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exhibitions
film series
event series

  • War and Peace

    June 1–8, 2019

    Sergei Bondarchuk’s Academy Award–winning adaptation of Tolstoy’s revered novel, following good-hearted Pierre, battle-scarred Andrei, and tempestuous Natasha through the tumult of the Napoleonic Wars, was hailed by Roger Ebert as “the definitive epic of all time”; it demands to... View

  • Julio Bracho and Mexican Cinema’s Golden Age

    June 7–July 18, 2019

    From raucous music-hall comedy to tough urban noir, this selection of digitally restored works showcases the range and artistry of a master craftsman of midcentury Mexican cinema.

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  • Looking Again at Orson Welles

    June 9–July 10, 2019

    An intriguing new documentary on Welles’s multifaceted creative career is the inspiration for this series revisiting several of his landmark films. 

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  • It’s Only Rock ’n’ Roll

    June 13–August 31, 2019

    Rock ’n’ roll is the soundtrack to summer at BAMPFA as we celebrate the roots and resonance of rock in cinema. Three free events on our outdoor screen take the music to the streets.

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  • It’s Only Rock ’n’ Roll: Free Outdoor Screenings

    June 13–August 8, 2019

    Three free events on our outdoor screen take the rock 'n' roll music to the streets.

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  • Cine Manifest: A Radical 1970s Film Collective

    June 20–30, 2019

    Active in the 1970s, the Bay Area–based political film collective Cine Manifest is little known today, but their works still speak to our own troubled times. Former members join us to reminisce and present their works in person. 

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  • Fritz Lang’s America

    June 21–August 11, 2019

    This lineup of Lang’s films made and set in the United States amounts to a noir tour of the psychosocial landscape of twentieth-century America, a land of systemic corruption, thwarted aspiration, and frustrated desire. 

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  • Two Taras 18th century Nepalese sculptures

    Divine Women, Divine Wisdom

    June 26, 2019–January 12, 2020

    Art from South Asia and the Himalayan region that celebrates the beauty, fecundity, wisdom, power, and compassion of women within the context of Hindu and Buddhist traditions.

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  • No Horizon: Helen Mirra and Sean Thackrey

    July 3–August 25, 2019

    This exhibition brings together two Bay Area artists whose work embraces the simple act of seeing as an inspiration to deep reflection and understanding.

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  • Jean-Pierre Léaud at 75

    July 4–August 30, 2019

    This series surveys the career of a French New Wave icon, from his youthful roles as François Truffaut’s alter ego Antoine Doinel to his embodiment of a dying Louis XIV.

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  • View Finders: Women Cinematographers

    July 12–November 21, 2019

    Showcasing the artistic visions of female cinematographers around the world, this series asks whether there is such a thing as a “female gaze.”

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  • calligraphy by Tetsugen Doko

    Meditation in Motion: Zen Calligraphy from the Stuart Katz Collection

    July 17–October 20, 2019

    The first exhibition at BAMPFA to present the unique art form of Japanese Zen-inspired calligraphy, Meditation in Motion features important works by Chinese Ōbaku monks who immigrated to Japan, as well as writings by Japanese monks who expanded on their examples.

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  • Against Authority: The Cinema of Masaki Kobayashi

    July 20–August 18, 2019

    A rare chance to see 35mm prints of films by a key figure in mid-twentieth-century Japanese cinema, including his masterwork, the three-part antiwar epic The Human Condition.

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  • Dennis Feldman: Photographs

    July 31–October 13, 2019

    Photographs from two series, Hollywood Boulevard, 1969–72 and American Images, demonstrate the artist’s achievements as an affecting social documentarian and explorer of what he calls “a world contained in a frame.”

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  • Abbas Kiarostami: Life as Art

    August 2–December 21, 2019

    Iran’s most influential director, Kiarostami made films that blended fiction and documentary, minimalism and spontaneity, poetic vision and humanist spirit. We present a near-complete retrospective of his work.

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  • The San Quentin Project: Nigel Poor and the Men of San Quentin State...

    August 21–November 17, 2019

    Following the evolution of artist Nigel Poor’s collaboration with men incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison, this exhibition features visual documents made during this collaborative project; photographs from the prison’s archive; and episodes of Ear Hustle, a podcast... View

  • Strange

    August 21, 2019–January 5, 2020

    Featuring works from many cultures and time periods that resonate with the spirit of Surrealism, this exhibition explores the improbable, uncanny, mysterious, and miraculous as sources of artistic inspiration.

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