Coming to California: The OMCA Gallery of California History

Short Description:

The Gallery of California History at the Oakland Museum of California focuses on the mixing of peoples, cultures, and ideas—beginning in the 1500s and continuing through present day.

Description:

 The new Gallery of California History, organized around the theme of "Coming to California," employs an experimental design approach to the consideration of California history. 

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Conceived as overlapping dialogues, and designed to continually change over time, the gallery is more like a themed public space than a "permanent exhibition."

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Organized chronologically, the gallery begins at a time "Before the Other People Came," with an installation co-designed by the museum and Native Californians from across the state.

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In "Cultures Meet," a darkened room with pin-spotted objects and voices of Native Californians and Spanish explorers immerses people in a space of timeless memory and encounter.

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Date:
2006 – 2011
Client:
  • Oakland Museum of California
Role:
Creative Director
Funders:
  • Capital Campaign
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
Budget:
$6000000
Footprint:
28,000 square feet
Collaborators:
Lori Fogarty, Louise Pubols , Steve Briscoe, Dirk Dieter, Gordon Chun, Drew Johnson, Courtney Cunningham, Adam Nilsen, Dorothea Crosby-Taylor, Lisa Silberstein, Christine Lashaw, Dave Gottwald, Auburn Lahoski, Moises Olivares, Wesley Webb