Current Exhibits

When: Friday, February 1, 2019 - Tuesday, December 31, 2019
African American Woman wearing a black tophat

This photography wall docu-series highlights and celebrates modern black love among families, parents, children, and community from Oakland California.  The purpose is to raise public awareness that Black Love is the foundation of positive representation and without these images we do not see ourselves. 

Photographer Bio:  Sonjhai Meggette is the owner and photographer of Esoteric Images and she launched Esoteric Images in 2010 with the intent and purpose to raise public awareness of positive imagery of People of color in Social media. 

The image is copyrighted and the owner does not give permission to reproduce or redistribute in any form without express written consent from Esoteric Images. 

When: Saturday, November 2, 2019 - Saturday, December 28, 2019

This Fall, 4th and 5th grade artists at Vincent Academy, an elementary charter school in West Oakland, studied the artwork of Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama. They explored her abstract paintings, and her famous polka-dot installations that reimagine objects and spaces. Throughout their exploration of Kusama’s artwork, students created individual and collaborative abstract paintings using shapes and colors, they collaborated on large shape pattern paintings, created wearables like her polka-dot mannequins, and even painted some furniture in the art room like her famous installations. We are honored and excited to share their exploration of Yayoi Kusama's artwork. Paintings will be on display from November 2nd to December 28th.  Please join us November 5th from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm for a small reception for the young artists.

Where: Asian Branch
When: Friday, November 22, 2019 - Saturday, December 28, 2019
Hong Kong Hong Kong exhibit

Presented by the Bauhinia Project in a collaboration with the Asian Branch Library and Civic Design Studio, "Hong Kong! Hong Kong!" will exhibit a series of poetry-installations at a pop-up gallery space in Old Oakland this winter, bringing Hong Kong's voices into an experience of three-dimensional, embodied space through "medium-pure poetry". These poetry-installations speak of the people's struggles, dreams, and their "final words".

* "Hong Kong! Hong Kong!" is made possible by support and sponsorship from Friends of the Oakland Public Library.