one block from Lake Merritt BART


Friday, June 2, 5–9 p.m. Blues Night!

Oakland is home to the blues. Celebrate Black Music Month at First Fridays After Five with Danilo and his Latin Jazz Blues Quintet. Music and cash bar until 9 p.m. The museum café serves until 8 p.m. Arthur Monroe, Art Department Registrar, will give a special tour of African American artists’ work in the Art Gallery. All galleries are open late. Cosponsored by the museum’s African American Advisory Council. Included with museum admission.

The Art of Seeing: Nature Revealed Through IllustrationEdit

Through June 4, 2006

A visual celebration of California’s biological diversity and unique environment. The triennial juried exhibition showcases a variety of media, including pen and ink, gouache, oil, watercolor, pastels, and sculpture. The exhibition also presents artists’ reference materials, tools, and field sketches. Visitors can try their hand at drawing specimens on display from the Natural Sciences collection.


Sunday, June 11, 1 p.m. Tour of the Building and Gardens

The museum’s Council on Architecture brings its expertise to monthly tours of the building, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Kevin Roche, and the grounds designed by renowned landscape architect Dan Kiley. Meet at the koi pond on the first level. Second Sundays are free.

Edward Weston: Masterworks from the CollectionEdit

Through June 11, 2006

The exhibition highlights 58 photographs by Weston from the museum’s remarkable collection. Included are portraits, landscapes, nudes, and still lifes, as well as a small selection of portraits of Weston by other noted photographers and memorabilia that place the pictures in historical context.


Sunday, June 11, 2–4 p.m. Disaster Then and Now: Ready or Not?

Novelist James Dalessandro (1906) and journalist Carl Nolte (The San Francisco Century) disagree. A screening of Dalessandro’s documentary The Damnedest, Finest Ruins closes the program. A reception and book signing follow. Second Sundays are free.


Sunday, June 11, 1–4 p.m.

Sale of art books, catalogs, art journals, and magazines—duplicates from the museum’s art library and donations from private collections. Proceeds benefit the Art Library. Second Sundays are free.

Oakland to the RescueEdit

Through December 31, 2006

At the turn of the century, Oakland was California’s third largest city, with a population of 67,000. When the 1906 earthquake struck, Oakland suffered considerable damage, but it avoided the devastating fires that crippled San Francisco. Oakland’s residents responded quickly to the disaster and welcomed almost 200,000 San Franciscans who sought refuge. Oakland’s Chinatown boomed during the influx. Overnight, Oakland, with its port and railroad lines, banks, and communication lines, became the base for the relief effort. Companion exhibition to Aftershock!