Joanne Leonard, Nestor’s close friend, has donated an archive of 2,000 negatives and 500 prints documenting her West Oakland neighborhood in the 1960s.She used her camera to capture the grit and grace of everyday life in one of California’s oldest African American neighborhoods.The collection features over 70,000 works from the early 1800s to the present that are by California artists and that represent significant subject matter of the region.Featuring works of all disciplines, the collection includes painting, sculpture, photography, craft and decorative arts, conceptual work, and new media, as well as documentary materials such as artists' tools, maquettes, sketchbooks, scrapbooks, and other ephemera.OMCA holds more than 500 paintings, drawings, frames, furniture, and other decorative art produced by Arthur and Lucia Mathews in the early years of the 20th century.In addition, the Museum is also home to the Mathews's archive, a collection of sketches, notes, cartoons, and other memorabilia.
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The collection includes early Bay Area Figurative painters, such as David Park, Elmer Bischoff, and Richard Diebenkorn, as well as later practitioners such as Joan Brown, Manuel Neri, and Nathan Oliveira.TAKING AN INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACH Enjoy the mash-ups: People don’t live in silos, and neither should museums.Art, history, and science are deeply intertwined, and OMCA’S galleries embody these interrelationships.Expect the unexpected: With four regularly changing exhibition spaces, the Gallery offers dynamic experiences that evolve with your input.
Get engaged: Touch materials, write in journals, and draw your self-portrait.
More at OMCA Collections Online The art of Arthur and Lucia Mathews brought the spirit of the Arts and Crafts to Northern California.