On View

exhibitions
streaming films
event series

  • Art Wall: Edie Fake

    November 20, 2019–June 27, 2021

    Edie Fake’s mural envisions affordable housing for transgender elders, using architecture to celebrate the uniqueness of trans bodies and the possibilities of queer space.

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  • Recent Releases & Restorations

    Ongoing

    Limited Streaming Engagements

    Enjoy newly released films and restored classics selected by our curators, now available in your own home.

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  • Online Events

    Ongoing

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

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  • Talks & Conversations

    Ongoing

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

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  • Performances

    Ongoing

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

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  • Black Life

    Ongoing

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

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  • Workshops

    Ongoing

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

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  • Family Events

    Ongoing

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

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  • photograph of Rosie Lee Tompkins 2005 quilt

    Rosie Lee Tompkins: A Retrospective

    February 19, 2020–July 18, 2021

    The largest exhibition of Rosie Lee Tompkins’s work to date, this retrospective reveals her as a brilliantly inventive quiltmaker and an artist of stunning variety, depth, and impact. 

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  • Views and Voices

    Ongoing

    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.

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  • From Collective Isolation

    Ongoing

    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.

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  • Orbits of Known and Unknown Objects: SFAI Histories / MATRIX 277

    September 30, 2020–Ongoing

    An exhibition in the form of a website, MATRIX 277 explores and honors the rich legacy of the San Francisco Art Institute on the occasion of its 150th anniversary, tracing connections among artworks, people, and places over the trajectory of the institution’s history.

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  • East Meets West: The Films of Ulrike Ottinger

    November 20, 2020–July 18, 2021

    German artist Ulrike Ottinger’s cinematic work encompasses ethnography, history, and fantasy. “Watching her films is like traveling through an undiscovered country of marvels” (Village Voice). 

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  • Max von Sydow: The Best Stradivarius

    March 5–May 10, 2021

    Our tribute to the towering Swedish actor Max von Sydow, who died a year ago, features some of his great work with Ingmar Bergman (The Seventh Seal, The Passion of Anna), Jan Troell (The Emigrants), and Bille August (Pelle the Conqueror), among others. Distinguished guest... View

  • Out of the Vault: Sara Kathryn Arledge & Media Burn

    Highlighting works from BAMPFA collections, we celebrate the publication of two new books: Serene for the Moment: Sara Kathryn Arledge, edited by Irene Georgia Tsatsos; and Media Burn: Ant Farm and the Making of an Image, by Steve Seid.

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  • Éric Rohmer’s Tales of the Four Seasons

    April 23–July 18, 2021

    Shot on location in various regions of France in the 1990s, when Éric Rohmer was at the height of his powers, this four-film cycle probes the psychological and philosophical mysteries of love—elusive, imagined, or manifest.

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  • Recent Films of Amit Dutta

    Indian filmmaker and writer Amit Dutta has created his own distinctive cinema through deep explorations of India’s artistic, literary, and cultural traditions. We present the premiere of a portrait of Krishna Baldev Vaid, along with other recent work and the landmark Nainsukh.

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  • Ulrike Ottinger / MATRIX 276

    April 30–July 18, 2021

    In tandem with a streaming series of Ulrike Ottinger’s films, this exhibition highlights her work as a photographer, revealing her keen eye for landscape and intimate portraiture.

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  • Beyond Boundaries: Buddhist Art of Gandhara

    April 30–October 3, 2021

    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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  • Present Tense: Five Centuries of Colonialism in Latin American and...

    April 30–June 20, 2021

    Cal Conversations

    An exhibition of historical and contemporary art that reveals how colonialism has shaped life in the Latin Americas offers captivating works that critique society and introduce beauty as a form of healing. 

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  • Free Films for Members

    Ongoing

    We’re grateful to our members for standing with BAMPFA during the temporary closure of the Barbro Osher Theater. To show our appreciation, we’re offering a series of free streaming films just for members.

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  • Tutorials: Streaming from Home

    If you would like to watch a film from BAMPFA’s rotating selection of streaming films, you can learn how to get started with these helpful tutorials.

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  • The 50th Annual University of California, Berkeley Master of Fine...

    May 14–June 20, 2021

    After a pandemic-related postponement, we showcase works by 2020 graduates from the MFA program at Cal.

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  • 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.  

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  • The 51st Annual University of California, Berkeley Master of Fine...

    June 11–July 11, 2021

    BAMPFA presents works by this year’s MFA graduates from the Department of Art Practice at Cal. 

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  • New Time: Art and Feminisms in the 21st Century

    August 25, 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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