OMCA Blog: All Posts

  • OMCA staff installing Fletcher Benton's M sculpture
    March 25, 2022
    “Without the voice of the people, the Oakland Museum of California might have become just another museum.”–OMCA 5th anniversary publication  “Right from the start, it was obvious that it had to be a ‘people’s museum,’ a gift from the people to themselves.”  - Kevin Roche, Museum architect
  • Four slices of art by women artists at OMCA
    March 8, 2022
    Through intense observation of the natural world, consumption, material culture, and waste, these California-based women artists approach their craft as a form of cultural critique. All of these artists’ works are currently on view at the Oakland Museum of California. Get tickets to see these four artists’ works and other California-based women artists. 
  • Six artworks celebrating Black Excellence at OMCA
    February 8, 2022
    Black excellence, the celebration of triumph and ascendancy in the Black community, is a mentality backed by actions of leadership and perseverance. As part of OMCA's reimagination of the collection-building process from one that was largely passive to one that actively engages and prioritizes individuals who are often marginalized and excluded from cultural institutions, we present four recent acquisitions that exemplify Black excellence along with two pieces from OMCA's collection.
  • December 3, 2021
    Even if you didn’t personally know beloved Oakland-based artist, Hung Liu (1948 - 2021), there was something that felt so familiar about her. Liu’s artwork explored themes of identity, the immigrant experience, and American culture with such vulnerability and compassion that it felt like a close friend was confiding their innermost emotions to you as you gazed at the canvas. By the end, you felt more open to sharing your heart as well.
  • The OMCA logo at our museum entrance.
    September 29, 2021
    In 2020, more than 50 staff members from the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) actively participated in examining the Museum's culture and structure and put forth recommendations to move the organization toward becoming a more anti-racist institution. The staff formed into self-designated and self-directed Anti-Racist Design Teams (ADTs) and met intensively over a three-month process that assessed various aspects of the Museum’s programming, working processes, and community engagement, with staff at every level of the organization taking part in the process.