• 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. Closed: Film Library & Study Center

    Friday, November 23

    The BAMPFA Film Library & Study Center is closed today.

  3. Stephani Syjuco

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

    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, Art21 and Berkeley Arts + Design.

  4. Gallery Talk: Todd Olson on Old Masters in a New Light

    Friday, November 30, 12 PM

    UC Berkeley art history professor Olson explores the close relationship between religious experience and eroticism in two works on view in Agony in Effigy.

  5. Two collages representing visual poetry.

    Visual Poem Workshop with Donté Clark and Amy Bergstein

    Friday, November 30, 6 PM

    Cultivating a spirit of playful experimentation, participants will explore the intersection of language, image, and identity through freeform collage.

  6. Making a Performance with Rachel Cardenas Stallings

    Saturday, December 1, 1 PM

    Collaborate with other workshop participants to create a performance, complete with costumes and props.


    Programmed by Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo

  7. 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

  8. Five Tables of Portraits

    Thursday, December 6, 4–7 PM

    See how artists see themselves in this selection of works from the collection.

  9. Arthur Jafa and Stephen Best in Conversation

    Wednesday, December 12, 6 PM

    MATRIX artist Arthur Jafa and UC Berkeley professor Stephen Best talk about the move from the cinema screen to the gallery, the politics of aesthetics, and the turn toward “Afropessimism.”

  10. Ugetsu

    Wednesday, December 12, 7 PM; Sunday, January 13, 7 PM

    In sixteenth-century Japan, a potter has his head turned by a phantom enchantress, with predictable results. “A shattering experience, among the greatest movies ever made” (New York Times).


    BAMPFA Collection
    BAMPFA Student Committee Pick

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  11. Gallery Talk: Elizabeth Sharf on the Japanese Collection

    Thursday, December 13, noon

    A visiting scholar from UC Berkeley’s Center for Japanese Studies lead an expert tour of Ink, Paper, Silk.

  12. Decolonize the Imagination: Future Landscapes with Tosha Stimage

    Saturday, January 5, 6 PM

    This collage and weaving workshop focuses on imagining the reconstruction of historical, social, and geographic inequity.


    Programmed by Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo

  13. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

    Saturday, January 26, 3 PM

    In Miyazaki’s stirring animated epic, a girl both soldier and scientist seeks to reconcile the last remnants of her still-warring species with the monstrous biological order overtaking earth.


    Japanese Language Version
    BAMPFA Student Committee Pick

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  14. Goodbye First Love

    Sunday, January 27, 4 PM

    A young woman moves beyond a teenage love affair in Hansen-Løve’s semiautobiographical film, both a nuanced portrayal of evolving relationships and a study of the creative power generated through love.


    BAMPFA Student Committee Pick

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  15. Colloquium: When Science Entered Modern Art

    Sunday, February 24, 2 PM

    Leading UC Berkeley faculty members in mathematics, astrophysics, biophysics, and the history of science join the curator of Dimensionism for a fascinating look at how scientific advances of the early to mid-twentieth century permeated the world of modern art.


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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