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exhibitions
film series
event series

  • Workshops

    Ongoing

    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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  • Performances 2020

    Ongoing

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

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  • Family Events

    Ongoing

    Second Saturdays: Hands-on activities and participatory readings designed for kids and their families.

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  • Online Events

    Ongoing

    Stay connected with livestreaming and recorded events, from conversations with artists to dance performances and more.

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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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  • Talks & Conversations 2022

    Ongoing

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

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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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  • Readings

    Ongoing

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

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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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  • Film to Table Dinners at Babette 2020

    Ongoing

    Delectable dinners following screenings of the films that inspired them

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  • Talks & Conversations 2021

    Ongoing

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

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  • Performances

    Ongoing

    Music, dance, and other creative actions to inspire you at home.

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  • Five Tables 2020–21

    Five Tables is a monthly event coinciding with First Free Thursdays organized by the BAMPFA staff, and periodically by the Student Committee. Drop by the Florence Helzel Works on Paper Study Center for a curated behind-the-scenes experience.

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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, 2020–March 14, 2021

    Ron Nagle’s small sculptures 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–July 19, 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 21, 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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  • Arts + Design Thursdays @ BAMPFA: Public Art and Belonging

    January 23–April 23, 2020

    This noon lecture series explores relationships between art and belonging, with a focus on race.

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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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  • photograph of Rosie Lee Tompkins 2005 quilt

    Rosie Lee Tompkins: A Retrospective

    February 19, 2020–July 18, 2021

    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–August 30, 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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  • When All That Is Solid Melts into Air

    March 4–November 1, 2020

    Exploring the Intersection of the Folk and the Modern in Postcolonial India

    Featuring Indian folk art as well as less traditional forms, this exhibition tells the story of the momentous social and artistic transformations that unfolded in the relationship between the “modern” and the “folk” in India after 1947.

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  • African Film Festival 2020

    March 4–May 8, 2020

    This year’s edition of the African Film Festival welcomes new voices and veteran filmmakers from both the African continent and the diaspora, spotlighting stories, communities, and struggles rarely seen in Western cinema.

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  • Francis Ford Coppola and 50 Years of American Zoetrope

    Starting March 5, 2020

    Fifty years after the founding of American Zoetrope, we celebrate the studio and its co-creator, Francis Ford Coppola. Along with Coppola’s works, the series features films by George Lucas, Jean-Luc Godard, Akira Kurosawa, and more.

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  • East Meets West: The Films of Ulrike Ottinger

    March 8–June 28, 2020

    In conjunction with the MATRIX exhibition of her photographs, Ulrike Ottinger returns to BAMPFA for a series of her films, which encompass ethnography, history, and fantasy. “Watching her films is like traveling through an undiscovered country of marvels” (Village Voice).

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  • Afterimage: Souleymane Cissé

    March 12–15, 2020

    BAMPFA is honored to host one of the giants of African cinema, Malian filmmaker Souleymane Cissé, who presents three of his films and is joined in conversation by Nigerian writer and scholar Akin Adesokan.

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  • GLAS Animation Festival at BAMPFA 2020

    March 20–22, 2020

    BAMPFA welcomes filmmakers Pia Borg and Caroline Leaf and hosts a special lecture by Simón Wilches-Castro on Latin American animation, all part of the fifth annual GLAS Animation Festival.

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  • The Cinema of the Absurd: Eastern European Film 1960–1989

    March 26–May 15, 2020

    A series of stark, scathing, and playful films from the former socialist republics of Eastern Europe, where absurdity was a fact of life under authoritarian rule—and a source of cinematic creativity.

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  • From Collective Isolation

    Ongoing

    Poetry in Response to the Pandemic

    We’re presenting some of our favorite poets from the last few years of the series online, reading recent work that speaks to our current moment of isolation.

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