• Full

    Inspired by the lunar calendar, once a month Full animates the galleries with new music programmed by Sarah Cahill and other impromptu happenings. Begins February 22!

  • Limited Engagements!

    Short runs of newly restored or recently released films give you many chances to experience the best of BAMPFA. Upcoming runs include Battleship PotemkinGilda, Rocco and His Brothers, Our Man in Havana, and the East Bay Premiere of One Floor Below

  • Photo: Iwan Baan. Courtesy Diller Scofidio + Renfro and EHDD.

    Night & Day

    With our extended gallery hours—Wednesday to Sunday, 11AM to 9PM—you can experience BAMPFA night and day.

  • Photo: Iwan Baan. Courtesy DS+R and EHDD.

    Lunchtime Gallery Talks

    Drop by BAMPFA during your lunch hour to get fresh perspectives on the works on view in Architecture of Life from UC Berkeley biologists, engineers, art historians, anthropologists, and more. 

  • Photo: Iwan Baan. Courtesy Diller Scofidio + Renfro and EHDD.

    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.

  • Photo: Sibila Savage

    Art Wall

    Chinese artist Qiu Zhijie’s The World Garden is the first work commissioned for BAMPFA’s Art Wall. Let your eyes and mind meander through gardens from across the globe in this vast ink landscape.

  • Photo: Elizabeth Daniels. Courtesy Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

    Experience the New BAMPFA Theater

    From documentaries to features, animation to silents, Gerard Depardieu to Kinuyo Tanaka, Turkey to Timbuktu, there is something for everyone this season at BAMPFA. See what's on view.

  • Photo: Iwan Baan. Courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro and EHDD.

    A New Home

    Our new building designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro merges old and new to provide a dynamic setting for BAMPFA programs. Learn more about the design.

In Person

Look at Santiago Ramón y Cajal's pioneering drawings of brain structures with UC Berkeley professor.

Plus other composer-performers at Full: First

Discusses the architecture of the future with Nicholas de Monchaux

Roof Poets Read

  • Feb 25, 6:30 PM

David Brazil, Brandon Brown, Laura Moriarty & others 

Natalia Brizuela

  • Feb 25, 7 PM

Guest Curator Natalia Brizuela talks about Brazilian filmmaker Eduardo Coutinho.

RSVP Cycle workshop with Halprin & Dohee Lee

A lecture on building and metaphor

Weave with Travis Meinolf

  • Feb 7, 2-5 PM
  • Mar 10, 6-8 PM
  • Apr 7, 6-8 PM

Artist leads participatory workshops using backstrap looms.

Butoh Teacher Hiroko Tamano

  • Mar 20, 11 AM - 12:30 PM

Leads a Qijong exercise to celebrate the spring equinox

On View

  • Diller Scofidio + Renfro: Hand holding a model for BAMPFA, 2012; digital photograph. Courtesy and © Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

    Bodies & Buildings

    Our inaugural exhibition, Architecture of Life, explores architecture as a metaphor for life

    January 31–May 29, 2016
  • Primary Season

    Documentary Voices presents classic and brand-new nonfiction films, including 1960's Primary

    February 10–April 13, 2016
  • Petit Picassos & Darling Duchamps

    Bring the whole family view, discuss, and make art

    Second Saturday of Each Month
  • African Film Fest

    Features, shorts, docs from Senegal, Brazil, Mauritania, and more

    February 11–March 19, 2016
  • Post New Wave

    The intense and raw films of Maurice Pialat

    February 5–March 25, 2016
  • Ceylan

    Introspective films from acclaimed Turkish auteur Nuri Bilge Ceylan

    March 24–April 17, 2016
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    Eye on the Prize

    Artworks that activate the senses to stimulate the mind

    Summer 2016