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  • A b-boy dancing on a floor painted with a mandala. Still from video Sanford Biggers, Mandala of the B-Bodhisattva II, 2000 featured in RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style and Wisdom at the Oakland Museum of California.
    March 13, 2018
    As the upcoming exhibition RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom (opening March 24, 2018) proves, Hip-Hop is more than just music—it’s a cultural movement with far-reaching effects and influences. So RESPECT wouldn’t be true to the spirit of Hip-Hop if the exhibition didn’t allow visitors to engage with Hip-Hop’s many aspects. The Hip-Hop Dojo embodies the principle of “show, don’t tell.” In the Dojo, visitors can experiment, practice, and perform. To help visitors get in the right headspace, the gallery includes an immersive, multi-projector media environment featuring video artwork by Los Angeles-based DJ Mike Relm. Other experiences in the Dojo include: •  Learn the basics of Hip-Hop dancing by following along with experts projected on a screen•  Perch on bleachers to hang out and watch others perform below•  Play chess and other games that, like Hip-Hop, require discipline and skill•  Try out the art of graffiti by adding your message to a wall of color and art•  Get your hands on real mixing and beat-making equipment or try your hand at scratching.  Demonstrations, workshops, and cyphers will occur in the Dojo throughout the run of RESPECT, so every visit will be a new and distinctly Hip-Hop experience. Visit our Events calendar to see what's coming up. RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom opens on Saturday, March 24, 2018. 
  • Fresh tomatoes and greens from City Slicker Farms in West Oakland.
    March 2, 2018
    Inspired by our exhibition in the Gallery of California Natural Sciences, Take Root: Oakland Grows Food, we asked Associate Home and Garden Editor, Mike Irvine, of Sunset magazine for tips on growing your own food—no matter how small your space it. Test Your Soil
  • Ayanna Reed, Director of Human Resources at the Oakland Museum of California
    February 2, 2018
    One summer during my college years I interned for the Port of Oakland, one of largest shipping ports in the country. I was a business student at the time and the internship gave me a fascinating opportunity for on-the-job training. The internship turned out to be a great, low-stakes introduction to navigating office politics and learning more of the emotional intelligence and soft skills I would need later in my professional career.
  • Still from i gave myself space to go II (2016), courtesy of Yetunde Olagbaju
    February 2, 2018
    Have you ever wanted to travel back—or forward—in time? Oakland-based artist Yetunde Olagbaju gets it, and she finds her own way to do just that. In her multidisciplinary creative practice, she explores the notion of visiting past selves and ancestors, among other compelling topics. Her ethereal and enigmatic video i gave myself space to go II (2016) is on view through March 4, 2018, in the Oakland Museum of California’s Gallery of California Art. 
  • Portrait of intern Austen Wianecki posed with text "Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing."
    February 1, 2018
    As a Museum Studies graduate student and East Bay resident, landing an internship at the Oakland Museum of California was really a dream come true. From July to August 2017, I was the Evaluation and Visitor Insights intern, working specifically on the 2017 exhibition Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing.