August 15, 2017

Three Ways to Interact with Roy De Forest

Our guide to make the most of your visit during final weeks

By OMCA Staff

Looking for something to do this weekend in the East Bay? Cross over into a quirkier version of reality in Of Dogs and Other People: The Art of Roy De Forest at the Oakland Museum of California, closing on August 20, 2017. Perfect for both art-loving adults and families looking for fun things to do with children in Oakland (and the greater Bay Area), this exhibition takes you on a journey into the funky, imaginative world of one of northern California’s most influential artists. It’s a major retrospective that’s uniquely designed to spark your own creativity—so don’t miss out on the final weeks to check out this must-see current exhibition before it closes! Read one for our three favorite ways to experience the whimsical work of Roy De Forest. 

1) Listen. Stop by the interactive audio stations located near key paintings and settle in to listen while you look. We interviewed everyone from a child actor to a dog whisperer, fellow artists to a sword-swallower—yes, they are all relevant! Stop by the dog-shaped cut-outs to hear each story as you explore.

2) Play! Make sure to check out the hands-on felt room for a rich, multi-sensory experience designed for little ones. It’s a space reserved for playful curiosity and creativity, allowing you and your kiddos to create your own critter-filled felt mural. Don’t forget to tag #OfDogsAndOtherPeople when you post those adorable young artists-in-action photos!

3) Watch and read. Before you go, or even after your visit, take a moment to get the behind-the-scenes story. Read our De Forest coverage from OMCA’s magazine Inside Out, including notes from curators Susan Landauer and Christina Linden, a slideshow of painted pups, and extra interviews with our audio station recording guests. Still hungry for more? Watch our De Forest YouTube playlist and witness the wacky artist at work in his 1970s Port Costa studio—there are, of course, dogs afoot!—and learn why he believed you can make art out of anything. 

Of Dogs and Other People: The Art of Roy De Forest is on view through August 20, 2017.