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Calli: The Art of Xicanx Peoples

Opens Junio 14 | Great Hall

Experience intergenerational, feminist, queer, and Xicanx-Indigenous artworks offering ancestral forms of liberation, healing, and being at Calli: The Art of Xicanx Peoples, only at OMCA.

“Calli,” derived from Nahuatl, signifies the essence of home, family, and lineage. Immerse yourself in thought-provoking original artworks, installations, sculpture, painting, photography, poetry, and more, that showcase and honor the stories of Xicanx peoples across California in this temporary “Xicanx home.” 

Calli layers multiple artistic perspectives, featuring posters from late queer Chicana activist and professor Margaret “Margie” Terrazas Santos’ collection in conversation with contemporary works by Xicanx artists who expand the horizons of possibility, inspiring reflection and fostering dialogue about a world in which we can all belong.

Discover exhibition highlights by featured artists including:

  • rafa esparza’s adobe Mesoamerican stylized temple installation
  • Consuelo Jimenez Underwood’s site-specific Borderline installation conveying U.S.-Mexico border issues such as land commodification, militarization, dehumanization, and its ecological effects
  • Gina Aparicio’s ceramic and earth-based installation with audio composed by musician Joe Galarza, a member of Aztlan Underground
  • Melanie Cervantes’ soft sculpture installation of the Aztec moon goddess, Coyolxauhqui

This exhibition opens Junio 14, 2024. Though Calli will be open to the public starting Viernes, Junio 14, 2024, the exhibition will be closed to the general public from 3 pm–5 pm for a private viewing for contributing artists and their guests. The exhibition will be reopened to the public for OMCA’s Viernes late-night gallery access starting at 5 pm until 9 pm.

¿Quiere verlo gratis? Los socios tienen acceso ilimitado a exposiciones y galerías especiales. Más información sobre la afiliación.



Margaret Alarcón, Juana Alicia, Gina Aparicio, Jesus Barraza, Irene Carranza,  Melanie Cervantes, Yreina D. Cervántez, rafa esparza, Rupert García, Louie González, Judithe Hernández, Nancy Hom, Carlos Jackson, Consuelo Jiménez-Underwood, Lèo Limón, Alma López, Yolanda López, S. Lowe, Linda Lucero, Dalila Paola Méndez, Amalia Mesa-Bains, Felicia ‘Fe’ Montes, Tomás Morales, Cherríe Moraga, Viviana Paredes, Manuel Paul, Calixto Robles, Celia H. Rodríguez, Eugene Rodriguez, Patricia Rodriguez, Rachael Romero, Jos Sances, Herbert Sigüenza, Gino Squadrito, Dewey Tafoya, Joey Terrill,  John Jairo Valencia, Xavier Viramontes, Andrew Zermeño, Kalli Arte, Tierra y Libertad Press


Major support for Calli: The Art of Xicanx Peoples is provided by The Oakland Museum Women’s Board.

Additional thanks to State Senator Nancy Skinner for support of the Calli Americas Political Poster Digitization Project.