Current Exhibits

When: Saturday, September 23, 2017 - Sunday, December 31, 2017
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The photographs of notable African American photographer P.H. Polk are currently on exhibit at the African American Museum & Library at Oakland. Born in Bessemer, Alabama on November 25, 1898, Polk opened his first studio in Tuskegee in 1927, and in 1928 was appointed to the faculty of the Tuskegee Institute Photography Department, where he served as head of the Department from 1933 to 1938. In 1939, he briefly operated his own studio in Atlanta, but returned to Tuskegee after one year to become the college's official photographer, continuing also to run his own studio. The exhibit features portraits taken by Polk in the 1930s-1940s of African Americans in Bessemer, Alabama and offers a rich visual history of a variety of people from all walks of life. 


When: Friday, October 6, 2017 - Sunday, April 1, 2018
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The African American Museum & Library at Oakland presents an exhibit based upon Ruby Bridges' integration of the all-white William Frantz Elementary School in Louisiana in 1960. The exhibit features the facsimile of a 1960s classroom and features artifacts that tell the story of Ruby Bridges and the integration of classrooms in the Oakland Unified School District in the 1950s-1960s.

When: Friday, December 1, 2017 - Saturday, December 30, 2017
West Yellowstone Wolf

Kathy Goss brings her love of nature to her art, painting portraits of the natural world and of those who enjoy it. Working with watercolor, and recently ink, Kathy creates on paper a view of nature that might otherwise be fleeting.
 The artist will hold a reception at the Rockridge Branch on Saturday, 12-02-17 starting at 10:30am.

Where: Main Library
When: Saturday, November 4, 2017 - Sunday, February 18, 2018
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Working in America by Project&  is inspired by, celebrates, and brings forward the tradition and humanity of Studs Terkel from his influential book Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do (1974). 

The centerpiece of the Working in America initiative is a nationally traveling photography exhibition focused on the stories of veterans, a tech worker, farmer, entrepreneur, domestic worker, athlete, artist, educator, police officer and more. The images were t taken by Project& Fellow and Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Lynsey Addario.

The exhibit, designed in collaboration with award-winning architect Jeanne Gang and Studio Gang, profiles 24 people from 17 states ranging in ages from 21 to 87. The exhibit has been experienced by more than 175,000 people from around the world. 

To further engage Studs’ living legacy as part of the initiative, Project& and Radio Diaries have co-produced a series, "Working Then and Now," including never before heard field recordings Terkel conducted for the book as well as new interviews, airing on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition. The now 12-part series has been downloaded 500,000+ times and heard by 13.6+ million people.

Everyone has the opportunity to contribute their own stories of the everyday challenges, triumphs, and realities of working in America by submitting to the online community, "Your Working Story" at

Lead Creative Team: Curated and conceived by Project& President and Artistic Director Jane M. Saks, photographs taken by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, Lynsey Addario, exhibit design collaboration by MacArthur Fellow and architect, Jeanne Gang + Studio Gang. 


When: Friday, December 1, 2017 - Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Cartoon ape

The cartoon style illustrations of local artist Rad Sanza depict unique characters and worlds, mixing fantasy and modern settings with bold colors and lines. Rad's work is created using both digital and traditional techniques. Simple paper, pencil and various types of ink are used initially, and other colors and effects are added digitally. Rad's caricatures have been seen at Oakland's End of Summer Museum Party and currently, he's working with the Oakland Public Library to bring coloring sheets depicting each branch.

Where: Main Library
When: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - Wednesday, January 31, 2018
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How did the United States change from 1877-1924? Answering this broad question about turn-of-the-century America was the guiding task for 11th grade students at the College Preparatory School in Oakland, CA. Chosen from over thirty student projects, the exhibits presented here were selected for their creativity, engagement, and scholarship. Student explored the themes of immigration, labor & capital, social reform, women's suffrage, African-American Civil Rights, and the city in American life. In doing so, these exhibits all make the argument that the events of the turn-of-the-century transformed the United States into a modern nation and redefined what it meant to be an American. 


The College Preparatory School is a small independent school in Oakland, California. The project was done as part of the U.S. and the World class, which explores the United States and its connection to the world in the 19th and 20th century.