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					                                                                                                                                     Oakland Museum
                                                                                                                                     of California, 2.0
            CALIFORNIA FIGURATIVE ART — More paintings from the                                                                       The Oakland Museum reopens May 1-2 with a 31-hour event following
            Museum’s collection can now be displayed, including those
            of Bay Area painters Joan Brown and Richard Diebenkorn.
                                                                                                                                      a major renovation of its Art and History galleries. The changes include
                                                                                                                                      more lighting and data cables for interactive and multimedia experiences,
                                                                                                                                      but also a new approach to mixing art, history and science in the same
                                                                                                                                      space. Here are some highlights:




BEIRSTADT INTERACTIVE — Have a seat and put on
headphones for a guided meditative tour of Albert
Beirstadt’s 1868 painting of Yosemite Valley.
                                                                             Michael Lucero
                                                                             Doodle, 1991
                                                                             Glazed
                                                                             earthenware
                                                                             and steel.
                                                                                                                                             MODERN LIGHT — New “Open Space” galleries feature natural
                                                                                                                                             light. The spaces replace outdoor sculpture areas that were
                                                                                                                                             di cult to access and under-visited.




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                                                                                                       Photography                          Space 2                                                                           ARTS AND CRAFTS GLOW —
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Arthur F. Mathews’ Franc Pierce
                                                                                                                                                                            Open Space 3                                      Hammon Memorial Windows, 1925.
                                                                                                       Ceramics
   GOLD MOUNTAIN COLLECTION                                                                                                          Modernism
   (2007), Zhan Wang’s sculpture
   of 49 Sierra foothill rocks                   Art of Our Time
   in stainless steel, alludes                                                                             Cal
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       Open Space 1
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                                                                                                                                                                            “Forces of Change” —
    Exhibit changes every                                                                                                                                                 Personal displays of the
     two to three months                   Ori                                            Landscapes                                                                    politics and turmoil of 1960s
                                              ent                                                                                                                                                                                The 1970s to the present
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                                                                              Art 360

         Level 3                                                                                                     “Seeking the
                                                                                                                      Good Life”                                                       “Building
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Baby Boomer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            portraits wall
         Gallery of Art                                                                       “Coming for
                                                                                                                                                                                    Modern California”
                                                                                               the Land”                                                                                         Swing-era
                                                                                                                                                                                California        Jukebox
                                                                                                                                                                               during WWII        Lounge
                                            Entrance
                                                                       “Spaniards Claim
   From                                                                   This Land”
Oak Street
 entrance                                                                                                                                                        The Great Depression
                                                                                                                                                                     in California
                                                                                                                                       “The Railroad
                                                                                                    Spanish galleon                    Brings People”
                                                          Immigrant
                                                                                                      installation,
                                                         experiences
                                                                                                    with interactive
                                                                                                  specimen sketching

                                                                             Native Californian                                                                                                                               HISTORY AND ART COLLIDE —
                                                                                                                          “Esto es                                                                                            Great Depression artifacts are mixed
                                                                              art and stories                              Mexico”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              with Dorothea Lange’s photographs

                                                     Level 2                                                                            California
                                                                                                                                        Literature
                                                                                                                                         Lounge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              from the 1930s.


                                                     Gallery of History
                                                                                                                       Entrance




                                                                                 Museum
                                                                                  store


                                                                                                                            Level 1
 INTERACTIVE EXPLORATION —
 Gallery of History visitors can                              Tickets and
                                                                                                                            Gallery of California
 create their own specimen                                    admission                                                     Natural Sciences
 drawings, as explorers did                                      kiosk
 to record what they
                                                                                                                            Closed for renovations,
                                                                                                                            re-opening in 2012.                                                              INTERACTIVE TABLE — Large touch-screen
 found here.                                                                                                                                                                                                 displays historical California maps. A second
                                                                                                                                                                                                             touch-screen table is in the Gallery of Art.


                                                                                                           Steps up to Level 2
  Upcoming                                                                                                   from the Tenth
                                                                                                            Street entrance
  exhibits
  July 31-Jan. 9, 2011
  PIXAR: 25 Years of Animation
  A look at the creative work behind
  the Emeryville studio’s computer-
  animated films.
                                                                                                                                     Blue Oak Cafe
                                                                                                                                     (On second level)
  Sept. 11-March 6, 2011
  The Marvelous Museum
  Conceptual artist Mark Dion’s
  installations and interventions
  throughout the art galleries, using
  overlooked curiosities from the                                                                                                                                   ABOUT OMCA
  museum’s collections.
                                                                                                                                                                 Original building finished: 1969
  Oct. 6-Dec. 5
                                                                                                                                                                 Architects: Building design, Kevin Roche,
  Days of the Dead
                                                                                                                                                                 Roche-Dinkeloo and Associates                          Sculpture Garden
  For its seventeenth year, curated by                                                                                                                                                                                  Outdoors, several of the sculptures
                                                                                                                                                                 Dan Kiley, landscape architect
  artist Jaime Cortez, the installation                                                                                                                                                                                 have new locations, and in some cases
  celebrates the Meso-American                                                                                                                                   Renovation architect:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        new colors. During a maintenance
  tradition.                                                                                                                                                     Mark Cavagnero Associates
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        inspection of Fletcher Benton’s
  Feb. 26-May 29, 2011                                                                                                                                           Museum covers 7.7 acres                                sculpture known as “the big M,” red-
  Arts of the Missions
                                                                                                            New cafe                                             (four city blocks)                                     orange paint was showing through
  of Northen New Spain                                                                                      The Blue Oak Cafe and patio area                     Gallery of Art space (after renovation):               its blue coat in places. Years ago, with
  Originating in Mexico City, art from
                                                 Sit and stay awhile                                        will be open for limited dining                      5,200 square feet                                      the artist’s permission, the M was
  the Franciscan and Jesuit mission              The galleries have new seating that                        service during the opening                                                                                  painted blue. When the red paint was
                                                                                                                                                                 Gallery of History space
  churches in northern Mexico and                encourages visitors to pause and take                      weekend event, and soon after                                                                               discovered, the artist was contacted
                                                                                                                                                                 (after renovation): 7,200 square feet
  American Southwest. OMCA will be               in the exhibits, such as cube-shaped                       will provide expanded service and                                                                           again, and approved restoring the M
                                                 cushioned benches and lightweight                          on-site catering for special events                  Total gallery space, including the                     to its original red.
  the exhibition’s only California stop.
                                                 moveable stools with handles.                              at the museum.                                       Great Hall: 94,000 square feet
Source: Oakland Museum of California                                                                                                                 Photos by LAURA ODA, DAVE JOHNSON, JENNIFER MODENESSI/STAFF and OMCA            Graphic by DAVE JOHNSON/STAFF

				
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