Current Exhibits

When: Saturday, February 13, 2016 - Saturday, July 16, 2016
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Heroines of the Civil Rights Movement honors the women whose actions were instrumental in the success of the Civil Rights Movement. Some of the women were well known; others less so, but deserving of greater recognition. Please walk through history as AAMLO's Chief Curator Rick Moss creates an environment that places the actions of these women in the historical context of this great movement. 

The exhibition will be open until July 16, 2016.

Photo credit: MOMA, New York City.

This project was made possible in part by a grant from The Creative Work Fund, a program of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund supported by generous grants from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and The James Irvine Foundation. Funds were also provided by the Friends of the Oakland Public Library.


When: Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - Thursday, June 30, 2016
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Pipi Ray Diamond is an Oakland photographer working exclusively with pets and the people that love them. This display showcases her 2015 project on LGBT families and their pets as well as humorous and inspirational pet photos, her work at the Oakland city shelter and a special chicken portrait.


Join the artist for a reception at 2PM, on May 7th. There will be light snacks and you'll get to meet some of the models and find out more about pet photography.

Where: Main Library
When: Sunday, April 3, 2016 - Sunday, July 31, 2016
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The Emeryville Historical Society has mounted an exhibit relating the story of the Golden Gate district. Sandwiched in between West Oakland, Emeryville and West Berkeley, the neighborhood has seen many changes over the years. The exhibit will showcase the district's development from its early days as Klinknerville, to the thriving business district of the 1950s, and the rapid changes of the 1990s. The exhibit is located on the second floor of the Oakland Main Library.

When: Sunday, May 1, 2016 - Thursday, June 30, 2016
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The Free Huey Rally at DeFremery Park in West Oakland mobilized the Black community and featured a battery of speakers including Bobby Seale, Eldridge Cleaver, David Hilliard and Stokely Carmichael. These photos were taken in August, 1968 by Henry Raulston, who at the time was a member of the Oakland-based Association of Black Photographers.  Many of the pictures are being shown here for the first time.