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  • PUMA x Undefeated, Clyde Gametime Gold, 2012. PUMA Archives. Photo: Ron Wood. Courtesy American Federation of Arts/Bata Shoe Museum
    December 22, 2016–April 2, 2017

    A fashion staple and cultural icon, sneakers are worn by millions of people and seem to transcend generations and socioeconomic status. Explore the significance, complex design history, and evolution of these shoes in Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture, the first exhibition of its kind in the United States, opening at OMCA in December 2016.

  • Stephen Shames, Untitled (Funeral for George Jackson, Oakland), 1971. © Stephen Shames / Polaris, courtesy of the photographer [detail]
    October 8, 2016–February 26, 2017

    Coinciding with the Black Panther Party's 50th anniversary in October 2016, the exhibition All Power to the People presents a contemporary view on the legacy of this visionary group, told from multiple perspectives. 

  • Through June 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

  • Specific maker unknown, Untitled (Felt banner used to represent Absolute Empress I de San Francisco, Jose Sarria), Circa 1965. Felt, glue, sequins; 38.5” H x 28.75” W. Courtesy of the GLBT Historical Society Archives
    April 1–July 23, 2017

    Pairing new work by perception-bending Los Angeles-based artist Math Bass with crowns, scepters, portraits, and banners bearing the insignia of the Empresses and Emperors who have served the Imperial Court of San Francisco, one of the oldest LGBT organizations in the world, this exhibition draws connections between creative practices that are playful, political, and subversive at the same time.

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

    Roy De Forest's vibrant works present playful visions that take us on a trip into alternative realities. Explore dream-like and sometimes humorous works, including large, colorful paintings and sculptures spanning thea artist's career, and drift deeper with character guides, listening stations, and hands-on social experiences.

  • 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 13, 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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