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  • October 14, 2015–January 3, 2016

    Celebrating the theme of memorial across cultures, the 21st annual Días de los Muertos (Days of the Dead) exhibition explores how Latin American, Filipino, Hawaiian, Japanese, Chinese and other communities view death, memory, and healing.

  • Pieced by Rosie Lee Tompkins, Unfinished (red velvet and embroidery), (detail). 75 in. wide x 57 in. high. Collection of Eli Leon. Photo: Terry Lorant
    September 12, 2015–February 21, 2016

    Highlighting the stunning creations of five quilters from the Oakland-based Eli Leon collection, Yo-Yos & Half Squares presents 20 quilts that defy standard expectations, dating from the late 1980s and early 2000s.

  • Model outrigger canoe | wa'a. Wood, cotton twine, 18.5 in. x 8.5 in. x 3.125 in. Collection of Oakland Museum of California, Gift of Mrs. C. L. Mitchell
    May 30, 2015–January 3, 2016

    Pacific Worlds celebrates the vibrant historic and cultural relationships, past and present, between the Pacific Islands and California.


  • January 31, 2015–July 24, 2016

    A new 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

  • 6. Jedediah Caesar, XX, 2011. Urethane, pigment, collected materials, 28 in. high x 39 5/8 in. wide x 1 in. deep. Courtesy of the artist and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects
    December 12, 2015–April 24, 2016

    Intermixing work by a contemporary artist with the creative practice of amateur local clubs, this exhibition highlights a mashup of two distinct types of activity and the literal act of taking things from the earth, generating conversation and mutual understanding across communities and creative ways of working.

  • A flower on a Lemon Kush cannabis plant during an indoor grow.  Credit: Flickr user eggrole; Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic
    April 16–September 25, 2016

    In Spring 2016, OMCA presents the first-ever museum exhibition to focus on marijuana in California today. Designed as a catalyst for conversation and reflection, the exhibition explores the many ways that people consider cannabis, presented through the perspectives, knowledge, and opinions of a diverse range of community members and groups.

  • Unknown maker, Untitled (Clenched Fist), circa 1965. Wood, 3(d) x 5.5(h) in. Collection of the Oakland Museum of California, Museum Purchase.
    October 8, 2016–February 12, 2017

    In Fall of 2016, OMCA will present a major exhibition to coincide with the 50th anniversary the Black Panther Party’s founding on October 15, 1966, in Oakland. Presenting a contemporary view of the Black Panther Party’s legacy from multiple perspectives, the project will show how the Party continues to inspire culture, social activism, and community empowerment efforts locally, nationally, and internationally.

  • Dorothea Lange, Crossroads General Store, circa 1938. © The Dorothea Lange Collection, the Oakland Museum of California, City of Oakland. Gift of Paul S. Taylor.
    November 12, 2016–April 23, 2017

    Presenting approximately 100 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.

Past Exhibitions

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