OMCA Blog: How We Did It...

  • Artists from Visual Element utilized posters created by East Side Arts Alliance about housing issues to create a wheatpaste wall. Above, a replicated billboard from West Oakland paints a stark picture of how some in the community feel about newcomers.
    November 7, 2017
    Since our founding in 1969, the Oakland Museum of California’s mission has been “to be the museum of the People.” That mission remains at the core of who we are and what we do today. But what does it mean to be the “Museum of the People” in the 21st century? One of the ways we live out this value today is how we create our exhibitions—we invite members of the community to collaborate with us.
  • Museum visitors pose in front of Favianna Rodriguez's Migration Is Beautiful artwork at the Oakland Museum of California Days of the Dead exhibition.
    October 31, 2017
    Favianna Rodriguez firmly believes in the power of art to inspire lasting social change. Her piece in this year’s Days of the Dead exhibition Metamorphosis & Migration, guest curated by Evelyn Orantes, reflects on the theme of immigration; her previous works have addressed global politics, inequality, gender justice, climate change, and sexual freedom.
  • October 17, 2017
    Watch the OMCA installation team at work on Nature's Gift, the large-scale inflatable sculpture by FriendsWithYou. The artwork extends 55 feet long, 34 feet deep, 15 feet tall!
  • Portrait of Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III from art collective FriendsWithYou
    October 4, 2017
    On October 7, 2017, Oakland Museum of California presents the world premiere of the magical, multisensory installation, Nature’s Gift: Humans, Friends & the Unknown by artist collaborative FriendsWithYou.
  • Oakland artist Jet Martinez painted a mural of Monarch Butterflies at the Oakland Museum of California
    September 29, 2017
    There’s something new a-flutter at the Oakland Museum of California’s Oak Street Plaza: a beautiful mural of Monarch Butterflies painted by Oakland-based artist Jet Martinez. Commissioned for our upcoming exhibition Metamorphosis & Migration: Days of the Dead opening on October 18, 2017.

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