Oakland Museum of California

4:30pm

Mon May 12, 2014
Arts & Culture

Oakland Museum takes 'Vinyl' off the shelf

‘Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records’ at the Oakland Museum of California is open now until July 19th.
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? 

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6:37pm

Wed May 7, 2014
Arts & Culture

Super Awesome: Giant Robot's Cultural Evolution

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.

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4:29pm

Thu November 7, 2013
Arts & Culture

A Cinematic Study of Fog: Interview with filmmaker Sam Green

Filmmaker Sam Green

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

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5:05pm

Thu October 31, 2013
Arts & Culture

The only ghost town in the Bay Area-Drawbridge

Gunning skiff, Collection of San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park. Photo courtesy of Oakland Museum of California.

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.

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7:14pm

Thu March 14, 2013
Arts & Culture

Summoning ghosts at the Oakland Museum

Hung Liu, 'Going Away, Coming Home'
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.

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