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.
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October 14, 2015–January 3, 2016
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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