A Question of Faith
September 10–November 4, 2018

Engage in the conversation on art and politics when the Oakland Museum of California takes part in the widely-anticipated For Freedoms Federation’s 50 State Initiative this fall. Founded by Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman, the project is one of the largest creative collaborations in the history of the country. Hundreds of cultural, educational, and public sites will inspire political participation through the arts leading up to the midterm elections.

From September 10 to November 4 throughout Oakland, view A Question of Faith, a temporary public artwork by artist Chris Johnson on billboards and bus shelters—as well as OMCA’s campus—that remixes photographs by acclaimed 20th century documentary photographer Dorothea Lange with a quote by American Transcendentalist Theodore Parker. This artwork reflects upon the role of faith and history in politics, and provides a platform to share views at the Museum’s interactive chalkboard installation.

Consider the impacts of politics today and reflect on the role of artists in civic dialogue. Participate in a hands-on art workshop, and hear from City of Oakland Cultural Affairs Manager Roberto Bedoya in conversation with Chris Johnson as they discuss the project in depth. Exercise your rights and register to vote onsite at the Museum during Friday Nights @ OMCA.

For more information on the national initiative, visit