On View

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

    Architecture of Life

    January 31–May 29, 2016

    The inaugural exhibition BAMPFA's landmark new building, Architecture of Life explores the ways that architecture—as concept, metaphor, and practice—illuminates various aspects of life experience. 

  • Cinema Mon Amour: Guy Maddin

    February 12–14, 2016

    Join wildly entertaining filmmaker Guy Maddin as he presents his own work, including 2015's The Forbidden Room, plus some of his favorites from film history.

  • Documentary Voices 2016

    February 10–April 13, 2016

    A selection of recent and historical films that extend the documentary form in provocative ways. With Alan Berliner as our first Les Blank Lecturer.

  • African Film Festival 2016

    February 11–March 19, 2016

    The festival spotlights new work from Africa and the African diaspora, including a new crop of documentaries.

  • Family Fare

    Spring 2016

    Second Saturday of Each Month

    Family Fare connects art viewing with art making in ways that engage both young people and their grown-ups.

  • Architecture of Plant Life: Four Garden Tours

    February 11–April 17, 2016

    Tours of the UC Botanical Garden, home to 11,000 different plants, offer a close look at nature’s perfectly built architectural gems.

  • Perspectives on the Architecture of Life

    Lunchtime Talks

    Selected Fridays, February 5–April 29, 2016

    UC Berkeley professors from across campus offer immersive reads of works on view in Architecture of Life. 

  • Guided Tours

    Spring 2016

    Guided tours of the new BAMPFA and Architecture of Life, led by UC Berkeley graduate students.

  • Love Exists: The Films of Maurice Pialat

    February 5–March 25, 2016

    Pialat (1925–2003) is considered the greatest French filmmaker of the post–New Wave era. A gifted storyteller, Pialat made films that capture the authenticity of real life. 

  • In Focus: The Role of Film Archives

    February 10–March 16

    Go behind the scenes with this lecture/screening series featuring presentations by America’s leading film archivists.

  • Full


    Friday, February 22, 7–9PM

    Once a month, our galleries come alive with experimental music and other impromptu happenings. Programmed by Sarah Cahill.

  • Big Ideas

    Architectures of Life Across UC Berkeley

    January 27–April 20, 2016

    In this UC Berkeley lecture course open to the public on selected Wednesdays, professors from different disciplines explore themes of BAMPFA's Architecture of Life exhibition.