Press Release

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 2:58pm
Oakland Museum of California Announces Events & Programs for November & December 2019
Experience the Spirit of Burning Man with Special Programs for No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man, Including Late Night Access, a Burning Man Block Party, Panel Discussions, and More, OMCA’s 50th Anniversary Celebrations Continue with a Special Conversation on Saturday, November 2 Featuring Local Filmmakers Boots Riley, Jamari Perry, Stephen Gong, and Rosana Sullivan

(OAKLAND, CA) October 28, 2019The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) announces upcoming events and special programs in November and December. As part of OMCA’s fall exhibition No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man, visitors can experience the spectacular art of Burning Man through special programming, beginning with a Burning Man Block Party during Friday Nights at OMCA on November 8 from 5–10 pm. On Thursday, November 15 and Thursday, December 5, join us after hours with exclusive access to No Spectators from 6-10 pm.


OMCA continues its year of 50th anniversary programming on Saturday, November 2 at 2 pm with OMCA @ 50: Community Conversations: Belonging, on Film, a special one-day program highlighting the work of Oakland and Bay Area community members who work in the film industry. Join songwriter and director Boots Riley, Oakland native and film director Jamari Perry, Executive Director of the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) Stephen Gong, and Pixar Animator Rosana Sullivan for this fascinating conversation.

Friday Nights at OMCA will ring in the holidays with Winter Fest on Friday, December 13, celebrating diverse winter traditions including Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. Winter Season for Friday Nights at OMCA will begin November 15 with Friday Night events running from 5-9 pm.

The Museum will be open to visitors on Veteran’s Day on Monday, November 11 from 11 am - 5 pm. For more information, please visit museumca.org.

CALENDAR EDITOR PLEASE LIST:
FAMILY EVENTS; MUSIC EVENTS; COMMUNITY EVENTS; ART EVENTS; FOOD EVENTS; FILM EVENTS; BURNING MAN EVENTS; HOLIDAY EVENTS; CHARITY EVENTS


Friday Nights at OMCA
Every Friday from 5-10 pm through November 8; 5-9 pm beginning November 15
November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
December 6, 13
Sit back and unwind at Friday Nights at OMCA, bringing you the Bay's best music, dance, drinks, food trucks, and late-night access to the entire museum. Enjoy hands-on craft activities for kids and a lineup of live music and dance from different local performers each week. Bring friends and family for a taste of local music, food, and culture at the Oakland Museum of California every Friday Night!

In Conversation with Tommy Orange
Friday, November 1
6:30 pm
Join us for a very special event featuring acclaimed author and 2018 Pulitzer Prize finalist Tommy Orange and Oakland Youth Poet Laureate Samuel Getachew for a discussion around Orange’s award-winning novel, There There. The novel tells the story of Native Americans living in Oakland, revealing a complex and real landscape of the Native experience in the Bay Area past and present. 

This event is free and open to the public. Presented in partnership with the Oakland Public Library.

OMCA @ 50 Community Conversations: Belonging, on Film
Saturday, November 2
2 pm
Join us for a special one-day program highlighting the work of Oakland and Bay Area community members who work in the film industry as they explore what it means to belong and how they preserve the stories of their communities and cultures through film. This panel will feature songwriter and director Boots Riley, Oakland native and film director Jamari Perry, Executive Director of the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) Stephen Gong, and Pixar Animator Rosana Sullivan.


Tickets are $20 for Members and $25 for general admission. Ticket does not include gallery admission. 

First Sundays at OMCA
Sunday, November 3 & Sunday, December 1
11 am - 5 pm
Spend your weekend with us at First Sundays at OMCA! Marvel at spectacular artwork and large-scale installations in No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man and learn about Chicano activists who introduced Día de los Muertos traditions to the United States in ¡El Movimiento Vivo! Chicano Roots of El Día de los Muertos. 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. Enjoy a lunch or snack in Blue Oak café. Spend a day with us and find out why East Bay Express calls OMCA “the best museum for the people, by the people.”

Suggested donation for general admission: $5 per person. No advance online tickets are available for First Sundays. Your contribution helps us provide access to other visitors in the community. There is an additional $5 charge for special exhibition No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man.


Tour | No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man
Every Sunday beginning November 3
12 pm
View the spectacular artwork and large-scale installations from one of the most widely-celebrated cultural events in the world with an OMCA Docent as your guide. Explore works by Bay Area artists including jewelry, costumes, “mutant” vehicles, sculptures, photography, and paintings. Learn about Burning Man's origins, from its counterculture roots in the San Francisco Bay Area to the world-famous desert gathering it is today.

Included with Museum special exhibition admission.

Friday Nights at OMCA | Burning Man Block Party

Friday, November 8

5-10 pm

Burning Man meets Friday Nights at OMCA at this spectacular version of Oakland's favorite block party. This extra special edition of Friday Nights features art cars, dancers, DJs, marching bands, and, of course, fire! Don't miss this super-sized late-night extravaganza in celebration of special exhibition No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man.

 

All outside events on campus will be free to the public; admission to the Museum’s galleries and special exhibition No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man require a ticket.  

Late Night at No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man

Thursday, November 14

6-10 pm

Join us for exclusive late-night access to OMCA’s major fall exhibition No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man. Stay after hours with us and marvel at the spectacular artworks from one of the most widely-celebrated cultural events in the world. Don’t miss the 40-foot-tall Temple of Reunion by David Best as it illuminates the Museum’s terrace at night.

 

Tickets are $21 for general admission, $16 for seniors and students with current ID, $12 for youth, and free for Members.

Playa Pop-Up
Sunday, November 17
2-4 pm

Experience the creative spirit of Burning Man at OMCA as part of special exhibition No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man. Enjoy artmaking and inspiring projects that you might encounter in Black Rock City during the Burning Man event. This event is free and open to the public.


Museum Store Sunday
Sunday, December 1
11 am - 5 pm
Shop local, and support your Museum! 
The OMCA Store is participating in Museum Store Sunday, an annual event offering a special shopping experience for the holiday season. Give with meaning by shopping the OMCA Store for unique products and support OMCA in the process. 
 

The OMCA Store is full of treasures for everyone on your list, specializing in California-themed gifts by local artisans, art catalogs, exhibition-themed favorites, and more. Learn more about the global Museum Store Sunday event at museumstoresunday.org.

Late Night at No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man
Thursday, December 5
6-10 pm
Join us for exclusive late-night access to OMCA’s major fall exhibition No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man. Stay after hours with us and marvel at the spectacular artworks from one of the most widely-celebrated cultural events in the world. Don’t miss the 40-foot-tall Temple of Reunion by David Best as it illuminates the Museum’s terrace at night.

Tickets are $21 for general admission, $16 for seniors and students with current ID, $12 for youth, and free for Members.

In Conversation: City in the Dust
Saturday, December 7
2 pm

As part of special exhibition 
No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man, join founding members of Burning Man in an insightful conversation about art, creativity, and building a city in the dust. The founders will discuss where they’ve been, what they’ve learned, and what changes are on the horizon for the Burning Man event.

Tickets are $8 for Members and $10 for general admission.


Friday Nights at OMCA | Winter Fest
Friday, December 13
5-9 pm

Celebrate diverse winter traditions reflected in the Bay Area, including Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. Enjoy story time with the Oakland Public Library, winter-themed activities, and more. Create a candle to take home as we wrap up the final Friday Nights at OMCA for 2019. This event is free as part of OMCA’s Friday Nights at OMCA weekly celebration.

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 10 pm, 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 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. The Museum is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year as 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. Beginning April 3, 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, and there will be a $5 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 10 pm Fridays. museumca.org

 

 

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