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.
Recent releases, restored classics, and special guests grace the Barbro Osher Theater.
Music, dance, and other creative actions bring the BAMPFA space to life.
Experience the vitality and range of cultural production in the African diaspora through this multidisciplinary event series.
From hands-on art making to participatory performance, our workshops will inspire your creativity, engage your senses, and expand your ideas.
Artists, curators, scholars, and others share their insights on BAMPFA exhibitions, the arts, and other cultural topics.
Hands-on activities, participatory readings, performances, movie matinees, and more events designed for kids and their families.
Meet the authors of new books and hear poets and other literary lights read their work.
Get a deeper look at the artworks on view by joining an expert-led tour.
Explore the BAMPFA galleries and discover exciting performances in our dramatic space on the night of each full moon.
Treat the family to an afternoon at the movies.
Drop by our art study centers on Free First Thursdays for an up-close look at treasures from the BAMPFA collection.
A retrospective of David Lynch’s big-screen work—a journey into a universe both banal and bizarre, incomparably strange and unsettlingly familiar.
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.
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.
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.
A centennial celebration of one of the greats of international art cinema, a master of memory, dreams, fantasy, and desire.
Explore Federico Fellini’s work in depth with this lecture/screening series complementing our Fellini retrospective.
Our annual series showcases an international array of recent and historical nonfiction films.
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.
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.