Local artist and museum curator explore the Oakland that could be lost to gentrification

Sep 29, 2016

A new exhibit at the Oakland Museum of California is trying to address gentrification, one of the Bay Area’s biggest hot button issues, through a broad range of work from West Oakland residents—from school kids to aerosol muralists to documentary filmmakers—who share their own thoughts.

By making posters or writing on the wall, more than 700 people contributed to the making of the show. KALW’s Jen Chien spoke with the exhibit's co-curators, Oakland artist Chris Treggiari and OMCA curator Evelyn Orantes about the conversation they hope this exhibit will spark.

ORANTES: One of our youths said it best, he's like: 'You know, this show isn't just to remind newcomers what they're missing if they don't look at what's here, it's also a reminder to Oaklanders that they're not alone.' I get all choked up thinking about it. It's true. It's worth the fight.

The “Oakland, I want to know you” exhibit will be on display until October 30 at the Oakland Museum of California

Click the audio player above to hear the full interview.