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Exhibition Great Hall Hella Feminist

Feminism. It’s a loaded word; as empowering to some as it is challenging for others. OMCA takes on this complex and timely topic with Hella Feminist, celebrating the lesser-known stories of feminism here in Oakland and the Bay Area.

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Exhibition Art Gallery Edith Heath: A Life in Clay

Trailblazer. Rebel. Revolutionary. Discover the story of Edith Heath, founder and designer of Heath Ceramics. Heath transformed the ceramics industry, creating dinnerware from California clay for “Sunday best” and everyday use.

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Feature Natural Sciences Gallery OMCA Kids: Nature Playspace

Little learners can unleash their curiosity and imagination in the newly created OMCA Kids: Nature Playspace. Located inside the Gallery of California Natural Sciences, the playspace is focused on the unique needs of children ages 2 to 5, along with their families and caregivers

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Feature Natural Sciences Gallery You Are Here: California Stories on the Map

We all use maps in our everyday lives—to navigate public transportation, find places to eat, and visualize big data like weather patterns or political opinions. But have you ever considered the deeper stories maps tell us?

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Feature History Gallery Black Power

Uncover the history of the Black Power movements in California with a compelling addition to the Gallery of California History. In response to the widely-popular 2016 exhibition All Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50, this installation illustrates the creative ways Black anti-racist activists in California supported their communities and challenged the U.S. government.

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Feature Art Gallery Remembering Artist Hung Liu

Drawing from our collection, this installation features four of Liu’s works in our Gallery of California Art, offering a quiet setting for visitors to enjoy and appreciate her work, as well as space for remembrance and reflection, including opportunities to contribute memories of Liu. 

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Upcoming

Exhibition Great Hall Angela Davis–Seize The Time

Angela Davis — Seize the Time, examines the image, influence, and activism of the Oakland-based icon. With a focus on her arrest, incarceration, trial, and the national and international campaigns to free her, Seize the Time will highlight Davis’s legacy as well as her ongoing role as an important contemporary figure for artists and activists.

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Galleries & Garden

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Dorothea Lange Digital Archive
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Picture This: California Perspectives on American History
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Past

Exhibition Great Hall Mothership: Voyage Into Afrofuturism

December 3, 2021–February 27, 2022 Come with us on a fantastic journey into the heart of Afrofuturism.  Afrofuturism is a …

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Exhibition Great Hall No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man

October 12, 2019–February 23, 2020 Marvel at the spectacular artwork and large-scale installations from one of the most widely-celebrated cultural …

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¡El Movimiento Vivo! Chicano Roots of El Día de los Muertos

October 16, 2019–February 17, 2020 Celebrate the 25th anniversary of OMCA’s beloved El Día de los Muertos celebration with an exhibition …

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Queer California: Untold Stories

April 13–August 11, 2019 Going beyond mainstream narratives, Queer California: Untold Stories will deepen and expand our understanding of LGBTQ+ history through a multifaceted …

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Pushing West: The Photography of Andrew J. Russell

May 4 – September 2, 2019 Travel back in time through Andrew J. Russell’s epic photography of the Transcontinental Railroad’s …

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Mildred Howard’s TAP: Investigation of Memory

February 2 – September 2, 2019 Discover Mildred Howard’s TAP: Investigation of Memory, a powerful multimedia installation that examines themes …

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