• Still from She Puppet (Peggy Ahwesh, United States, 2001)

    Cal Student Film Pass

    UC Berkeley students: Go the movies all semester for just $40. Purchase in person at the BAMPFA admissions desk.

  • Dive Deep into the BAMPFA Collection

    With four study centers to choose from, you can get up close and personal with original works of art from the BAMPFA collection.

  • Full

    Inspired by the lunar calendar, once a month Full animates the galleries with new music, poetry readings, and other impromptu happenings. 

  • Art Lab

    Creative, hands-on art projects for all ages with a focus on drawing, collage, prints, and books. Drop-in and make art Thursdays through Sundays! Hours

  • Inspire & Ignite

    BAMPFA is the visual arts center of the University of California, Berkeley. We aim to inspire the imagination and ignite critical dialogue through art and film.

Student Events

  1. Art Lab


    Drop-in Art Making

  2. Tarrying with the Irreparable: A Workshop in Conversation with Kader Attia’s Arts of Repair

    Friday, September 20, 9 AM–6 PM

    This all-day academic workshop engages with key themes in Kader Attia’s work, reflecting on trauma and loss, war and colonization, the idea of repair, and art as an engagement with the irreparable.

    Geballe Room, Townsend Center for the Humanities, 220 Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley

    Free off-site event presented at the Townsend Center for the Humanities

  3. Free Outdoor Screening: Inequality for All

    Thursday, October 10, 7 PM

    In this entertaining, still timely documentary, UC Berkeley professor Robert Reich takes on the American economy. “Smart, funny and articulate” (Los Angeles Times). With Gail Dolgin and Robin Fryday’s The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement.

  4. Nigel Poor and Michael Nelson on The San Quentin Project

    Monday, October 28, 6:30 PM

    Artist Nigel Poor presents collaborative projects she has worked on inside San Quentin Prison, including the work on view in The San Quentin Project and the award-winning podcast Ear Hustle; Michael Nelson, whose work is featured in the exhibition, joins her in conversation.

  5. CineSpin: The Unholy Three

    Friday, November 22, 9:30 PM

    Join the BAMPFA Student Committee for the 2019 edition of CineSpin, a freewheeling free screening with local student musicians and DJs playing live accompaniment to a demented silent about sideshow performers (Lon Chaney among them) who turn to a life of crime.


    Free Admission!

Study Centers

The new BAMPFA offers unparalleled opportunities for engagement with original works of art. Scholars from around the world, students from UC Berkeley and beyond, and members of the community will all have direct access to specialized study centers.

  • Film Library & Study Center

  • Florence Helzel Works on Paper Study Center

  • James Cahill Asian Art Study Center

  • Steven Leiber Conceptual Art Study Center

Learn more about our study center hours and appointments

BAMPFA Student Committee

Each year, the BAMPFA Student Committee organizes symposia, parties, and other events to involve their fellow Cal students with BAMPFA.

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