• 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.

  • Francofonia: East Bay Premiere

    A portrait of the Louvre and its history by Russian master Alexander Sokurov. Screens May 6, 8, and 18. "Sophisticated, complex and thoroughly absorbing"—The Guardian.
  • 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.

  • Architecture of Life

    "The entire exhibition is filled with objects of . . .  awe-inducing beauty.”KQED Art’s Sarah Hotchkiss

    On view through May 29

In Person

Vick introduces Seijun Suzuki's Kanto Wanderer and signs copies of his new book on Suzuki's films

Join in a conversation with Chris Jennings, author of the recently released Paradise Now: The Story of American Utopianism

With art writer Corrine Fitzpatrick and poet Evan Kennedy

Full: Sensuous features Behar and soprano Ariadne Greif, Varja Voices with vielle player Michelle Levy, and cellist Danielle DeGruttola 

Sketch in the galleries with artist Drew Bennett

Seid introduces Roberto Galvadón's 1952 noir Night Falls

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
  • Wenders

    A retrospective of the legendary German filmmaker Wim Wenders

    May 13–July 30 2016

    Two performance works by Otobong Nkanga use storytelling to explore the social and political history of natural resources

    May 11 & 14, 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

    Summer 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
  • New Music / Full Moon

    Discover simultaneous performances and other impromptu happenings throughout the building

    On the Night of Each Full Moon
  • Speaking Truth to Power

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

    July 27–October 23