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: 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.

  • 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 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.

  • On the Hour: 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.

  • Art Wall: Yee I-Lann

    January 24–July, 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 (2020–) 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.