Planning for OMCA History Gallery

Short Description:

Conceptual development, design, and prototyping for the Oakland Museum of California's Gallery of California History.

Description:

Redesign and prototyping for the Oakland Museum of California's Gallery of California History.

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<p>This full-scale mock-up of a section of an explorer's ship is installed in a public space outside the museum's cafe. The label describes the prototyping process and what the final ship will contain. Color samples inform the design.</p>

Organized around the theme of "Coming to California," the new Gallery of California History focuses on the mixing of cultures, traditions, and peoples throughout history. (Drawing by Dirk Dieter)

<p>This full-scale mock-up of a section of an explorer's ship is installed in a public space outside the museum's cafe. The label describes the prototyping process and what the final ship will contain. Color samples inform the design.</p> thumbnail
<p>This full-scale mock-up of a section of an explorer's ship is installed in a public space outside the museum's cafe. The label describes the prototyping process and what the final ship will contain. Color samples inform the design.</p>

All aspects of the exhibition were designed with an iterative prototyping process that combined conceptual and structural design, fabrication, and installation. Components were built and designed at the same time. 

<p>This full-scale mock-up of a section of an explorer's ship is installed in a public space outside the museum's cafe. The label describes the prototyping process and what the final ship will contain. Color samples inform the design.</p> thumbnail
<p>This full-scale mock-up of a section of an explorer's ship is installed in a public space outside the museum's cafe. The label describes the prototyping process and what the final ship will contain. Color samples inform the design.</p>

Many of the exhibit elements and exhibit sections were mocked up in full scale, and many were formatively tested with visitors. 

<p>This full-scale mock-up of a section of an explorer's ship is installed in a public space outside the museum's cafe. The label describes the prototyping process and what the final ship will contain. Color samples inform the design.</p> thumbnail
<p>This full-scale mock-up of a section of an explorer's ship is installed in a public space outside the museum's cafe. The label describes the prototyping process and what the final ship will contain. Color samples inform the design.</p>

This full-scale mock-up of a section of an explorer's ship was installed in a public space outside the museum's cafe. The label described the prototyping process and what the final ship would eventually contain. Color samples informed the final selection.

<p>This full-scale mock-up of a section of an explorer's ship is installed in a public space outside the museum's cafe. The label describes the prototyping process and what the final ship will contain. Color samples inform the design.</p> thumbnail
Date:
2006 – 2010
Client:
  • Oakland Museum of California
Role:
Creative Director
Funders:
  • Capital Campaign
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
Footprint:
28,000 square feet
Collaborators:
Lori Fogarty, Louise Pubols , Steve Briscoe, Gordon Chun, Dirk Dieter, Drew Johnson, Courtney Cunningham, Adam Nilsen, Dorothea Crosby-Taylor