

    December 7, 2003–July 3, 2004 View
  • Helen Mirra / MATRIX 209

    65 Instants

    November 23, 2003–January 25, 2004 View
  • The Baum

    An Emerging American Photographer Award

    September 25–November 30, 2003 View
  • Jim Campbell / MATRIX 208

    Memory Array

    September 21–November 16, 2003 View
  • Gene(sis)

    Contemporary Art Explores Human Genomics

    August 27–December 7, 2003 View
  • G-Commerce

    August 27–December 7, 2003 View
  • Anna Von Mertens / MATRIX 207

    Suggested North Points

    July 13–September 7, 2003 View
  • Japanese Figure Style

    July 2–October 26, 2003 View
  • Chiho Aoshima / MATRIX 205

    Macromatrix for Your Pleasure

    April 22–August 3, 2003 View
  • Cai Guo-Qiang / MATRIX 204

    Macromatrix for Your Pleasure

    April 22–August 3, 2003 View
  • Angela Bulloch / MATRIX 206

    Macromatrix for Your Pleasure

    April 22–August 3, 2003 View
  • Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba / MATRIX 203

    Memorial Project Vietnam

    April 6–June 29, 2003 View
  • Everything Matters

    Paul Kos, a Retrospective

    April 2–July 20, 2003 View
  • The Black Panthers 1968

    Photographs by Ruth-Marion Baruch and Pirkle Jones

    March 26–September 21, 2003 View
  • Catherine Sullivan / MATRIX 201d

    Minimatrix: The Chironomic Remedy

    March 16, 2003 View
  • Turning Corners

    February 26, 2003–January 22, 2006 View
  • Cerith Wyn Evans / MATRIX 201c

    Minimatrix: Take Your Desires for Reality

    February 9, 2003 View
  • Berni Searle / MATRIX 202

    A Matter of Time

    February 2–March 23, 2003 View
  • The Asian Galleries

    River Goddess

    February 1–April 1, 2003 View
  • Fred Wilson

    Objects and Installations, 1979- 2000

    January 22–March 30, 2003 View
  • Fred Wilson


    January 22–November 23, 2003 View
  • Intaglio Prints

    December 18, 2002–March 16, 2003 View
  • A Brush With Truth

    Japanese Buddhist Ink Paintings of the 17th and 18th Centuries

    December 11, 2002–June 22, 2003 View
  • Painted Tales from India

    December 4, 2002–June 22, 2003 View
  • Beyond Preconceptions

    The Sixties Experiment

    October 26–December 29, 2002 View
  • Dean Smith / MATRIX 201b

    Minimatrix: Black Hole Sun #3 (X-Ray Vision)

    October 20–November 17, 2002 View
  • Yehudit Sasportas / MATRIX 200

    By the River

    October 10, 2002–January 19, 2003 View
  • Tony Feher / MATRIX 201a

    Minimatrix: I'm Tired of Toast

    September 22–October 20, 2002 View
  • Constructing the 1930'S

    August 28–December 8, 2002 View
  • The Subject Is Art: 1400- 1800

    August 21, 2002–February 9, 2003 View
  • XXL II

    August 14, 2002–February 23, 2003 View
  • Richard Misrach

    Berkeley Work

    August 14–October 13, 2002 View
  • Alexander Rodchenko

    Modern Photography, Photomontage, and Film

    August 14–October 13, 2002 View
  • Vincent Fecteau / MATRIX 199

    Recent Sculpture

    August 8–October 6, 2002 View
  • Micropainting

    The Portrait Miniature

    July 10–December 29, 2002 View
  • Fast Forward Ii

    June 19, 2002–February 9, 2003 View
  • T. J. Wilcox / MATRIX 198


    June 16–July 28, 2002 View
  • Friends and Rivals

    Nanga Painters Baiitsu and Chikutô

    June 12–December 1, 2002 View
  • V.I.P.

    June 5–August 18, 2002 View
  • Komar and Melamid

    Asian Elephant Art and Conservation Project

    April 10–July 24, 2002 View
  • Sanford Biggers / MATRIX 197

    Psychic Windows

    April 7–June 2, 2002 View
  • Marion Brenner

    The Subtle Life of Plants and People

    March 20–May 26, 2002 View
  • Masterworks of Chinese Painting

    In Pursuit of Mists and Clouds

    March 13–May 16, 2002 View
  • Sowon Kwon / MATRIX 196

    Average Female (Perfect)

    January 27–March 24, 2002 View
  • Migrations

    Photographs by Sebastião Salgado

    January 16–March 24, 2002 View
  • Ansel Adams in the University of California Collections

    A Photographer at Work

    December 12, 2001–March 10, 2002 View
  • Thomas Scheibitz / MATRIX 195

    I-Geometrica B

    November 18, 2001–January 13, 2002 View
  • Fast Forward

    An Exhibition Highlighting Our Growing Collection

    October 17, 2001–February 24, 2002 View
  • Jessica Bronson / MATRIX 194

    Heaps, Layers, and Curls

    September 16–November 11, 2001 View
  • Ceal Floyer / MATRIX 192

    37' 4"

    September 16–November 11, 2001 View
  • The Lady at the Window

    Qing Dynasty Figure Painting in the Qing Dynasty

    September 12, 2001–February 28, 2002 View
  • The Dream of the Audience

    Theresa Hak Kyung Cha (1951- 1982)

    September 12–December 16, 2001 View
  • Martin Puryear

    Sculpture of the 1990s

    September 12, 2001–January 13, 2002 View
  • Hans Hofmann


    September 12, 2001–May 16, 2002 View
  • Ricky Swallow / MATRIX 191

    For Those Who Came in Late

    April 22–May 27, 2001 View
  • Ed Osborn / MATRIX 193

    Vanishing Point

    March 18–May 13, 2001 View
  • Ernesto Neto / MATRIX 190

    A Maximum Minimum Time Space Between Us and the Parsimonious Universe

    February 18–April 15, 2001 View
  • Muntadas

    On Translation: The Audience

    February 7–April 29, 2001 View
  • Joe Brainard

    A Retrospective

    February 7–May 27, 2001 View
  • The Mule Train

    A Journey of Hope Remembered

    January 17–March 26, 2001 View
  • Tacita Dean / MATRIX 189


    November 29, 2000–January 28, 2001 View
  • Continuous Replay

    The Photographs of Arnie Zane

    October 25–December 24, 2000 View
  • Wolfgang Laib / MATRIX 188

    Pollen from Pine

    October 14–December 17, 2000 View
  • Amazons in the Drawing Room

    The Art of Romaine Brooks

    October 11, 2000–January 21, 2001 View
  • Shirin Neshat / MATRIX 187


    September 21–November 12, 2000 View
  • Videospace

    The National Center for Experiments in Television, 1967-1975

    September 14–November 15, 2000 View
  • Mandala

    The Architecture of Enlightenment

    July 19–September 17, 2000 View
  • Doug Aitken / MATRIX 185

    Into The Sun

    July 9–September 3, 2000 View
  • Anne Chu / MATRIX 184

    April 16–June 18, 2000 View
  • China

    Fifty Years Inside the People's Republic

    April 12–June 18, 2000 View
  • Peter Doig / MATRIX 183


    February 13–April 10, 2000 View
  • 2x2

    Architectural Collaborations

    January 22–April 16, 2000 View
  • Ken Goldberg / MATRIX 186

    Ouija 2000

    January 16–March 26, 2000 View
  • Equal Partners

    Men and Women Principals in Contemporary Architectural Practice

    December 15, 1999–March 19, 2000 View
  • Roma/ Pacifica

    The Phoebe Hearst International Architectural Competition and the Berkeley Campus, 1896-1930

    December 8, 1999–April 23, 2000 View
  • Teresita Fernández / MATRIX 182


    December 5, 1999–January 30, 2000 View
  • Elisabeth Sunday

    Mystics and Healers Holy People and Their Messages

    October 14, 1999–January 9, 2000 View
  • Katy Schimert / MATRIX 181


    September 26–November 21, 1999 View
  • Tobias Rehberger / MATRIX 180

    Sunny–Side Up

    August 29–November 14, 1999 View
  • From People to Paradox

    The Photographs of Gérard Castello-Lopes

    July 7–September 26, 1999 View
  • Emerge

    New Work by UC Berkeley Master of Fine Arts Graduates

    May 22–August 15, 1999 View
  • Show and Tell

    A Selected History of Photography and Video

    April 14–August 15, 1999 View
  • Rigo 99 / MATRIX 179

    3/1/99 to 6/30/99 View
  • A Measured Quietude / MATRIX 178

    Contemporary Irish Drawings

    January 16–April 25, 1999 View
  • Peter Shelton / MATRIX 177


    November 11, 1998–March 28, 1999 View
  • Rancho Deserta

    The Photographs of Tim Goodman

    October 21, 1998–January 3, 1999 View
  • Carrie Mae Weems / MATRIX 176

    Ritual and Revolution

    July 22–September 27, 1998 View
  • Honoré Daumier

    January 14–March 29, 1998 View
  • Premonition

    Luc Tuymans, Drawings

    October 15, 1997–January 11, 1998 View
  • Jochen Gerz / MATRIX 174

    August 1, 1997–May 20, 1998 View
  • Rosie Lee Tompkins / MATRIX 173

    June 1–August 15, 1997 View
  • Garrett Eckbo / MATRIX 172

    Modern Landscapes for Living

    January 15–March 9, 1997 View
  • Tchai / MATRIX 171

    October 9–December 31, 1996 View
  • Hans Hofmann and the New York School

    September 25–November 24, 1996 View
  • Edward Hagedorn / MATRIX 170

    July 15–August 20, 1996 View
  • Uri Tzaig: Homeless / MATRIX 169

    April 15–June 20, 1996 View
  • Louise Bourgeois


    January 24–March 24, 1996 View
  • Chris Marker / MATRIX 168

    January 1–April 15, 1996 View
  • Conrad Atkinson / MATRIX 167

    October 1–December 22, 1995 View
  • The New Child

    British Art and the Origins of Modern Childhood, 1730-1830

    August 23–November 19, 1995 View
  • Helene Aylon

    Bridge of Knots

    July 15–September 3, 1995 View
  • Agnes Martin / MATRIX 166

    July 15–September 21, 1995 View
  • In a Different Light

    January 11–April 9, 1995

    In a Different Light,co-curated by Nayland Blake and Lawrence Rinder, explores the resonance of gay and lesbian experience in twentieth-century American art. Remarkably, these artists, living in a generally hostile social climate-amidst the constant threat of "gay-bashings," proscriptive legislative initiatives, and surrounded by the tragedy of AIDS-not only persist in making art, but do so in a spirit of humor, generosity, and flamboyance.

  • Drew Beattie and Daniel Davidson / MATRIX 164

    August 20–November 20, 1994 View
  • Ouattara / MATRIX 163

    April 25–June 25, 1994 View
  • Felix Gonzalez-Torres / MATRIX 161

    January 15–March 20, 1994 View
  • Allan Sekula / MATRIX 162

    January 15–March 20, 1994 View
  • Richard Tuttle / MATRIX 160

    October 15, 1993–January 1, 1994 View
  • Larry Eigner / MATRIX 159

    June 15–October 15, 1993 View
  • Doug Hall / MATRIX 158

    April 20–June 15, 1993 View
  • Linda Roush-Hudson / MATRIX 157

    March 20–June 20, 1993 View
  • Lutz Bacher / MATRIX 155

    February 15–April 15, 1993 View
  • Jonathan Hammer / MATRIX 156

    February 15–April 15, 1993 View
  • Cecilia Vicuña / MATRIX 154

    November 20, 1992–January 20, 1993 View
  • Matt Heckert / MATRIX 153

    September 15–November 20, 1992 View
  • Raymond Pettibon / MATRIX 151

    July 1–September 1, 1992 View
  • Gilberto Zorio / MATRIX 152

    July 1–September 1, 1992 View
  • Manuel Ocampo / MATRIX 150

    April 15–June 15, 1992 View
  • Hachivi Edgar Heap of Birds / MATRIX 149

    January 20–April 1, 1992 View
  • Herminia Albarran Romero / MATRIX 148

    October 15–December 15, 1991 View
  • Howard Hodgkin / MATRIX 147

    September 21–December 15, 1991 View
  • Tim Maul / MATRIX 146

    July 1–September 15, 1991 View
  • Ernst Caramelle / MATRIX 145

    July 1–September 15, 1991 View
  • Zoe Leonard / MATRIX 143

    April 15–June 20, 1991 View
  • Lewis De Soto / MATRIX 144

    April 15–June 20, 1991 View
  • Kiki Smith / MATRIX 142

    February 7–April 14, 1991 View
  • Jim Shaw / MATRIX 141

    November 7–December 20, 1990 View
  • Charles Ray / MATRIX 140

    November 1–December 20, 1990 View
  • Dieter Roth / MATRIX 139

    September 15–October 20, 1990 View
  • Cindy Sherman / MATRIX 138

    September 1–October 20, 1990 View
  • Theresa Hak Kyung Cha / MATRIX 137

    July 15–September 1, 1990 View
  • Richmond Burton / MATRIX 136

    July 1–August 20, 1990 View
  • Lorna Simpson / MATRIX 135

    May 1–July 1, 1990 View
  • Ed Ruscha / MATRIX 134

    May 1–July 7, 1990 View
  • Sophie Calle / MATRIX 133

    February 1–April 25, 1990 View
  • Group Material / MATRIX 132

    November 1, 1989–January 20, 1990 View
  • Stefan Kürten / MATRIX 131

    September 15–November 7, 1989 View
  • Adrian Piper / MATRIX 130

    August 15–November 1, 1989 View
  • Salvatore Scarpitta / MATRIX 129

    July 15–September 15, 1989 View
  • Kevin Larmon / MATRIX 128

    June 7–August 25, 1989 View
  • Judith Barry / MATRIX 127

    May 15–July 1, 1989 View
  • Richard Misrach / MATRIX 126

    April 1–May 21, 1989 View
  • Nayland Blake / MATRIX 125

    March 25–May 1, 1989 View
  • Al Souza / MATRIX 124

    March 1–April 1, 1989 View
  • The V-Girls / MATRIX 123

    February 16–February 17, 1989 View
  • Alfredo Jaar / MATRIX 122

    February 1–March 15, 1989 View
  • Suzan Frecon / MATRIX 121

    January 15–March 1, 1989 View
  • David Ireland / MATRIX 120

    October 7–December 7, 1988 View
  • Meyer Vaisman / MATRIX 119

    July 20–September 20, 1988 View
  • Peter Fischli and David Weiss / MATRIX 118

    June 25–September 25, 1988 View
  • Bill Fontana / MATRIX 116

    April 1–May 1, 1988 View
  • Bertrand Lavier / MATRIX 117

    April 1–June 15, 1988 View
  • The Starn Twins / MATRIX 115

    March 15–May 15, 1988 View
  • John Chamberlain / MATRIX 114

    January 15–March 15, 1988 View
  • Mitchell Syrop / MATRIX 113

    October 21, 1987–January 15, 1988 View
  • Sean Scully / MATRIX 112

    October 15–December 15, 1987 View
  • Joel Fisher / MATRIX 111

    August 7–October 15, 1987 View
  • John Roloff / MATRIX 110

    July 7–October 7, 1987 View
  • Robin Winters / MATRIX 109

    May 1–June 30, 1987 View
  • Elizabeth Murray / MATRIX 108

    April 15–June 15, 1987 View
  • Douglas Hollis / MATRIX 107

    February 21–May 31, 1987 View
  • Jim Goldberg / MATRIX 106

    February 15–March 15, 1987 View
  • James Lee Byars / MATRIX 105

    Philosophy of Question

    February 1–February 22, 1987 View
  • James Lee Byars / MATRIX 104

    The Perfect Death

    February 1–February 22, 1987 View
  • Eric Fischl / MATRIX 103

    December 15, 1986–February 7, 1987 View
  • Bruce Conner / MATRIX 102

    December 15, 1986–February 7, 1987 View
  • Giulio Paolini / MATRIX 101

    October 7–November 21, 1986 View
  • Barbara Kruger / MATRIX 100

    August 15–October 21, 1986 View
  • Robert Hartman / MATRIX 99

    August 7–September 21, 1986 View
  • Bryan Hunt / MATRIX 98

    July 15–September 7, 1986 View
  • Robert Moskowitz / MATRIX 97

    May 21–July 15, 1986 View
  • Ed Rossbach / MATRIX 96

    May 7–June 7, 1986 View
  • Mary Lucier / MATRIX 95

    April 21–May 21, 1986 View
  • Tony Cragg / MATRIX 93

    March 20–May 20, 1986 View
  • John Baldessari / MATRIX 94

    March 20–May 20, 1986 View
  • David Hockney / MATRIX 92

    February 7–March 21, 1986 View
  • Bill Woodrow / MATRIX 91

    December 2, 1985–January 21, 1986 View
  • Pat Steir / MATRIX 90

    November 7–December 22, 1985 View
  • Nan Goldin / MATRIX 89

    October 3, 1985 View
  • Ruth Morgan / MATRIX 87

    September 21–November 30, 1985 View
  • Gifford Myers / MATRIX 88

    September 21–November 15, 1985 View
  • Martin Puryear / MATRIX 86

    August 1–September 22, 1985 View
  • Robert Cumming / MATRIX 85

    July 15–September 15, 1985 View
  • Stanley Saitowitz / MATRIX 84

    May 7–July 7, 1985 View
  • Christopher Brown / MATRIX 83

    April 20–July 15, 1985 View
  • Alice Neel / MATRIX 82

    March 15–April 15, 1985 View
  • Joan Logue / MATRIX 81

    February 9–March 7, 1985 View
  • Jean Michel Basquiat / MATRIX 80

    January 15–March 15, 1985 View
  • Rupert Garcia / MATRIX 79

    November 22, 1984–January 15, 1985 View
  • Jake Berthot / MATRIX 78

    November 22, 1984–January 22, 1985 View
  • Doug Hall / MATRIX 77

    October 15–November 15, 1984 View
  • Lars Lerup / MATRIX 76

    September 22–November 15, 1984 View
  • Arthur Ollman / MATRIX 75

    August 7–September 4, 1984 View
  • Kenneth Noland / MATRIX 74

    August 1–September 30, 1984 View
  • Jennifer Bartlett / MATRIX 73

    May 22–July 22, 1984 View
  • Richard Artschwager / MATRIX 71

    March 15–May 15, 1984 View
  • Nancy Spero / MATRIX 72

    March 15–May 15, 1984 View
  • Georg Baselitz / MATRIX 70

    January 22–March 7, 1984 View
  • Lewis Baltz / MATRIX 69

    January 1–March 30, 1984 View
  • Robert Mangold / MATRIX 68

    December 1, 1983–January 15, 1984 View
  • Michael Asher / MATRIX 67

    November 1–December 31, 1983 View
  • Oliver Lee Jackson / MATRIX 66

    October 22–November 30, 1983 View
  • Shigeko Kubota / MATRIX 65

    October 1–October 31, 1983 View
  • Sol Lewitt / MATRIX 63

    August 15–September 30, 1983 View
  • Irvin Tepper / MATRIX 64

    August 15–October 15, 1983 View
  • Christopher Wilmarth / MATRIX 62

    May 22–August 7, 1983 View
  • Arthur Carraway / MATRIX 60

    April 1–May 15, 1983 View
  • Leon Golub / MATRIX 59

    February 9–April 15, 1983 View
  • Ger van Elk / MATRIX 58

    February 1–March 31, 1983 View
  • Dorothy Reid / MATRIX 57

    December 15, 1982–January 31, 1983 View
  • Alexander Calder / MATRIX 56

    November 1, 1982–January 15, 1983 View
  • Elmer Bischoff / MATRIX 55

    October 22–December 15, 1982 View
  • Howard Fried / MATRIX 54

    August 1–October 15, 1982 View
  • Eva Hesse / MATRIX 53

    July 15–October 15, 1982 View
  • Julian Schnabel / MATRIX 52

    May 15–July 31, 1982 View
  • Hamish Fulton / MATRIX 51

    May 1–June 30, 1982 View
  • Chuck Close / MATRIX 50

    March 1–April 30, 1982 View
  • Maynard Dixon / MATRIX 49

    December 15, 1981–March 7, 1982 View
  • Janis Provisor / MATRIX 48

    11/15/81 to 1/31/82 View
  • Helen Levitt / MATRIX 47

    October 1–November 30, 1981 View
  • Francesco Clemente / MATRIX 46

    August 1–October 15, 1981 View
  • Johan Hagemeyer / MATRIX 45

    June 1–August 31, 1981 View
  • Brian Eno / MATRIX 44

    6/1/81 to 7/31/81 View
  • Enzo Mari / MATRIX 43

    4/20/81 to 6/30/81 View
  • Joseph Zucker / MATRIX 41

    1/20/81 to 3/7/81 View
  • Tom Marioni / MATRIX 39

    11/1/80 to 12/31/80 View
  • Balthus / MATRIX 38

    11/1/80 to 12/31/80 View
  • Paul Kos / MATRIX 36

    8/1/80 to 9/30/80 View
  • Jess / MATRIX 37

    8/1/80 to 10/31/80 View
  • Roger Brown / MATRIX 35

    5/1/80 to 7/31/80 View
  • Robert Bechtle / MATRIX 33

    3/1/80 to 3/31/80 View
  • Milton Avery / MATRIX 34

    3/1/80 to 5/31/80 View
  • Scott Burton / MATRIX 32

    2/13/80 to 3/2/80 View
  • The Kipper Kids / MATRIX 28

    10/1/79 to 10/31/79 View
  • Joseph Cornell / MATRIX 30

    10/1/79 to 1/31/80 View
  • Andy Warhol / MATRIX 29

    10/1/79 to 1/31/80 View
  • Wright Morris / MATRIX 27

    8/1/79 to 10/31/79 View
  • Michael Singer / MATRIX 25

    8/1/79 to 10/31/79 View
  • Jene Highstein / MATRIX 26

    8/1/79 to 10/31/79 View
  • Joan Brown / MATRIX 24

    6/1/79 to 8/31/79 View
  • Patrick Ireland / MATRIX 23

    5/1/79 to 8/31/79 View
  • Michael Snow / MATRIX 22

    4/1/79 to 5/31/79 View
  • Edward Kienholz / MATRIX 21

    4/1/79 to 6/30/79 View
  • Ron Nagle / MATRIX 19

    2/1/79 to 3/31/79 View
  • Richard Serra / MATRIX 20

    2/1/79 to 5/31/79 View
  • Alan Saret / MATRIX 18

    1/1/79 to 3/31/79 View
  • Louise Bourgeois / MATRIX 17

    12/1/78 to 2/28/79 View
  • Juan Downey / MATRIX 16

    11/1/78 to 1/31/79 View
  • Robert Irwin / MATRIX 15

    10/1/78 to 12/31/78 View
  • Willem de Kooning / MATRIX 12

    9/1/78 to 11/30/78 View
  • M. Louise Stanley / MATRIX 14

    9/1/78 to 11/30/78 View
  • Jim Pomeroy / MATRIX 13

    9/1/78 to 10/31/78 View
  • Jay DeFeo / MATRIX 11

    7/1/78 to 8/31/78 View
  • Ron Gorchov / MATRIX 8

    5/1/78 to 7/31/78 View
  • Dianne Blell / MATRIX 9

    5/1/78 to 6/30/78 View
  • William Wegman / MATRIX 6

    4/1/78 to 5/31/78 View
  • Kim Macconnel / MATRIX 7

    4/1/78 to 5/31/78 View
  • James Lee Byars / MATRIX 5

    3/1/78 to 3/31/78 View
  • James Lee Byars / MATRIX 4

    The Perfect Kiss

    3/1/78 to 3/31/78 View
  • Ursula Schneider / MATRIX 1

    2/1/78 to 4/30/78 View
  • Susan Rothenberg / MATRIX 3

    2/1/78 to 4/30/78 View
  • Ree Morton / MATRIX 2

    2/1/78 to 4/30/78 View