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Dorothea Lange

Oakland Museum reflects city's evolution

Representative of the city's transformation is the Oakland Museum of California, near Lake Merritt, which reopened in May after a $62-million renovation. The architecture and landscaping remain true to its original 1969 Midcentury Modern design: The galleries and public spaces are brighter and more open, and there is more room to showcase the museum's strong collection and new acquisitions. The first inkling I had that this museum was going to be different was a sign near the entrance that read, "Don't Lick the Paintings." You many not be able to lick them, but the museum tour is a highly participatory, hands-on experience. "An elementary school teacher must...

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