OMCA Blog: All Posts

  • OMCA Senior Curator of History Louise Pubols at work on the Gallery of California History
    November 13, 2017
    As I remember our dear colleague, Louise Pubols, former Senior Curator of History here at the Oakland Museum of California who passed away earlier this year, I can picture so many moments from the years we worked together. Memories of her are intertwined with all of the exhibitions she led throughout her tenure here, like The 1968 Exhibit in 2012 and Above & Below: Stories of our Changing Bay in 2013. 
  • Artists from Visual Element utilized posters created by East Side Arts Alliance about housing issues to create a wheatpaste wall. Above, a replicated billboard from West Oakland paints a stark picture of how some in the community feel about newcomers.
    November 7, 2017
    Since our founding in 1969, the Oakland Museum of California’s mission has been “to be the museum of the People.” That mission remains at the core of who we are and what we do today. But what does it mean to be the “Museum of the People” in the 21st century? One of the ways we live out this value today is how we create our exhibitions—we invite members of the community to collaborate with us.
  • Museum visitors pose in front of Favianna Rodriguez's Migration Is Beautiful artwork at the Oakland Museum of California Days of the Dead exhibition.
    October 31, 2017
    Favianna Rodriguez firmly believes in the power of art to inspire lasting social change. Her piece in this year’s Days of the Dead exhibition Metamorphosis & Migration, guest curated by Evelyn Orantes, reflects on the theme of immigration; her previous works have addressed global politics, inequality, gender justice, climate change, and sexual freedom.
  • Friday Nights at OMCA is a family-friendly fun thing to do
    October 30, 2017
    This November we’re excited to share a full month of events with you from keeping your extended family entertained to supporting OMCA through Museum Store Sunday. 
  • Museum visitors recline next to a glowing inflatable sculpture Nature's Gift at Oakland Museum of California
    October 23, 2017
    Inside OMCA’s new exhibition Nature’s Gift: Humans, Friends & the Unknown, you have unbridled permission to play—or lie down! Inside this Astroturf-lined room, you’ll find a row of silky hammocks, full-size bean bags and seating cushions, and, of course, an enormous inflatable sculpture—not quite plant or animal, but definitely not human—that stretches up to the ceiling and emits a rainbow of light.

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