By Sarah Han
This weekend, the Oakland Museum of California celebrates two things I love – Giant Robot and records – with two exhibitions that both open this Saturday, April 19.
"SuperAwesome: Art and Giant Robot" coincides with the 20th anniversary of alt-culture magazine Giant Robot. The publication was a formative read for many alt-culture junkies in the '90s, especially amongst Asian American kids, who were into skating, punk, comics, and underground culture. "SuperAwesome" will feature works by many of the artists who've been featured and championed by Giant Robot, including Adrian Tomine, kozyndan, David Choe, and Hamburger Eyes.
Just in time for Record Store Day, "Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records" is a "uniquely Californian take" on the joys of listening and collecting 7"s, 45s, and LPs. Visitors will learn more about California's indie record scene (from the mid-'70s to the present) and can check out notable collections from diehard record nerds. They can also listen to vinyl that spans genres, curated by collectors, DJs, record store owners, radio personalities, and others.
Record hounds take note: OMCA and DJ collective the Soul Congregation will host a record swap tomorrow night, Friday, April 18, from 7-9 p.m. Get your record-flipping fingers ready to do some serious combing!
AND... if you're itching to see both exhibits before Saturday, visitors to tomorrow's Friday Nights at OMCA will get a sneak peek at both exhibitions, along with half price admission plus lots of delicious eats from Off the Grid food trucks.
"SuperAwesome" and "Vinyl" are on view at the Oakland Museum of California through July 27.
All images via OMCA