Who is Oakland? is an exploration of Oakland’s many dimensions through the work of artists who live and work here, and love this city.
For this experimental exhibition, lead artist Chris Johnson and nine Oakland-based artists have created vibrant works featuring the celebratory, inspirational, and challenging aspects of what is happening within Oakland today. The artists, in addition to Johnson, represent the diversity of Oakland communities and a range of socially-minded art practices, from multimedia installations to painting, sculpture, video, and photography. Artists featured in the exhibition are:
Kim Anno | Jesse Crimes | Susan Felter | Jose Garcia | Chris Johnson | John McCoy | Adia Millet | Favianna Rodriguez | Chris Treggiari | Tommy Wong
Addressing a range of topics including the city’s natural beauty, food culture, gentrification, and the history of activism and social justice movements, the exhibition includes video works that reveal the changing face of the city, including Oakland citizens speaking about what it means to be from Oakland. Presented as a dynamic and participatory experience, visitors are invited to add their own stories to the artists’ installations and online throughout the run of the exhibition.
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Who is Oakland? is supported by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation.