OMCA Blog: All Posts

  • October 7, 2016
    There is no better time than the present—as the country mourns the many recent casualties of racial violence—to reflect upon the powerful legacy of the Black Panther Party, which marks its 50th anniversary this year. OMCA’s new exhibition All Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50 takes a fresh look at this revolutionary Oakland-born organization, creating a space for visitors to gain insight into the many different narratives created about, for, and by the Panthers. 
  • Fantastic Negrito. Image: Kristian Dior
    October 4, 2016
    Musician Fantastic Negrito's recent rise to fame includies having won NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Contest, performing at major music festival Outside Lands, and appearing on Empire—to name just a few of his feats. His latest is album is the soundtrack to OMCA exhibition, Oakland, I Want You to Know... We spoke to Fantastic about how he thinks artists can be a bridge between the old Oakland and the new.
  • Photo: Odell Hussey Photography
    September 30, 2016
    How do you to celebrate the end of summer? Friday Nights @ OMCA, the Bay Area’s best weekly Friday Night event, in my humble opinion, is your go-to combination street festival/block party/happy hour/arts and culture/live music/food truck/family-friendly destination. 
  • Linda Fleming, Glimmer, 2016. Oakland Museum of California
    September 20, 2016
    As you walk up the steps to Oakland Museum of California’s Oak Street entrance, a glimpse of contrasting layers of powder-coated steel in bright colors, electrifying shapes, and dynamic patterns against the backdrop of a bright blue sky peeks through, energizing the space. The newest sculpture in OMCA’s iconic gardens, Glimmer by Linda Fleming is a site-specific installation on the third level terraces that brings vibrancy to the garden.
  • Rue Mapp, founder of Outdoor Afro, in Redwood Regional Park. Photo: Terry Lorant
    September 13, 2016
    From its ethnic makeup to its natural landscape, Oakland's story is constantly evolving. That’s why, according to Rue Mapp, Oakland needs organizations that can bring people together in the places they call home. Mapp’s nonprofit, Outdoor Afro, uses volunteers and social media to organize outdoor excursions for a nationwide network of members. OMCA recently partnered with Outdoor Afro to integrate outdoor experiences with the Museum's valuable natural sciences resources.

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