December 2022

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Sunday, November 27, 2022
11 AM–5 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Series Workshops
3 PM
  • Film
Sunday, November 27, 2022
3 PM
Rusudan Pirveli,
Georgia,
2010,
(85 mins)

BAMPFA Collection

A quiet young boy weaves his way through the underbelly of contemporary Georgia in this evocative update of the neorealist tradition, which “beautifully captures the way a crumbling locale permeates the characters’ lives” (Variety). 
5 PM
Sunday, November 27, 2022
5 PM
Pier Paolo Pasolini,
Italy,
1974,
(129 mins)

Imported 35mm Print
Recommended for adults only 

A magic carpet fantasy rooted in realism—filmed in North Africa, Iran, and Nepal—Arabian Nights is “Pasolini’s most beautiful film” (Tony Rayns). 
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Wednesday, November 30, 2022
12:15 PM
Tours of Undoing Time are led by students from the Berkeley Underground Scholars program, which supports formerly incarcerated and systems-impacted students.
Wednesday, November 30, 2022
7 PM
(60 mins)
This program of early avant-garde films showcases work by Polish filmmakers Stefan and Franciszka Themerson, including their recently restored masterpiece, Europa, which was long thought to be lost. 
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Thursday, December 1, 2022
4—7 PM
No binoculars required. Bird-watching has never been easier than a hike to the lower-level Study Center!

Free on first Thursday of the month

Series Five Tables
Thursday, December 1, 2022
12:45 PM
Grounded in disabled understandings of the value of multiplicity of embodiment and experience, choreographer, designer, and engineer Laurel Lawson’s talk moves from transdisciplinary art making and decentered design practice, to equitable aesthetic accessibility and technology ethics and leadership.

Free and open to the public

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Friday, December 2, 2022
11:30 AM

This event will be presented as a Zoom webinar.

The composer and performers of Angel Island–Oratorio for Voices and Strings will discuss the work, which will be performed at UC Berkeley on December 3. The Del Sol Quartet commissioned the oratorio in order to illuminate the poetry of immigrant detainees carved into the walls of the Angel Island Immigration Station and to examine the white supremacist ideology that fueled the Chinese Exclusion Act and other racist government policies.

Free and open to the public

2 PM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
  • Families
Friday, December 2, 2022
2 PM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Series Workshops
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11 AM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
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Saturday, December 3, 2022
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Series Workshops
12:00 PM
  • Performance
Saturday, December 3, 2022
12:00 PM
A durational dance and film installation by choreographer Maurya Kerr

Included with gallery admission.

Saturday, December 3, 2022
1:30 PM
American Sign Language interpreter Patricia Lessard, who specializes in the arts, offers ASL interpretation for a graduate student–led tour of Undoing Time on Saturday, December 3, at 1:30 PM. All visitors are welcome.

Included with admission

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11 AM–7 PM
  • Activity
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Sunday, December 4, 2022
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Series Workshops
12:00 PM
  • Performance
Sunday, December 4, 2022
12:00 PM
A durational dance and film installation by choreographer Maurya Kerr

Included with gallery admission.

1 PM
Sunday, December 4, 2022
1 PM
Take inspiration from the Fluxus scores and boxes on view in the exhibitions Fluxus Reverb: Events, Scores, Boxes & More and by Alison Knowles: A Retrospective (1960–2022), and come assemble your own Flux Kit in the Art Lab using reproductions of various scores from the BAMPFA Steven Leiber Conceptual Art Study Center, as well as ones we come up with as a group.

Included with admission

Series Workshops
3:30 PM
Sunday, December 4, 2022
3:30 PM
In conjunction with the BAMPFA exhibition Undoing Time: Art and Histories of Incarceration, Steve Fujimura introduces his debut poetry collection, Sad Asian Music.

Included with admission

Series Readings
5 PM
  • Film
  • Performance
Sunday, December 4, 2022
5 PM
Buster Keaton,
United States,
1924,
(85 mins)
Sherlock Jr. will be Keaton’s most enduring commentary on the art of cinema. Buster plays a projectionist who dreams his way onto the screen and into a movie in which he resolves the conflicts of his own life. With The Frozen North and The Playhouse.
  • Wayne Barker
    On Piano
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7:30 PM
  • Performance
  • Reading
Wednesday, December 7, 2022
7:30 PM

Programmed by MK Chavez

Poetry, live painting, and tarot readings to celebrate the full moon.

Space for Full performances is limited.

$14General Admission
$12Seniors / Students / Patrons with Disability
FREEBAMPFA Members / UCB Staff and Students / Youth
Series Full
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Thursday, December 8, 2022
4 PM

This event will be presented as a Zoom webinar.

In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of Betye Saar’s The Liberation of Aunt Jemima, created in 1972 and a highlight of the BAMPFA collection, artists and scholars explore the evolving significance of this iconic work.

This event will be presented as a Zoom webinar. Register online. 

7 PM
Thursday, December 8, 2022
7 PM
Seijun Suzuki,
Japan,
1966,
(83 mins)

Imported 35mm Print

An embattled ex-yakuza tries to go it alone in Suzuki’s most exquisite collaboration with art director Takeo Kimura. “One of the most brilliant genre movies ever made” (Tony Rayns).
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2 PM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
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Friday, December 9, 2022
2 PM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Series Workshops
Friday, December 9, 2022
5:30 PM
Join us for a pre-album release celebration and musical performance by vocalist and multidisciplinary artist India Davis, performing her original songs interwoven with dance, theatrics, and video projections.

Included with gallery admission

Series Black Life
7 PM
  • Film
  • Performance
Friday, December 9, 2022
7 PM
Jack Blystone, Buster Keaton,
United States,
1923,
(89 mins)
Buster is heir to an Appalachian estate and, along with it, a Hatfield-McCoy-type feud. Our Hospitality, an American masterpiece, at once lyric and frenetic, is a sly satire. With The High Sign.
  • Judith Rosenberg
    On Piano
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11:30 AM
  • Activity
  • Art
  • Families
  • In-Person
  • Workshop
Saturday, December 10, 2022
11:30 AM

For ages 6–12 with accompanying adult(s)

Follow artist Alison Knowles’s example and generate poetic instructions for building a house!

Included with admission: Free for kids 18 & under and for one adult per child 13 & under

  • Erin McCluskey Wheeler
    Workshop led by
    Erin McCluskey Wheeler is an artist and writer based in Richmond, CA. She holds an MFA from California College of the Arts and currently works as a studio facilitator at NIAD Art Center.
Series Family Events
12:00 PM
  • Performance
Saturday, December 10, 2022
12:00 PM
A durational dance and film installation by choreographer Maurya Kerr

Included with gallery admission.

1 PM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
  • Families
Saturday, December 10, 2022
1 PM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Series Workshops
2 PM
Saturday, December 10, 2022
2 PM

Recommended for ages 8 and up with accompanying adult(s)

Elliott’s life is messy in lots of ways, including his ADHD. But his passion for cooking calms and focuses him, and gives him a way to help a classmate who becomes a new friend.

Included with admission: Free for kids 18 & under and for one adult per child 13 & under

  • Vickie Price
    Reading led by
    Vickie Price, librarian, West Contra Costa Unified School District
Series Family Events
4:30 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
Saturday, December 10, 2022
4:30 PM
Borhane Alaouié,
Belgium, Lebanon, Tunisia,
1981,
(97 mins)

Cosponsored by the Arab Film and Media Institute

Two young people separated by the war make tapes for each other. “The monologues, by the well-known writer Ahmad Baydoun, which form the basis of this acutely observed, moving film, have acquired classical status in Lebanese cinema” (Alia Arasoughly).
  • Jonathan Mackris
    Introduction
    Jonathan Mackris, who guest curated this series, is a doctoral student in film and media at UC Berkeley.
7 PM
Saturday, December 10, 2022
7 PM
Seijun Suzuki,
Japan,
1956,
(119 mins)

Imported 35mm Print

A “double bill” of Suzuki rarities, this program includes Satan’s Town a heist film and early example of the directors inventive style and black humor; and Love Letter a surreal and haunting snowbound romance.
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11 AM–7 PM
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Sunday, December 11, 2022
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Series Workshops
12:00 PM
  • Performance
Sunday, December 11, 2022
12:00 PM
A durational dance and film installation by choreographer Maurya Kerr

Included with gallery admission.

5 PM
  • Film
  • Performance
Sunday, December 11, 2022
5 PM
Clyde Bruckman, Buster Keaton,
United States,
1927,
(109 mins)
Keaton plays a Civil War–era railroad engineer in love with both his girl and his train in this masterpiece of silent comedy. With The Goat.
  • Judith Rosenberg
    On Piano
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Wednesday, December 14, 2022
7 PM
(126 mins)
A selection of silent film comedy gems placing Keaton in context with contemporary innovators Roscoe Arbuckle, Mabel Normand, and Bert Williams, who appear behind and in front of the camera with weird and wonderful results.
  • Dana Stevens
    Introduction
    Dana Stevens—Slate’s film critic since 2006 and a cohost of the magazine’s weekly cultural podcast, Slate Culture Gabfest—is the author of Camera Man: Buster Keaton, the Dawn of Cinema, and the Invent
  • Judith Rosenberg
    On Piano
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7 PM
Thursday, December 15, 2022
7 PM
Seijun Suzuki,
Japan,
1966,
(86 mins)

BAMPFA Collection

Regarded as one of Suzuki’s best films, ranking twenty-fifth on Kinema Jumpo’s “200 Best Japanese Films List” from 2009, the comic Fighting Elegy is a scathing portrait of the militarism that, in the 1930s, sent young men to war.
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2 PM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
  • Families
Friday, December 16, 2022
2 PM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Series Workshops
7 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
  • Performance
Friday, December 16, 2022
7 PM
Edward Sedgwick, Buster Keaton,
United States,
1928,
(87 mins)
In his most self-reflexive film, Keaton plays a New York City newsreel cameraman whose love life is as jumbled as the mixed-up footage he shoots. With Cops.
  • Dana Stevens
    Introduction
    Dana Stevens—Slate’s film critic since 2006 and a cohost of the magazine’s weekly cultural podcast, Slate Culture Gabfest—is the author of Camera Man: Buster Keaton, the Dawn of Cinema, and the Invent
  • Judith Rosenberg
    On Piano
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11 AM–7 PM
  • Activity
  • Art
  • Families
Saturday, December 17, 2022
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Series Workshops
Saturday, December 17, 2022
7 PM
Seijun Suzuki,
Japan,
1966,
(89 mins)

Imported 35mm Print

Adapting a novel by the author of The Incorrigible (Akutaro), Suzuki blends satire with melodrama to surrealistic effect to tell the story of provincial factory worker Tsuyuko (portrayed by the director’s favorite actor, Yumiko Nogawa), who tries to rebuild her life after being raped. 
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11 AM–7 PM
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Sunday, December 18, 2022
11 AM–7 PM

Drop-in Art Making

Series Workshops
Sunday, December 18, 2022
3 PM
(64 mins)
One Week, The Scarecrow, and The Electric House, three two-reelers for all ages, reveal Keaton’s comic ingenuity through three houses as only he can imagine them.
  • Dana Stevens
    Introduction
    Dana Stevens—Slate’s film critic since 2006 and a cohost of the magazine’s weekly cultural podcast, Slate Culture Gabfest—is the author of Camera Man: Buster Keaton, the Dawn of Cinema, and the Invent
5 PM
  • Film
  • In-Person
  • Performance
Sunday, December 18, 2022
5 PM
Charles F. Reisner,
United States,
1927,
(102 mins)
Set on the Mississippi River, Steamboat Bill, Jr. seems to have a direct line to Keaton’s youth and soul in the tale of a sensitive lad trying to figure out the mettle of manhood in his overbearing dad. With The Boat.
  • Dana Stevens
    Introduction and Book Signing
    Dana Stevens—Slate’s film critic since 2006 and a cohost of the magazine’s weekly cultural podcast, Slate Culture Gabfest—is the author of Camera Man: Buster Keaton, the Dawn of Cinema, and the Invent
  • Judith Rosenberg
    On Piano
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7 PM
  • Film
Wednesday, December 21, 2022
7 PM
Ross Lipman,
United States,
2015,
(150 mins)
Lipman’s fascinating kino-essay examining a 1965 collaboration between Samuel Beckett and Buster Keaton, “testifies to an almost inexhaustible fascination with the pleasures and paradoxes of cinema” (New York Times). With the original Film by Samuel Beckett.
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Friday, December 23, 2022
All Day
BAMPFA will be closed from Thursday, December 23, reopening Wednesday, January 5, 2022.
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Saturday, December 24, 2022
All Day
BAMPFA will be closed from Thursday, December 23, reopening Wednesday, January 5, 2022.
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Sunday, December 25, 2022
All Day
BAMPFA will be closed from Thursday, December 23, reopening Wednesday, January 5, 2022.
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Wednesday, December 28, 2022
All Day
BAMPFA will be closed from Thursday, December 23, reopening Wednesday, January 5, 2022.
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Thursday, December 29, 2022
All Day
BAMPFA will be closed from Thursday, December 23, reopening Wednesday, January 5, 2022.
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Friday, December 30, 2022
All Day
BAMPFA will be closed from Thursday, December 23, reopening Wednesday, January 5, 2022.
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Saturday, December 31, 2022
All Day
BAMPFA will be closed from Thursday, December 23, reopening Wednesday, January 5, 2022.