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film series
event series

  • Performances


    Music, dance, and other creative actions to inspire you at home.

  • Black Life


    Experience the vitality and range of cultural production in the African diaspora through this multidisciplinary event series.

  • Workshops


    Inspire your creativity, engage your senses, and expand your ideas.

  • Family Events


    Virtual Second Saturdays: Hands-on activities and participatory readings designed for kids and their families at home.

  • Online Events


    Stay connected with livestreaming and recorded events, from conversations with artists to dance performances and more.

  • Talks & Conversations


    Artists, curators, scholars, and others share their insights on BAMPFA exhibitions, the arts, and other cultural topics.

  • From Collective Isolation


    Poetry in Response to the Pandemic

    We’re presenting some of our favorite poets from the last few years of the series online, reading recent work that speaks to our current moment of isolation.

  • Views and Voices


    Personal Perspectives on the Collection

    This new audio series is designed to bring you closer to individual people behind BAMPFA and individual works from our art and film collections.

  • Documentary Voices

    September 1–November 10, 2021

    This fall our ongoing series Documentary Voices returns to BAMPFA’s Barbro Osher Theater with a selection of classic and contemporary nonfiction films that bring history to light in a variety of engaging and inventive ways.

  • Alternative Visions

    September 8–November 17, 2021

    Our annual showcase Alternative Visions continues with 1990s Japanese experimental films by women, with guest curators Wakae Nakane and Miryam Sas in conversation. Collage animator Janie Geiser also presents a program of her recent films, created from a haunting array of visual... View

  • Beyond Boundaries: Buddhist Art of Gandhara

    April 30, 2021–March 13, 2022

    Northern India’s Gandharan region was a crossroads of power, culture, and art from the second to ninth centuries. Rare sculptural images of the Buddha and his life story reflect cultural exchanges between the Hellenistic world and the native artistic traditions of India. 

  • Kay Sekimachi: Geometries

    May 28–October 24, 2021

    This survey spans the innovative career of Kay Sekimachi, whose experimental objects fold together art and craft, found and made, and Japanese and American artistic traditions.  

  • The Enduring Mark

    August 6–November 28, 2021

    Six Centuries of Drawing from the Gray Collection

    Celebrating drawing as an expression of the beauty, vigor, and ephemerality of life, this exhibition charts a history of European and American drawing from the fifteenth to the twentieth century with works by Rubens, Degas, Klee, Picasso, and more. 

  • Art Wall: Luchita Hurtado

    August 6–March 13, 2022

    Developed from a drawing that delineates the differing strata of earth's material structure, BAMPFA's Art Wall commission is Hurtado's most monumental painting to date and among the last works she made.

  • Shirin Neshat: Fervor

    August 25–November 14, 2021
  • New Time: Art and Feminisms in the 21st Century

    August 28, 2021–January 30, 2022

    Featuring more than 150 works, most made since the year 2000, this major survey presents a kaleidoscopic view of feminist practices in contemporary art.

  • Arts + Design Thursdays @ BAMPFA

    September 2–December 2, 2021

    Creativity and Practice

    All events will be live captioned. If you require captioning to access a prerecorded event on our site, please contact Paris Cotz at pariscotz@berkeley.edu. Please allow seven to ten days for captioning to be provided.

  • Arts + Design Mondays @ BAMPFA

    September 13–November 15, 2021

    Perseverance, Renewal, and Reflection in a Changing World

    Pre-register for the events using the zoom registration link in the event pages below. For more information and updates, visit artsdesign.berkeley.edu.

  • On the Hour: Night Watch

    September 16–October 31

    Screening hourly on BAMPFA's Outdoor Screen, Shimon Attie's 2018 video work features twelve portraits of refugees who fled violence and discrimination in their homeland and were granted political asylum in the United States.

  • Limited Engagements & Special Screenings


    Recent releases, restored classics, and special guests grace the Barbro Osher Theater.

  • Kazuo Miyagawa: Cinematographer and Visual Stylist

    October 23–November 28, 2021

    One of film’s most talented cinematographers, Kazuo Miyagawa worked with many of the great Japanese directors, including Akira Kurosawa, Kenji Mizoguchi, Yasujiro Ozu, Kon Ichikawa, and Masahiro Shinoda, all represented in this series, which foregrounds his artistry on the big... View

  • New Time: The Future Is Feminist

    October 24, 2021–January 29, 2022

    Conceived in dialog with BAMPFA’s major exhibition New Time, The Future Is Feminist brings together a diverse range of works made since 2000 by women filmmakers representing an array of feminist voices and aesthetics, variously observational, confrontational,... View

  • The Black Film Ambassador: The Ecstatic World of Albert Johnson

    October 30–November 26, 2021

    Dedicated to a pillar of the Bay Area film scene, film critic, curator, and educator Albert Johnson (1925–1998) the films in this series gesture toward the breadth of his interests and provide a welcome opportunity to celebrate his brilliant legacy.

  • Afterimage: Walter Murch in Conversation

    November 6–20, 2021

    Walter Murch, whose accomplishments have earned him respect and praise as “the film editor’s editor” and “a sound and image guru,” is our guest for Afterimage, sharing his wisdom on editing and sound design in three in-depth conversations.

  • Marguerite Duras: The Seamless Past and Present

    November 11–28, 2021

    The celebrated French author and filmmaker Marguerite Duras is the focus of this trio of works, including the Bay Area premiere of Suzanna Andler. Also featured are Alain Resnais’s Hiroshima mon amour and a new restoration of Le navire Night.

  • Streaming: Free Films for Members


    Our ongoing series of free films for members features Whisky, an award-winning deadpan comedy from Uruguay about minor subterfuge and awkward loyalties, “the story of ordinary life artfully and touchingly told” (New York Times).