Assignment Four - The Oakland Museum

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KRON-TV Assignment Four documentary film from 1970 about how the newly established Oakland Museum is trying to use new displays and programs which reflect Oakland's changing communities. The following are shown discussing their work and the museum's goals: Bruce Blake (Executive Director of the Oakland Museum Association); George Neubert (Curator of Art); Ben Hazard (Curator Special Exhibits & Education); Tom Frye (Curator of History), seen in the field near Nevada City, CA looking at old gold mining equipment; Fred Loeser (volunteer), seen restoring an old street lamp and others working on exhibits or leading museum tours. Also includes scenes of the public walking around the museum and views of a Mexican American festival held in the museum grounds. Blake introduces the building by stating that: "The Oakland Museum cost the citizens of Oakland $6.6 million. What they received for that investment is ... an oasis, a green oasis in the middle of the community. A place for people to share and to enjoy. When the visitors wander through the galleries on the three levels, they will discover new and exciting display concepts. Exhibits of ideas; not just objects." At the end, Hazard reflects that: "A museum ... is more than just a gallery showing an exhibit ... it makes people feel it's their museum." This film was written, produced and directed by Dick Riley.

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Recording medium
16mm color, optical sound film
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Young Broadcasting of San Francisco, Inc.
Type of material
documentary film
KRON 489

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