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.

  • 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. 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.