Continuing until February 21, 2016. Yo-Yos & Half Squares: Contemporary California Quilts at the Oakland Museum. Twenty quilts from five innovative quilters whose work is in the Oakland-based Eli Leon collection. Complex, asymmetrical, unusual, and improvisational creations from Angie Tobias, Arbie Williams, Mattie Pickett, Rosie Lee Tompkins, and Sherry Byrd. Leon’s collection focuses on African-American quilters. Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St, Oakland, CA. (510) 318-8400. Open Wed-Sun.
Saturday, February 27, 2016. 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Black History Month Celebration by the African American Quilt Guild of Oakland. Anyone who wants to learn how to quilt is invited to the celebration and supplies will be provided so that you can make your own quilt. For all levels and ages. West Oakland Branch, 1801 Adeline Street, Oakland, CA. (510) 238-7352
Another series of events features the guild’s quilt show, Neighborhoods Coming Together: Quilts Around Oakland. “Members have created over 100 quilts that depict various aspects of life in Oakland.” The quilts are being shown many places in Oakland; Until Feb. 29, there will be a number on display at Oakland City Hall, third floor. The other dates and places the quilts are on display are listed on their website.
Saturday, February 27th. 10:00 A.M. New Era, New Politics is a downtown walking tour (#8) offered by the Oakland Tours Program that celebrates Black History Month; the tour will stop at Oakland City Hall to see the quilt exhibit. To make a reservation, please call (510) 238-3234 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the specific tour (#8) and date you are requesting in your message. Free.
“Stroll through downtown and discover the places where Oakland African American leaders have made their marks. Learn how Lionel Wilson, Delilah Beasley, Robert Maynard, the Dellums family, Josephine Baker, and others changed the Bay Area and California.”
Tour begins at in front of the African American Museum and Library at Oakland, 14th Street at Martin Luther King, Jr. Way.
Continuing until April 16, 2016. Brittani Sensabaugh (link here) is a woman who likes to take positive action to right some wrongs. Tired of seeing and hearing Oakland, especially East Oakland where she comes from, disparaged on so many fronts, Sensabaugh decided to challenge some people’s perceptions. She began photographing her neighbors—attempting to capture the resilience of those who have fought against what she sees as decades of governmental neglect, economic disenfranchisement, and an influx of drugs and violence.
Sensabaugh wanted to show more about East Oakland than what the stereotypes indicate. After photographing here, she expanded her work to document the complexity of similar neighborhoods, ones composed chiefly of poor blacks (that she terms “melanated,”) in Chicago, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City.
You can view Sensabaugh’s first solo show, 222 Forgotten Cities: the Power of Melanin at the Betti Ono Gallery, 1427 Broadway, Oakland, CA. (510) 473-5919. Hours: Wed-Fri. 12-5PM; Sat: 1-5PM. Click here for more views of her work.
Tuesday, February 23. 5:00pm. Pizza and a Movie: Ruby Bridges will be shown at the Melrose Branch Public Library, 4805 Foothill Boulevard, Oakland. (510) 535-5623. Celebrate Black History Month with one of the legends of the Civil Rights movement—Ruby Bridges—as we watch the film chronicling her life. Refreshments provided.
Temporary exhibit. The African American Museum and Library, 659-14th St., Oakland, is calling this year’s exhibit for Black History Month, Heroines of the Civil Right Movement. (An Oakland Public Library).
Permanent art on display: Remember Them: Champions for Humanity, a greater than life-sized sculpture by Mario Chiodo is in the Henry S. Kaiser Memorial Park, 9th St. and Rashida. Among the heroes portrayed are Martin Luther King, Jr., Gandhi, and Ruby Bridges. Link here provides a good preview of this amazing collection in downtown Oakland.