• 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.

  • Full

    Inspired by the lunar calendar, once a month Full animates the galleries with new music, poetry readings, and other impromptu happenings. 

  • Under Electric Clouds: Bay Area Premiere

    Film Comment calls Aleksey German, Jr 's science-fiction look at a not-so-futuristic Russia "adventurous, eclectic, iconoclastic."  
    June 17, 20 & 29.



  • Photo: Sibila Savage

    Get a Taste of the New BAMPFA with Free Admission in June

    The galleries will be closed as we install our summer exhibitions, but you can still browse in the store, visit the cafe, make mail art in the Art Lab, and get lost in Qiu Zhijie’s Art Wall mural, The World Garden. Film programming continues into the summer without a break.


In Person

Introduced by Robert Hass, Mark Danner & Anthony Milosz

Introduces Grant Gee's film based on Orhan Pamuk's Museum of Innocence

Katrina Dodson

  • Jun 3, 6 PM

PEN Translation Prize winner introduces Barbara Hammer's new doc on poet Elizabeth Bishop

In conversation with David Thomson at a screening of John Huston's Fat City, based on Gardner's novel.

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
  • Books on Film

    Literature through the lens of cinema, in collaboration with the Bay Area Book Festival

    June 1–5, 2016
  • History, Time, Light

    Cecilia Edefalk / MATRIX 261

    June 29-October 16, 2016
  • Wenders

    A retrospective of the legendary German filmmaker Wim Wenders

    May 13–July 30 2016
  • Workshops

    Create, move, and learn at these workshops.

  • Time and Place Are Nonsense

    Discover the world of Japanese cult master Seijun Suzuki

    May 7–June 30, 2016
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    Eye on the Prize

    Artworks that activate the senses to stimulate the mind

    July 13–December 11, 2016
  • 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
  • Speaking Truth to Power

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

    July 27–October 23