• 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.

  • Pat O'Neill

    Pat O'Neill's densely layered films and moving-image environments explore the hybrid and expanded terrain of film, photography, and sculpture. His work is on view in the galleries, in Theater 2, on the outdoor screen, and in the Barbro Osher Theater.

  • Free First Thursdays

    Visit the BAMPFA galleries with no admission charge the first Thursday of each month.  

  • Cult Classic Kamikaze '89

    The outrageous R. W. Fassbinder stars in this cyberpunk thriller from 1982, featuring a hypnotic soundtrack by Edgar Froese of Tangerine Dream and a stunning 1980s New Wave production design. Screens October 16, 20 & 28.

  • Take a Tour

    Join a guided tour of Berkeley Eye: Perspectives on the Collection to learn more about some of the nearly 150 works on view from the BAMPFA collection. Specially trained UC Berkeley graduate student tour guides offer fresh points of view informed by the latest scholarship. Included with admission; no advance reservations necessary.

In Person

Parsipur and poet Brian Lucas read from their work in Arabesque Optics.

John Held, Jr.

  • Oct 21, 7–9 PM

Learn about mail art and make some of your own in this workshop with John Held, Jr.

Gibbs Chapman

  • Oct 26, 7 PM

Local filmmaker Gibbs Chapman presents his latest, Mother Mortar, Father Pestle, and a short with live music by Turbine

Artist Anne Walsh

  • Oct 28, 12:15 PM

Walsh discusses work by Eleanor Antin, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, and others on view in Mind Over Matter: Conceptual Art from the Collection.

Obomsawin presents and discusses Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance, her moving documentary on native rights and resistance in Canada.

Stephanie Syjuco

  • Nov 4, 12:15 PM

A lunchtime gallery talk with artist Stephanie Syjuco, in conjunction with Mind Over Matter.

The poets read from their work in Vocable Void, programmed by Ava Koohbor.

Wei and others celebrate stillness and a sense of place in Full: Stay.

Reads from her work, along with revolutionary poet Tongo Eisen-Martin.

On View

  • Mind Over Matter

    Conceptual works focusing on performance and language

    October 19–December 23, 2016
  • The Perennial Toast of Rome

    Anna Magnani on screen

    September 25–December 4, 2016
  • Pat O'Neill

    Densely layered films and moving-image environments in the galleries and on our screens

    September 28–November 27, 2016
  • Final Week!

    Photographic cartes de visite by abolitionist, feminist, and orator Sojourner Truth.

    July 27–October 23
  • Late Ozu

    Ozu's “Noriko trilogy,” starring the incomparable Setsuko Hara, and other postwar films by the Japanese master.

    September 1–October 30, 2016
  • Maigret

    Three films focusing on Georges Simenon's beloved detective

    October 8–22, 2016
  • Hans Hofmann, Combinable Wall I and II, 1961

    Push & Pull

    Watch Hans Hofmann's Abstract Expressionist paintings expand and contract

    August 31–December 11, 2016
  • Yarn as Paint

    Our second Art Wall commission, a monumental weaving by artist Terri Friedman

    August 25, 2016–February 12, 2017
  • Prajnaparamita, Tibet, 15th century

    Sublime Deities

    Get closer to a perfect knowledge of the universe with Buddhist art from Tibet & Nepal

    July 27–November 13, 2016
  • Fein_Crucial Eye_2011

    Eye on the Prize

    Artworks that activate the senses to stimulate the mind

    July 13–December 11, 2016