Five Tables 2019


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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  • Art laid out for a Five Tables viewing at BAMPFA
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Past Events

  • Thursday, December 5, 4–7 PM

    Five Tables of the Indian Ocean

    Works from the collection reveal global histories of the Indian Ocean in culture, commerce, and myth.

  • Thursday, November 7, 4–7 PM

    Five Tables of the Corporeal Woman

    Curated by the BAMPFA Student Committee, this edition of Five Tables explores representations of the female figure in art across media and cultures.

  • Wednesday, October 30, 4–7 PM

    Five Tables of Science in Art

    In conjunction with this year’s Bay Area Science Festival, the BAMPFA art study centers present a special Five Tables viewing of art with a scientific bent.

  • Thursday, October 3, 4–7 PM

    Five Tables of Paris and Kyoto

    This viewing session is an idiosyncratic celebration of two of the world’s most beautiful cities.

  • Thursday, September 5, 4–7 PM

    Five Tables of Honest Work

    Slow down—men and women at work! Rubbernecking is encouraged in this study center viewing.

  • Thursday, August 1, 4–7 PM

    Five Tables of Earth, Rock, Sand, and Dirt

    If the meek shall inherit the earth, the works on view in the study center show what a grand—also rocky, sandy, and dirty—inheritance this might be.

  • Thursday, July 4, 4–7 PM

    Five Tables of Collaboration

    Independence may have its advantages, but the works on view in the study center this month show what artists can get done when they work together.

  • Thursday, June 6, 4–7 PM

    Five Tables of Blackness and Belonging

    Extending the conversation on blackness and belonging articulated in About Things Loved, works on view this month explore the multiplicity of black art and its dialogue with dispossession, institutional collecting practices, black radical thought, and everyday life.

  • Thursday, May 2, 4–7 PM

    Five Tables of Amusing Moral Critique

    This month, we spotlight social critique as both entertainment and expression of outrage: works by Daumier, Goya, Hogarth, and more.

  • Thursday, April 4, 4–7 PM

    Five Tables of Fashion

    The BAMPFA study tables transform into a catwalk this month as we showcase art dressed to the nines.

  • Thursday, March 7, 4–7 PM

    Five Tables of Cities

    Explore cities across the globe through a new lens with this selection of works from the BAMPFA collection.

  • Thursday, February 7, 4–7 PM

    Five Tables of Fire

    An incendiary selection from the collection, from Asian scrolls to Ant Farm’s Media Burn.


  • Thursday, January 3, 4–7 PM

    Five Tables of the Sea

    Set sail from China to India and from Gauguin’s Brittany to the Golden Gate with this selection of oceanic artworks.