On View

exhibitions
streaming films
event series

  • Two Taras 18th century Nepalese sculptures

    Divine Women, Divine Wisdom

    June 26, 2019–February 28, 2021

    Art from South Asia and the Himalayan region that celebrates the beauty, fecundity, wisdom, power, and compassion of women within the context of Hindu and Buddhist traditions.

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  • Art Wall: Edie Fake

    November 20, 2019–December 13, 2020

    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

    Limited Streaming Engagements

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

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  • Grex

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Five Tables

    Ongoing

    Drop by our art study centers on Free First Thursdays for an up-close look at treasures from the BAMPFA collection.

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  • Ron Nagle: Handsome Drifter

    January 15, 2020–March 28, 2021

    Ron Nagle’s small sculptures combine modernism, pop culture, and sensory pleasure in compact, perfect packages.

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  • Rosie Lee Tompkins: A Retrospective

    February 19–December 20, 2020

    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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  • When All That Is Solid Melts into Air

    March 4–November 1, 2020

    Exploring the Intersection of the Folk and the Modern in Postcolonial India

    Featuring Indian folk art as well as less traditional forms, this exhibition tells the story of the momentous social and artistic transformations that unfolded in the relationship between the “modern” and the “folk” in India after 1947.

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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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  • Free Films for Members

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

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  • Streaming Spotlight: Madeline Anderson

    Three documentaries by boundary-breaking filmmaker Madeline Anderson—Integration Report 1, A Tribute to Malcolm X, and I Am Somebody—deliver on-the-ground reports from the front lines of the civil rights movement and the labor struggles of the sixties.

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  • Arts + Design Thursdays

    September 3–December 3, 2020

    Visual Cultures: Aesthetics of the Digital

    This webinar series focuses on the creation, delivery, and interpretation of visual experiences, defined by physical, physiological, and social conditions, which together form visual cultures. Presenters reflect a diverse range of cultural and creative backgrounds.

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  • Alternative Visions 2020

    September 1–November 4, 2020

    Our annual experimental cinema showcase moves online this year with streaming programs of contemporary and historical avant-garde works and special guest presentations on handmade film, Latin American animation, and more.

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  • Ism, Ism, Ism: Experimental Cinema in Latin America

    September 8–November 12, 2020

    Discover the vital history and vibrant present of experimental filmmaking in Latin America with three programs of short works, introduced by curator and author Jesse Lerner and complemented by livestreamed conversations with filmmakers.

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  • Exit West: Immigration on Film

    September 8–November 20, 2020

    The films in this miniseries reflect on the experiences of people living in transit, from African and Middle Eastern refugees trying to reach Europe to Latin American and Asian immigrants in the United States. Several filmmakers will join us online to discuss their work.

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  • Catherine Opie: Political Landscapes

    September 2–November 29, 2020

    On the Outdoor Screen

    Presented hourly on BAMPFA’s outdoor screen, this selection of photographs from Opie’s ongoing series documenting political protests in Los Angeles provides a glimpse into civic participation and affirms the right to freedom of expression.

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  • Arts + Design Mondays @ BAMPFA

    September 14–November 30, 2020

    Together: Reinventing Politics, Reimagining Health

    This public lectures series is organized by the UC Berkeley Arts + Design Inititative and cocurated by departments across campus. This year’s theme focuses on the aesthetics and politics of being “together,” online and offline—in educational contexts, civic contexts, and our... View

  • 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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  • Ulrike Ottinger / MATRIX 276

    Upcoming

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

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

    February 24–August 29, 2021

    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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