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 - Thursday, October 31, 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, August 28, 2019 - Friday, November 29, 2019
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A new art show on the TeenZone Art Wall featuring youth art submissions for the poster for the 3rd Annual 2020 Conference, a week-long empowerment and capacity-building experience for high school students held in Oakland.  

Where: Main Library
When: Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - Thursday, October 31, 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 - Thursday, October 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: Saturday, September 7, 2019 - Thursday, October 31, 2019
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Please join us to view the newest quilts made by the talented quilters from the African American Quilt Guild.  Their work will be on display at the beautiful Lakeview Branch Library for September and October.  This year's theme is "places" - places you've been or places you may want to travel.

You can find out more about the quilters and their group at www.aaqgo.org.
 

Where: Main Library
When: Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - Thursday, October 31, 2019
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Get Ready, Oakland! is a five-case display in Oakland's Main Library inviting you to prepare for natural disasters and other emergencies.  Disaster strategies and gadgets will be featured, along with Oakland's own unique history of local hazards, like the Hayward Fault.  Complete with tips to prepare your home, business and family for the unexpected, this display could even save your life!  At the Main's Lobby Display Cases throughout October.

 

When: Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - Thursday, October 31, 2019
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The quilts in this exhibition document the partnership of Peralta and Hoover Elementary Schools with the Bay Area Community Services (BACS) Adult Day Care Center at The North Oakland Senior Center.

Working with artist in residence Ellen Oppenheimer, a fourth grade class at Hoover and a fifth grade class at Peralta worked in their classrooms and through field trips to the center to create these quilts that document the relationships that they developed with the seniors, all of whom have some form of dementia.

The unique bond that the students and elders establish during their interaction is extremely compelling for everyone involved. During their visits, the students lift the weight of the disease in so many ways. It is an incredible experience to watch the students and seniors interact and certainly worthy of being memorialized and promoted through artwork.

Project funding by Oakland Cultural Funding and the California Arts Council.