On View

film series
event series

  • Prajnaparamita, Tibet, 15th century

    Buddhist Art from the Roof of the World

    July 27–November 27, 2016

    Paintings and sculptures from India, Tibet, and Nepal provide a window into a divine Buddhist reality.

  • Art Wall: Terri Friedman

    August 25, 2016–February 12, 2017

    A monumental weaving by East Bay artist Terri Friedman, the second work in BAMPFA’s Art Wall series of commissioned temporary works.

  • Hans Hofmann, Combinable Wall I and II, 1961

    Push and Pull: Hans Hofmann

    August 31–December 11, 2016

    Push and Pull: Hans Hofmann showcases signature works that manifest Hofmann’s dynamic painterly approach.

  • Pat O'Neill / MATRIX 262

    September 28–November 27, 2016

    The work of Pat O'Neill, a pioneer of avant-garde film and optical printing techniques, including films, sculpture, photography, and works on paper.

  • Mind Over Matter: Conceptual Art from the Collection

    October 19–December 23, 2016

    First-generation Conceptualism, focusing on performance and language. Works by Ant Farm, Eleanor Antin, John Baldessari, James Lee Byars, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Bruce Nauman, Ed Ruscha, Yoko Ono, and more.

  • Fernando Botero: Art for Human Rights

    Fall 2016

    Compelling works from Fernando Botero's Abu Ghraib series.

  • Covered in Time and History: The Films of Ana Mendieta

    November 9, 2016–February 12, 2017

    This exhibition presents the films of Ana Mendieta (1948–1985) in the context of her own work and of the transformation of visual art in the 1970s.

  • Andy Warhol: Still Lifes and Portraits

    November 23, 2016–March 12, 2017

    Warhol prints from 1964 to 1977 that critique contemporary culture.

  • Michael Armitage / MATRIX 263

    December 14, 2016–April 2, 2017

    New works by the London-based painter reflect on sexuality and gender stereotypes in Kenya. 

  • Buddhist Art from the Roof of the World

    Transmission of the Dharma

    December 14, 2016–May 7, 2017
  • Slow Reading / Slow Seeing

    Cal Conversations

    January 18–April 30, 2017

    An exhibition of poems and artworks developed in collaboration with UC Berkeley Professor Lyn Hejinian’s class English 190: Slow Reading / Slow Seeing.

  • Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia

    February 8–May 21, 2017

    Explore how artists, architects, and designers intersected with the counterculture of the 1960s and early 1970s.

  • Art Wall: Lawrence Weiner

    March 1–October 30, 2017

    The artist continues his exploration of language as medium in this newly commissioned work.

  • Erica Deeman: Silhouettes

    March 8–June 11, 2017

    Large-scale photographs of women from the African diaspora, presented in a way that challenges traditional assumptions about artistic technique and individual identity.

  • AMERICA AMERICA: Art for Human Rights

    March 22–April 16, 2017

    Works from the collection examining the history of US human rights.

  • Asher Hartman and Cliff Hengst / MATRIX 264

    April 12–16, 2017

    A one-man performance by Cliff Hengst, directed by Asher Hartman.

  • Irwin Kremen / MATRIX 265

    April 26–August 26, 2017

    Exquisitely composed collages incorporating fragments of found, or "experienced," paper.

  • Sam Contis / MATRIX 266

    May 3–August 26, 2017

    Photographic works made at the remote and idiosyncratic Deep Springs College. 

  • The 47th Annual University of California, Berkeley Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition

    May 17–June 11, 2017

    Works by this year's MFA recipients from UC Berkeley's Department of Art Practice. 

  • Buddhist Realms

    May 24–October 8, 2017

    Tibetan Buddhist paintings and sculptures vividly evoke the realms of the celestial and the supernatural.

  • Charles Howard: A Margin of Chaos

    June 21–October 1, 2017

    Discover the enigmatic work of this pioneering yet underrecognized painter, who bridged figurative, Surrealist, and abstract currents in modern art.

  • Divine Visions, Earthly Pleasures: Five Hundred Years of Indian Painting

    June 22–September 10, 2017

    Works from the BAMPFA collection reveal the richness and variety of India's painterly traditions.

  • Ugo Rondinone: the world just makes me laugh

    June 28–August 26, 2017

    The exhibition features clowns and rainbows, but it's not just clowning around—Swiss artist Rondinone's work is both exuberant and melancholy.

  • On the Hour / JJ PEET


    September 13–October 29, 2017

    PEET brings his distinctive observational style to a pair of videos commissioned for BAMPFA's monumental outdoor screen and Theater Two.

  • Information in the Flesh: Art for Human Rights

    September 13–October 1, 2017

    Works by Fernando Botero, Adrian Piper, and others demonstrate how power is articulated and reinforced through the dehumanized body.

  • To the Letter: Regarding the Written Word

    September 13, 2017–January 28, 2018

    This exhibition crosses cultures and centuries to bring together works that activate the expressive and aesthetic potential of letters and words.

  • Martin Wong: Human Instamatic

    September 20–December 10, 2017

    This retrospective surveys the career of "one of our great urban visionaries" (New York Times), from Northern California to New York and back.

  • Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument

    September 27–December 17, 2017

    This investigation of the editorial process behind Parks's photo-essay "Harlem Gang Leader" reveals unspoken conflicts between photographer, editor, subject, and truth.

  • Miyoko Ito / MATRIX 267

    September 27, 2017–January 28, 2018

    Discover the singular vision of a Berkeley-born artist whose paintings explore both exterior and interior landscapes.