Talks & Conversations


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

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  • Artist’s Talk and Conversation: Lauren Rose D’Amato

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  • Saturday, June 15, 1:30 PM

    Film Screening and Conversation: Akea Brionne and Jamea Richmond-Edwards

    A screening of films by Akea Brionne and Jamea Richmond-Edwards, two of the artists featured in A Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration, followed by a conversation with both artists and Senior Curator Anthony Graham.

  • Friday, May 10, 6:00 PM

    MFA Artists’ Talk

    Meet the 2024 graduates of UC Berkeley’s Master of Fine Arts program as they talk about their recent work at the outset of BAMPFA’s fifty-fourth annual MFA exhibition. This year’s artists are Salimatu Amabebe, Anamaya Farthing-Kohl, Valencia James, and Nivedita Madigubba.

  • Wednesday, May 8, 6:30–8:00 PM

    Berkeleyside Idea Makers: Fungi, Foraging and the Promise of Plant-based Meats

    Join us for an immersive, lively conversation on plant-based meats, foraging adventures, and the captivating world of fungi.

    Presented by Berkeleyside in partnership with BAMPFA

  • Saturday, April 6, 1 PM

    Lijin Lecture: Yee I-Lann on TIKAR/MEJA/PLASTIK and Art and Film from Borneo

    Artist Yee I-Lann presents BAMPFA’s 2024 endowed Lijin Lecture in conjunction with her Art Wall project, TIKAR/MEJA/PLASTIK. The Borneo-based multidisciplinary artist addresses this work in the context of her wider practice, and in relation to the art and film landscape in Southeast Asia, with an emphasis on issues of climate crisis, precarious ecologies, and the creation of resilient communities. The lecture will be followed by a screening of short films from Borneo.

  • Friday, April 5, 5 PM

    Reading: Ocean Vuong

    Ocean Vuong presents a poetry reading focusing on Time Is a Mother. In this latest poetry collection, he searches for life among the aftershocks of his mother’s death and—in concert with the themes of his novel, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous—contends with loss and the meaning of family.

    Presented by the Townsend Center for the Humanities in partnership with BAMPFA

  • Thursday, April 24, 5 PM

    Ocean Vuong in Conversation with Cathy Park Hong

    Join writer and UC Berkeley professor of English Cathy Park Hong in conversation with Ocean Vuong, 2023–24 Avenali Chair in the Humanities, and the author of On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, named one of the top ten books of 2019 by the Washington Post and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.

    Presented by UC Berkeley’s Townsend Center for the Humanities in partnership with BAMPFA

  • Thursday, March 28, 6:30 PM

    California Live!: Will AI Be Humanity’s Last Act?

    UC Berkeley computer science professor Stuart Russell, one of the world’s leading AI researchers, converses with California magazine’s editor-in-chief, Pat Joseph, about the perils and potential promise of the AI revolution.

    Special thanks to our event sponsor, Pepsi, the official beverage partner of UC Berkeley.

    Copresented by California magazine and BAMPFA

  • Sunday, March 17, 3 PM

    Artists’ Talks: Sadie Barnette & David Huffman

    Artists Sadie Barnette and David Huffman speak informally about their own work on view in the galleries and touch on the thematic section of the exhibition in which their work is included.

  • Saturday, February 10, 2024, 11 AM–1 PM

    Morning Program: Imagining Beyond Authoritarianism

    The morning program of Imagining Beyond Authoritarianism: Race and Gender in Our Times features Debarati Sanyal, Judith Butler, and Claudia Rankine.

  • Saturday, February 10, 2024, 2PM–5PM

    Afternoon Program: Imagining Beyond Authoritarianism

    The afternoon program of Imagining Beyond Authoritarianism: Race and Gender in Our Times features Amir Aziz, Lisa Armstrong, Ronald Rael, and Luanne Redeye.

  • A half circle of canvas hung on a white wall extending onto a wood floor where there is another quarter-circle of fabric. The canvas is dyed in light and dark brown shades and has gray floral motifs.
    Saturday, January 27, 3 PM

    Duane Linklater: mymothersside Roundtable on Indigenous Knowledge

    Join us for a roundtable conversation on the occasion of the exhibition Duane Linklater: mymothersside focusing on Indigenous knowledge and ways of knowing that inform the artist’s practice. The discussion explores topics such as language revitalization, basket weaving, and food sovereignty.