• 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. Wild Strawberries

    Wednesday, September 26, 3:10 PM

    The film that cemented Bergman’s international reputation deftly interweaves memory, reality, and dream. As an elderly professor recollecting his life’s failures, “Victor Sjöström gives one of the greatest performances of cinema” (National Film Theatre, London).

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  2. Art Lab portrait drawings

    Art Lab


    Drop-in Art Making

  3. Systems and the Politics of Representation with Charles Gaines

    Monday, October 1, 6:30 PM

    The artist discusses his work using systems, numerals, language, and representation, rethinking notions of subjectivity and how they are manifested in works of art.


    Presented by the Department of Art Practice and the African American Studies Department.

  4. The Virgin Spring

    Wednesday, October 3, 3:10 PM

    A stark medieval allegory of faith, sexual violence, and revenge. “Sven Nykvist's luminous black-and-white photography conspire[s] with the austerity of Bergman's imagery to create an extraordinary metaphysical charge” (Time Out).

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  5. Making the Movie Coco: Culture and Representation with Marcela Davison Aviles

    Thursday, October 4, 12 PM

    The lead consultant for the Pixar animated feature Coco talks about how her work as a cultural translator of Mexican heritage impacted every aspect of the film.

  6. Winged Migration

    Saturday, October 6, 3:30 PM

    Accompanying flocks of migratory birds, this documentary “provides such an intense vicarious experience of being a flapping airborne creature . . . that you leave the theater feeling like an honorary member of another species” (New York Times).


    BAMPFA Student Committee Pick
    Recommended for ages 7 & up


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  7. The Networked Avant-Garde with Kelani Nichole

    Monday, October 8, 6:30 PM

    Nichole, a design strategist and exhibition maker, talks about the challenges and potentials of a new, network-based artistic culture.


    Presented by the Berkeley Center for New Media's Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium series and the Department of Art Practice.

  8. Rita Moreno: From Puerto Rico to Stardom with Fernanda Fisher

    Thursday, October 11, 12 PM

    The daughter of celebrated actress Rita Moreno, herself an actress and dancer, talks about Puerto Rico, her mother’s rise to stardom, and her own creative career.

  9. Buddha Collapsed out of Shame

    Saturday, October 13, 5 PM

    A willful eight-year-old girl is determined to go to school despite all obstacles in Hana Makhmalbaf’s “deeply affecting” (The Guardian) look at the dreams and traumas of postwar Afghanistan, set in Bamian, site of the Buddhist statues destroyed by the Taliban.


    Imported 35mm Print
    BAMPFA Student Committee Pick
    Film to Table dinner follows

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  10. Image and Amnesia with Kerry Tribe

    Monday, October 15, 6:30 PM

    The video and installation artist considers how art, technology, and the moving image can sensitize viewers to their own and others’ experiences.


    Presented by the Berkeley Center for New Media's Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium series and the Department of Art Practice.

  11. Dance, Heritage, and the Island: A Cuban in Oakland with Royland Lobato

    Thursday, October 18, 12 PM

    A Cuban-born, Bay Area–based teacher of Cuba’s music and dance traditions talks about his experiences as an immigrant and the enduring influence of Afro-Cuban cultural heritage.

  12. CineSpin: The Blood of a Poet

    Friday, October 19, 9:30 PM

    Live student DJs and musicians perform an original score to Cocteau’s Surrealist classic. Plus surprise shorts!


    Free Admission with Student ID!


  13. Night Watch with Shimon Attie

    Monday, October 22, 6:30 PM

    The artist (and Berkeley alumnus) discusses his site-specific media installations, ranging from Berlin to Israel and Palestine to the United States.


    Presented by Berkeley Arts + Design, the Department of Art Practice, and the Headlands Center for the Arts.

  14. The Good Anthropocene: Terraforming Earth with Kim Stanley Robinson

    Monday, October 29, 6:30 PM

    The bestselling science fiction writer talks about the notion of the Anthropocene era and the possibility of creating a “good Anthropocene.”


    Presented by the Berkeley Center for New Media

  15. On Routes of Slavery: The African Cultural Diaspora with Ahmad Sikainga

    Thursday, November 1, 12 PM

    Historian Sikainga discusses the African diaspora in relation to The Routes of Slavery (1444–1888), a musical event at Cal Performances.

  16. After the Rehearsal

    Sunday, November 4, 4 PM

    A spare, pellucid work featuring three actors (Erland Josephson, Ingrid Thulin, and Lena Olin) in one set, After the Rehearsal is a far-reaching meditation on life, theater, and the connections between the two.


    Imported 35mm Print
    BAMPFA Student Committee Pick

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  17. The Other 1968s: Counterrevolution, Communism, and Desublimation with Todd Gitlin

    Monday, November 5, 6:30 PM

    Sociologist and cultural critic Gitlin, this year’s Avenali Chair in the Humanities at UC Berkeley, delivers a lecture marking the fiftieth anniversary of the watershed political year 1968.


    Presented by the Townsend Center for the Humanities at UC Berkeley

  18. Underground International: Kurt Kren and Tomonari Nishikawa

    Wednesday, November 7, 7 PM

    Interweaving works by a pioneering Austrian and a contemporary US-based Japanese filmmaker, this program highlights connections across continents and generations animating the structural filmmaking tradition.


    BAMPFA Student Committee Pick

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  19. Picturing Frank Lloyd Wright: Pedro Guerrero, Photographer with Ray Telles

    Thursday, November 8, 12 PM

    The maker of numerous documentary films and television productions, Telles gives a talk related to his American Masters program on Mexican American photographer Pedro E. Guerrero.

  20. Crossings: Facing the Boundaries of Gender, Culture, and Family with Carla Lucero

    Thursday, November 15, 12 PM

    Opera composer Lucero discusses her work in a lecture accompanied by recorded musical highlights.

  21. Daemons Tools Art Tech with Marisa Morán Jahn

    Monday, November 19, 6:30 PM

    The artist and media maker discusses creative technology as a form of mythmaking and the process of designing technologies with and for underserved communities.


    Presented by the Berkeley Center for New Media

  22. Stephani Syjuco

    ART21 Season 9 Screening and Conversation with Stephanie Syjuco, Lynn Hershman Leeson, and Tina Kukielski

    Monday, November 26, 6:30 PM

    A screening of highlights from the ninth season of the Art21 TV program Art in the Twenty-First Century, with Syjuco and Hershman Leeson—both featured in the show—in person.


    Presented by the UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice and Art21

  23. Branches from the Same Tree: The National Academy on the Role of Humanities and Art in “STEM/M” Learning

    Monday, December 3, 6:30 PM

    Join a roundtable that responds to a seminal report on the necessary role of the arts, design, and the humanities in the future of work and higher education.


    Presented by Berkeley Arts + Design and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research at UC Berkeley

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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