Press Release

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 1:29pm
Oakland Museum of California Presents 23rd Days of the Dead Community Celebration Sunday, October 22, 12-4:30 pm
“Metamorphosis & Migration” Is the Theme for Rituals, Altars and Ofrendas, Performances, Hands-On Family Activities, Crafts Market, Food and Special Exhibition of New Work Exploring the Importance and Legacy of Immigrants in California, Past and Present

(OAKLAND, CA) October 11, 2017— Oakland Museum of California’s plazas, gardens and Gallery of California Art will come alive for its 23rd Days of the Dead Community Celebration with rituals, art, altars, ofrendas, food, crafts, performances, family activities, an exhibition of new work by Bay Area artists and more Sunday, October 22, from 12 to 4:30 pm

The Community Celebration--one of the Bay Area’s longest-standing and most popular—is complemented by a new Days of the Dead exhibition, Metamorphosis & Migration, which features new work and interactive features by Bay Area artists who explore the immeasurable importance and contributions of immigrants in California, and pay tribute to departed friends and loved ones. Artists featured in the exhibition include Hung Liu, Favianna Rodriguez, Chris Treggiari and Peter Foucault, Fernando Escartiz, Jet Martinez, Bea Carrillo Hocker, and Rafael Jesús González as well as installations by Oakland International High School and Thornhill Elementary School. The exhibition and other OMCA galleries are included in admission to the October 22 Community Celebration and Metamorphosis & Migration runs through January 14, 2018. For information, visit museumca.org.
 

October 22 Days of the Dead Community Celebration Activities and Schedule

  • 12–12:30 pm: Opening ceremony, procession to garden and dedication of central ofrenda led by the Días de los Muertos Committee and Oakland’s Danza Huehueteol


​​GARDEN STAGE    Emcees Jose Ruiz & Maricela Gutierrez

  • 1–1:30 pm: Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Carlos Moreno
  • 1:45–2:15 pm: Mariachi Los Halcones de Oakland
  • 2:30–3:00 pm: Grupo de Arpa Barajas
  • 3:15–4:00 pm: Los Compas y La Familia Peña-Govea
  • 4–4:30 pm: Closing Ceremony with DMC Members, Lisa Lemus and Viviana Rodriguez Smith

 

10TH STREET AMPHITHEATER, LEVEL 1 

  • 12:30–12:55 pm: Danza Huehueteol
  • 1–1:30 pm: Mariachi Los Halcones de Oakland
  • 1:40–2:10 pm: Grupo de Arpa Barajas 

 
ACTIVITIES AROUND THE MUSEUM

  • 1 – 2 pm: Meet the Guest Curator and Participating Artists in the Special Exhibition Metamorphosis and Migration – Gallery of California Art, (Level 3)
  • 12–4:30 pm: Face Painting —Garden (Level 1); Hands on Activities—Garden (Level 1)


DEMONSTRATIONS AND OTHER FEATURES
Tortilla demo (Koi Pond, Level 1), Crafting nichos (Redwood Burl, Level 1);

  • Face Painting (Garden, Level 1)
  • Mercado — Garden (Level 1)
  • Food Vendors —10th Street food market (10th Street)
  • Beverages — Blue Oak Café (Level 2 & Garden)
  • Chalk Artists — Oak Street Plaza and 10th Street sidewalks
  • Performances— 10th Street Amphitheater & Garden (Level 1)
  • Hands-On Activities—OMCA Garden (Level 1)


Tickets are available online at museumca.org
 

ABOUT THE OAKLAND MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA
The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) brings together collections of art, history, and natural science under one roof to tell the extraordinary stories of California and its people. OMCA's groundbreaking exhibits tell the many stories that comprise California with many voices, often drawing on first-person accounts by people who have shaped California's cultural heritage. Visitors are invited to actively participate in the Museum as they learn about the natural, artistic, and social forces that affect the state and investigate their own role in both its history and its future. With more than 1.9 million objects, OMCA is a leading cultural institution of the Bay Area and a resource for the research and understanding of California's dynamic cultural and environmental heritage.

VISITOR INFORMATION
The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) is at 1000 Oak Street, at 10th Street, in Oakland. Museum admission is $15.95 general; $10.95 seniors and students with valid ID, $6.95 youth ages 9 to 17, and free for Members and children 8 and under. There is a $4 charge in addition to general admission pricing for special exhibitions. OMCA offers onsite underground parking and is conveniently located one block from the Lake Merritt BART station, on the corner of 10th Street and Oak Street. The accessibility ramp is located at the 1000 Oak Street main entrance to the Museum. museumca.org

UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS & PROJECTS 


Metamorphosis & Migration: Days of the Dead
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. In Mexico, the returning Monarchs also symbolize the returning souls of loved ones who have passed away.

In
Metamorphosis & Migration: Days of the Dead, explore ofrendas and artworks inspired by the Monarch’s migration and themes of tradition and transformation. View rarely-seen butterfly specimens from OMCA’s collection alongside newly commissioned artworks. Artist Hung Liu honors her mother’s passing through a series of heartfelt paintings. Favianna Rodriguez ponders migration and immigration in a new way using her “Migration is Beautiful” butterfly imagery. Chris Treggiari and Peter Foucault honor colleague Alex Ghassan, who lost his life in the tragic Ghost Ship fire. And, traditional Days of the Dead altars by Bea Carrillo Hocker and Rafael Jesús González, as well as installations by Oakland International High School and Thornhill Elementary School, energize this communal space for reflection and empowerment in these turbulent times.


Take Root: Oakland Grows Food
December 16, 2017–January 13, 2019

Unearth Oakland’s multi-layered world of food in Take Root: Oakland Grows Food, an exhibition exploring the ecological and cultural factors of how and why food is grown in Oakland. Enjoy this hands-on exhibition with the entire family to understand what factors determine where, how, why, and what is grown throughout the city. Hear personal stories from farmers and growers within the community, see compelling illustrations and maps, and meet the diverse flavors of Oakland. Learn what motivations Oaklanders have for growing food—including access to healthy and delicious ingredients, environmental and social justice values, or simply the joy of tending a garden. Visitors will be invited to share personal stories, explore interactive activities, and gain a deeper understanding of Oakland’s agriculture.

RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom
March 24–August 12, 2018
Hip-hop is one of the widest reaching cultural and social movements of the last 50 years. Discover 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. Learn about the West Coast’s and San Francisco Bay Area’s influences on this global phenomenon. Hear first-person accounts from artists and experts about how, beyond big business, hip-hop continues to provide a platform for creative expression, activism, youth development, and education. There is a $4 charge for this special exhibition in addition to regular Museum admission.
 

J.B. Blunk: Nature, Art & Everyday Life
April 21–September 9, 2018
Discover 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. Inspired by Japanese philosophies of nature and art’s inseparability, and influenced by rural utopian communities, Blunk’s muse and often his source of materials was the beautiful natural environment of Inverness, California. Blunk’s home property was his ultimate work of art, filled with his handcrafted furniture, ceramics, sculptures, and other functional objects used by his family. His remarkable craftsmanship also took the form of large-scale public works of art, including The Planet, a redwood sculpture commissioned by the Oakland Museum of California in 1969. J.B. Blunk: Nature, Art, & Everyday Life brings together a comprehensive survey of the artist’s works. See northern California’s landscape anew through Blunk’s eyes, and get inspired to find the beauty of nature and art in your own daily life.


ON VIEW
 

Question Bridge: Black Males
Through February 25, 2018
Hailed as one of the Bay Area’s Top Exhibitions in 2012 by the San Francisco Chronicle, 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. Hear these men answer each other’s questions with exceptional honesty and vulnerability, and share stories, beliefs, and values in a personal portrayal of their lives. Encompassing themes of family, love, interracial relationships, community, education, and wisdom, Question Bridge: Black Males presents nuanced portraits of past, present, and future of Black men in American society. Listen, watch, learn, and start your own conversations with this profoundly moving installation.


In 2012, the Oakland Museum of California presented Question Bridge: Black Males, an innovative and widely exhibited video installation from artists Chris Johnson and Hank Willis Thomas in collaboration with Bayeté Ross Smith and Kamal Sinclair. Joining the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Brooklyn Museum, OMCA is proud to acquire this groundbreaking and poignant work for its collection.
 

Nature’s Gift: Humans, Friends & the Unknown

Through January 21, 2018

This fall, 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 artist collective including Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III—the large-scale, light-filled installation sparks joy and positivity, and sets the stage for friendship, magic, and social connection. A soothing, multi-sensory experience for all ages, we invite you to allow your senses to get lost in this imaginative and otherworldly place. There is a $4 charge for this special exhibition in addition to regular Museum admission.

Bees: Tiny Insect, Big Impact

Through October 22, 2017
This exhibition in OMCA’s Gallery of California Natural Sciences 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, Bees: Tiny Insect, Big Impact touches on topics of honeybees and Bay Area beekeeping, the diversity of California native bee species, citizen science projects, and the similarities between bees and humans. Visitors will discover real bee specimens under a microscope, crawl through a human-sized beehive, and try on a beekeeper suit. In an immersive gallery environment, visitors can explore the causes of bee population decline, learn about the significance of bees to California's economy and ecosystems, and discover how simple but powerful actions by Californians can help bees to survive in a changing world.

 

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