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exhibitions
film series
event series

  • Boundless: Contemporary Tibetan Artists at Home and Abroad

    October 3, 2018–May 26, 2019

    Featuring works by renowned contemporary Tibetan artists alongside rare historical pieces, this exhibition highlights how artists explore the infinite possibilities of visual forms to reflect their transcultural, multilingual, and translocal lives.

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  • Workshops

    Ongoing

    From hands-on art making to storytelling and performance, our workshops will inspire your creativity, engage your senses, and expand your ideas.

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  • Readings

    Ongoing

    Meet the authors of new books and hear poets and other literary lights read their work.

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  • Art laid out for a Five Tables viewing at BAMPFA

    Five Tables

    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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  • Family Events

    Ongoing

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

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  • Movie Matinees for All Ages

    Ongoing

    Treat the family to an afternoon at the movies.

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  • Limited Engagements & Special Screenings

    Ongoing

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

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  • Gallery Talks, Lectures & Discussions

    Ongoing

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

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  • Guided Tours

    Ongoing

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

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  • Film to Table Dinners at Babette

    Ongoing

    Delectable dinners following screenings of the films that inspired them

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  • Full

    Ongoing

    Explore the BAMPFA galleries and discover exciting performances in our dramatic space on the night of each full moon.

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  • Black Life

    Ongoing

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

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  • lithograph Evolving Gravity by Aaron Marcus

    Aaron Marcus: Early Works

    February 6–June 30, 2019

    In these multicolored transformations of computer-generated forms, the artist makes connections between art, science, design, and visual poetry.

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  • Hans Hofmann: The Nature of Abstraction

    February 27–July 21, 2019

    Spanning the entirety of the artist’s career, this exhibition presents a fresh and eye-opening examination of Hans Hofmann’s prolific and innovative artistic practice.

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  • Unlimited: Recent Gifts from the William Goodman and Victoria Belco...

    March 27–September 1, 2019

    Celebrating a major gift of photographs from a pair of local collectors, this exhibition features works by masters of the photographic form, with an emphasis on contemporary work from the Bay Area and around the world.

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  • Art Wall: Carlos Amorales

    March 27–October 13, 2019

    This new commission draws on multiple histories of Mexican muralism, graffiti, and political protest, while reinforcing the importance of social engagement in the present moment.

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  • Looking: The Art of Frederick Hammersley

    April 10–June 23, 2019

    Explore the extraordinary creativity of artist Frederick Hammersley in its full breadth, from painting and photography to computer art, in this exhibition marking a significant recent donation of the artist's work.

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  • Permanent Accusation: Art for Human Rights

    April 10–June 30, 2019

    This presentation of work by Fernando Botero and others asks how art can urge accountability for human rights in ways that the law cannot.

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  • The 49th Annual University of California, Berkeley Master of Fine...

    May 17–June 16, 2019

    BAMPFA showcases work by the latest graduates from the MFA program at Cal.

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  • About Things Loved: Blackness and Belonging

    May 17–July 21, 2019

    Cal Conversations

    Featuring creations by Black artists in the collections of BAMPFA and the Hearst Museum of Anthropology, this exhibition organized by UC Berkeley graduate students imagines the liberatory possibilities of celebrating blackness and belonging.

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  • 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 withing 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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