Exhibition

Above and Below: Stories From Our Changing Bay
August 31, 2013–February 23, 2014

Above and Below: Stories From Our Changing Bay unveils the quirky stories of how people and nature together have shaped the San Francisco Bay Area over the last 6,000 years. The first major exhibition to be presented with all three of OMCA’s transformed galleries of California Art, History, and Natural Sciences open to the public, the exhibition highlights historic and contemporary place-based stories about the Bay, and engages viewers in discussions about the Bay’s future. Through an extensive use of media featuring oral histories, community voices, and interactives, the exhibition explores how human engineering and natural forces have come together over time to shape and reshape the land and water around the San Francisco Bay, and how sea-level rise, wetlands restoration, invasive species, and climate change are central topics in determining the future of the Bay.

Above and Below Events

It's all about the Bay at OMCA, with events throughout the run of the exhibition. A robust schedule of programs and events related to the exhibition Above and Below: Stories From Our Changing Bay is taking place throughout the fall, and there's something for everyone, including:

In-the-Headlines
Second & fourth Fridays
6:30–7:30 pm
In-gallery discussion during Friday Nights @ OMCA with different topics and guest speakers
Bay Brunches at the Museum
Select Saturdays and Sundays through February 23, 2014
Including a special menu with local ingredients, table service, mimosas and bloody marys, local artisanal salts, and live music
Geek Out! Lecture Series
Saturday, September 21, 2–3:30 pm
Saturday, November 16, 2–3:30 pm
Saturday, February 1, 2–3:30 pm
Explore urgent and exciting issues with guest lecturers ranging from authors to filmmakers, artists to scientists
Family Drop-in Bridge Building Workshop
Sunday, September 8, 12–3 pm
Sunday, September 22, 12–3 pm
Learn about the engineering of bridges, and build your own out of toothpicks and gumdrops
Talk at the Lafayette Library
Thursday, October 3, 6:30–7:30 pm
Join OMCA at the Lafayette Library to discuss the Museum's newest exhibition

Supporters

Above and Below: Stories From Our Changing Bay is supported by the California Department of Transportation, in partnership with the Bay Area Toll Authority and the California Transportation Commission to complete the seismic safety project on the historic San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. The exhibition and related oral histories, school curriculum, and on-line resources help satisfy mitigation obligations required to comply with state and federal environmental laws. 

The exhibition also received generous support from the Oakland Museum Women’s Board.

    CalTrans   Bay Area Toll Authority    Oakland Museum Women's Board

Media Partners:     KPIX   Oakland Tribune

Above and Below: Stories from Our Changing Bay was produced by the Oakland Museum of California in partnership with the San Francisco Estuary Institute.
 
Above and Below: Stories from Our Changing Bay is supported by the California Department of Transportation, in partnership with the Bay Area Toll Authority and the California Transportation Commission to complete the seismic safety project on the historic San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. The exhibition and related oral histories, school curriculum, and on-line resources help satisfy mitigation obligations required to comply with state and federal environmental laws.
 
The exhibition also received generous support from the Oakland Museum Women’s Board, Barclay and Sharon Simpson, and Stephen and Susan Chamberlin.
 
The Oakland Museum of California would like to thank the following individuals and organizations for their contributions to the development and production of this exhibition. 
 
San Francisco Estuary Institute
Ruth Askevold, Senior Project Manager
Jay Davis, Program Director
Robin Grossinger, Senior Scientist
Sam Safran, Environmental Analyst
Micha Salomon, GIS Analyst
Meg Sedlak, Environmental Scientist
Chuck Striplin, Associate Environmental Scientist
Rebecca Sutton, Senior Scientist
 
Developers, Designers and Fabricators 
Susan Blake, Proofreader
Defauw Design and Fabrication
Darcie Fohrman, Museum Exhibitions
Group Delphi
Tom Klump, Inktank Design
Michael Moss, Graphic Designer
SF Landmark Sign and Display
Solid Terrain Modeling
Leslie Stone Associates: Leslie Stone, Shirl Buss, Tom Whitworth, Danny Skurow
Transperfect Multimedia
Katherine Whitney, Editor
 
Commissioned Artists and Media Producers
Douglas Adesko, Photographer
Center for Land Use Interpretation: Matthew Coolidge
CyArk: Elizabeth Lee, Scott Lee
Iris Gottleib, illustrator
Donna Graves and David Washburn, filmographers
Regional Oral History Office: Martin Meeker, Sam Redman
Resident Imprints: Alexis Madrigal and Sarah Rich
Ann Thiermann, Muralist
 
Advisors
Monica V. Arellano, Vice Chairwoman, Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Area
Matthew Booker, North Carolina State University
Gray Brechin, University of California, Berkeley
Rosemary Cambra, Chairwoman, Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Area
Jon Christensen, Year of the Bay, Stanford Spatial History Project
Jay Claiborne, military historian
Matthew Coolidge, Center for Land Use Interpretation
Tim Dohery, Bay Conservation and Development Commission
Bruce Herbold, Environmental Protection Agency
Brenda Kahn, Metropolitan Transportation Commission
Alan Leventhal, San Jose State University
David Lewis, Save the Bay
David Loeb, Bay Nature
Jeremy Lowe, Enivronmental Science Associates
Marina McDougall, The Exploratorium
Malcolm Margolin, Heyday Books
Haley Pollack, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Christopher Richard, Curator Emeritus, OMCA
Christy Rocca, Crissy Field Center
Brian Rowley, CalTrans
Ariel Rubissow-Okamoto, Nature Writer
Meg Scantelbury, CalTrans
Susan Schwartzenberg, The Exploratorium
Joseph E. Taylor, Simon Fraser University
Peter Vorster, Bay Institute, Aquarium of the Bay
Bobby Winston, Bay Crossings
Chuck Wollenberg, Berkeley City College
 
Special Thanks
Bancroft Library: Susan Snyder, Lorna Kirwan
Cris Benton, Photographer
Karin Betts, Metropolitan Transportation Commission
Charles Bryant, City of Emeryville
Burrito Justice, Conceptual Artist
Bryan Cain, Atthowe Fine Arts Services
CalTrans: Lissa McKee, Noah Stewart, Amy Cook
Cargill: Jill Singleton, Pat Mapelli
Jennifer Darcangelo, CalTrans
Pete Dartnell, U.S. Geological Survey
Casey Dexter-Lee, Angel Island State Parks
Eric Fischer, Photographer
Max Fish, California Department of Fish and Wildlife
John Frawley, Bay Institute, Aquarium of the Bay
Linda Gass, quilter
Lisa Gemmiti, Gemmiti Model Art
Andrew Gittings, California State University-Stanislaus
Corinna Gould, Indian People Organizing for Change
Anthea Hartig, California Historical Society
IwamotoScott Architecture
Marnie B. Karger, Artist 
Patricia Keats, Society of California Pioneers
Douglas Keister, photographer
Michael Kellog, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Denise King, The Exploratorium
Kuth Ranieri Architects
Todd Lappin, Telstar Logistics
Carmen Leong-Minch, Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Kent Lightfoot, University of California, Berkeley
Amanda Lynn, Conservator
Kathleen McLean, Independent Exhibitions
Ileana Maestas, California State Indian Museum
George Miller, California State University, East Bay
Christine Moretta, San Francisco Public Library
Sally Morgan, Archaeologist
Eric Mruz, Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Michael Passmore, Rebar
Rick Prelinger, archivist
Jason Ranier, Earprint Productions
Rigging International
Marjorie Rhodesousley, California State University, East Bay
David Rumsey, Archivist
Paul Salop, Applied Marie Sciences
San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park: Steven Canright 
Rael San Fratello Architects
Molly Samuel, Journalist
Maria João Ferreira Santos, Stanford Spatial History Project
Claire Schoen, RISE, Climate Change and Coastal Communities
Adrien Segal, Artist
Nancy Smith, Emeryville Historical Society
Eric Sokologsky, The Exploratorium
SOM Architecture
Brian Stockle, Graphic Artist
Janice Torbet, San Francisco Public Library
Jon Voss, Historypin
Kerri Young, Historypin
 
Interviewees
Greg Bayol
Bob Bridwell
Willa Cantillon
Leora Feeney
Louise Fraser
Jack Giolittli
Ron Goldruber
Ron Grele
Anthony Khalil
Jack Lamborn
Bob McDougald
Deshawn McGilbery
Antonio Medrano
Francis Montgomery
Richard Mooradian
Evelyn Rodes
Frances Ryan
Chuck Seim
Bob Sorenson
 

 

Above and Below: A Geolocated Guide to the Bay takes the exhibition outside the museum walls, deploying narratives throughout the Bay Area, which you can access on a mobile device from the exact spot where the stories and events took place. The Geolocated Guide to the Bay builds digital layers of information that add meaning to places we otherwise pass through without notice. It can be accessed on two different mobile platforms, Field Trip and Findery.

Themes to explore in the Guide:

FOOD: The narratives in the Food section explore current and past nodes within the Bay Area food system. From early agricultural acreage on what now borders the Oakland Airport, to the once-thriving wild salmon populations of the north bay, to the first ice cream sandwich, this region has been shaped by the food we grow, import, and manufacture.
Explore on Findery | Download Field Trip to receive notifications when near each location

UNDERGROUND: Some of the most interesting aspects of Bay Area culture are hidden from view. The Underground section pulls buried and banished stories back into our awareness, from Silicon Valley toxic plumes to the Mission's lost creeks, adding subterranean layers — and digital details — to the knowledge we can gather just by looking. 
Explore on Findery | Download Field Trip to receive notifications when near each location

FROM THIS SPOT: So many books, movies, and other bits of artistic expression have been situated in the Bay. In From This Spot, each point was chosen based on a scene or image from a creative work, enabling viewers to experience a location through a literary or artistic lens. Excerpts from Tom Wolfe's A Man in Full and clips from Charlie Chaplin's The Tramp provide a new context for looking at ordinary places around the Bay.
Explore on Findery | Download Field Trip to receive notifications when near each location

Two ways to access the Guide:
Field Trip app

Field Trip is a mobile app guide to unique and hidden things around you. When you get close to something interesting, Field Trip will notify you with information and media about that exact location. Field Trip is available for iOS, Android and Google Glass.
More about Field Trip

Available for download on the App StoreDownload OMCA app for Android tablet from Google Play

Findery

Findery is a virtual map environment that provides a space to tease out local knowledge, hidden secrets, stories and information about the world around you. Locations are tagged with stories, images, comments and followers. Start exploring at: 
findery.com/OaklandMuseumCA

 
About the authors:

Resident Imprints, co-founded by Alexis C. Madrigal and Sarah C. Rich, creates digital publications designed to reveal the stories and histories embedded in public space.