OMCA Blog: Posts tagged "history"

  • 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.  
  • 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.
  • An annual crop of ducklings hatches every year at OMCA... only to meet a predictable demise.
    April 19, 2017
    Staff who have worked at OMCA for more than one springtime know the story—like clockwork, when the weather changes, a mallard pair alights in the Museum gardens, finds a secluded spot, and gets on with the business of hatching ducklings. Staff and visitors alike are delighted by the sight of the adorable brood marching around the Museum for maybe a day or two, until disaster—or maybe just animal nature—strikes.
  • April 5, 2017
    There’s a theory—it may or may not belong to Albert Einstein—that should the planet’s bees suddenly die out, all humanity would be gone within four years.   Sound dire? It’s not unthinkable. California’s 1,600 different species of native bees represent one of the most important and fascinating links in our ecosystem. But bees’ numbers are shrinking: Climate change, pesticides, dwindling food supply, devastating parasites, and disease all contribute to their decline.
  • An OMCA Docent leads a tour for a diverse group of students. Photo: Odell Hussey Photography
    March 31, 2017
    OMCA Docents come from all walks of life, and many are retired professionals, with backgrounds in everything from teaching to medicine to business. They lead weekly tours for the public of the core galleries, and building highlights and special snack-sized tours at Friday Nights @ OMCA. One Docent, Dodie, recently shared a surprising—and heartwarming—experience she had with a group of students from a Bay Area school. 

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