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.

  • MATRIX 281 / Kenneth Tam: The Founding of the World

    August 16–November 26, 2023

    For MATRIX 281, Kenneth Tam’s latest video and sculptural installation makes its museum debut at BAMPFA. Incorporating the artist’s long-standing research into culturally prescriptive forms of masculinity, The Founding of the World interrogates themes of group identity, ritualized violence, belonging, and intimacy.

  • MATRIX 282 / Griselda Rosas: Yo te cuido

    August 30–November 19, 2023

    Griselda Rosas / MATRIX 282: Yo te cuido presents the artist’s textile drawings and sculptural installations, addressing the complexities of the US-Mexico border region by drawing from colonial histories, familial traditions, and personal experience. Themes of inheritance and intergenerational knowledge recur in Rosas’s work alongside references to single motherhood.

  • 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.