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Containing more than 2,000 prints and 20,000 negatives, the collection highlights Northern California’s counterculture of the 1960s and '70s.
Nestor’s photographs of the Free Speech Movement at U. Berkeley are among the most familiar images of that turbulent era.
She used her camera to capture the grit and grace of everyday life in one of California’s oldest African American neighborhoods.More at OMCA Collections Online The art of Arthur and Lucia Mathews brought the spirit of the Arts and Crafts to Northern California.Inspired by the state’s natural beauty, they created fine furnishings decorated with California imagery, which they sold in their store, The Furniture Shop.More at OMCA Collections Online Supported by government programs and new picture magazines like LIFE, Dorothea Lange and other photographers of the 1930s and '40s created an indelible record of everyday life in difficult times.
The Great Depression caused many photographers to consider the camera as an instrument of social change.More at OMCA Collection Online The Oakland Museum of California has a premier collection of early and late Bay Area Figurative paintings and works on paper.Bay Area Figuration grew out of the post-World War II era when West Coast artists adapted the free use of paint in the prevailing Abstract Expressionist style of the period, and applied it to describing forms and figures.More at OMCA Collections Online The Art Department continues to acquire major photographic collections.