On View

exhibitions
film series
event series

  • Perspectives on History: Romanian Cinema Since 1989

    December 6, 2019–February 27, 2020

    Thirty years after the fall of the Ceauşescu regime, this series samples the best in Romanian cinema from the last three decades.

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  • Afterimage: J. Hoberman on Movie Culture in the Age of Reagan

    December 11–12, 2019

    Film critic and historian J. Hoberman presents two films and offers his insights on the intersection between politics and pop culture in Ronald Reagan’s America. 

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  • Richard Misrach: Untitled (OF 104-91: Swimming Pool), from 1991: The Oakland-Berkeley Fire Aftermath, 1991; archival pigment print; 59 1/2 x 75 in.; BAMPFA, gift of the artist.

    Lands of Promise and Peril: Geographies of California

    December 11, 2019–April 26, 2020

    Cal Conversations

    This student-curated exhibition maps California’s many contradictions as a place of beauty and brutality, prosperity and inequality, sanctuary and exclusion.

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  • Agnès Varda: An Irresistible Force

    December 20, 2019–February 28, 2020

    Vive la Varda! We pay tribute to a founding mother of the French New Wave, who died at age ninety in 2019—an inspiring and vital artist to the end.

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  • Movie Matinees for All Ages 2020

    Ongoing

    Treat the family to an afternoon at the movies.

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  • Performances 2020

    Ongoing

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

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  • Limited Engagements & Special Screenings 2020

    Ongoing

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

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  • Black Life 2020

    Ongoing

    Experience the vitality and range of cultural production in the African diaspora through this multidisciplinary event series.

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  • Workshops 2020

    Ongoing

    From hands-on art making to participatory performance, our workshops will 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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  • Family Events 2020

    Ongoing

    Hands-on activities, participatory readings, performances, movie matinees, and more events designed for kids and their families.

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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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  • Guided Tours 2020

    Ongoing

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

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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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  • Five Tables 2020

    Ongoing

    Drop by our art study centers on Free First Thursdays for an up-close look at treasures from the BAMPFA collection.

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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–June 14, 2020

    Ron Nagle’s first Bay Area survey in over twenty-five years showcases his small sculptures, which 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–May 31, 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 17, 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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  • 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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  • 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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