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  • Buddhist Realms

    October 25, 2107–April 22, 2018

    Exquisite examples of Buddhist art from the Himalayan region.

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  • Global Lives Project

    October 25–December 29, 2017

    This collaborative video project captures twenty-four hours in the lives of diverse individuals across the globe.

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  • On the Hour / Hayoun Kwon

    November 1–December 29, 2017

    I Suddenly Hear the Flap of Wings

    Commissioned for BAMPFA’s outdoor screen, Kwon’s imaginative digital animation evokes a woman who transformed her apartment into an aviary.

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  • Art Wall: Karabo Poppy Moletsane

    November 22, 2017–July 15, 2018

    Moletsane’s vibrant, large-scale portraits for the Art Wall draw on both traditional African visual culture and Afrofuturism.

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  • Erica Deeman portrait of Marvin 2017

    Way Bay

    January 17–June 3, 2018

    Explore the creative energies that have emerged from the Bay Area over the past two centuries with this sweeping array of art, film, performance, poetry, and archival materials.

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  • Theresa Hak Kyung Cha: Avant Dictee

    January 31–April 22, 2018

    View artworks and ephemera from the Cha archive at BAMPFA in dialogue with her best-known work, the artist's book Dictee. 

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  • Breaking ICE: a community response to a citizenship test

    Breaking ICE

    January 31–May 20, 2018

    A Community Response to a Citizenship Test

    An interactive installation based loosely on the 100 questions used to test aspiring US citizens.

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  • Jay Heikes / MATRIX 269

    February 14–April 29, 2018

    Recent paintings, sculptures, and drawings that offer both a reflection on our cultural moment and a commitment to the material properties of the art object

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  • Cal Conversations: Dreaming the Lost Ming 夢回金陵

    February 21–May 13, 2018

    Created in collaboration with a UC Berkeley course, this exhibition explores the cataclysmic end of the Ming dynasty through paintings and literature of China’s long seventeenth century.

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  • Agony in Effigy: Art, Truth, Pain, and the Body

    February 21–June 17, 2018

    This selection of historical works explores how physical violence and suffering have been represented in art, from the promise of transcendence to political critique.

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  • Al Wong: Lost Sister

    March 28–June 17, 2018

    Al Wong’s photocollage portraits of the sister he never met form a meditation on displacement and the collision between personal and geopolitical histories.

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  • The 48th Annual UC Berkeley Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition

    May 11–June 17, 2018

    This annual showcase celebrates the diverse and exceptional work of new graduates from the MFA program at Cal.

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  • Master Traces, Transcultural Visions

    May 16–September 16, 2018

    Works dating from the second century through the twentieth reveal how Buddhist power was visually expressed and transmitted throughout Asia.

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  • Alicia McCarthy and Ruby Neri / MATRIX 270

    May 23–August 26, 2018

    New work by two artists who got their start in San Francisco in the 1990s and have maintained a strong artistic dialogue ever since.

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  • Color, Form, Unicorn: Recent Acquisitions

    June 6-August 19, 2018

    Recent additions to the BAMPFA collection feature unusual approaches to color and form—plus a unicorn.

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  • Way Bay 2

    June 13–September 2, 2018

    A fresh iteration of our innovative exhibition exploring the creative energies that have emerged from the Bay Area over the past two centuries.

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  • Peter Hujar: Speed of Life

    June 30–November 18, 2018

    The first retrospective of an enormously influential artist whose photographs capture the creative subcultures of downtown New York in the 1970s and 1980s.

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  • Joanne Leonard: Intimate Documentary

    July 4-September 2, 2018

    Leonard’s photographs are rare, intimate documents of life in Oakland in the 1960s and 1970s.

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  • Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen

    July 11–October 14, 2018

    This first survey of Vicuña’s work stages a conversation about discarded and displaced people, places, and things in a time of global climate change.

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  • 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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  • Old Masters in a New Light: Rediscovering the European Collection

    September 19–December 16, 2018

    BAMPFA’s outstanding collection of historical European art—including several important new acquisitions—is showcased in this exhibition, the culmination of a major research and conservation effort.

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  • Christina Quarles / MATRIX 271

    September 19–November 18, 2018

    A gathering of paintings by Quarles, whose work tussles with culturally prescribed identities and probes the margins where meaning remains unfixed, illegible, and subject to question.

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  • Redacted: Art for Human Rights

    September 19–December 10, 2018

    A selection of works from the BAMPFA collection that use redacted content to question the relationships between power, information, and censorship and consider the precarious nature of truth.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • lithograph Evolving Gravity by Aaron Marcus

    Aaron Marcus: Early Works

    February 6–June 30, 2019

    In these multicolored transformations of computer-generated forms, the artist makes connections between art, science, design, and visual poetry.

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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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