Current Exhibits

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.

Where: Main Library
When: Saturday, November 4, 2017 - Saturday, March 31, 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: Wednesday, January 3, 2018 - Wednesday, February 28, 2018
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The Oakland Art Association is a group of roughly 60 artists, originally founded in 1957. This year's exhibit at the Rockridge Branch will combine over 25 pieces of varius 2D works from its members.

Where: Main Library
When: Saturday, January 6, 2018 - Saturday, March 31, 2018
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The Oakland History Room will mount an exhibit on the Temescal district’s Idora Park. Opened in 1904, this popular amusement park entertained thousands of East Bay residents for over twenty years, offering visitors such diversions as a roller coaster, a hot air balloon launches, a roller rink, and an opera company. The exhibit features photographs, documents, vintage postcards, and other ephemera.  The exhibit runs from January 3 to March 31, 2018.

When: Thursday, February 1, 2018 - Saturday, March 31, 2018
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Making it funky and getting down with the Get Down! Funky Sights in various media and methods, Abstractfunkin' on the One.