Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the California Legislative Black Caucus for Black History Month, this all new exhibit highlights California’s place at the forefront of African American political participation.
Highlights include photographs, art, artifacts and ephemera chronicling the Caucus’ notable members, activities and accomplishments, and its leadership role in the state’s civil rights history.
“Kokoro: The Story of Sacramento’s Lost Japantown” is an all new exhibit surveying the experience of local Japanese Americans in the early 20th century.
Featuring rare family photographs drawn from the personal collections of community members never before publicly displayed, the exhibit documents the memories at the heart of a once-thriving downtown community devastated first by forced removal during WWII and again by redevelopment in the 1950s.
Co-created by the Skirball Cultural Institute and Academy Museum Motion Pictures, “Light & Noir: Exiles & Émigrés in Hollywood, 1939-1950″ highlights the history of émigrés in the American film industry who fled Europe as refugees of Nazi persecution and their legacy in American cinema and culture through achievements in the film noir genre and classic films, such as “Casablanca” (1942), “Mildred Pierce” (1945) and “Sunset Boulevard” (1950).
Scheduled to open in 2017, the Unity Center at the California Museum is an all-new 4,000 square foot gallery celebrating California’s diverse people, customs and cultures.
Initiated in 1999 in response to a series of Northern California hate crimes including three synagogue fire bombings and the murder of a gay couple, the Unity Center encourages visitors to take an active stance against hate, intolerance and bullying.
The Center’s first installation, We Are All Californians: Stories of Modern Immigration, opened in 2015. Currently under development, the rest of the Center will feature interactive exhibits exploring significant chapters of California’s rich civil rights history, along with a state-of-the-art classroom. Through advocacy tools and engaging public education programming, the Center will empower visitors to exercise their rights and stand up for the rights of others, regardless of differences in beliefs, background, identity or gender.