Past Exhibitions
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

    January 24–July 7, 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: Navigating the Pilot School

    10 AM, 2 PM, and 6 PM daily

    March 21–April 24, 2024

    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.

  • A Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration

    April 13, 2024–September 22, 2024

    A Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration illuminates the enduring impressions of the Great Migration through the eyes and work of twelve contemporary artists.

  • 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.