• 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 portrait drawings

    Art Lab

    Drop-in Art Making

  2. Five Tables of Tea Culture

    Thursday, March 1, 4-7 PM

    Ceramics and prints from the BAMPFA collection offer a taste of tea culture.

  3. The Perennial Mindset in the Era of Ageless with Gina Pell and Susan Hoffman

    Monday, March 5, 6:30 PM

    Gina Pell talks about the group she calls Perennials—people who represent a mindset, not a generational demographic. She is joined by Susan Hoffmann, director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

  4. Jim Campbell

    Wednesday, March 7, noon

    A talk by the Bay Area–based new media artist famed for his work with LED light.

  5. Jon Leidecker, a.k.a. Wobbly

    Wednesday, March 14, noon

    Hear from the electronic musician, sonic collagist, and improvisational sound artist known as Wobbly.

  6. It Rains on Our Love

    Friday, March 16, 7:30 PM; Sunday, March 18, 3 PM

    Two young people try to protect a fragile love on society’s margins in Bergman’s early look at adolescents in crisis, infused with a surprising warmth and optimism.


    BAMPFA Student Committee Pick!

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  7. Yugoexport Is the Name of This Oral Corporation with Irena Haiduk

    Monday, March 19, 6:30 PM

    An evening with artist Irena Haiduk, founder of the “oral corporation” Yugoexport.

  8. Lynn Hershman Leeson

    Wednesday, March 21, 12 PM

    A talk by the celebrated filmmaker and media arts innovator.

  9. Carme Pinós: Recent Works

    Monday, April 2, 6:30 PM

    The illustrious Barcelona-based architect discusses her recent work.

  10. Gregory Sholette

    Wednesday, April 4, 12 PM

    A talk by the artist, activist, and author of works on political art, artists’ collectives, and social practice.

  11. Five Tables of Earth, Rock, Sand, and Dirt

    Thursday, April 5, 4-7 PM

    Get down to earth with photographs, prints, and conceptual works from the museum collection.

  12. Artist’s Talk: Al Wong

    Friday, April 6, 12 PM

    The artist discusses his current exhibition Lost Sister in the context of his other recent photo installations. 

  13. Invitation to a Lost World: 5,000 Years of Art from the Bay Area Shell Mounds

    Saturday, April 7, 2 PM

    See rare archeological objects from the East Bay’s shell mounds—traces of the fishing villages established by an ancient people thousands of years ago—and hear from a panel of Native Californian artists and others.

  14. New Art, Flag Art, Good Art, Portal Art with Ian Cheng

    Monday, April 9, 6:30 PM

    Artist Ian Cheng discusses his work, which explores the nature of mutation and the capacity of humans to relate to change.

  15. The Black Aesthetic

    Wednesday, April 11, 12 PM

    Hear from members of the Oakland-based collective of artists, writers, filmmakers, and designers focused on black media and culture.

  16. Gallery Talk: Todd Olson on Agony in Effigy

    Friday, April 13, 12 PM

    UC Berkeley art history professor Olson explores the theme of female violence in two works on view in Agony in Effigy.

  17. Abolition Feminisms with Angela Davis

    Monday, April 16, 6:30 PM

    Hear from famed activist, scholar, and educator Angela Davis, whose recent work has focused on the prison industrial complex and the possibility of its abolition.

    BAMPFA Tickets available April 6
  18. Strong Island

    Wednesday, April 18, 7 PM

    The murder of the filmmaker’s brother forms the basis of this powerful, disturbing, and very personal documentary on one family’s suffering and an entire society’s injustice and institutional racism. “A masterpiece for difficult times” (Film Quarterly).

    Free screening for BAMPFA members and UC Berkeley students only

  19. Porpentine Charity Heartscape

    Wednesday, April 18, 12 PM

    Bay Area new media artist, video game designer, writer, and curator Porpentine Charity Heartscape is joined in conversation by artist Elisa Giardina Papa.

  20. Enrique Chagoya and Rupert García on Political Art

    Friday, April 20, 6 PM

    Two celebrated Bay Area artists engage in a public conversation about their approaches to making politically driven art.

  21. On Social Architecture: Democracy, Design, and New Networks with Eric McDougall

    Monday, April 23, 6:30 PM

    The head of the design and branding agency Black Ink talks about the idea of “social architecture,” a practice that seeks to forge connections and drive design strategies that serve to bring people face to face and closer together.

  22. Malkia Cyril

    Malkia A. Cyril

    Wednesday, April 25, 12 PM

    A talk by the founder and executive director of the Oakland Center for Media Justice (CMJ).

  23. Works from the Eisner Competition 2018

    Sunday, April 29, 4:30 PM

    We present this year’s prizewinners and honorable mentions in the film and video competition for the Eisner Prize, UC Berkeley’s highest award for creativity.


    Free Admission. Student Filmmakers in Person

  24. Reassembling Hope with Rebecca Solnit, Dacher Keltner, Dan Kammen, Shannon Jackson, and Friends of the Bay Area Book Festival

    Monday, April 30, 6:30 PM

    Join author and UC Berkeley alum Rebecca Solnit and others as they bring both Arts + Design Mondays and the 2018 Bay Area Book Festival to a close with a conversation on the idea of hope.

    BAMPFA Tickets available April 20
  25. Five Tables of Animals at Home and on the Farm

    Thursday, May 3, 4-7 PM

    We’ve rounded up works starring cows, horses, cats, and dogs for this collection-viewing session.

  26. MFA Artists’ Talk

    Friday, May 11, 6 PM

    Meet the graduates of UC Berkeley’s Master of Fine Arts program as they discuss their recent work.

  27. Lecture: Alicia McCarthy and Ruby Neri

    Wednesday, May 23, 6 PM

    The two artists explore their twenty-year history of collaboration and artistic dialogue.

  28. Benjamin Michel

    Saturday, May 26, 6 PM

    Filmmaker Michel offers a presentation exploring the works of African-descended directors, past and present, who challenge the medium through their artistic voices.

    Programmed by Chika Okoye and David Brazil

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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