On View

exhibitions
streaming films
event series

  • Art Wall: Edie Fake

    November 20, 2019–June 27, 2021

    Edie Fake’s mural envisions affordable housing for transgender elders, using architecture to celebrate the uniqueness of trans bodies and the possibilities of queer space.

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  • Performances

    Ongoing

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

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  • Black Life

    Ongoing

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

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  • Workshops

    Ongoing

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

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  • Family Events

    Ongoing

    Virtual Second Saturdays: Hands-on activities and participatory readings designed for kids and their families at home.

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  • Recent Releases & Restorations

    Ongoing

    Limited Streaming Engagements

    Enjoy newly released films and restored classics selected by our curators, now available in your own home.

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  • Online Events

    Ongoing

    Stay connected with livestreaming and recorded events, from conversations with artists to dance performances and more.

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  • Talks & Conversations

    Ongoing

    Artists, curators, scholars, and others share their insights on BAMPFA exhibitions, the arts, and other cultural topics.

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  • Ron Nagle: Handsome Drifter

    January 15, 2020–March 28, 2021

    Ron Nagle’s small sculptures combine modernism, pop culture, and sensory pleasure in compact, perfect packages.

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  • Rosie Lee Tompkins: A Retrospective

    February 19, 2020–July 18, 2021

    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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  • From Collective Isolation

    Ongoing

    Poetry in Response to the Pandemic

    We’re presenting some of our favorite poets from the last few years of the series online, reading recent work that speaks to our current moment of isolation.

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  • Views and Voices

    Ongoing

    Personal Perspectives on the Collection

    This new audio series is designed to bring you closer to individual people behind BAMPFA and individual works from our art and film collections.

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  • Orbits of Known and Unknown Objects: SFAI Histories / MATRIX 277

    September 30, 2020–Ongoing

    An exhibition in the form of a website, MATRIX 277 explores and honors the rich legacy of the San Francisco Art Institute on the occasion of its 150th anniversary, tracing connections among artworks, people, and places over the trajectory of the institution’s history.

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  • East Meets West: The Films of Ulrike Ottinger

    November 20, 2020–July 18, 2021

    German artist Ulrike Ottinger's cinematic work encompasses ethnography, history, and fantasy. “Watching her films is like traveling through an undiscovered country of marvels” (Village Voice). 

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  • Free Films for Members

    Ongoing

    We’re grateful to our members for standing with BAMPFA during our temporary closure. To show our appreciation, we’re offering a series of free streaming films just for members.

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  • Streaming Spotlight: The New Brazilian Cinema

    January 21–March 31, 2021

    In conjunction with Film Quarterly, we present recent films from the flourishing Brazilian cinema scene, highlighting works by Black, Indigenous, and queer filmmakers.

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  • Documentary Voices

    January 21–April 25, 2021

    Our annual series highlights recent international documentary films that bring a critical eye and ear, as well as an artistic vision, to questions about history and contemporary life. Conversations with filmmakers complement the programs.

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  • Arts + Design Mondays

    February 1–April 26, 2021

    Join a changing lineup of artists, scholars, and experts as they share perspectives on timely topics. 

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  • Arts + Design Thursdays

    January 28–April 29

    Time-based Media Art

    Join a changing lineup of media artists, curators, and thinkers as they explore the history and future of time-based media art.

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  • Max von Sydow: The Best Stradivarius

    March 5–April 30, 2021

    Our tribute to the towering Swedish actor Max von Sydow, who died a year ago, features some of his great work with Ingmar Bergman (The Seventh Seal, The Passion of Anna), Jan Troell (The Emigrants), and Bille August (Pelle the Conqueror), among others. Distinguished guest... View

  • Out of the Vault

    March 5–April 11, 2021

    Highlighting works from BAMPFA collections, we celebrate the publication of two new books: Serene for the Moment: Sara Kathryn Arledge, edited by Irene Georgia Tsatsos; and Media Burn: Ant Farm and the Making of an Image, by Steve Seid.

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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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  • Ulrike Ottinger / MATRIX 276

    Upcoming

    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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  • Beyond Boundaries: Buddhist Art of Gandhara

    Upcoming

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

  • New Time: Art and Feminisms in the 21st Century

    August 25, 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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