African Presence in Mexico
This exhibition examines the overlooked history of African contributions to Mexican culture. In 1609 Yanga, an African leader, founded the first free African township in the Americas- almost a century after Africans first arrived in Mexico (in 1519). Africans have continued to contribute their artistic, culinary, musical, and cultural traditions to Mexican culture. The exhibition features paintings, prints, movie posters, photographs, sculpture, costumes, masks, musical instruments, and other examples of art and popular culture. The exhibition was curated by Sagrario Cruz-Carretero of the University of Veracruz and Cesáreo Morena, visual arts director at the National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago.
Squeak Carnwath: Painting Is No Ordinary Object
This survey reflects Carnwath’s groundbreaking artistry and stature as one of California’s leading contemporary artists. Karen Tsujimoto, senior curator of art at the museum, has chosen more than forty works from the past fifteen years—the period since Carnwath’s last major exhibition. As the title indicates, a painting is “no ordinary object” for the artist. Her recurring motifs reflect personal and universal themes; each meticulously applied layer of glaze carries meaning and inquiry.
Admission to the special exhibitions is $5.00*; museum members, city of Oakland employees, and children under 6 are free. *Tickets to the exhibitions will be timed and dated. The exhibitions will be open until 11pm.