On View

exhibitions
film series
event series

  • Agnès Varda: An Irresistible Force

    December 20, 2019–February 28, 2020

    Vive la Varda! We pay tribute to a founding mother of the French New Wave, who died at age ninety in 2019—an inspiring and vital artist to the end.

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  • Limited Engagements & Special Screenings 2020

    Ongoing

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

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  • Performances 2020

    Ongoing

    Music, dance, and other creative actions bring the BAMPFA space to life.

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  • Black Life 2020

    Ongoing

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

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  • Workshops 2020

    Ongoing

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

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  • Gallery Talks, Lectures & Discussions 2020

    Ongoing

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

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  • Family Events 2020

    Ongoing

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

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  • Readings 2020

    Ongoing

    Meet the authors of new books and hear poets and other literary lights read their work.

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  • Guided Tours 2020

    Ongoing

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

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  • Full 2020

    Ongoing

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

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  • Movie Matinees for All Ages 2020

    Ongoing

    Treat the family to an afternoon at the movies.

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  • Five Tables 2020

    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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  • Next Door to Darkness: The Films of David Lynch

    January 10–February 29, 2020

    A retrospective of David Lynch’s big-screen work—a journey into a universe both banal and bizarre, incomparably strange and unsettlingly familiar.

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  • Fritz Lang’s Indian Epic

    January 11 and 25, 2020

    Lang’s late-period two-part epic is a fantasia of flamboyant set pieces and exotic colors shown off to full effect in this recent restoration.

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  • Ron Nagle: Handsome Drifter

    January 15–June 14, 2020

    Ron 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.

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

    January 15–May 31, 2020

    Legendary 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.

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  • Federico Fellini at 100

    January 16–May 17, 2020

    A centennial celebration of one of the greats of international art cinema, a master of memory, dreams, fantasy, and desire.

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  • In Focus: Federico Fellini

    January 29–April 1, 2020

    Lecture/Screening Series

    Explore Federico Fellini’s work in depth with this lecture/screening series complementing our Fellini retrospective.

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  • Documentary Voices 2020

    February 5–April 29, 2020

    Our annual series showcases an international array of recent and historical nonfiction films.

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  • Rosie Lee Tompkins: A Retrospective

    February 19–July 19, 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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  • Art for Human Rights: Peace Now!

    February 26–July 12, 2020

    A 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.

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