Current Exhibits

When: Saturday, January 4, 2020 - Saturday, February 29, 2020
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Javier Hernandez was born in 1984. Raised in East Oakland, his first encounter with art was the graffiti that covered the walls of his neighborhood. Earlier works reflected the darkness, death, and poverty of the Oakland streets in the 90s. Through art he learned to channel that trauma into what he now calls "Uncle Bobby art." 


His work reaches toward the darkest corners of the psyche and finds the spaces that have light shining through. Extracting a playful way to deal with that darkness. Through a diverse array of media, Javier has moved away from traditional methods to create an arsenal of nonsense for the senses.

When: Wednesday, January 1, 2020 - Saturday, February 29, 2020
Focaccia, Venetian Style

Lynn Aron Lazarus, a Cal grad, taught art in elementary schools outside of Chicago for 25 years. Now retired and living in Oakland, she is following her own artistic instincts. She works in watercolor, oils, and photography.

People, landscapes, cityscapes, and detail are some of the things that catch her eye. This show is made up of photographic portraits taken during some of her travels.

Join the artist for a reception on Tuesday, January 14th, 5:30-7:30 PM.


Where: Main Library
When: Friday, December 27, 2019 - Monday, March 30, 2020
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At the turn of the 20th century Oakland was the booming commercial and industrial hub of the East Bay. This was achieved largely by annexing neighboring communities. The new exhibit, mounted by the Oakland History Center staff, delves into the dramatic story of the fifth and final annexation campaign that consolidated all of the Oakland hills and most of East Oakland into the city limits.

When: Saturday, February 1, 2020 - Saturday, February 29, 2020

Examine selected books from AAMLO’s collection in the installation, African Americans and the Ballot. The library display features volumes that offer insights on blacks and the arduous struggle—from 1865 to the present day—to participate in electoral politics in the United States of America.


Where: Main Library
When: Friday, January 3, 2020 - Saturday, February 29, 2020
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Leon Kennedy has created art for more than fifty years in various media, including found materials from the streets of Oakland. He has been an artist in residence at the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum owns one of his pieces. This solo show will feature his portraits and other realia. Learn more about Leon Kennedy’s work.