Current Exhibits

Where: Main Library
When: Sunday, August 21, 2016 - Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Panther Food Distribution

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party, the Oakland History Room has mounted an exhibit to showcase the group's innovative and much-needed survival programs (1966-1982) that aided many people in Oakland and around the United States by providing them with free food, medical care, legal assistance, and political education.

The exhibit will feature Black Panther Party newspapers, photographs, books, articles and ephemera from the group's heyday.

When: Saturday, October 1, 2016 - Monday, October 31, 2016
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Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Oakland Hills Firestorm.

On October 20, 1991, a devastating fire storm roared through the Oakland and Berkeley hills killing 25 people and destroying over 3,000 homes.

On the one year anniversary the Fire Art Project was orchestrated by Ruth Block. It consisted of 35 venues throughout Oakland and Berkeley showing art created as result of the fire.

For the month of October 2016, the gallery at Rockridge Library will show many pieces from the 1992 Fire Art Project.

Artists Showing:

James C Palacios (1992 Poster image)

Joell Jones

June Felter

Jeanne Jabbour

Raphael Shevelev

Darrell Hunger

Carolyn Burgess

Andy Bergers

When: Saturday, October 1, 2016 - Saturday, December 31, 2016
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Come view still life photographs of Oakland families loving each other. A wonderful representation of our community. All original artwork by photographer Sonjhai Meggette. For more information about the photographer and her art read her personal statement below. 

My name is Sonjhai Meggette and I reside in greater Bay Area-Oakland, CA. I am the visionary and photographer of and photography is a portal for me to change how we perceive beauty. Images are vitally important to our personal development and it may help us to accept who we are authentically. Due to the lack of positive representation of African American descendants, I am committed to raising public awareness of how authentically beautiful we are by reinforcing positive images with photography. "Black Love" explores family, community, and fashion in black and white.