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The Orange County Museum of Art enriches lives through modern and contemporary art.

A reminder for families—exhibiting artists Daniel Duford and Tracy Schlapp handmade a new family guide for OCMA! Pick on...
02/01/2020

A reminder for families—exhibiting artists Daniel Duford and Tracy Schlapp handmade a new family guide for OCMA! Pick one up next time you are here, and explore the museum with your kids in a whole new way.

The synthetic hair and plastic beads in Kori Newkirk's "Hutch" bring to mind African-American hairstyles as well as bead...
01/29/2020

The synthetic hair and plastic beads in Kori Newkirk's "Hutch" bring to mind African-American hairstyles as well as beaded room dividers from the 1970s. A deserted playground speaks to the tension within African-American communities in finding safety in one’s own home or neighborhood, and questions a concept of "home" that vacillates between comfort and estrangement.

Now on view in "An Earth Song, A Body Song."

Start ‘em young—a reminder that it’s never too early to appreciate art.
01/27/2020

Start ‘em young—a reminder that it’s never too early to appreciate art.

01/23/2020
SoCal Museums Free Museum Day

This Saturday, over 40 museums will open their doors and invite visitors to attend free of charge! Admission to OCMA is always free, but we are happy to join other museums in opening our doors to everyone on this special day.

Save the date—cultural critic Kyle Chayka joins us and AIGA Orange County on February 20 to discuss his new book on mini...
01/21/2020
‘The Longing for Less’ Gets at the Big Appeal of Minimalism

Save the date—cultural critic Kyle Chayka joins us and AIGA Orange County on February 20 to discuss his new book on minimalism.

Read The New York Times Books review:

Kyle Chayka’s book delves into art, architecture, music and philosophy to learn why the idea of “less is more” keeps resurfacing.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” —Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.OCMA collection highlight: Lawrence S...
01/20/2020

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” —Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

OCMA collection highlight: Lawrence Schiller, “Martin Luther King, Jr.” from the series “the '60s,” 1965. Chromogenic print. Gift of James and Heather Carona.

"It’s really about locating the stories that are listed in the land, and the land itself is speaking those stories. It’s...
01/16/2020

"It’s really about locating the stories that are listed in the land, and the land itself is speaking those stories. It’s about being able to tell a much more longer story of history." —Daniel Duford on his current exhibition "Underworld Stories Told in Tree Time"

Including our new exhibition, "An Earth Song, A Body Song." See what else there is to see at museums this week in the Lo...
01/14/2020
Museums in L.A. this week: 'Raphael 2020' at the Norton Simon and more

Including our new exhibition, "An Earth Song, A Body Song." See what else there is to see at museums this week in the Los Angeles Times:

Museum shows in L.A. for Jan. 12-19 include "Raphael 2020" at Pasadena's Norton Simon Museum plus a Rodin exhibit at Pepperdine University in Malibu

Now on view, “An Earth Song, A Body Song: Figures with Landscape from OCMA’s Permanent Collection” considers the landsca...
01/12/2020

Now on view, “An Earth Song, A Body Song: Figures with Landscape from OCMA’s Permanent Collection” considers the landscape as inhabited, worked, and experienced through the viewpoints of marginalized people.

Carlos Almaraz, “Moonlight Bride,” 1982. Oil on canvas. Gift of Laura-Lee and Robert Woods.

Announcing OCMA Modernists, a new membership group geared toward young professionals interested in exploring art and cul...
01/09/2020

Announcing OCMA Modernists, a new membership group geared toward young professionals interested in exploring art and culture. Through exclusive monthly events, Modernists will introduce you to the most compelling creatives who are shaping art, food, fashion, and culture, both here and abroad.

Details: ocmaexpand.org/modernists

"The term ‘landscape’ has been used as a window to separate the human viewer from that ecosystem. What I want to do with...
01/07/2020
Ghosts in the water: Carolina Caycedo's river portraits and video apparitions tell difficult stories

"The term ‘landscape’ has been used as a window to separate the human viewer from that ecosystem. What I want to do with the water portrait is note that we are not outside of that."

Check out a profile on Carolina Caycedo—whose work is on view at OCMA through March 22—in today's Los Angeles Times:

At the Orange County Museum of Art, L.A. artist Carolina Caycedo fills galleries with water images. At the Huntington Library, her video apparitions haunt the halls. And recently at the Chicago Architecture Biennial, Caycedo explored the destructive nature of dams.

"I’m grateful to be influential around the world. People look at what I do. I can’t ask for more than that."We are deepl...
01/06/2020
John Baldessari, internationally acclaimed conceptual artist, has died

"I’m grateful to be influential around the world. People look at what I do. I can’t ask for more than that."

We are deeply saddened to hear this news.

John Baldessari, a gentle giant of Conceptual art whose irreverent questions about the nature of art brought him international acclaim and helped to shape the work of a generation of younger artists, has died.

"I don't think the sense of just observing and being passive is ok for any of these artists anymore. There's really this...
01/02/2020
OC Museum of Art Spotlights Artists and the Environment

"I don't think the sense of just observing and being passive is ok for any of these artists anymore. There's really this sense that we not only need to create awareness, but we also need to create a kind of critical understanding of the crisis of the time that we're living in." —OCMA curator Cassandra Coblentz

"Awareness is at least somewhere to start.”

Getting ready for that ball to drop... We’ll see you in the next decade! Happy New Year from all of us at OCMA.Collectio...
12/31/2019

Getting ready for that ball to drop... We’ll see you in the next decade! Happy New Year from all of us at OCMA.

Collection highlight: Sean Duffy, “The Void,” 2009. Fans, clip lamp, and engine hoist. 93 x 33 x 64 inches. Collection Orange County Museum of Art; Museum purchase with funds provided through prior gift of Lois Outerbridge.

Happy holidays from all of us at OCMA! A reminder that the museum is closed this Thursday (12/26) but open the rest of t...
12/23/2019

Happy holidays from all of us at OCMA! A reminder that the museum is closed this Thursday (12/26) but open the rest of the holiday season, Thursdays-Sundays.

Collection highlight: Aaron Siskind, “Xmas Card to Betty,” 1953. Gelatin silver print. 11-1/4 x 8-1/2 inches. Collection Orange County Museum of Art; Gift of the Betty Parsons Foundation.

Give the gift of wonder this holiday season. Have friends and family in town for the holidays? Bring them to OCMA! We're...
12/20/2019

Give the gift of wonder this holiday season.

Have friends and family in town for the holidays? Bring them to OCMA! We're closed on 12/26 but open the rest of the holiday season, Thursdays-Sundays.

Did you know that as many as 200 different insect pheromones are available for farmers to lure, trap, and detect pests t...
12/17/2019

Did you know that as many as 200 different insect pheromones are available for farmers to lure, trap, and detect pests that might potentially destroy their crops? Each of these 100 yellow photographs has been coated with a different fly pheromone as an example of human intervention in nature. Traps are usually yellow because insects are attracted to this color.

Now on view: Robert Zhao Renhui, “Photographs for Insects,” 2019

It’s the final weekend to see “Closer Look: Intimate-Scale Sculpture from the Permanent Collection.” The artworks in thi...
12/12/2019

It’s the final weekend to see “Closer Look: Intimate-Scale Sculpture from the Permanent Collection.” The artworks in this exhibition were selected for their innovative materials, playfulness in scale and function, and historic importance.

Ken Price, “Core,” 1998. Acrylic on fired ceramic. Museum purchase with funds provided through prior gift of Avco Financial Services and Lois Outerbridge.

Attention families—exhibiting artists Daniel Duford and Tracy Schlapp handmade a new family guide for OCMA! Pick one up ...
12/11/2019

Attention families—exhibiting artists Daniel Duford and Tracy Schlapp handmade a new family guide for OCMA! Pick one up next time you are here, and explore the museum in a whole new way. We’re distributing it with a professional drawing pencil that kids can use in the galleries or for sketching at home.

"Quietly ravishing, brilliantly installed... Let the magic begin."One of Celmins's works from our collection is on view ...
12/10/2019
Deep Looking, With Vija Celmins

"Quietly ravishing, brilliantly installed... Let the magic begin."

One of Celmins's works from our collection is on view in the Met Breuer's "Vija Celmins: To Fix the Image in Memory" through January 12. Go see it if you are in New York!

A ravishing retrospective of art, both intimate and cosmic, is at the Met Breuer. Bring your nose close. Let it slow you down.

Over the course of Carolina Caycedo's new film, incomplete and divided human forms attempt to unite as a collective body...
12/04/2019

Over the course of Carolina Caycedo's new film, incomplete and divided human forms attempt to unite as a collective body. Eventually, a cohesive entity is revealed, suggesting that if we dismantle the systems of power that divide bodies of water, we might become a whole society again.

“Thanks For Hosting Us. We Are Healing Our Broken Bodies. Gracias por hospedarnos. Estamos sanando nuestros cuerpos rotos.” is now on view. Photo: Bobby Gordon

How many of these have you seen in person?
12/03/2019
The Most Important Artworks of the 2010s

How many of these have you seen in person?

The editors of ARTnews pick the defining artworks of the past 10 years, from Christian Marclay to Kara Walker.

You can experience Yang Yongliang’s “Eternal Landscape” by wearing a virtual reality headset. Inspired by ancient Chines...
12/02/2019

You can experience Yang Yongliang’s “Eternal Landscape” by wearing a virtual reality headset. Inspired by ancient Chinese landscape paintings meant to encourage the viewer to embark on imagined journeys, Yang uses technology to provide an immersive experience, allowing viewers to “enter” the painting’s virtual landscape.

Now on view through March 15, 2020.

Your appliances may be feeling overworked today, but we hope you’re not. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at OCMA! We a...
11/28/2019

Your appliances may be feeling overworked today, but we hope you’re not. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at OCMA! We are so thankful for our physical and virtual visitors each and every day. A reminder that the museum is closed today, but we will be open as usual the rest of the weekend—so bring the whole family for a day full of art!

OCMA collection highlight: Rodney McMillian, “Untitled (refrigerator),” 2009

What would Thanksgiving dinner look like if Keith Haring cooked it? Salvador Dalí? Kara Walker?
11/27/2019
Thanksgiving Dinner Plated by Famous Artists - artnet News

What would Thanksgiving dinner look like if Keith Haring cooked it? Salvador Dalí? Kara Walker?

Hannah Rothstein celebrates Thanksgiving with her amazing series of holiday meals plated in the style of famous artists, from Hirst to Haring.

In 2008, Mulyana created his alter ego, the Mogus (Octopus Monster), to exist in a reality in which his imagination had ...
11/26/2019

In 2008, Mulyana created his alter ego, the Mogus (Octopus Monster), to exist in a reality in which his imagination had no limits and he could process the loneliness, loss, and bullying he experienced as a boy. This installation is now on view.

We're proud to be included on this list!
11/24/2019
25 free art museums in and around L.A.

We're proud to be included on this list!

L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Arts starts free admission Jan. 11. Here are 24 more museums that charge nothing on certain days -- or all the time.

Although now too fragile, Judy Chicago’s “Untitled (gameboard)” was originally designed as an interactive sculpture. Vie...
11/21/2019

Although now too fragile, Judy Chicago’s “Untitled (gameboard)” was originally designed as an interactive sculpture. Viewers were invited to rearrange the pieces, resulting in the work’s appearance to be in a state of constant flux.

This work is on view as part of “Closer Look: Intimate-Scale Sculpture from the Permanent Collection,” open through December 15.

Now on view, a new video documents a performance in which dancers used Carolina Caycedo’s Water Portraits to initiate a ...
11/18/2019

Now on view, a new video documents a performance in which dancers used Carolina Caycedo’s Water Portraits to initiate a healing relationship with the unceded Tongva and Acjachemen territories, known by many as Orange County. Filmed in the San Gabriel and Wanaawna (Santa Ana) rivers, the work honors both human and natural indigenous hosts who, despite being submitted to colonization and extraction, have continued to sustain us.

The Resistance is Necessary series by Daniel Duford and Tracy Schlapp represents our current relationship to nature. The...
11/15/2019

The Resistance is Necessary series by Daniel Duford and Tracy Schlapp represents our current relationship to nature. The hand-painted imagery is taken directly from contemporary photographs, like this meeting between Greta Thunberg and Jane Goodall at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland earlier this year.

Ximena Garrido-Lecca’s “Fields of Polarity” is inspired by an Andean myth in which Illapa, the Inca god of lightning and...
11/13/2019

Ximena Garrido-Lecca’s “Fields of Polarity” is inspired by an Andean myth in which Illapa, the Inca god of lightning and thunder, kept rain in ceramic jars in the Milky Way. Illapa would strike the vessels with his lightning rod to break them and make it rain on earth.

Now on view at OCMA.

Did you know several OCMA collection artists were veterans, including Sol LeWitt, John McCracken, Richard Diebenkorn, an...
11/11/2019

Did you know several OCMA collection artists were veterans, including Sol LeWitt, John McCracken, Richard Diebenkorn, and Sam Francis?

Sol LeWitt, “Incomplete Open Cube (8-18),” 1984; Architectural aluminum tubing with silicone paint; 42 x 42 x 42 inches; Gift of Louise and Richard Newquist.

That Friday feeling 🤩
11/08/2019

That Friday feeling 🤩

"Bodies of water are not simple, natural resources for humans to exploit, but actually are social subjects with politica...
11/07/2019
Emerging artists address climate change - Daily Titan

"Bodies of water are not simple, natural resources for humans to exploit, but actually are social subjects with political agency and have been victimized by different kinds of violences against nature. It has to be repaired, and it has to be compensated." —Carolina Caycedo

The Orange County Museum of Art brings awareness to climate issues with new exhibitions on display in their temporary space.

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The Irvine Fine Arts Center announces the opening of its latest exhibition, All Media 2018, an annual show featuring the work of Southern California artists.
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