OMCA Director

Dear Friends:

This summer, I’m excited to announce my picks for what not to miss at OMCA:

Our special exhibition Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing opened to extraordinary acclaim on May 13, and we’ve now extended it through August 27 due to popular demand. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the artist’s gift of her personal archive to OMCA, the exhibition shows how one artist turned the camera into a tool for social change, capturing some of the most powerful moments of American history along the way.

Don’t miss special exhibition Of Dogs and Other People: The Art of Roy De Forest before it closes on August 20. Discover these magical paintings through the voices of incredible individuals who provide a unique perspective on the work—from a sword swallower to a dog trainer!

Up next at OMCA, the phenomenal video installation Question Bridge: Black Males returns to OMCA on September 29. After a widely successful showing in 2012, OMCA is proud to acquire the media piece for its collection, joining the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Brooklyn Museum. This fall, be sure to save time to dive into this innovative installation of intimate videos—woven together and arranged to simulate face-to-face conversations between participants—of interviews with a diverse group of 150 Black men across the United States.

Our summer season of Friday Nights @ OMCA is going strong. Enjoy later hours, more food trucks, and live music with the whole Museum stays open late for you to visit the exhibitions and enjoy picnics in our Gardens, play games, and relax in one of the most beautiful spots in all of Oakland.

This spring we premiered the new, online version of Inside Out, our Member Magazine. It’s your go-to-source for insider information about OMCA exhibitions, programs, and events—as well as topics that are our important to our community—in an easy-to-read, always accessible format. Watch out for the next issue coming in September!

The coming months will also be a time for everyone who supports the arts and humanities to stand up for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. These federal agencies help to ensure that the heart and soul of a healthy democracy—the arts and humanities—are accessible to people in every corner of our country. We’ll keep you apprised of the status of these agencies and their funding during the Congressional budget process and let you know how you can take action. Never have the arts, humanities, and sciences been so important.

I hope to see you at OMCA soon for our special summer and early fall exhibitions!

Lori Fogarty
Director & CEO