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  • Beyond Boundaries: Buddhist Art of Gandhara

    April 30, 2021–March 13, 2022

    Northern India’s Gandharan region was a crossroads of power, culture, and art from the second to ninth centuries. Rare sculptural images of the Buddha and his life story reflect cultural exchanges between the Hellenistic world and the native artistic traditions of India. 

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  • Present Tense: Five Centuries of Colonialism in Latin American and...

    April 30–June 20, 2021

    Cal Conversations

    An exhibition of historical and contemporary art that reveals how colonialism has shaped life in the Latin Americas offers captivating works that critique society and introduce beauty as a form of healing. 

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  • Ulrike Ottinger / MATRIX 276

    April 30–July 18, 2021

    In tandem with a streaming series of Ulrike Ottinger’s films, this exhibition highlights her work as a photographer, revealing her keen eye for landscape and intimate portraiture.

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  • Streaming: Recent Films of Amit Dutta

    April 30–August 31, 2021

    Indian filmmaker and writer Amit Dutta has created his own distinctive cinema through deep explorations of India’s artistic, literary, and cultural traditions. We present the premiere of a portrait of Krishna Baldev Vaid, along with other recent work and the landmark Nainsukh.

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  • The 50th Annual University of California, Berkeley Master of Fine...

    May 14–June 20, 2021

    After a pandemic-related postponement, we showcase works by 2020 graduates from the MFA program at Cal.

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  • Kay Sekimachi: Geometries

    May 28–October 24, 2021

    This survey spans the innovative career of Kay Sekimachi, whose experimental objects fold together art and craft, found and made, and Japanese and American artistic traditions.  

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  • The 51st Annual University of California, Berkeley Master of Fine...

    June 11–July 11, 2021

    BAMPFA presents works by this year’s MFA graduates from the Department of Art Practice at Cal. 

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  • The Enduring Mark

    August 6–November 28, 2021

    Six Centuries of Drawing from the Gray Collection

    Celebrating drawing as an expression of the beauty, vigor, and ephemerality of life, this exhibition charts a history of European and American drawing from the fifteenth to the twentieth century with works by Rubens, Degas, Klee, Picasso, and more. 

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  • Art Wall: Luchita Hurtado

    August 6–March 20, 2022

    Developed from a drawing that delineates the differing strata of earth's material structure, BAMPFA's Art Wall commission is Hurtado's most monumental painting to date and among the last works she made.

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  • Free Films on BAMPFA’s Outdoor Screen

    August 12–September 9, 2021

    This summer BAMPFA is thrilled to partner with the Downtown Berkeley Association to present three inspiring documentaries on our outdoor screen, welcoming audiences back to the museum to celebrate the vision of artists and activists, from the Bay Area and beyond.

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  • Shirin Neshat: Fervor

    August 25–November 14, 2021
  • New Time: Art and Feminisms in the 21st Century

    August 28, 2021–January 30, 2022

    Featuring more than 150 works, most made since the year 2000, this major survey presents a kaleidoscopic view of feminist practices in contemporary art.

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  • Guided Tours 2022

    Ongoing

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

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  • Arts + Design Thursdays @ BAMPFA

    September 2–December 2, 2021

    Creativity and Practice

    All events will be live captioned. If you require captioning to access a prerecorded event on our site, please contact Paris Cotz at pariscotz@berkeley.edu. Please allow seven to ten days for captioning to be provided.

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  • Alternative Visions 2021

    September 8–November 17, 2021

    Our annual showcase Alternative Visions continues with 1990s Japanese experimental films by women, with guest curators Wakae Nakane and Miryam Sas in conversation. Collage animator Janie Geiser also presents a program of her recent films, created from a haunting array of visual... View

  • Arts + Design Mondays @ BAMPFA

    September 13–November 15, 2021

    Perseverance, Renewal, and Reflection in a Changing World

    Pre-register for the events using the zoom registration link in the event pages below. For more information and updates, visit artsdesign.berkeley.edu.

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  • On the Hour: Night Watch

    September 16–October 31

    Screening hourly on BAMPFA's Outdoor Screen, Shimon Attie's 2018 video work features twelve portraits of refugees who fled violence and discrimination in their homeland and were granted political asylum in the United States.

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  • Tutorials: Streaming from Home

    If you would like to watch a film from BAMPFA’s rotating selection of streaming films, you can learn how to get started with these helpful tutorials.

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  • Mill Valley Film Festival at BAMPFA

    October 8–17, 2021

    BAMPFA is pleased to partner with the Mill Valley Film Festival to present selected screenings from MVFF44 in the Barbro Osher Theater. 

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  • Limited Engagements & Special Screenings 2021

    October 21–November 27, 2021

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

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  • Kazuo Miyagawa: Cinematographer and Visual Stylist

    October 23–November 28, 2021

    One of film’s most talented cinematographers, Kazuo Miyagawa worked with many of the great Japanese directors, including Akira Kurosawa, Kenji Mizoguchi, Yasujiro Ozu, Kon Ichikawa, and Masahiro Shinoda, all represented in this series, which foregrounds his artistry on the big... View

  • New Time: The Future Is Feminist

    October 24, 2021–January 29, 2022

    Conceived in dialog with BAMPFA’s major exhibition New Time, The Future Is Feminist brings together a diverse range of works made since 2000 by women filmmakers representing an array of feminist voices and aesthetics, variously observational, confrontational,... View

  • The Black Film Ambassador: The Ecstatic World of Albert Johnson

    October 30–November 26, 2021

    Dedicated to a pillar of the Bay Area film scene, film critic, curator, and educator Albert Johnson (1925–1998) the films in this series gesture toward the breadth of his interests and provide a welcome opportunity to celebrate his brilliant legacy.

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  • Afterimage: Walter Murch in Conversation

    November 6–20, 2021

    Walter Murch, whose accomplishments have earned him respect and praise as “the film editor’s editor” and “a sound and image guru,” is our guest for Afterimage, sharing his wisdom on editing and sound design in three in-depth conversations.

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  • Marguerite Duras: The Seamless Past and Present

    November 11–28, 2021

    The celebrated French author and filmmaker Marguerite Duras is the focus of this trio of works, including the Bay Area premiere of Suzanna Andler. Also featured are Alain Resnais’s Hiroshima mon amour and a new restoration of Le navire Night.

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  • Big Screen: Highlights from a Year of Virtual Cinema

    December 2, 2021–February 16, 2022

    Now that we are back in the Barbro Osher Theater, we want to share some highlights from the past year of virtual cinema as an affirmation of the importance of seeing films on the big screen and with an audience. 

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  • Francis Ford Coppola and American Zoetrope

    December 3, 2021–February 27, 2022

    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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  • Jumana Manna / MATRIX 278

    December 8–March 6, 2022
  • Five Tables 2022

    First Thursdays of each month

    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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  • Mimi Tempestt and Darius Simpson

    Readings 2022

    Ongoing

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

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  • Touch Bass

    Performances

    Ongoing

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

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  • Workshops

    Ongoing

    Inspire your creativity, engage your senses, and expand your ideas.

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