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PRINT December 1964

The New Oakland Museum’s Policies

IN THE NEW OAKLAND MUSEUM BUILDING, which will house the Oakland Art Museum, Natural Science Museum, History Museum and other related facilities, the Oakland Art Museum will attempt to realize much of the new sense of rediscovery in older American art and to relate it to the current explorations in contemporary American art.

Specifically, in its permanent collection, the museum will present the art of California from the earliest European contacts to the present day. The early dedication of the art museum to such a goal, which began in 1954 with the organization of our Archives of California art, has been adopted by the other two museums, which will also present California material in their fields.

While the revival of interest in earlier American art has finally begun to be reflected in museums—on the Coast, most notably in the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, whose new director, Thomas Leavitt,

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