On View

exhibitions
film series
event series

  • Five Tables

    Ongoing

    Five Tables is a monthly event coinciding with First Free Thursdays organized by the BAMPFA staff, and periodically by the Student Committee. Drop by the Florence Helzel Works on Paper Study Center for a curated behind-the-scenes experience.

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  • Full

    Ongoing

    Monthly Performance Series

    Explore the BAMPFA galleries and discover exciting performances in our dramatic space on the night of each full moon.

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  • 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. 

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  • Art Wall: Luchita Hurtado

    August 6–March 20, 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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

  • Big Screen: Highlights from a Year of Virtual Cinema

    December 2, 2021–February 16, 2022

    Now that we are back in the Barbro Osher Theater, we want to share some highlights from the past year of virtual cinema as an affirmation of the importance of seeing films on the big screen and with an audience. 

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  • Francis Ford Coppola and American Zoetrope

    December 3, 2021–February 27, 2022

    Fifty years after the founding of American Zoetrope, we celebrate the studio and its co-creator, Francis Ford Coppola. Along with Coppola’s works, the series features films by George Lucas, Jean-Luc Godard, Akira Kurosawa, and more.

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  • F. W. Murnau: Voyages into the Imaginary

    January 8–February 27, 2022

    This series, featuring the lyrical cinema of one of the most admired and influential directors of the silent era, F. W. Murnau, showcases restored versions of his extant work with live piano accompaniment.

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  • Ball of Fire: Barbara Stanwyck

    January 14–February 26, 2022

    Barbara Stanwyck was the screen archetype of the independent woman, with her wits about her, alert, and often on the make. This spotlight showcases many of her best roles and demonstrates her remarkable talent.

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  • Djibril Diop Mambéty

    January 21–February 20, 2022

    Djibril Diop Mambéty’s debut, Touki Bouki, was “unlike anything in the history of African cinema” (N. Frank Ukadike). Made nearly twenty years later, Hyenas and Le franc likewise showcase “his signature mix of wild narrative style” and “impeccable political commitment,” which,... View

  • Documentary Voices

    January 26–April 20, 2022

    Our annual series features an international array of recent and historical documentaries and nonfiction films.

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  • Animation! Speaking with the Makers

    January 29–February 26, 2022

    In this hybrid series, shown in-theater and via BAMPFA’s streaming platform, we interview filmmakers who specialize in animation and ask them to discuss how they develop their stylistic approaches, and how they distill time, gesture, and mood, frame by frame, into the basic unit... View

  • Streaming: Animation! Speaking with the Makers

    January 29–March 13, 2022

    In this hybrid series, shown in-theater and via BAMPFA’s streaming platform, we interview filmmakers who specialize in animation and ask them to discuss how they develop their stylistic approaches, and how they distill time, gesture, and mood, frame by frame, into the basic unit... View

  • Recent Films of Nathaniel Dorsky

    February 5–6, 2022

    We are delighted to present eight recent additions to our film collection: new silent 16mm films by local filmmaker Nathaniel Dorsky, most made during the COVID-19 pandemic, photographed in San Francisco across different seasons.

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  • Contemporary Indigenous Media

    February 10–April 14, 2022

    In our first series to explore the breadth of Indigenous media currently being made in the Americas, we place works in relation to one another across geographies and stylistic approaches, with filmmakers from South and North America in conversation.

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  • Jumana Manna / MATRIX 278

    December 8–March 6, 2022
  • Readings

    Ongoing

    Meet the authors of new books and hear poets and other literary lights read their work.

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  • Performances

    Ongoing

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

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  • Workshops 2022

    Ongoing

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

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  • Lines of Thought

    January 5–July 3, 2022

    Gestural Abstraction in the BAMPFA Collection

    This collection-based exhibition of gestural paintings from the 1950s to the present features works by key international figures who have continued to explore artistic possibilities within or in dialogue with gestural abstraction

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