• 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. Gallery Talks: When All That Is Solid Melts into Air

    Wednesday, March 4, and Friday, April 17, 12 PM

    The UC Berkeley student curators of When All That Is Solid Melts into Air offer their cultural and scholarly insights into the work on view.

  3. The Godfather

    Thursday, March 5, 7 PM

    A chronicle of the life and times of an Italian American mafia family becomes a shadow history of the American dream in Coppola’s masterpiece, widely acclaimed as one of the best American films ever made. “Overflowing with life” (Los Angeles Times).


    4K Digital Restoration
    BAMPFA Student Committee Pick!

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  4. John K. Wilson: Freedom of Speech? Censoring Art on Campus

    Monday, March 9, 6:30 PM

    John K. Wilson, a fellow with the University of California National Center on Free Speech and Civic Engagement, discusses the past and present problem of art censorship on college campuses.

  5. BAMPFA Student Committee Film Festival 2020

    Friday, April 3, 9 PM

    Join the BAMPFA Student Committee for their annual showcase of short films made by students in Berkeley and the wider Bay Area.


    Free Admission!
    Student Filmmakers in Person

  6. Conversation: Richard Walker and Seth Lunine

    Saturday, April 4, 3:30 PM

    Cultural geographers Walker and Lunine discuss themes integral to Lands of Promise and Peril: Geographies of California, including climate change, environmentalism, gentrification, and technological innovation.

  7. In Focus: One Day Pina Asked . . .

    Wednesday, April 22, 3:10 PM

    Chantal Akerman follows Pina Bausch and company on a European tour in this film intended as not just a documentary on Bausch but “a journey through her world.” With Bausch’s Café Müller, which “showed me in forty minutes more about men and women than the entire history of cinema” (Wim Wenders).


    BAMPFA Student Committee Pick!

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  8. Student Films from the Eisner Competition 2020

    Sunday, May 3, 4:30 PM

    Join the filmmakers for a program of the outstanding student films that are this year’s prizewinners and honorable mentions for the Eisner Prize, the highest award for creativity given on the UC Berkeley campus.


    Free Admission!
    Student Filmmakers in Person

  9. MFA Artists’ Talks

    Friday, May 15, 6 PM

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


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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