On View

exhibitions
film series
event series

  • 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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  • The Luminous Legacy of Greta Garbo

    June 7–July 13, 2018

    Bask in the radiance of one of cinema’s greatest stars with this big-screen celebration of Garbo’s subtle skill and timeless allure.

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  • Sunday Summer Cinema: Dancing in the Streets

    June 10–October 14, 2018

    This series of family-friendly dance films on our outdoor LED screen will have you moving and grooving all summer!

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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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  • Michelangelo Antonioni

    June 15–August 31, 2018

    This comprehensive retrospective is a rare chance to explore the full range of an Italian modernist master’s formally dazzling work.

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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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  • Aki Kaurismäki: Films from the Other Side of Hope

    July 6–August 5, 2018

    Pay a visit to Kaurismäki’s unique cinematic universe, where melodrama meets minimalism and bitter reality is tempered with deadpan comedy.

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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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  • Jacques Becker

    July 12–August 31, 2018

    From hardboiled crime sagas to breezy portraits of postwar Parisian life, the films of this classic French director are ripe for rediscovery.

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  • Bergman 100: An Emerging Style

    July 20–August 19, 2018

    Salon Screenings in Theater 2

    Enjoy rarely screened works by Ingmar Bergman in an intimate, salon-style setting.

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  • Subtle Subversion: The Films of Alain Tanner

    July 26–August 19, 2018

    Championing dreamers and dropouts, political radicals and disaffected youth, Tanner’s films from the late 1960s to the early 1980s feel just as urgent today.

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  • Andrei Tarkovsky: Sculpting in Time

    August 4–30, 2018

    A tribute to the revered Russian director whose visionary films infuse images of the world with metaphysical mystery.

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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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  • In Focus: Ingmar Bergman

    August 29–November 28, 2018

    Lecture/Screening Series

    Explore Ingmar Bergman’s work in depth with this series featuring an expert lecture and discussion at each screening.

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  • Arts + Design Thursdays @ BAMPFA Fall 2018

    August 30–November 15, 2018

    Creativity, Migration, Transformation

    This lecture series explores connections among creative works, the experiences of migration, and the possibilities of personal and social transformation.

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  • Bergman 100: Discoveries & Rarities

    September 1–November 4, 2018

    This installment in our yearlong centennial tribute to Ingmar Bergman highlights diverse facets of his remarkable cinematic output, from his documentaries about the island of Fårö to his international productions of the 1970s.

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  • Between Politics and Poetry: Makhmalbaf Film House

    September 1–October 20, 2018

    This series focuses on Iran’s Makhmalbaf family of filmmakers—Mohsen; his wife, Marziyeh Meshkini; and their daughters Samira and Hana—whose works offer thoughtful portraits of life on the margins, whether in Tehran, Tajikistan, Kurdistan, or post-Taliban Afghanistan.

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  • Alternative Visions 2018

    September 5–November 28, 2018

    This expansive season of our avant-garde showcase extends from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present, with many filmmakers and other luminaries in person.

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  • Arts + Design Mondays @ BAMPFA: Fact and Fiction

    September 10, 2018–April 29, 2019

    Distinguished speakers bring new approaches to age-old questions: How do we distinguish fact from fiction, the real from the artificial, truth from lies?

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  • Frederick Wiseman: On Documentary

    September 13–October 12, 2018

    BAMPFA is honored by a visit from Wiseman, whose incisive, wide-ranging explorations of complex institutions have set a standard for nonfiction filmmaking.

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  • Luchino Visconti: Cinema of Struggle and Splendor

    September 14–November 30, 2018

    A retrospective of a key artist of the Italian cinema, who combined the profound humanism of neorealism with the drama, beauty, and epic sweep of opera to create films rich in resonance and throbbing with life.

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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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  • Mark Morris Presents: In the Age of Pepperland

    September 28–November 25, 2018

    Choreographer Mark Morris selects a series of films that reflect the irrepressible creativity of the late sixties and inspired his dance work Pepperland.

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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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  • Chinese Cinema Classics: Screen Idols and Stardom Reexamined

    October 5–14, 2018

    Critic, collector, and Chinese film expert Paul Fonoroff is our guest for this series of films featuring some of pre-World War II China’s greatest screen stars.

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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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  • First-Person Cinema: Marie Menken, Margaret Tait, and Ute Aurand

    October 17–21, 2018

    German film artist Ute Aurand joins us to present her lyrical works alongside shorts by American underground filmmaker Marie Menken and Scottish film poet Margaret Tait.

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  • 1968 and Global Cinema

    October 19–November 29, 2018

    In conjunction with a new book, this series focuses on the radical cinema that emerged from the political and social upheavals of the late sixties.

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  • Afterimage: Agnieszka Holland

    October 25–28, 2018

    Born in Poland, educated in Prague, and active internationally, the illustrious director for film and television joins us to discuss her work.

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