OMCA Blog: Engaging Exhibitions

  • 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.  
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • Ericka Huggins. Photo: Terry Lorant
    February 22, 2017
    Ericka Huggins led the Black Panther Party’s Los Angeles chapter with her husband, John Huggins, only to have to cope with his killing; she endured two years in jail while awaiting trial with Bobby Seale; and later became director of the groundbreaking Oakland Community School. Huggins is now a speaker and teacher who engages audiences at leading universities and offers relaxation classes in youth correctional facilities.
  • Art for the Reebok Instapump Fury. Courtesy of Steven Smith
    January 19, 2017
    Steven Smith has designed some of the most iconic shoes in the game, from Reebok Instapump Fury to the New Balance 574. Smith sat down with OMCA staff at the opening of new exhibition Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture to share highlights from his remarkable career.

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