OMCA Blog: Engaging Exhibitions

  • Kenneth Green, Sr., untitled (self-portrait). Courtesy of Kenneth Green, Jr.
    November 17, 2016
    Kenneth Green, Sr. was the first African American staff photographer at The Oakland Tribune. He documented cultural and civic life in Oakland from 1968 until his tragic death in 1982 at the age of 40. Green’s photography included images of history-making candidates like Ron Dellums and the beginning of the Black Panther Party.
  • Abdi Soltani of the ACLU of Northern California during Ask an Expert in Altered State: Marijuana in California
    July 11, 2016
    As we put together the exhibition Altered State: Marijuana in California, we learned there’s a lot to consider when it comes to cannabis. With the legalization of marijuana on the California ballot this November, we spoke to Abdi Soltani, a co-chair of Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy, to discuss some of the topics he covered during his residency at OMCA.
  • A family photo of former Black Panther Rodney Barnette and daughter Sadie Barnette. Photo courtesy of Rodney and Sadie Barnette
    November 4, 2016
    For her installation for OMCA's exhibition All Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50, artist Sadie Barnette repurposed the FBI file collected on her father, Rodney Barnette, during his time as the co-founder of the Compton section of the Black Panther Party. As the exhibition opened to the public, Sadie and Rodney spoke with each other about family history, personal politics in art, and the lessons today’s activists can take from the Panthers.
  • October 7, 2016
    There is no better time than the present—as the country mourns the many recent casualties of racial violence—to reflect upon the powerful legacy of the Black Panther Party, which marks its 50th anniversary this year. OMCA’s new exhibition All Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50 takes a fresh look at this revolutionary Oakland-born organization, creating a space for visitors to gain insight into the many different narratives created about, for, and by the Panthers. 
  • Fantastic Negrito. Image: Kristian Dior
    October 4, 2016
    Musician Fantastic Negrito's recent rise to fame includies having won NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Contest, performing at major music festival Outside Lands, and appearing on Empire—to name just a few of his feats. His latest is album is the soundtrack to OMCA exhibition, Oakland, I Want You to Know... We spoke to Fantastic about how he thinks artists can be a bridge between the old Oakland and the new.

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