OMCA Blog: All Posts

  • Installation shot inside Oakland Museum of California's exhibition of Dorothea Lange photography
    July 29, 2017
    OMCA is home to photographer Dorothea Lange’s entire personal archive. That’s 25,000 negatives, 6,000 vintage prints, field notes, and memorabilia! Our exhibition Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing celebrates the museum’s acquisition of the collection fifty years ago. We asked curator Drew Johnson to share what it was like to curate the show.  
  • Manzanar Internment Camp photographed by Dorothea Lange
    July 28, 2017
    A few days ago, the Oakland Museum of California was alerted to a very unfortunate incident experienced by a visiting group of artists to the exhibition, Dorothea Lange: The Politics of Seeing. One of the visitors is Japanese American, and she described in a poignant blog post her experience of inappropriate and bigoted comments from a volunteer docent who conducted the tour of the exhibition. 
  • Woman looking pensive holding two children. Migrant Monther by Dorothea Lange, collection of the Oakland Museum of Caliofornia
    July 27, 2017
    Watch archival video interviews with Dorothea Lange, one of the greatest American photographers, speaking about her belief of how empathy and compassion—focused through art—can trigger political action and social change. 
  • Young pumpkins and vines growing in the Oakland Museum of California Gardens
    July 20, 2017
    With breezy open-air walkways, multi-tiered garden terraces, and ample lawn space—a favorite spot for Friday Nights @ OMCA families with kids and museum visitors, the Oakland Museum of California is a truly Californian building, inside and out. If you’re looking for things to do in Oakland during summer, you could easily spend a full day outside at OMCA. Stop by our new vegetable garden when you do! 
  • Dorothea Lange holding a camera sitting on top of a car in Texas
    June 23, 2017
    Best known for her iconic images of migrant farmworkers during the Depression, the Bay Area-based Dorothea Lange also photographed the urban homeless and Japanese-Americans incarcerated during World War II. Her work further addressed community displacement and the urban criminal justice system, reflecting its racial and class issues.

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