Oakland Museum of California

 

Ask artist Favianna Rodriguez to describe the food she grew up eating in Oakland’s Fruitvale district, and her response is akin to poetry.

“It’s two tortillas,” she says. “They’re soaked in a little bit of grease ... you have some carne asada and you just bite into them and you can taste the simplicity of a good taco.”

Daily news roundup for Thursday, April 9, 2015

Apr 9, 2015
KTVU

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

San Francisco man shares story of escaping war-torn Yemen // KTVU

flickr user "Oakland Daily Photo."

  In our current era of electronic transfers, bank cards and direct deposit, it is easy to forget that people used to go home at the end of the week with a pay envelope filled with... money! In fact, the name of one Bay Area neighborhood is based upon that old practice. 

City Visions host Joseph Pace talks to the curators of "Fertile Ground: Art and Community in California," a new exhibit of the Oakland Museum of California and SFMOMA.  The exhibit highlights four creative communities in the Bay Area that influenced the art world.  By weaving together the museums' holdings of California art and ephemera, "Fertile Ground" tells the stories of the artists and institutions that generated unique artistic innovation. 

The four key moments and communities featured are:

Ashleyanne Krigbaum

When was the last time you went to the museum and learned how to deejay? Or sat around for hours, listening to rare, mint-condition records? 

Giant Robot at OCMA

It used to be that the terms “nerdy” and “cool” were at opposite ends of a spectrum. Collecting comics was for losers, listening to punk rock was for cool kids. But these days, there’s a kind of intersection of hipness and geekiness-- from the high-tech devices in our pockets to the sci-fi and comic-inspired entertainment we consume, “cool nerd” culture is really having its day. But back in the mid-90s, there was a magazine that was already bridging that gap: Giant Robot, which brought together video games, collecting, music, and art with a uniquely Asian American perspective.

The San Francisco Bay Area is famous for something that affects everybody’s visibility: fog.

Think of a ghost town, and San Francisco Bay is not likely to come to mind. Yet the remnants of such a place are currently sinking into the marshes near Fremont. Back in the 1920s, the settlement of Drawbridge boasted about 90 buildings, most having some connection to duck hunting.

Summoning ghosts at the Oakland Museum

Mar 14, 2013
Photo by Frederic Larson, courtesy Port of Oakland

If you’ve traveled out of Oakland airport, you’ve probably seen a beautiful piece of artwork – graceful, long-legged cranes painted on the windows in Terminal 2. It’s called “Going Away, Coming Home.” It’s a piece about being of and from two places at once, about the in-between existence we inhabit in transit. By looking at it, you’d probably never imagine that the artist once risked her life to make paintings like this.

Arts/Culture/Weekend is a roundup of our favorite events coming up around the Bay Area. Please do let us know if you have an event coming up in your neighborhood, and we'll try to include it.

Thursday

I don't know about you, but I'm feeling experimental. My arms and ears are open to what the universe has to offer, and luckily this weekend, the Bay Area is brimming with new options: from sounds by young producers, to a vast selection of fresh tastes on the world's most popular, brewed beverage. Let's go adventuring this Arts/Culture/Weekend!

Watch Hear Here’s animated short!

Jan 7, 2013
Alyssa Kapnik / www.alyssakapnik.com

On December 8, KALW’s community storytelling project Hear Here put on a live presentation of some of the great Bay Area stories it has gathered so far. The event was in partnership with the second annual edition of Live Crosscurrents at the Oakland Museum of California. (Listen to a broadcast version of that show here.)

Watch the animated version of this presentation here!

Lisa Ratner

Public radio takes the stage for a live performance of KALW's news magazine, Crosscurrents!

We'll kick off the night with a special presentation from KALW's community storytelling project, Hear Here. Then with host Hana Baba, we'll take you on a sonic journey through Bay Area news, arts, and culture, with our live house band, Tin Cup Serenade and special guests, including audience participation...you won't want to miss it!

KALW’s Hear Here story and sound installation popped up in the grassy courtyard of the Oakland Museum of California this Friday evening amidst palm readers, face painters, and yes – a zombie flash mob.

The installation was just one feature of the Oakland Museum of California’s final Summer Nights event of the year, which included Halloween-themed activities like a costume contest and screening of the film Night of the Living Dead.

KALW’s community storytelling team Hear Here is showcasing stories from the residents of Oakland and San Francisco in a larger-than-life installation at the Oakland Museum of California next Friday, October 26 from 5pm-12am.

Question Bridge: How do I know she's the one?

Jun 13, 2012

Sometimes, even when we are sure that we want to do good in the world, it helps to get words of advice and guidance from an older and wiser friend. These types of mentorships are hard to come by – but a group of artists decided they would start the dialogue for one community through art. What was born out of that desire was the art installation called Question Bridge: Black Males, a video dialogue between over 150 black men from across the country, talking about some of life's biggest topics: racism, sexuality, success, and love.

Question Bridge: How do you feel about yourself as a gay black male?

May 29, 2012
Courtesy of Question Bridge

At the Oakland Museum of California, a special art installation is exploring some of life’s big questions among generations of the black male community. Over 150 black men from all over the country came together to answer questions like these for the project called Question Bridge: Black Males. Today, we bring you a question from Ronald Porter, who teaches at UC Berkeley, and who asked this question: How do you feel about yourself as a gay black male?