Artists, curators, scholars, and others share their insights on BAMPFA exhibitions, the arts, and other cultural topics.Read full description
Apsara DiQuinzio, curator of modern and contemporary art and Phyllis C. Wattis MATRIX Curator, leads a gallery tour.
International authority on the art of Gandhara Osmund Bopearachchi presents a lecture about Buddhist imagery in Gandharan art.
Presented in conjunction with The Enduring Mark, this lecture by Victoria Sancho Lobis, director of the Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College, traces the lives and afterlives of drawings and highlights a number of drawings gifted to the museum from the Gray Collection.
Artists Davina Semo and Nicki Green, featured in New Time, address their work in the context of both their own practice and the exhibition.
This Five Tables display features the raw emotion and drama of the neoclassical art style through pieces from BAMPFA’s collection.
Renowned natural dyer, artist, and educator Sasha Duerr introduces her new book Natural Palettes: Inspiration from Plant-Based Color with an illustrated presentation followed by a book signing.
Feet and hands are notoriously difficult to draw—the inspiration for this month’s theme.
In the first in a series of gallery talks with local artists featured in New Time, Tammy Rae Carland, Michele Pred, and Catherine Wagner each address their work in the exhibition.
This event has been postponed to Thursday, December 2, 4 PM. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Note: this talk has been postponed to Sunday, December 5 at 1 PM. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Scholar and collector Alan Templeton offers tours of The Enduring Mark with an emphasis on the evolution of drawing styles and the iconography of individual works featured in the exhibition.
This welcome-back edition of Five Tables revels in green books and landscapes, green ink and paper, green hair and green lights, and all the shades of green, from lime to olive to emerald.
In conjunction with BAMPFA’s presentation of What We Left Unfinished, watch a recording of a live conversation and Q&A with writer/director Mariam Ghani and Sherine Ebadi, moderated by Penny Edwards.
Artist Sam Vernon offers a talk on the occasion of a new print project made in collaboration with the BAMPFA Film Library. Register for this event and receive a print piece in the mail!
Hear the 2021 graduates of UC Berkeley’s Master of Fine Arts program talk about their work on view at BAMPFA.
Art historian Julia F. Andrews presents a lecture reflecting on the rise of women as artists and as female subjects for art, in the context of the evolving status of women in twentieth-century China.
Artists Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, Olaitan Callender-Scott, Angela Hennessy, and Ramekon O’Arwisters share new work created with fabrics from the collection of the late Eli Leon, an Oakland-based collector, scholar, and champion of African American quiltmakers.
Hear the 2020 graduates of UC Berkeley’s Master of Fine Arts program talk about their work on view at BAMPFA.
In conjunction with BAMPFA’s presentation of Kathleen Collins’s Losing Ground, watch a live conversation and Q&A about Collins’s work with Nina Collins, Eisa Davis, Geetha Ramanathan, Dawn L. Troupe, and John Wilkins.
Artists Indira Allegra and Josh Faught talk with Jenelle Porter, guest curator of Kay Sekimachi: Geometries, about how Sekimachi has impacted their approaches to working with fiber and about the history of teaching and learning weaving in the Bay Area.
In conjunction with BAMPFA’s presentation of Tell Them We Were Here, watch a live conversation with the film’s directors, Griff and Keelan Williams; artist Nigel Poor; and BAMPFA Director Julie Rodrigues Widholm.
Discover the innovative practices of three artists who have turned to textiles—incorporating or referring to them in their work—in this discussion moderated by BAMPFA Director Julie Rodrigues Widholm, presented in conjunction with Rosie Lee Tompkins: A Retrospective.
Watch a live conversation and Q&A with BAMPFA Student Committee members Collette Keating and Amaris L’Heureux and student filmmakers.
Watch a conversation with Jill Li, the director of Lost Course, and Rachel E. Stern, professor of law and political science at UC Berkeley.
Three celebrated members of the African American Quilt Guild of Oakland—Frances Porter, Teri Green, and LaQuita Tummings—host a studio visit, sharing their quilt journeys and displaying some of their fabulous creations.
Join Clair Farley, director of the San Francisco Office of Transgender Initiatives, and Jenna Rapues, program director of Gender Health SF at the San Francisco Department of Public Health, to hear their perspectives in a conversation moderated by writer and clinical social worker Mere Abrams.
Watch a conversation with Nurith Aviv, the director of Yiddish, and Chana Kronfeld, Bernie H. Williams Professor of Modern Hebrew, Yiddish, and Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley.
Two leading African American quilt artists explore Rosie Lee Tompkins’s work and its resonance with their own in a live conversation moderated by Elaine Yau, cocurator of BAMPFA’s Tompkins retrospective.
Acclaimed recording artist/musician PC Muñoz and a panel of peers take a deep dive into how artists can create and thrive in a post-2020 world.
Programmed by Sean Carson
Join New York Times art critic Roberta Smith and BAMPFA Director Emeritus Lawrence Rinder for a lively and searching conversation about the art of Rosie Lee Tompkins.
In conjunction with BAMPFA’s streaming presentation of Zappa, watch a livestream conversation and Q&A with director Alex Winter; Mike J. Nichols, who edited the film; and pianist Sarah Cahill.
Watch a recording of a live conversation and Q&A with Ryan Shah, the Cal student who provided the music for this year’s CineSpin program, and BAMPFA Student Committee members Collette Keating, Katherine Schloss, and Julia Cunningham.
A recorded conversation between several contributors to MATRIX 277, which explores and honors the rich legacy of the San Francisco Art Institute on the occasion of its 150th anniversary.
Watch a live conversation and Q&A with Edo Avant Garde director Linda Hoaglund and Harvard University professor Yukio Lippit, an eminent American scholar of Japanese art.
Watch a live conversation and Q&A with Ric Burns, the director of Oliver Sacks: His Own Life; Kate Edgar, executive director of the Oliver Sacks Foundation; and photographer and writer Bill Hayes; moderated by professor Indre Viskontas.
Watch a live conversation and Q&A with Irmi directors Veronica Selver and Susan Fanshel, and Todd Boekelheide, who composed the film’s score.
Watch a live conversation and Q&A with Ramona S. Diaz, the director of A Thousand Cuts, and documentary filmmaker and UC Berkeley Professor of Visual Journalism Andrés Cediel.
In conjunction with BAMPFA’s streaming presentation of John Lewis: Good Trouble, a new documentary on the life of the civil rights leader and congressman, watch a live conversation and Q&A with director Dawn Porter and journalist Otis R. Taylor Jr.
Artist Ron Nagle is joined in conversation by his longtime friend the internationally celebrated tattoo artist Don Ed Hardy.
Scholars Elaine Yau, Horace Ballard, and Lisa Gail Collins shed new light on Tompkins, her cultural context, and her place in modern and contemporary art.
Artist Edie Fake discusses his new Art Wall project with exhibition organizer Elaine Yau, addressing the idea of queer space and the role of art in growing dialogue around trans rights.