On View

exhibitions
film series
event series

  • Views and Voices

    Ongoing

    Personal Perspectives on the Collection

    This new audio series is designed to bring you closer to individual people behind BAMPFA and individual works from our art and film collections.

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  • Streaming: Recent Releases & Restorations 2020

    April 17–December 31, 2020

    Limited Streaming Engagements

    Enjoy newly released films and restored classics selected by our curators, now available in your own home.

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  • Pina Bausch on Screen

    April 22–May 9, 2020

    In conjunction with a Cal Performances appearance by Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, we feature films about, by, and influenced by Bausch, whose work transformed the visual and emotional vocabulary of dance.

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  • Streaming: Three Films by István Szabó

    May 20–August 2, 2020

    Now available for streaming, three award-winning, recently restored films by Hungarian master István Szabó: Confidence, Mephisto, and Colonel Redl, parables of life under political oppression and individual morality in the face of momentous events.

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  • Streaming: Free Films for Members 2020

    May 30–December 28, 2020

    We’re grateful to our members for standing with BAMPFA during our temporary closure. To show our appreciation, we’re offering a series of free streaming films just for members.

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  • Streaming: Patricio Guzmán’s Chile Trilogy

    May 8–August 16, 2020

    In Nostalgia for the Light, The Pearl Button, and The Cordillera of Dreams, Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzmán explores his country’s traumatic history through cinematic meditations on landscape, geography, and time.

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  • Streaming: Madeline Anderson

    July 13–October 31, 2020

    Three documentaries by boundary-breaking filmmaker Madeline Anderson—Integration Report 1, A Tribute to Malcolm X, and I Am Somebody—deliver on-the-ground reports from the front lines of the civil rights movement and the labor struggles of the sixties.

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  • Streaming: Romanian Cinema

    July 13–November 8, 2020

    A four-film sampler of twenty-first-century Romanian cinema: Cristi Puiu’s slacker thriller Stuff and Dough, Radu Muntean’s chronicle of revolutionary chaos The Paper Will Be Blue, Alexandru Solomon’s sardonic meta-movie The Great Communist Bank Robbery, and Lucian Pintilie’s... View

  • Arts + Design Thursdays 2020

    September 3–December 3, 2020

    Visual Cultures: Aesthetics of the Digital

    This webinar series focuses on the creation, delivery, and interpretation of visual experiences, defined by physical, physiological, and social conditions, which together form visual cultures. Presenters reflect a diverse range of cultural and creative backgrounds.

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  • Streaming: Alternative Visions 2020

    September 1–November 4, 2020

    Our annual experimental cinema showcase moves online this year with streaming programs of contemporary and historical avant-garde works and special guest presentations on handmade film, Latin American animation, and more.

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  • Streaming—Ism, Ism, Ism: Experimental Cinema in Latin America

    September 8–November 12, 2020

    Discover the vital history and vibrant present of experimental filmmaking in Latin America with three programs of short works, introduced by curator and author Jesse Lerner and complemented by livestreamed conversations with filmmakers.

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  • Streaming—Exit West: Immigration on Film

    September 8–November 20, 2020

    The films in this miniseries reflect on the experiences of people living in transit, from African and Middle Eastern refugees trying to reach Europe to Latin American and Asian immigrants in the United States. Several filmmakers will join us online to discuss their work.

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  • Documentary Voices 2021

    September 1–November 10, 2021

    This fall our ongoing series Documentary Voices returns to BAMPFA’s Barbro Osher Theater with a selection of classic and contemporary nonfiction films that bring history to light in a variety of engaging and inventive ways.

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  • Catherine Opie: Political Landscapes

    September 2–November 29, 2020

    On the Outdoor Screen

    Presented hourly on BAMPFA’s outdoor screen, this selection of photographs from Opie’s ongoing series documenting political protests in Los Angeles provides a glimpse into civic participation and affirms the right to freedom of expression.

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  • Arts + Design Mondays @ BAMPFA

    September 14–November 30, 2020

    Together: Reinventing Politics, Reimagining Health

    This public lectures series is organized by the UC Berkeley Arts + Design Initiative and cocurated by departments across campus. This year’s theme focuses on the aesthetics and politics of being “together,” online and offline—in educational contexts, civic contexts, and our... View

  • Streaming—Free Films for Members: Spotlight on Shirley Clarke

    October 24–November 28, 2020

    The fall installment in our members-only free streaming series features three programs by Shirley Clarke, one of American cinema’s true independents. 

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  • Orbits of Known and Unknown Objects: SFAI Histories / MATRIX 277

    September 30, 2020–Ongoing

    An exhibition in the form of a website, MATRIX 277 explores and honors the rich legacy of the San Francisco Art Institute on the occasion of its 150th anniversary, tracing connections among artworks, people, and places over the trajectory of the institution’s history.

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  • Streaming: Picture a STEMinist

    October 28, 2020–January 21, 2021

    Three recent documentaries chronicle the achievements and challenges of exceptional women working in science and technology. Livestreamed talks with women in STEM complement the films.

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  • Streaming—East Meets West: The Films of Ulrike Ottinger

    November 20, 2020–August 31, 2021

    German artist Ulrike Ottinger’s cinematic work encompasses ethnography, history, and fantasy. “Watching her films is like traveling through an undiscovered country of marvels” (Village Voice). 

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  • Streaming—Free Films for Members: The Global Film Initiative...

    December 11, 2020–January 10, 2021

    This installment in our ongoing series of free films for members travels from a struggling cinematheque in Uruguay to the streets of Tbilisi and the steppes of Kyrgyzstan.

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  • Streaming—Existence Is Longing: Wong Kar Wai

    December 11, 2020–February 28, 2021

    This streaming retrospective features recent 4K restorations of films by Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar Wai, works of exquisite beauty, narrative complexity, and sublime emotion.

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  • Streaming: Recent Releases & Restorations 2021

    January 1–October 10, 2021

    Limited Streaming Engagements

    Enjoy newly released films and restored classics selected by our curators, now available in your own home.

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  • Readings 2021

    Ongoing

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

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  • Full 2021

    Ongoing

    Monthly Performance Series

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

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  • Streaming: Free Films for Members 2021

    Ongoing

    Our ongoing series of free films for members.

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  • Streaming: The New Brazilian Cinema

    January 21–March 31, 2021

    In conjunction with Film Quarterly, we present recent films from the flourishing Brazilian cinema scene, highlighting works by Black, Indigenous, and queer filmmakers.

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  • Streaming: Documentary Voices 2021

    January 21–April 25, 2021

    Our annual series highlights recent international documentary films that bring a critical eye and ear, as well as an artistic vision, to questions about history and contemporary life. Conversations with filmmakers complement the programs.

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  • Arts + Design Mondays

    February 1–April 26, 2021

    Join a changing lineup of artists, scholars, and experts as they share perspectives on timely topics. 

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  • Arts + Design Thursdays

    January 28–April 29, 2021

    Time-based Media Art

    Join a changing lineup of media artists, curators, and thinkers as they explore the history and future of time-based media art.

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  • Streaming—Max von Sydow: The Best Stradivarius

    March 5–May 10, 2021

    Our tribute to the towering Swedish actor Max von Sydow, who died a year ago, features some of his great work with Ingmar Bergman (The Seventh Seal, The Passion of Anna), Jan Troell (The Emigrants), and Bille August (Pelle the Conqueror), among others. Distinguished guest... View

  • Streaming—Out of the Vault: Sara Kathryn Arledge & Media Burn

    March 5–July 11, 2021

    Highlighting works from BAMPFA collections, we celebrate the publication of two new books: Serene for the Moment: Sara Kathryn Arledge, edited by Irene Georgia Tsatsos; and Media Burn: Ant Farm and the Making of an Image, by Steve Seid.

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  • Streaming: Éric Rohmer’s Tales of the Four Seasons

    April 23–July 31, 2021

    Shot on location in various regions of France in the 1990s, when Éric Rohmer was at the height of his powers, this four-film cycle probes the psychological and philosophical mysteries of love—elusive, imagined, or manifest.

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