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MORE THAN JUST A SHOE

February 16, 2017 2:58 PM
MORE THAN JUST A SHOE

Oakland Museum of California presents sneakers as art objects with rich history PICTURES COURTESY OF OAKLAND MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA Since the late 1800s, when London police officers began quietly sneaking up on criminals with a newly- designed rubber soled shoes, the sneaker has become part of the fabric of athletic, cultural and even political life. Sneakers, which were first called plimsolls, can reveal everything from race and class to political affiliation. Recently, they ran head on into political controversy. In November, New Balance’s public support of President Trump’s protectionist policies led a Neo-Nazi blog to declare the brand “the official […]

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Echoes

October 13, 2016 11:46 AM
Echoes

Oakland exhibit traces history of Black Panthers Party Oakland, fifty years ago: two visionary students at Merritt College joined together and started a revolutionary organization. These students were Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale. They called their organization the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, and they fought militantly, at times controversially, for the civil rights of minorities. From now until Feb. 12, 2017, the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) honors the legacy of this bold movement created in 1966 with their exhibit, “All Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50.” MANY HISTORIES There are many tributes being paid to […]

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Dreamweavers: Local museums stitch together big names and high art

September 15, 2016 10:49 AM
Dreamweavers: Local museums stitch together big names and high art

“Altered State: Marijuana in California” looks like a pot-smoking teenager’s bedroom that has been reconstructed and glorified on a museum’s walls. Zig-Zag rolling papers, which can be purchased at almost any gas station, sit behind museum glass, along with creative bongs made by museum staff. The tools of a pot-smoker suddenly feel like artifacts, and the famous stoner characters from television and cinema seem like a timeline of the mystique surrounding marijuana. But what really deserves attention, besides the flair of pot paraphernalia—is data the museum has gathered that fuels educated conversation about the impact this plant has politically, socially, […]

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OMCA leaves visitors in stitches

September 17, 2015 2:40 PM
OMCA leaves visitors in stitches

Small but colorful exhibit highlights local quilters Quilts you have no intention on sleeping with are on display at the Oakland Museum. The exhibit is called “Yo-Yos & Half Squares: Contemporary California Quilts.” Eli Leon, an Oakland resident, artist and collector of unique and unusual items, gathered together five people who were strangers to one another to inspire 20 extraordinary quilts. Leon’s vision was to have the quilters tell a story of a time and place in African American history. The five quilters are Angie Tobias, Arbie Williams, Mattie Pickett, Rosie Lee Tompkins and Sherry Byrd. Each contributed a vision […]

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An OMCA Lunar New Year

March 2, 2015 9:02 AM
An OMCA Lunar New Year

Oakland Museum of California annual Lunar New Year celebration Feb. 22.

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