OMCA Director

Dear Friends:

This spring, I’m excited to announce my picks for what’s coming up and what not to miss at OMCA:

New exhibition Over the Top: Math Bass and the Imperial Court SF opened to much fanfare on April 1, with a crowd of drag royalty in attendance! The exhibition features regalia from the Imperial Court, one of the oldest LGBTQ societies in the world, paired in a thought-provoking juxtaposition with new works by the Los Angeles-based Math Bass whose art plays with concepts of space and shifting perception.

Special exhibition Of Dogs and Other People: The Art of Roy De Forest opens on April 29. 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!

Our summer season of Friday Nights @ OMCA begins April 7. That means more food trucks, later hours, and the whole Museum garden open to picnic, play games, and enjoy one of the most beautiful spots in all of Oakland.

Join us for Ziggurat, one of the Museum’s major fundraising events of the year, on June 10. There are opportunities for support at a variety of levels, including a fabulous after-party that redefines what a “museum gala” can be.

We are also excited to premiere the new, online version of Inside Out, our Member Magazine. Get all of the up-to-date 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.

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 spring exhibitions!

Lori Fogarty
Director & CEO