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  • Dorothea Lange, Crossroads General Store, circa 1938. © The Dorothea Lange Collection, the Oakland Museum of California, City of Oakland. Gift of Paul S. Taylor.
    May 13, 2017–August 27, 2017

    Presenting 130 photographs to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the artist’s gift of her personal archive to the Oakland Museum of California, this exhibition takes a unique approach to a beloved American photographer by examining how her artistry and advocacy swayed minds and prompted significant change in this nation’s history.

  • Roy De Forest, Black Dog, 1973. Art © Estate of Roy De Forest/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
    April 29–August 20, 2017

    Take a journey into the colorful universe of the art of Roy De Forest. Personal and dream-like, Of Dogs and Other People: The Art of Roy De Forest is the first full career retrospective of one of northern California’s most influential artists.

  • Through October 22, 2017

    This exhibition takes a look at the wildly diverse and intricate world of one of the most important creatures to human agriculture and the natural environment, through family-friendly experiences, hands-on activities, and media.

Upcoming Exhibitions

  • Portraits of African American men interviewed in video art installation Question Bridge
    September 29, 2017–February 25, 2018

    After a widely successful showing in 2012, Question Bridge: Black Males returns to the Oakland Museum of California this fall. Immerse yourself in intimate videos—woven together and arranged to simulate face-to-face conversations between participants—among a diverse group of 150 black men across the United States.

  • Rendering of a multicolored inflatable sculpture by artists FriendsWithYou for the Oakland Museum of California
    October 7, 2017–January 21, 2018

    Experience the world premiere of Nature's Gift: Humans, Friends & the Unknown, a dazzling immersive experience that takes you through the rainbow into another world. A one-of-a-kind and interactive environment by FriendsWithYou, the large-scale, light-filled installation sparks joy and positivity.

  • Art installation in Days of the Dead installation at Oakland Museum of Califoria
    October 18, 2017–January 14, 2018

    This year, OMCA’s biennial Days of the Dead exhibition is inspired by the lifecycle of the Monarch Butterfly. Known for its mass migration each winter, this butterfly’s journey spans several generations, all of whom follow the same routes their ancestors took.

  • Young boy holding freshly picked beans from a gardren
    December 16, 2017–January 13, 2019

    Discover how Oakland grows food in this special exhibition on view in OMCA's Gallery of California Natural Sciences.

  • Boombox on street in front of graffiti
    March 24–August 12, 2018

    RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom tells the unexpected story of how hip-hop changed the world, starting from its roots on the streets, before rap, DJing, street art, breakdancing, and street fashion launched into mainstream popular culture.

  • J.B. Blunk's The Planet carved redwood sculpture at Oakland Museum of California.
    April 21–Setpember 26, 2018

    Experience northern California’s best kept secret in design and craft: J.B. Blunk (1926–2002), a mid-century artist whose connection to nature governed his daily life. 

Past Exhibitions

View OMCA's past exhibitions