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exhibitions
film series
event series

  • BAMPFA Art Wall

    Art Wall: Barbara Stauffacher Solomon

    August 15, 2018–March 3, 2019

    The pioneer of the 1960s design phenomenon Supergraphics creates a new piece for BAMPFA’s Art Wall.

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  • Arts + Design Mondays @ BAMPFA

    September 10, 2018–April 29, 2019

    Fact and Fiction

    Distinguished speakers bring new approaches to age-old questions: How do we distinguish fact from fiction, the real from the artificial, truth from lies?

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  • Boundless: Contemporary Tibetan Artists at Home and Abroad

    October 3, 2018–May 26, 2019

    Featuring works by renowned contemporary Tibetan artists alongside rare historical pieces, this exhibition highlights how artists explore the infinite possibilities of visual forms to reflect their transcultural, multilingual, and translocal lives.

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  • Harvey Quaytman: Against the Static

    October 17, 2018–January 27, 2019

    This new retrospective charts the painter’s career from the 1960s through the 1990s, showcasing abstract experiments in form, texture, and color that are both formally rigorous and rich with sensuality and humor.

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  • Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein

    November 7, 2018–March 3, 2019

    Discover the connections between the scientific and artistic revolutions of the early twentieth century with this groundbreaking exhibition, which reveals how artists responded to scientific advances with bold new forms of creative expression.

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  • Fritz Lang & German Expressionism

    December 7, 2018–February 23, 2019

    Our tribute to this essential director presents his German films alongside other enthralling works of German Expressionist cinema.

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  • Ink, Paper, Silk: One Hundred Years of Collecting Japanese Art

    December 12, 2018–April 14, 2019

    An exceptional selection of scroll paintings, screens, woodblock prints, lacquerware, and ceramics demonstrating the breadth and beauty of Japanese art.

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  • Japanese Film Classics from the BAMPFA Collection

    December 12, 2018–January 27, 2019

    This series showcases 35mm archival prints from BAMPFA’s outstanding Japanese cinema collection, from Mizoguchi to Miyazaki.

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  • Arthur Jafa / MATRIX 272

    December 12, 2018–March 24, 2019

    A gallery exhibition and complementary screenings of videos by Arthur Jafa, whose work expands the concept of black cinema while exploring African American experience and race relations in everyday life.

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  • Gallery Talks, Lectures & Discussions

    Ongoing

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

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  • Guided Tours

    Ongoing

    Get a deeper look at the artworks on view by joining an expert-led tour.

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  • Movie Matinees for All Ages

    Ongoing

    Treat the family to an afternoon at the movies.

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  • Full

    Ongoing

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

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  • Limited Engagements & Special Screenings

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

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  • Black Life

    Ongoing

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

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  • Workshops

    Ongoing

    From hands-on art making to storytelling and performance, our workshops will inspire your creativity, engage your senses, and expand your ideas.

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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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  • Art laid out for a Five Tables viewing at BAMPFA

    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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  • Family Events

    Ongoing

    Hands-on activities, participatory readings, performances, movie matinees, and more events designed for kids and their families.

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  • Masako Miki / MATRIX 273

    January 9–April 28, 2019

    A magical installation inspired by Shinto beliefs and the shape-shifting beings of Japanese folklore.

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  • Get Dancin’: Selections from the Collection

    January 9–March 31, 2019

    The exuberance, romance, and beauty of dance are central themes in this wide-ranging selection of works.

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  • Out of the Vault

    January 13–February 21, 2019

    Delve into BAMPFA’s collection of avant-garde film with screenings of work by Frank Stauffacher, Warren Sonbert, and Nathaniel Dorsky, plus a program guest curated by The Black Aesthetic.

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  • In Focus: Writing for Cinema

    January 16–February 27, 2019
  • Film still: A canoe-like boat with a lone passenger floats on a river or lake during twilight. A boom micorphone is visible stading in the center of the boat.

    Documentary Voices

    January 23–April 24, 2019

    Our annual series of nonfiction films showcases inventive approaches to the documentary form.

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  • Arts + Design Thursdays @ BAMPFA

    January 24–April 25, 2019

    Creativity, Migration, Transformation

    Presenters from a diverse range of cultural and creative backgrounds explore the specific and metaphoric connections between creative action and the possibility of personal, cultural, and social transformation.

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  • Life Goes On: The Films of Mia Hansen-Løve

    January 25–February 14, 2019

    Mia Hansen-Løve’s profoundly humanist films are keenly attuned to the rhythms of life. The director joins us to present her work along with a selection of films she admires.

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  • Rhythms from Life: Jia Zhangke

    February 6–17, 2019

    We survey the work of the internationally celebrated director whose films depict China’s relentless socioeconomic transformation and the people it leaves behind.

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  • James Ivory in Person

    February 20–23, 2019

    The celebrated writer and director best known as half of the Merchant Ivory duo visits BAMPFA with early films that offer perspectives on postcolonial India.

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  • Hans Hofmann: The Nature of Abstraction

    February 27–July 21, 2019

    Spanning the entirety of the artist’s career, this exhibition presents a fresh and eye-opening examination of Hans Hofmann’s prolific and innovative artistic practice.

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