OACC offers changing and permanent exhibits that are free to the public. Our exhibits range from traditional to contemporary Pan-Asian art and culture. Schools are welcome for guided tours and self guided tours.
For more information, please call OACC at (510) 637-0455.
Current & Upcoming Exhibitions
Concentric Mandala Project
Smaller 6' version on view February 16th. Large version returns March 1
OACC invited you, the Oakland Chinatown community, to contribute to an exciting new 14' concentric floor mandala created by artist Nancy Hom in the lobby of OACC. "Mandala" is a Sanskrit word that loosely means circle. It represents wholeness and integration. "Concentric" means to have a common center. In helping to create the mandala, a person who participated offered his or her own perspective and also became part of a larger statement. By participating in the making of this mandala, we creatively expressed ourselves individually and collectively, unified by our connection to Oakland Chinatown. Here are some of the ways people contributed to this exciting work of art:
1) Donated your multiples of items that are identical in size that represent the cultures of Oakland Chinatown to them.
2) Collected business cards from businesses in and around Oakland Chinatown, and 4"x6" postcards of events, or 4"x6" photos of Oakland Chinatown. Deliver to OACC.
3) Donated scraps of colorful paper, fabric, beads, and other small interesting ethnic items to make artwork.
4) Help fold origami cranes (6"x6" paper), Chinese junks, paper flowers, and other items that represent Oakland Chinatown's cultures.
5) Drew, collaged and/or painted impressions of Oakland Chinatown on vertical 4 1/2" x 6" cards available at OACC.
6) Told other people about this project.
Also currently on view:
- Curated by Raymond Tang
We Are America: Resistance & Resilience
An exhibit featuring highlights from a 100-year timeline about the civil rights of Filipinos and their efforts.
October 17, 2012-Continuing
Curated by Teresita Bautista.
Chinese Drawing and Painting
Works by the young students of S.Y. Liu's Chinese drawing class are showcased as an ongoing exhibit that changes every season. For more information on Mr. Liu's Chinese Drawing class held every Saturday at OACC, contact Mr. Liu at shu_yi_liu(at)yahoo.com.
San Pablo Chinatown Online Exhibit
An online exhibit showcasing the research on the original location of Oakland Chinatown on San Pablo Avenue dating back to the 1880's. This research was conducted by Anna Naruta, UC Berkeley Scholar in 2005. In a 2005 San Francisco Chronicle article, Naruta describes "Racism against the Chinese was part of the economic and social struggle that went on in a rapidly expanding America at the end of the 19th century." >>CLICK HERE TO VIEW