Press Release

Friday, February 15, 2019 - 11:52am
Oakland Museum of California Announces Events & Programs for March & April 2019
Don’t Miss the 60th Annual White Elephant Sale on Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3, Ericka Huggins and Mwende Hinojosa Discuss Black Power on March 10; Bay Area Artist Mildred Howard Discusses Her New Multimedia Exhibition on March 31

(OAKLAND, CA) February 15, 2019—The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) announces its events and special programs in March and April, beginning with the 60th Annual White Elephant Sale March 2–3, the biggest and best rummage sale in Northern California that benefits OMCA’s programs and events.

In honor of Black Power, a new addition to OMCA’s Gallery of California History, join OMCA on Sunday, March 10 from 2 to 3:30 pm for a panel discussion on the Black Power movement and its lasting impact on Oakland's arts, culture, and community, featuring Ericka Huggins, a former leading member of the Black Panther Party, Mwende Hinojosa, production manager at Reveal News, and more. On Sunday, March 31 from 2 to 3:30 pm, internationally-acclaimed Bay Area artist Mildred Howard will discuss her powerful multimedia installation TAP: Investigation of Memory, a new exhibition on view in OMCA’s Gallery of California Art.

 

Celebrate Nowruz (Persian New Year) on Friday, March 22 during Friday Nights at OMCA, where guests can enjoy Persian music and festive dance in honor of the holiday. Friday Nights at OMCA Summer Season kicks off on April 12, with extended gallery access, expanded food trucks, picnic areas in the gardens, live music, and more. Don’t miss the opening of OMCA’s next major exhibition on Saturday, April 13: Queer California: Untold Stories. For more details, visit museumca.org.

 

CALENDAR EDITOR PLEASE LIST:
FAMILY EVENTS; MUSIC EVENTS; COMMUNITY EVENTS; ART EVENTS; FOOD EVENTS

Every Friday from 5–9 pm
March 1, 8, 15, and 29
April 5

Get cozy at OMCA with our Winter Season of Friday Nights at OMCA, bringing you after-hours gallery access, DJ sets from the Bay Area’s finest, family-friendly drop-in activities, and more! Friday Nights at OMCA is one of Oakland's favorite things to do, bringing you the best of local cuisine along with music, dance, and the whole Museum open late. Enjoy hands-on activities for kids and a lineup of live music and dance from local performers that changes weekly. Bring friends and family for a taste of local music, food, and culture at the Oakland Museum of California every Friday Night!

 

Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3
10 am–4 pm
The Oakland Museum Women's Board presents the 60th Annual White Elephant Sale, Northern California’s biggest and best rummage sale, which takes place over one grand weekend with free admission for all. Held in a 96,000-square-foot warehouse at 333 Lancaster Street, near the Oakland Estuary, the sale offers something for everyone, with clothing, jewelry, books, tools, art, sports equipment, furniture, household items and more. All sale proceeds benefit the Oakland Museum of California.

Free admission and free shuttle to and from the Fruitvale BART Station. Click here for a
map and directions. Please note that parking is extremely limited in the area.
 
March 3 and April 7
10 am–6 pm
Take advantage of the final weeks of Cruisin’ the Fossil Coastline, a fantastically colorful collaboration between artist Ray Troll and paleontologist Kirk Johnson, closing on March 17. Immerse yourself in the powerful video installation Question Bridge: Black Males, on view in the Gallery of California Art, and learn about Black Power movements in Black Power, a new addition to the Gallery of California History. Discover Mildred Howard’s TAP: Investigation of Memory and explore how dance and activism intertwine. Experience all that our Galleries of California Art, History, and Natural Sciences have to offer. Pick up a treat for yourself or a loved one in the OMCA Store, and enjoy a lunch or snack in Blue Oak café.

 

March 3 and April 7

1 pm

Learn more about the architecture and history of OMCA with tours offered by members of OMCA's Council on Architecture on the first Sunday of every month at 1 pm. Meet at the Ticketing Desk on Level 2.

 

Sunday, March 10

2–3:30 pm

Join us for a panel discussion on the Black Power movement and its lasting impact on Oakland's arts, culture, and community. This panel will feature Ericka Huggins, a former leading member of the Black Panther Party, Mwende Hinojosa, production manager at Reveal News, and more. Be sure to visit Black Power, our newest gallery addition illustrating the ways Black anti-racist activists in California supported their communities and challenged the U.S. government.

Tickets available soon. Members receive free admission. Program ticket included with gallery admission. RSVP required.

 

Friday, March 22
5–9 pm
Welcome the start of Spring with a special edition of Friday Nights at OMCA celebrating Nowruz or Persian New Year. This celebration is internationally recognized for representing the values of peace and solidarity between generations and promoting neighborliness and friendship among people. Join OMCA and the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California to enjoy festive Persian music and exhilarating dance in honor of the holiday.
 
Sunday, March 31
2–3:30 pm
Bay Area native Mildred Howard is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning artist known for her sculpture installations and mixed-media assemblage work. Join us for an evening with the artist and discover Mildred Howard’s TAP: Investigation of Memory, a powerful multimedia installation that examines themes of identity, church culture, gentrification, dance, activism, and more. This evening program features honored guest, Mildred Howard in conversation with Carin Adams, OMCA Curator of Art.

 

Tickets available soon. Members receive free admission. Program ticket included with gallery admission. RSVP required.

 

Every Friday from 510 pm, beginning April 12

April 12, 19, and 26

The Summer Season of Friday Nights at OMCA is back! That means the gardens are open for picnics, live music outside, galleries are open until 10 pm, and the Off the Grid food truck market expands onto Oak Street. Enjoy hands-on activities for kids and a lineup of live music and dance from local performers that changes weekly. Bring friends and family for a taste of local music, food, and culture at the Oakland Museum of California every Friday Night!

 

ABOUT FRIDAY NIGHTS AT OMCA

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) presents Friday Nights at OMCA, a weekly evening series every Friday from 5 to 9 pm (Winter Season) and from 5 to 10 pm (Summer Season), in partnership with Off the Grid: Lake Merritt at OMCA—the first major food truck market in the East Bay. Friday Nights at OMCA features extended Museum hours, in-gallery programming, a beer garden from Blue Oak café, live music, dancing, hands-on family activities, and more. Outdoor performances are free and accessible to all, including OMCA's Go Local stage, featuring top Bay Area musicians and performers. Gallery admission is free for Members and ages 8 and under. Event parking in the Museum garage is $7. Friday Nights at OMCA is presented in partnership with Off the Grid: Lake Merritt at OMCA. Friday Nights at OMCA is made possible in part by generous support from Bank of America, the Oakland Museum Women's Board, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Koret Foundation. museumca.org/fridaynights

 

ABOUT OMCA FAMILY

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) is committed to being a welcoming and lively place for multi-generational Bay Area families to visit, learn, and engage through OMCA Family, with art activities, storytelling, and hands-on, drop-in projects throughout the Museum. OMCA’s other family-friendly offerings include free Family Guides to the Galleries available at ticketing desks, free activity Books & Blankets available for check-out anytime the Museum is open, and three large annual festivals: Lunar New Year in February, the Summer Reading Celebration in August with the Oakland Public Library, and the Days of the Dead Celebration in October. Free admission for children provided by the Bernard Osher Foundation. The Lunar New Year Community Celebration is made possible in part by generous support from Macy’s and the Oakland Museum Women’s Board. museumca.org/family

 

ABOUT THE OAKLAND MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) tells the many stories that comprise California, creating the space and context for greater connection, trust, and understanding between people. Through its inclusive exhibitions, public programs, educational initiatives, and cultural events, OMCA brings Californians together and inspires greater understanding about what our state's art, history, and natural surroundings teach us about ourselves and each other. With more than 1.9 million objects, OMCA brings together its multi-disciplinary collections of art, history, and natural science with the first-person accounts and often untold narratives of California, all within its 110,000 square feet of gallery space and seven-acre campus. OMCA is a leading cultural institution of the Bay Area and a resource for the research and understanding of California's dynamic cultural and environmental heritage for visitors from the region, the state, and around the world.

 

VISITOR INFORMATION

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) is at 1000 Oak Street, at 10th Street, in Oakland. Museum admission is $15.95 general; $10.95 seniors and students with valid ID, $6.95 youth ages 9 to 17, and free for children 8 and under and Members. Beginning April 1, Museum admission will be adjusted to $16 general; $11 seniors and students with valid ID, $7 youth ages 9 to 17, and free for children 8 and under and Museum Members. There is a $4 charge in addition to general admission pricing for special exhibitions. OMCA offers onsite underground parking, with validation for Museum visitors, and is conveniently located one block from the Lake Merritt BART station, on the corner of 10th Street and Oak Street. The accessibility ramp is located at the new 1000 Oak Street main entrance. Regular hours are 11 am to 5 pm, Wednesday through Sunday, 11 am to 9 pm Fridays. museumca.org

 

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