OMCA Blog: Engaging Exhibitions

  • 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.
  • Cannabis plants on loan from Dark Heart Nursery during a maintenance day in the exhibition Altered State: Marijuana in California
    August 24, 2016
    The staff at the Oakland Museum of California is often faced with unprecedented questions, but never before have they been asked to install a live cannabis plant inside a gallery. One of the most exciting and challenging aspects of putting together special exhibition Altered State: Marijuana in Californiawas figuring out how to do it right from a legal, logistical, and horticultural standpoint. Enter Dan Grace, the President and Co-founder of Dark Heart Nursery.
  • Hands working on a paper zine
    August 9, 2016
    In the video above, youth from the YMCA of the East Bay's summer camp made zines in a workshop with Rock Paper Scissors' member Kristi Holohan, and responded to questions about where they live from their own perspectives.   
  • Torreya Cummings, Notes from Camp (AKA Transdimensional Ghost Town Discotheque), 2016. Mixed media, dimensions variable. Installation view. Photo: Terrence McCarthy
    August 2, 2016
    In science fiction, transdimensional describes something that comes from or relates to a dimension beyond the 3-D world we generally accept as normal. OMCA’s new multimedia site-specific installation, Notes from Camp (AKA Transdimensional Ghost Town Discotheque) is a liminal space that blurs the boundaries between natural and unnatural, city and country, camping and campy. UPDATE: This installation is on view through Sunday, April 29, 2018.
  • Jamie at the Malcolm X Jazz Festival. Photo: Kristian Contreras
    July 18, 2016
    The exhibition Oakland, I want you to know… explores the current and historic change in West Oakland, which represents a small sample of the issues impacting Oakland and cities across the country. Our bloggers went to events throughout Oakland over the past few months, asking community members for their honest opinions on change and what makes Oakland great.

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