OMCA Blog: Engaging Exhibitions

  • The dancer Traci Bartlow mid-movement on stage wearing a shirt with a heart
    March 27, 2018
    Many people think that Hip-Hop may have begun in the Bronx, but the Bay adapted the culture on its own terms—thanks to innovators who changed the game by crafting unique beats, inspired rhymes, and fresh dance moves. Here are three local luminaries who were instrumental in shaping the region’s Hip-Hop scene and who helped OMCA develop its new exhibition RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom. THE DOCUMENTARIAN
  • 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 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.
  • 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
  • Still from i gave myself space to go back...pt 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 back...pt II (2016) is on view through March 4, 2018, in the Oakland Museum of California’s Gallery of California Art. 
  • Hanging herb pots in a kitchen
    January 12, 2018
    Although winter is a time we think of hibernating animals and fallow land, many of us are tending late-blooming crops in California while others are already planning their spring planting. Inspired by the farmers and gardeners who grow produce featured in our newest exhibition, Take Root: Oakland Grows Food, these favorite picks from the OMCA Store will help you put down your own roots—indoors and out. 

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