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Oakland Museum of California (Oakland, CA 94607-4820)
Rene De Guzman (Project Director: August 2013 to November 2014)
Louise Pubols (Project Director: November 2014 to present)

Pacific Worlds

Planning for a traveling exhibition to present California's place in the late 19th- and early 20th-century Pacific world, and to reflect on museum collection and exhibition practices.

"Pacific Worlds" is a temporary exhibition of approximately 12,000 square feet being planned for Spring 2015 at the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA). "Pacific Worlds" will explore California as the eastern edge of an oceanic continent centered in the Pacific. The exhibition will propose the idea of the Pacific as a distinct, coherent oceanic region; examine the history of the West's interactions with Pacific aboriginal communities; and explore the historical role collectors, museums, and exhibitions have played in defining the identities of Western and non-Western people in the Pacific. Legacy collections highlighted in this exhibition have not been exhibited in over 100 years. OMCA will engage and partner with leading scholars in the United States, museums in the Pacific, and local Bay Area Pacific Islanders on the Pacific Worlds project.

Project fields:
American Studies

America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Planning Grants

Public Programs

Total amounts:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2014 – 3/31/2015