Exhibitions

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

    April 13–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.

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  • 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.

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  • MATRIX 285 / Young Joon Kwak: Resistance Pleasure

    August 7–December 15, 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Campus Collaborations: Abounaddara: The Ruins We Carry

    October 9, 2024–February 23, 2025

    Part of BAMPFA’s Campus Collaborations series, Abounaddara: The Ruins We Carry is the collective’s first solo US museum exhibition. Known for its intimate portrayals of Syrian life amid upheaval, Abounaddara debuts a new three-channel film installation, The Imagemaker, exploring the world-making powers of one of the last craftsmen of stamped cloth in Damascus. 

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  • Making Their Mark: Works from the Shah Garg Collection

    October 27, 2024–April 20, 2025

    Making Their Mark brings together more than seventy artworks by women artists from the Shah Garg Collection, illuminating transgenerational affinities, influences, and methodologies among pathbreaking artists from the postwar era to the present.

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  • Routed West: Twentieth-Century African American Quilts in California

    June 7, 2025—November 30, 2025

    Routed West: Twentieth-Century African American Quilts in California traces the flow and flourishing of quilts in the context of the Second Great Migration. These quilts explore the medium’s unique capacity for connecting kin across time and space, holding memory and ancestral knowledge, and opening up space for beauty and ingenuity.

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