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Oakland Museum of California

1000 Oak Street
Oakland, California

Phone: 510/238-2200 or 888/625-6873
TTY: 510 451-3322

Statement of Purpose:

18th through 20th century California painting, sculpture, graphics, photography, and decorative arts; permanent collection and special exhibitions.


Museum with three major disciplines of which Art is one. The others are Natural Sciences and History. All are devoted to California.

Highlights & Collections:

CALENDAR of EVENTS for the coming season: SEPTEMBER 1-OCTOBER 15, 2008



Friday, September 5, 5-9 p.m.


Dance your way back to school with the Bernard Anderson and Old School Flavor band in the café. Sunset Cinema is back. Bring a blanket and a picnic for a free outdoor screening from KQED's Truly CA documentary series. Tonight's film is Runners High: when teenagers from East Oakland sign up to train for a marathon, they begin the journey of a lifetime. Filmmaker Justine Jacob will be on hand for Q & A. Full cash bar-museum store and café open. All ages welcome. Included with museum admission.


Golden Gate Audubon Society.  

Tuesdays, September 9, 16, 23, 7-8:30 p.m.
Saturdays, September 13, 20, 27,
9-11:30 a.m.

Bob Lewis from Golden Gate Audubon will discuss world-wide species of shorebirds, their annual life cycle, migration and breeding behavior in the Tuesday evening classes at the museum and then lead the Saturday field trips. Fee: $60, payable to Golden Gate Audubon.

To register, call  510/843-2222.

Oakland Museum of California 

Sunday, September 21, 10 a.m.
Tours of Oakland

Explore Oakland and its environs with the museum's bike-tripping docents. Reservations: or 510/238-3514.

Bring your own bikes, helmets, and repair kits. Meet at 10th Street at 10 a.m. Free

Courtesy Thingamajig Festival

Sunday, September 21, 1-4 p.m.   -  CHILDREN and FAMILY

FAMILY EXPLORATIONS! Gallery of Thingamajigs

You never know what you'll hear at the Oakland Museum of California. artists fill the gallery with a collage of sounds produced by unusual instruments created from found materials. Learn about the California Library of Natural Sounds. Make your own instrument from found materials.


Animated versions of the so-called
Chicago 10 make a stand in Brett Morgen's hybrid documentary.
Image courtesy Roadside Attractions

Wednesday, September 24, 6 p.m.
Chicago 10

Brett Morgen explores the buildup to-and unraveling of-the Chicago conspiracy trial after the 1968 Democratic National Convention. The film presents contemporary history with a forced perspective, mixing bold and original animation with archival footage and an explosive soundtrack. A discussion follows the film. The ITVS films will be shown captioned and the panel discussions will be ASL interpreted by DEAF Media. Free event with free parking in museum garage (entrance on Oak Street).


Friday, October 3, 5-9 p.m.

Dance to live music by Mazacote in the café. Enjoy lectures, shopping, yoga, and a great chance to make new friends. Don't miss the most exciting party in Oakland! Full cash bar-museum store and café open. All ages welcome. Included with museum admission.

Linda Stark, Spectacled Cobra, 2005. Oil on canvas on panel.

Saturday, October 4

A survey of sixty works by eleven artists who reflect the diversity of style, medium, and content in current SoCal painting. Chief Curator of Art Philip Linhares traveled 1500 miles through the Southland, finally choosing Linda Stark, Brian Fahlstrom, Steve Galloway, Loren Holland, Hyesook Park, Steve Roden, Don Suggs, Esther Pearl Watson, Robert Williams, and Lerma and Carlos Ramirez (who collaborate as The Date Farmers). Through March 15, 2009.

From the 2006 Dia's de los Muertos exhibition.

Sandra Yagi, Dancing Pair, 2006. Pastel on black paper, 18" x 24". Photo by Sandra Yagi  

Wednesday, October 8
Evolution of a Sacred Space: Días de los Muertos 2008

This year's Días de los Muertos exhibition, guest curated by Fernando Hernandez, explores the rituals and elements used to honor the dead. The artworks-created by artists (well-known and emerging), schools, and community groups-honor traditional expressions rooted in Meso-American practices, as well as showcase contemporary interpretations of sacred spaces. A communal sacred space was built by forty-five members of the East Bay Art Collaborative, who each created niches in a Columbarium constructed by Hernandez in the exhibition. Through December 7, 2008.


Sunday, October 12, 2 p.m.
Art Connections: Robert Williams

Lecture and slide show by Robert Williams, one of the artists featured in the exhibition L.A. Paint. Williams, a founder of the freewheeling Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine, is known as an originator of West Coast "lowbrow" art. After the talk, Williams will sign copies of his new book, The Hot Rod World of Robt. Williams. Wells Fargo Second Sundays are free.


Oakland Museum of California  

Sunday, October 12, 1 p.m.
Tour of the Building and Gardens

Members of the museum's Council on Architecture lead tours of the building and grounds, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Kevin Roche and renowned landscape architect Dan Kiley. Wells Fargo Second Sundays are free.


Wednesday through Saturday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday: 12–5 p.m.
First Friday of each month open until 9 p.m.
Closed Monday and Tuesday.

Admission & Directions:

$8 general, $5 seniors and students with ID.
Free for members, children five and under, and City of Oakland employees.
Second Sundays are free.
Advance tickets at


Key Personnel:

Dennis M. Power, Executive Director.

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