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Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA)

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (Berkeley, CA)

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The Berkeley Art Museum opened on the campus of UC Berkeley in 1970. The fine arts portion of the institution was established with a donation of 45 paintings from artist and teacher Hans Hofmann; today, its collection numbers more than 16,000 objects and 14,000 films and videos.

The B.A.M.’s permanent collection includes works from the entire range of time periods and locales. Highlights include paintings by Peter Paul Rubens, Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, Gauguin, and Helen Frankenthaler. Its film collection includes many rare works, including Russian master Boris Barnet’s 1928 The House on Trubnaya Square.

Special exhibitions and screenings round out the institution’s offerings. Recent art exhibitions have included French film posters from the collection, a showcase of work by Thom Faulders, and photographs from 1946 Shanghai before the Cultural Revolution. Film programs have included an Akira Kurosawa retrospective, a B-movie and film noir showcase, and Mexican sci-fi classics.

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive Information

  • Venues: BAM, 2626 Bancroft Way; PFA, 2575 Bancroft Way (both between College and Telegraph)
  • Public Transportation: Very Good (both are easily accessible by several Bear Transit and AC Transit bus lines on Bancroft Way, between College Avenue and Telegraph Avenue, and about a mile from the Downtown Berkeley BART station)
  • Handicapped Accessibility: Good
  • Hours: BAM, Wednesday–Sunday 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; PFA, Monday–Thursday, 1–5 p.m.
  • Admission: Adults (18–64) $8; non-UC Berkeley students, seniors (65+), disabled persons, young adults (13–17) $5; UC Berkeley students, faculty and staff, and children (12 & under) free
  • Free Day: First Thursday of the month
  • Tours: Public guided tours of current BAM exhibitions are usually held on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
  • Membership: Individual membership is $50 annually and includes free admission to the BAM galleries for two, discounted PFA Theater tickets for two, invitations to exhibition previews and special events, free lectures, seminars, and discussions with artists, free access to the PFA Library and Film Study Center, and reciprocal membership privileges at over 30 university art museums. A student/senior/disabled membership is $35 annually. UCB Individual membership is $45 annually.