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, June 1, 2019 - Saturday, November 30, 2019
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Recall the life of Ruth Beckford: A Visionary Woman. Through photographs, programs, and writings in the collections of AAMLO, Beckford (1925-2019) is remembered as a dancer, poet, and community activist. This installation is part of AAMLO’s Visionary Women Series, a set of exhibits that recognizes remarkable persons who have shaped the contours of Oakland’s contemporary history.

 

When: Monday, January 21, 2019 - Monday, September 30, 2019
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American Canyon artist Lawrence Buford presents his sculptral portrats of four iconic African American leaders: Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King Jr., Macolm X, and Barack Obama.

Where: Main Library
When: Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - Monday, September 30, 2019
Oakland firemen 1909

Over the course of its history, Oakland has weathered many dramatic fires that have altered lives and landscape. To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Oakland Fire Department the Oakland History Room has mounted a new exhibit featuring historic photographs, documents, written histories, news clippings, and reports.

When: Thursday, August 1, 2019 - Saturday, August 31, 2019
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Travel through four centuries of African American History, Culture, and Art, 1619-2019: Key Books in the AAMLO Collection. Through 100 published books, you can witness the 400 year development of black life since the landing of the first captive Africans in English-speaking North America in August 1619.

When: Monday, July 1, 2019 - Saturday, August 31, 2019
Photo of a quilt by Aparna Ewing

Patricia Smith, Barbara Utting & Aparna Ewing present Art Quilts.

Where: Main Library
When: Thursday, August 1, 2019 - Saturday, August 31, 2019
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Community Works West is a restorative justice community organization that works to keep people out of prison, advocate for a more humane justice system, and support healthy communities for all of us. Learn about the group's Restorative Justice and the Community Works programs, and view artwork done by participants including masks, accordion books, mosaics, photo stories and other artwork.