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event series

  • Rosie Lee Tompkins: A Retrospective

    February 19–July 19, 2020

    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–July 12, 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–May 24, 2020

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

    Drawing on BAMPFA’s collection of contemporary 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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  • Ulrike Ottinger / MATRIX 276

    March 25–June 28, 2020

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

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  • The Cinema of the Absurd: Eastern European Film 1950–1989

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

    May 15–June 28, 2020

    For the fiftieth year, BAMPFA showcases the exceptional work of UC Berkeley MFA graduates. This year’s artists are Brian Bartz, Xandra Ibarra, Leena Joshi, Brontez Purnell, Ghazal Rahimi, and Jessica Robbins.

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