OMCA Blog: All Posts

  • Cannabis plants on loan from Dark Heart Nursery during a maintenance day in the exhibition Altered State: Marijuana in California
    August 24, 2016
    The staff at the Oakland Museum of California is often faced with unprecedented questions, but never before have they been asked to install a live cannabis plant inside a gallery. One of the most exciting and challenging aspects of putting together special exhibition Altered State: Marijuana in Californiawas figuring out how to do it right from a legal, logistical, and horticultural standpoint. Enter Dan Grace, the President and Co-founder of Dark Heart Nursery.
  • A Guatemalan kite of remembrance created by Jamie Treacy's student Diamond in honor of her grandmother, Rose
    August 15, 2016
    Jamie Treacy is an art teacher who has been bringing students to the Oakland Museum of California for years, including sharing student art work for our Días de los Muertos exhibitions. We sat down with him over the summer to talk about how he hopes to encourage students to pursue careers in the arts and how art can be a part of the healing process.
  • Hands working on a paper zine
    August 9, 2016
    In the video above, youth from the YMCA of the East Bay's summer camp made zines in a workshop with Rock Paper Scissors' member Kristi Holohan, and responded to questions about where they live from their own perspectives.   
  • Torreya Cummings, Notes from Camp (AKA Transdimensional Ghost Town Discotheque), 2016. Mixed media, dimensions variable. Installation view. Photo: Terrence McCarthy
    August 2, 2016
    In science fiction, transdimensional describes something that comes from or relates to a dimension beyond the 3-D world we generally accept as normal. OMCA’s new multimedia site-specific installation, Notes from Camp (AKA Transdimensional Ghost Town Discotheque) is a liminal space that blurs the boundaries between natural and unnatural, city and country, camping and campy.
  • Oakland Public Library selections from a Books & Blankets bag at the Oakland Museum of California
    July 29, 2016
    There’s a special synergy between the Oakland Museum of California and the Oakland Public Library with a more-than-decade-old partnership on the Summer Reading Program and Celebration, and a newer partnership called Books & Blankets, which offers families a free way to read together in the Gardens. Oakland librarian Amy Martin shares her ways to keep kids engaged over summer break.

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