• 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.

  • 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 Forese 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

Mark Morris Selects

  • Oct 1, 5:45 PM

Morris introduces the final film in this series, Eliso, in a new 35mm print.

UC Berkeley law and political science professor talks with filmmaker Zhou Hao at a screening of his new doc Cotton.

Drew Bennett

  • Oct 5, 5-7 PM

Draw in the galleries with artist Drew Bennett. No experience necessary & all materials provided.

Jordan presents his work, plus a live film performance with John Davis

UC Berkeley professor Bryan-Wilson reads from her new book, Art in the Making.

Mason discusses the first American fugitive slave memoir, written by her third great-grandfather William Grimes.

McBride, an expert in forestry and landscape architecture, talks about Chinese landscape paintings on view in Berkeley Eye.

Ken Jacobs

  • Oct 12, 7 PM

Presents a Nervous Magic Lantern performance and talks about his work with Steve Anker

Carroll introduces The Good Fight, am inspiring film about the Americans who fought in the Spanish Civil War

Plus shakuhachi virtuoso Masayuki Koga and Oakland-based duo Ghost Lore at Full: Breath.

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

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

On View

  • Pat O'Neill

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

    September 28–November 27, 2016
  • Mark Morris Selects

    Mark Morris introduces four films in conjunction with the Layla and Majnun premiere at Cal Performances

    September 24–October 1, 2016
  • Speaking Truth to Power

    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
  • 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
  • History, Time, Light

    Cecilia Edefalk / MATRIX 261

    June 29-October 16, 2016