The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archiver (BAMPFA) is internationally recognized for its art and film programming. It has moved from its former building, which was like an angular Guggenheim, into a reworked building with a swirly, stainless steel-sheathed exterior. A huge exterior screen at the north end of the building presents video art and messages to passersby. Old and new are merged throughout. The museum’s huge permanent collection stresses modern and Asian art.
A leading cinamateque on the West Coast, the Pacific Film Archive has a large collection of Japanese titles—the largest outside of Japan—and a large collection of silent and early films from Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, plus experimental movies by West Coast filmmakers. Creative film programs are shown in a state-of-the-art black womb of a theater with an excellent sound system. A research film library is available, and short films related to exhibitions are shown in another smaller theater in the galleries.
Babette cafe operates on the second floor.