Lesbian contributions to gay life and liberation have long been overshadowed, including in the art world.
The museum has opened a permanent exhibition about Black activism in the Bay Area, which, contrary to public perception, was not always an accepting, progressive place.
For her solo exhibition Tree Talk, María Elena González reconceives birch bark as music scores.
Rosten Woo hopes the bells will help create political pressure about air quality in West Oakland, which is circled by freeways and diesel trucks.
The warehouse’s property manager and creative director each face up to 39 years in prison.
The deadly fire at the Oakland art space earlier this month has brought intensified scrutiny to live-work warehouse complexes, many of which are illegal or not up to code.
In San Francisco, artists in residence at the city dump are valorized for their work. In West Oakland, homeless people who rely on independent recycling centers are criminalized.
Last year, the African American Quilt Guild of Oakland (AAQGO) — a group of about 80 women who meet monthly at senior centers amid sheafs of fabric and spools of colorful thread — embarked on an ambitious project: They would create narrative quilts that told the complex social, political, and cultural history of their California city.
On Tuesday, the 27-year-old street artist Antonio Ramos was murdered while painting a mural that was meant to brighten the run-down streets of northwestern Oakland, which has one of the highest violent crime rates in the United States.
Real estate developers are suing the city of Oakland over a new law that requires them to set aside funds to commission and install public art in new residential and commercial buildings.
SAN FRANCISCO — It is no longer a stretch to draw connections between adjunct professors and other workers in the service economy. The corporate university model is deeply invested in the notion that treating all of its employees as disposable labor can maximize profits.
Currently on view at the Oakland Museum of California is The 1968 Exhibit, which focuses on the culture of that unforgettable year. Organized by the Minnesota History Center, the Atlanta History Center, the Chicago History Museum, and the Oakland Museum, this expansive show explores the tumultuous year whose highlights include human space travel, the assassinations of both Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, the rise of the Black Panthers, the Beatles, and hippie culture, the first wide use of plastics, and many other things.