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The current Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive main building on Bancroft Way, designed by Mario Ciampi.[1]
Pacific Film Archive Theater at the Hearst Annex

The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) is associated with the University of California, Berkeley in Berkeley, California. The Director of BAM/PFA is Lawrence Rinder, who was appointed in 2008.[2]



The museum was founded in 1963 by following the donation to the university of forty-five paintings and $250,000 from artist and teacher Hans Hofmann. A competition to design the building was announced in 1964, and the museum opened in 1970.[3] The museum has featured works by Albert Bierstadt, Jonathan Borofsky, Joan Brown, Robert Colescott, Jay DeFeo, Helen Frankenthaler, Paul Gauguin, Juan Gris, Ant Farm, Paul Kos, Robert Mapplethorpe, Knox Martin, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and SebastiĆ£o Salgado. It also offers the The MATRIX Program for Contemporary Art.[3]

The Pacific Film Archive was founded by Sheldon Renan[4] and began screening films in 1966 and specializes in international films. The PFA also includes a library [5] which includes an online database of documentation associated with the films.[3]

New building project

BAM/PFA is currently planning a new visual arts center, to be designed by the Japanese architect Toyo Ito and located in downtown Berkeley, across the street from UC Berkeley's main entrance.[1][6][7]


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