Oakland Museum of California

Portrait of a Nation: Dorothea Lange Photo Exhibit at OMCA

Fifty years ago the Oakland Museum of California acquired the largest collection of Dorothea Lange’s photography in the world. It was donated by her husband, Paul Taylor, after Lange’s death in 1965 and contains more than 25,000 negatives and 6,000 prints.

Bruce Beasley Provides a Bright Spot for Oakland and for California

New York City or West Oakland? That was the choice facing young sculptor Bruce Beasley after his graduation from UC Berkeley in 1962. New York City was, as now, the epicenter of the art world, bursting with energy and promise, and teeming with young, aspiring artists from around the world. West Oakland, on the other hand, was an all but forgotten wasteland—impoverished, neglected, and crime-ridden. Yet, somehow, Beasley glimpsed opportunity.

“Rough as it appeared to the eye,” he said in a recent speech, “it seemed like a good place to be.”

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