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  • 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.


  • Michelle Dizon, Ex Utero, 2015 (still). One-channel video installation. Courtesy of the artist. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License
    April 11–November 8, 2015

    In three video installations on view in the Gallery of California Art, artist Michelle Dizon examines memory, loss, and experiences of displacement for people from many backgrounds, including her own.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Nancy Hom,  A Journey of Transformation, 2014. 3 foot diameter, mixed media. © Nancy Hom 2014. Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Bob Hsiang
    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.

  • 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

    This major exhibition coincides with the 50th anniversary the Black Panther Party’s founding, presenting a contemporary view of the Black Panther Party’s legacy from multiple perspectives, to 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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