Director's Message


That is definitely the word for the spring lineup of exhibitions, programs, and people at the Oakland Museum of California this spring. The two major exhibitions of the season—opening for our Members during special preview hours on April 18—tap into a range of experiences, from mind-expanding pop culture that jumps from the pages of Giant Robot into our galleries, to the nostalgia and musical storytelling of Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records. Expect to see, feel, listen, and enjoy, whether it’s spinning a favorite record at one of the listening stations in Vinyl or playing a video game in a custom car created by Giant Robot’s founder, Eric Nakamura. These are exhibitions that everyone will find SuperAwesome!

This year, the Museum will be looking to the future with our biennial benefit gala, OMCA NEXT, featuring the legendary Billy Beane as honorary chair. Through this partnership, we’ve had a chance to learn much more about the commitment to the community long demonstrated by the Oakland A’s. 

Finally, I am so personally pleased to be able to introduce you to some new additions to the OMCA team. We have two new curators who have joined us, Suzanne Fischer and Christina Linden, and they are already making their mark in our galleries and exhibition projects. And we are truly fortunate, too, that a visionary in museum interpretation and visitor experience—Kelly McKinley—has joined our staff as the director of OMCA’s curatorial team. The program lineup to accompany our exhibitions is also at its most awesome this season, infusing Friday Nights @ OMCA with events and in-gallery programming that are sure to inspire. I hope to see many of you for the opening weekend of festivities for SuperAwesome and Vinyl—or gold panning in the gardens in May! 

Lori Fogarty
Director & CEO