Drop by our art study centers on Free First Thursdays for an up-close look at treasures from the BAMPFA collections.
Hear poets and other literary lights read their work.
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.
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.
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.
Recent additions to the BAMPFA collection feature unusual approaches to color and form—plus a unicorn.
This series of family-friendly dance films on our outdoor LED screen will have you moving and grooving all summer!
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.
The first retrospective of an enormously influential artist whose photographs capture the creative subcultures of downtown New York in the 1970s and 1980s.
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.
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.
The pioneer of the 1960s design phenomenon Supergraphics creates a new piece for BAMPFA’s Art Wall.
Explore Ingmar Bergman’s work in depth with this series featuring an expert lecture and discussion at each screening.
Creativity, Migration, Transformation
This lecture series explores connections among creative works, the experiences of migration, and the possibilities of personal and social transformation.
Fact and Fiction
Distinguished speakers bring new approaches to age-old questions: How do we distinguish fact from fiction, the real from the artificial, truth from lies?