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OMCA Explores Groundbreaking Magazine and Art of Record Collecting

This Saturday, two new exhibitions are coming to the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA). One is in commemoration of a magazine’s anniversary, and another celebrates a cultural phenomenon that has been around for years.

First up is SuperAwesome: Art and Giant Robot. This exhibition celebrates the 20th anniversary of the alternative art and culture magazine Giant Robot, influential for bringing Asian, trans-Pacific popular culture into America’s mainstream audience. It features new or recent works from fifteen contemporary artists, who have played a part in the magazine’s social and cultural evolution, and who either hails from California or internationally, including Sean Chao, David Choe, and Ako Castuera.

The Giant Robot exhibition will also feature magazines, ephemera, vinyl toys, custom vending machines, and the original Giant Robot Scion inspired by Nintendo’s Famicom gaming console. Samples of this exhibition can be seen on OMCA’s website at museumca.org, and includes various magazine covers, and the very colorful artwork Ode to California by the artist Kozyndan.

The next exhibition opening this Saturday is Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records. This is the exploration of the social and cultural phenomenon of listening, collecting, and sharing records, and will coincide with Record Store Day, an annual event celebrating the cultural contributions of independent record retailers worldwide.

In this exhibition, visitors will be able to partake in a variety of activities including viewing notable record collections, listening to video and audio interviews from collectors, and explore the history of album cover art, There will also be a few images of record collectors in their homes, and their massive stacks of records.

Both exhibitions are on view until July 27th.