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, 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 - 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: 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

When: Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - Monday, September 30, 2019
Painting by Darril Tighe

Artist Statement:

I am fascinated with abstraction as a visual expression using the medium of watercolor on paper. I am committed to abstraction as a means for expressing a range of feelings through color, layering of washes and choices about composition. I use watercolors, inks, and gouaches on paper.

Typically, I begin with a series of washes to produce complex color combinations that create a quality of translucence. I follow this by making a gestural mark on the paper and integrate the mark with the washes, until I achieve the image I want. My goal is to evoke a state of reverie, or reflection, through which the viewer is momentarily transported, and then returns enriched.

Reception: Saturday, September 7, 2-4PM

Where: Main Library
When: Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - Monday, September 30, 2019
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View selected photos and text illustrating the history of Oakland Chinatown through the experiences of the communities inhabiting it. Photos and text are sourced from the publication “Images of America: Oakland’s Chinatown” by William Wong. This exhibit is made possible through a partnership with the Oakland Asian Cultural Center