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  • Two Taras 18th century Nepalese sculptures

    Divine Women, Divine Wisdom

    June 26, 2019–May 24, 2020

    Temporarily ClosedArt 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.

  • Art Wall: Edie Fake

    November 20, 2019–June 21, 2020

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

  • Richard Misrach: Untitled (OF 104-91: Swimming Pool), from 1991: The Oakland-Berkeley Fire Aftermath, 1991; archival pigment print; 59 1/2 x 75 in.; BAMPFA, gift of the artist.

    Lands of Promise and Peril: Geographies of California

    December 11, 2019–April 26, 2020

    Cal Conversations

    Temporarily ClosedThis student-curated exhibition maps California’s many contradictions as a place of beauty and brutality, prosperity and inequality, sanctuary and exclusion.

  • Ron Nagle: Handsome Drifter

    January 15–August 30, 2020

    Temporarily ClosedRon Nagle’s first Bay Area survey in over twenty-five years showcases his small sculptures, which combine modernism, pop culture, and sensory pleasure in compact, perfect packages.

  • Brave Warriors and Fantastic Tales: The World According to Yoshitoshi

    January 15–May 31, 2020

    Temporarily ClosedLegendary warriors and fantastical creatures come to life in the daring prints of Taiso Yoshitoshi, one of the last great ukiyo-e artists of Meiji Japan.

  • Rosie Lee Tompkins: A Retrospective

    February 19–July 19, 2020

    Temporarily ClosedThe 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.

  • Art for Human Rights: Peace Now!

    February 26–July 12, 2020

    Temporarily ClosedA selection of protest posters made in Berkeley in the sixties and seventies offers a chance to reflect on an era when Americans were at war with one another while waging war abroad.

  • When All That Is Solid Melts into Air

    March 4–May 24, 2020

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

    Temporarily Closed Drawing on BAMPFA’s collection of contemporary 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... View

  • Ulrike Ottinger / MATRIX 276

    March 25–June 28, 2020

    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.

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

    May 15–June 28, 2020

    For the fiftieth year, BAMPFA showcases the exceptional work of UC Berkeley MFA graduates. This year’s artists are Brian Bartz, Xandra Ibarra, Leena Joshi, Brontez Purnell, Ghazal Rahimi, and Jessica Robbins.