Drop by our art study centers on Free First Thursdays for an up-close look at treasures from the BAMPFA collections.
Moletsane’s vibrant, large-scale portraits for the Art Wall draw on both traditional African visual culture and Afrofuturism.
Delectable dinners following screenings of the films that inspired them.
Experience the vitality and range of cultural production in the African diaspora through this exciting, multidisciplinary event series.
From hands-on artmaking to dance and meditation, our workshops will inspire your creativity, engage your senses, and expand your ideas.
Recent releases, restored classics, and special guests grace the Barbro Osher Theater.
Explore the BAMPFA galleries and discover exciting performances in our dramatic space on the night of each full moon.
Get a deeper look at the artworks on view by joining an expert-led tour.
Hands-on activities, participatory readings, performances, movie matinees, and more events designed for kids and their families.
Explore the creative energies that have emerged from the Bay Area over the past two centuries with this sweeping array of art, film, performance, poetry, and archival materials.
Artists, curators, scholars, and others share their insights on BAMPFA exhibitions, the arts, and other cultural topics.
Treat the family to a Saturday afternoon at the movies.
This selection of historical works explores how physical violence and suffering have been represented in art, from the promise of transcendence to political critique.
Al Wong’s photocollage portraits of the sister he never met form a meditation on displacement and the collision between personal and geopolitical histories.
This annual showcase celebrates the diverse and exceptional work of new graduates from the MFA program at Cal.
Works dating from the second century through the twentieth reveal how Buddhist power was visually expressed and transmitted throughout Asia.
New work by two artists who got their start in San Francisco in the 1990s and have maintained a strong artistic dialogue ever since.
Our yearlong celebration of Ingmar Bergman’s cinema continues this summer, showcasing films that launched his international reputation in the 1950s.
In conjunction with the Berkeley Festival, this series features live musical performances along with films meant to be heard, not just seen.
Recent additions to the BAMPFA collection feature unusual approaches to color and form—plus a unicorn.
Bask in the radiance of one of cinema’s greatest stars with this big-screen celebration of Garbo’s subtle skill and timeless allure.
A fresh iteration of our innovative exhibition exploring the creative energies that have emerged from the Bay Area over the past two centuries.
This comprehensive retrospective is a rare chance to explore the full range of an Italian modernist master’s formally dazzling work.
Leonard’s photographs are rare, intimate documents of life in Oakland in the 1960s and 1970s.
Pay a visit to Kaurismäki’s unique cinematic universe, where melodrama meets minimalism and bitter reality is tempered with deadpan comedy.
The first retrospective of an enormously influential artist whose photographs capture the creative subcultures of downtown New York in the 1970s and 1980s.
This first survey of Vicuña’s work stages a conversation about discarded and displaced people, places, and things in a time of global climate change.
From hardboiled crime sagas to breezy portraits of postwar Parisian life, the films of this classic French director are ripe for rediscovery.
Salon Screenings in Theater 2
Enjoy rarely screened works by Ingmar Bergman in an intimate, salon-style setting.
Championing dreamers and dropouts, political radicals and disaffected youth, Tanner’s films from the late 1960s to the early 1980s feel just as urgent today.
A tribute to the revered Russian director whose visionary films infuse images of the world with metaphysical mystery.