• 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. Guided Tours: About Things Loved: Blackness and Belonging

    Selected Wednesdays and Saturdays

    Explore this compelling selection of works by Black artists with the organizers of the exhibition. 

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  2. Art Lab


    Drop-in Art Making

  3. Stop Making Sense: Free Outdoor Screening!

    Thursday, June 13, 7 PM

    Often heralded as the greatest rock concert film ever, Demme’s rendering of a Talking Heads performance moves from David Byrne’s solo “Psycho Killer” to the joyously collective “Take Me to the River.” The cumulative effect is of “life being lived at a joyous high” (Roger Ebert).

    Outdoor Screen

    BAMPFA Student Committee Pick
    Also screens in the Barbro Osher Theater on Sunday, June 16

  4. Screening and Discussion: Welcome to the Neighborhood

    Wednesday, June 19, noon

    We celebrate Juneteenth with a screening of Welcome to the Neighborhood, a short documentary exploring Mildred Howard’s family roots in the Bay Area and the impact of gentrification, followed by a conversation with the artist.


    Juneteenth Screening

  5. The 400 Blows

    Thursday, July 4, 7 PM; Sunday, July 14, 4:30 PM

    A fifteen-year-old Jean-Pierre Léaud made his first appearance as François Truffaut’s alter ego Antoine Doinel in this quintessential coming-of-age film, a lyrical but unsentimental portrait of adolescence and of Paris.


    Imported Print
    BAMPFA Student Committee Pick

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  6. The Shadow of the Tyrant

    Thursday, July 18, 7 PM

    Bracho’s 1960 passion project takes on the power struggles within Mexican politics after the Revolution, and was banned for over thirty years as a result. “Suffused with anguish and barely concealed outrage” (Village Voice).


    BAMPFA Student Committee Pick

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  7. The Decline of Western Civilization

    Thursday, August 29, 7 PM

    Spheeris’s writhing and raucous portrait of the L.A. punk scene circa 1979/80 showcases the energy and anger of youth shut out of the American dream. Featuring X, Black Flag, Fear, The Germs, and others.


    BAMPFA Student Committee Pick

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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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