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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Art Wall / Rose D’Amato: Mission Chevrolet

    August 7–December 15, 2024

    Rose D’Amato (b. 1991, Whittier, California) is a second-generation sign painter and pinstriper. Her abstract compositions celebrate this personal lineage as a representation of the ingenuity of Latinx and working-class communities and the traditions of self-presentation embodied in lowrider culture. For her first museum exhibition, she created an Art Wall commission based on the recently exposed Mission Chevrolet Service billboard—a historic hand-painted sign in San Francisco—to memorialize and celebrate this formerly hidden emblem of community and artistic labor.

  • MATRIX 285 / Young Joon Kwak: Resistance Pleasure

    August 7–December 8, 2024

    Young Joon Kwak (b. 1984, Queens, New York) works across sculpture, performance, and video to create works that resist the boundaries of representation. In MATRIX 285 / Young Joon Kwak: Resistance Pleasure, the artist casts the human form in sculptures where the body is fragmented and installed throughout the gallery, suggesting a series of movements or gestures within the space.

  • To Exalt the Ephemeral: The (Im)permanent Collection

    August 14, 2024–July 6, 2025

    To Exalt the Ephemeral: The (Im)permanent Collection draws from BAMPFA’s art and film collections to explore how museums collect, care for, and amplify the work of artists who celebrate ideas of impermanence and cycles of decay and regeneration.

  • Making Their Mark: Works from the Shah Garg Collection

    October 26, 2024–April 20, 2025

    Making Their Mark brings together over seventy artworks from the Shah Garg Collection, which is committed to amplifying the voices and visions of women artists. The exhibition is the first public presentation of this important collection, which premiered in New York in 2023.