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Oakland Museum of California Debuts Three Pairs of Sneakers Worn by Golden State Warriors Stephen Cu

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(OAKLAND, CA) February 3, 2017—The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) presents a new display that embodies the spirit of Oakland Strong. Three pairs of sneakers worn by NBA All Star and Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry—on loan from an anonymous collector—are now on view in OMCA’s Great Hall. Two of the three custom, one-of-a-kind shoes pay respect to the victims of the Ghost Ship warehouse fire in December of 2016, raising a total of $45,201 for the Oakland Fire Relief fund established through YouCaring.com by the Oakland Athletics. The shoes were purchased through an auction on eBay.

According to a statement from the Golden State Warriors, on January 12, representatives from the Golden State Warriors, Oakland Athletics, and Oakland Raiders presented a check for $750,000 to representatives from the American Red Cross and the City of Oakland, who accepted on behalf of the victims and their families, to help assist with relief efforts from the Ghost Shop warehouse fire. One hundred percent of the donated funds are going to those directly impacted by the fire. The proceeds from the shoe auction will also be distributed to this fund to support relief efforts.

The two pairs of customized Under Armour Curry 3s include the in-game “Oakland Strong” shoes featuring the words “OAKLAND” and “STRONG” down the sides in Warriors’ blue and yellow colors, and the pregame “Ghost Ship” shoes worn on-court on December 15, 2016 including the initials of each of the victims. Both pairs are autographed by Curry.

"My goal in wearing these shoes was to not only honor the victims that lost their lives that night, but also to raise awareness for the relief efforts that are underway. Hopefully through this auction we can help further assist with those efforts,” says Curry.

In addition to the two customized pairs, a pair of Under Armour Curry 1 sneakers worn by Curry during Game 1 of the Western Conference Semi-Final Playoffs in 2015, the year the Warriors won their championship, will be on display. Visitors are encouraged to reflect on their own connection to the community and how to help make Oakland Strong.

“As a cultural hub where the community in Oakland comes together, the Museum aims to provide a space to gather together for support, healing, and solidarity,” says OMCA Director & CEO Lori Fogarty. “These shoes are a representation of the generosity within our community, as well as a way to continue to honor those who perished in the tragic fire. The Warriors’ team spirit inspires fans to feel a special connection to this community.”

Those interested in contributing to the Oakland Fire Relief fund established by the Oakland Athletics can visit warriors.com/oaklandfiredonations. For more on the display at OMCA, visit museumca.org/exhibit/oakland-strong.

UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS & PROJECTS

Over the Top: Math Bass and the Imperial Court SF
April 1–July 23, 2017

Familiar symbols, flipped and “queered” to create new shared meaning, are at the heart of this exhibition that pairs new work by a contemporary California artist with the creative practice of a local organization. In paintings, sculpture, and video, perception-bending Los Angeles-based artist Math Bass emphasizes that symbols change meaning according to context and orientation, and that the body and its costumes are meaningful symbols whether they are actually present or only suggested. For Over the Top: Math Bass and the Imperial Court SF, Bass’ compelling work is presented alongside crowns, scepters, portraits, and banners bearing the insignia of the Empresses and Emperors who have served the Imperial Court of San Francisco. These monarchs, elected annually, spearhead charitable fundraising efforts for the alternative society, whose core supporters are drag queens and other members of the LGBTQ community. Over the course of their 51-year history, the Imperial Court has created its own traditions in order to form family and new possibilities for survival. The “Over the Top” symbols activated in this exhibition will highlight acts of fantastic creative invention. Visitors will draw new connections and be both delighted and inspired in learning about practices that are playful, political, and subversive at the same time.

Of Dogs and Other People: The Art of Roy De Forest
April 29–August 20, 2017

Roy De Forest's vibrant works present playful visions that take us on a trip into alternative realities. In Spring 2017, the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) will present Of Dogs and Other People: The Art of Roy De Forest, an exhibition designed to simulate an adventurous exploration of the artist's dream-like and sometimes humorous works. Large, colorful paintings and sculptures spanning De Forest's career will provide visitors the opportunity to navigate their own journeys by exploring vistas and portals into imaginative worlds. Listening stations throughout the exhibition will let visitors drift deeper into individual works, led by an array of exhibition-related character guides ranging from dog trainers to art historians and ship captains. A hands-on space will provide a social experience and allow visitors to manipulate and engage with textured, tactile materials and shapes inspired by De Forest's artwork. There is a $4 charge for this special exhibition in addition to regular Museum admission.

Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing
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