Director's Take

Dear OMCA Friends and Supporters:

Spring is in full bloom, and color fills the walls of the Oakland Museum of California. We even have animals bursting with energy and delight in the paintings featured in our exhibition Of Dogs and Other People: The Art of Roy De Forest. This show is a feast for the eyes, for anyone who loves art, painting, Bay Area cultural history, humor, imagination, learning for all ages—and dogs, horses, and rabbits. Now, who doesn’t like that?

For more not-to-be-missed programming this spring and summer, I invite you to:

Experience the brilliance and poignancy of one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century in Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing. Lange’s work has never been more relevant and timely, as is underscored by the work of three contemporary photographers featured in the exhibition who have been inspired by Lange.  

Get your groove on, and celebrate the Summer of Love with special programming during Friday Nights @ OMCA. Cultural institutions throughout the Bay Area are celebrating the 50th anniversary of this pivotal time period. Visit OMCA’s Radical Acts exhibit in the Gallery of California Art and Forces of Change in the Gallery of California History to get a taste of the times. 

Party like it’s 1999, and pay tribute to Prince at the Ziggurat After Party on June 10. The evening will comprise a Best of Friday Nights offering, featuring two bands that will light up the dance floor with the best of The Purple One.

Continue to follow developments in arts and cultural funding as the congressional budget process moves forward, and the futures of the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Institute of Museum and Library Services are determined. Julie Fry, the president and CEO of Cal Humanities, profiled as this issue’s Thought Leader, reminds us why the humanities are so important to our democracy and to bringing people together in thoughtful dialogue, particularly at challenging moments for our country.

We are so grateful to welcome so many new Members who have joined the Museum in the past few months, many of whom were inspired to visit for the exhibition All Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50. We hope you’ll find much to bring you back to the Museum and that you’ll enjoy the many benefits of your OMCA Membership—including the real difference you are making in our community.

With best wishes,

Lori Fogarty

Photography: Terry Lorant.