Museum Archive


Tom Marioni

In 1970, California-based conceptual artist Tom Marioni invited 16 friends to have a drink with him at the Oakland Museum of California, the museum’s curator provided the beer, and a tradition was born. By 1973, the artist was hosting weekly salons in his studio and staging the still-ongoing participatory and […]

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Dutch artist M. C. Escher (1898–1972) is known for his striking prints that often defy the realm of possibility: stairways that never end, interlocking animals that appear as both figure and background, images that seem both flat and volumetric at once. But you might be surprised to learn that Escher was motivated by a deep […]

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John Frame

Sculptor John Frame has lived and worked in Southern California since the early 1980s. In 2006, he began conceptualizing and creating the objects, film, and photographs contained in Three Fragments of a Lost Tale. In keeping with his signature style of finely carved wooden sculpture, Frame has developed an intricately […]

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Year of the Dog

Year of the Dog deeply examines the profound human-animal bond, from a cultural obsession with our canine companions, as well as the opposing attitude of disposability and disregard for the very same creatures. Featuring six highly renowned American artists working across media and each addressing a different facet of the […]

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Alex Harris

Documentary Photographer Alex Harris began creating images of Northern New Mexico in the 1970s, exploring how the interiors and exteriors of homes and vehicles expressed people’s lives in their particular place. This exhibition features a selection of nearly three dozen photographs from Harris’ series Red White Blue and God Bless […]

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