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Oakland, CA, March 25,
2010 – Thirty-one hours of continuous, round-the-clock, free public
programs will officially launch the reopening of the transformed
Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) after a two-year, $58 million
renovation and re-envisioning of the presentation of its art and
history collections May 1 and 2, Lori Fogarty, OMCA Executive Director,
has announced. The Oakland Museum of California Opening Celebration
Weekend is presented by Target and will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, May
1, with a public ceremony on the steps and in the street in front of
OMCA’s 1000 Oak Street entrance with a Native American Ohlone blessing,
marching band, spectacular site-specific aerial dance performance by
Project Bandaloop created especially for the opening, and more. The
festivities continue through 6 p.m. Sunday, May 2. Saturday afternoon
activities center on the innovative and creative spirit of California,
while Saturday evening and overnight activities take on a more adult
flavor with dancing, food and beverages, participatory conversations
and classes merging into early morning yoga and bubble magic, followed
by family-themed events all day Sunday. The thirty-one hours of
programming are designed as a thank you to Oakland voters who supported
Measure G, which provided
funding in part for OMCA’s transformation. All events are free of
charge and open to the public. [EDITOR NOTE: Complete hours, pricing
and information about public amenities may be found at the end of this
“We are excited to welcome the
public back into the Oakland Museum of California, home of our state’s
art, history, and cultures,” says Fogarty. “Our newly transformed art
and history galleries offer an energizing and participatory
re-envisioning of how we present our collections and programs to better
serve the needs and expectations of today’s museum-goers. The newly
renovated galleries and public spaces feature stunning new exhibitions
from our permanent art and history collections, including selections
from nearly 2,000 new acquisitions.”
Created in 1969 as a “museum
for the people,” OMCA is reviving its foundational premise by
developing innovative exhibition and programming strategies, setting a
new paradigm for the way a museum engages the public. Visitors to the
reinvented Museum will find multiple entry points for exploring the
state’s past; learn about the natural, artistic, and social forces that
continue to shape it; and investigate their own role in both its
history and its future.
Reopening the Doors to Californians’ Stories in Art, History,
At 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 1, OMCA will
officially reopen to the public with a ceremony on the 1000 Oak Street
Steps (between 10th and 11th Streets). The program will include a
Native American Ohlone blessing by tribal member and artist Linda
Yamane, welcoming remarks by Museum leadership and elected officials,
and the premiere of a stunning aerial dance work created by Oakland’s
Project Bandaloop on OMCA’s façade set to a soundscore of
natural sounds from OMCA’s California Library of Natural Sounds. After
the premiere, OMCA’s gates will be opened for the public to experience
the exciting new transformations inside. While awaiting entry, the
visitors will be entertained by performances of California “” by the
San Francisco Lesbian and Gay Freedom Band, Holistic Hooping hula-hoop
performances, Yo-yo champion Dazzling Dave, master whistler Sean Lomax,
and hip-hop dancing with Oakland Hip Hop Dance Institute through 6 p.m.
when the celebration’s evening programs begin.
Evening and Overnight Programs With a
Grown-up, Social Flavor
As the 31-hour Opening Weekend
Celebration continues, Saturday evening events from 6 p.m. through 6
a.m. Sunday, May 2, transition to a more adult flavor with participants
invited to socialize, participate, and enjoy OMCA’s all-night
party—pajamas are encouraged. Featured will be live DJs and radio
broadcasts, a dance music showcase from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., “California
Futures” ongoing conversations and group experiences about California’s
cultures, creativity, food, and more; screenings of California films,
personalized gallery tours with curators, food and drink until 2
a.m.—all this and fire dancers, too!
Sunday Events for Families
After OMCA shakes off the night and
wakes up with early morning yoga in the gardens and coffee, Sunday
welcomes visitors for family events from until 6 p.m. Featured will be
bubble magic with Mike Miller, juggling and dance performances with
Capacitor Dance, Oakland School of the Arts’ Jazz Band, the Oakland
Interfaith Gospel Choir, A’Dunyae Lee rap music, community drumming
with Drummm Rhythmic Events, games, and other events presented in
collaboration with DEAF Media, Our Family Coalition, MOCHA, and Laney
New OMCA Café and Store
The newly transformed OMCA features
exciting new amenities that enhance the visitor experience. A new
café, Blue Oak, and an exclusive on-site catering service will
open shortly after May 1. Award-winning California chef Robert Dorsey
III (formerly of Bay Wolf, Firefly, Kuleto’s, and Blackberry Bistro)
will be the operator of Blue Oak on site at OMCA, and celebrated chef
Karen Bevels will provide California-inspired catering services through
Karen Bevels Custom Catering and Events.
California arts, crafts, books, and other unique items will be found in
a new 2,000-square-foot museum store that will provide an extension and
continuation of the stories begun in the galleries. The expanded store
provides a new social space that will greatly enhance the visitors’
experience. The Museum Store will feature a curated collection, edited
and presented in a way that expands upon and supports the work
exhibited in the galleries; an events series including author book
signings, artist demonstrations, and trunk shows; functional art and
merchandise by local artists and artisans, and more. A new feature of
the store is an area completely devoted to changing presentations of
local artists and designers’ works. The store will be a
“hands on” experience for the visitor in a space where art, history,
and science come together. New ideas, cultural trends and current
events will be reflected in the merchandise. The store will showcase
edgy, culturally diverse, and relevant art, just-released books by
Californians, and contemporary research in the natural
sciences and ecology, providing OMCA’s community base with another
connection to the many stories of California.
in Town Oct 4, 2008-Mar 15, 2009
The Oakland Museum of California
presents a selective look at the vast and vibrant Southern California
art scene via 11 influential artists, in L.A. PAINT.
The exhibition opens October 4, 2008 and continues through March 15,
Curated by Chief Curator of Art
Philip Linhares, L.A. PAINT highlights The Date
Farmers (Armando Lerma and Carlos Ramirez), Brian Fahlstrom, Steve
Galloway, Loren Holland, Hyesook Park, Steve Roden, Linda Stark, Don
Suggs, Esther Pearl Watson, and Robert Williams.
Stark, Spectacled Cobra, 2005. Oil on canvas on panel.
The exhibition is the result of
numerous Southland visits by Linhares to explore galleries, cultural
centers, and studios, often pursuing suggestions from colleagues and
René de Guzman, senior
curator of art at the museum, steered Linhares to The Date
Farmers, who collaborate to create groupings of painted images
on salvaged corrugated metal and old signs. Lerma and Ramirez use
commercial (Sponge Bob, Coca-Cola, and Playboy) and religious icons to
explore American culture in images familiar to Mexican Americans.
San Francisco artist Younhee Paik
suggested former classmate Hyesook Park, whose large,
textured, monochromatic canvasses convey a sensitivity to nature and an
appreciation of classical Asian landscape painting. Park sometimes
incorporates assemblage in her work
|Esther P. Watson, Out
the Field, 2008. Acrylic, enamel, graphite on panel.
paintings were first seen in the Orange County Museum of Art's
2006 California Biennial. His enigmatic paintings fluctuate between
landscape, still life, and portraiture, never landing soundly on any
one format. Fahlstrom is a confident student of the 19th and early 20th
century European masters.
Linhares discovered Steve
Roden's colorful abstractions in a group exhibition at the
Luckman Gallery at California State University, Los Angeles. A composer
of sounds works as well as a painter, Roden is inspired to color-code
his musical notes and mix his media. He develops and imposes specific
criteria for each of his paintings.
Surrealist painter Steve
Galloway was introduced to Linhares by Los Angeles
installation artist Michael C. McMillen. Galloway's meticulously
detailed work depicts the clash of modern industry with nature, and
other irrational juxtapositions.
Linda Stark has
been engaged with the substance and function of paint for nearly two
decades. Her powerful, symbolic work often conveys the emotional and
psychological states of women, on surfaces sculpted in shallow relief.
Stark's strong statements can appear deceptively simple.
Don Suggs, a
Texas native, grew up in San Diego and earned his MFA from UCLA, where
he now teaches. Suggs's work has varied so greatly over the years that
the title of his recent retrospective at the Ben Maltz Gallery of the
Otis Art Institute was "One-Man Group Show." His newest work, part of
L.A. PAINT, features target-like concentric
circles on round canvasses up to 60 inches in diameter.
|Don Suggs, Two
(Matrimony Series), 2006. Courtesy LA Louver, Venice, CA.
Watson's father was
an eccentric who build space ships in his rural Texas garage. Various
disasters forced the family to move often: Watson's faux primitive
paintings provide a narrative of the family's saga.
Loren Holland is a
2005 MFA from Yale and a painter of personal narratives. Her work on
paper has satirized sexual stereotypes of African American women. She
recently moved her studio from her grandparents' garage in Compton to
godfather of the so-called Lowbrow school of painting, began as an
underground cartoonist. With sarcasm and glee, Williams created a
subculture of unchecked greed, consumerism, and depravity, eschewing
critical approval. He founded the freewheeling Juxtapoz Art &
Culture Magazine in 1994.
The museum will offer
curator and artist tours and programs for L.A. PAINT. Visit museumca.org/exhibitions for details in September.
Monday, Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: 11 am - 5 pm
Thursday, Friday: 11 am - 8 pm
Saturday,, Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm
Second Friday of the month: 11 am - 9 pm
Admission & Directions:
Students and Seniors with valid ID: $9
Youth ages 9-17: $6
Children 8 and under and members: Free
OMCA offers onsite undergeround parking and is conveniently located one
block from the Lake Merritt BART station between 8th and 9th streets at
Oak Street. The accessiblity ramp is located at the new 1000 Oak Street
the Opening Season of the Oakland Museum of California are made
possible by the Clorox Company, the Oakland Museum Women's Board,
Target, Wells Fargo, and Chevron.
For information, call 510-238-2200 or visit www.museumca.org.
Check with us at a later date.
Mazo Ekstrom, Docent Director.
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