OMCA Blog: Engaging Exhibitions

  • PUMA x Undefeated, Clyde Gametime Gold, 2012. PUMA Archives. Photo: Ron Wood. Courtesy American Federation of Arts/Bata Shoe Museum
    November 28, 2016
    Ask any teenage boy willing to shell out $245 for a customized version of Kobe XI Elite ID basketball shoes: Sneakers are far more than utilitarian protection for your feet. They’ve been icons of sports and style for nearly two centuries. Starting December 22, OMCA will explore the art and impact of this fashion staple in the new exhibition Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture.
  • November 21, 2016
    If you’re trying think of things to be grateful for this holiday season, why not add bees to your list? These fuzzy insects are pollinating powerhouses, and without them we could potentially lose up to a third of our food supply. Here are five Thanksgiving dishes that we enjoy thanks to bees.
  • Kenneth Green, Sr., untitled (self-portrait). Courtesy of Kenneth Green, Jr.
    November 17, 2016
    Kenneth Green, Sr. was the first African American staff photographer at The Oakland Tribune. He documented cultural and civic life in Oakland from 1968 until his tragic death in 1982 at the age of 40. Green’s photography included images of history-making candidates like Ron Dellums and the beginning of the Black Panther Party.
  • Abdi Soltani of the ACLU of Northern California during Ask an Expert in Altered State: Marijuana in California
    July 11, 2016
    As we put together the exhibition Altered State: Marijuana in California, we learned there’s a lot to consider when it comes to cannabis. With the legalization of marijuana on the California ballot this November, we spoke to Abdi Soltani, a co-chair of Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy, to discuss some of the topics he covered during his residency at OMCA.
  • A family photo of former Black Panther Rodney Barnette and daughter Sadie Barnette. Photo courtesy of Rodney and Sadie Barnette
    November 4, 2016
    For her installation for OMCA's exhibition All Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50, artist Sadie Barnette repurposed the FBI file collected on her father, Rodney Barnette, during his time as the co-founder of the Compton section of the Black Panther Party. As the exhibition opened to the public, Sadie and Rodney spoke with each other about family history, personal politics in art, and the lessons today’s activists can take from the Panthers.