OCMA has a rich history of showcasing modern and contemporary art for more than five decades.
R. Luke DuBois—Now is the first solo museum exhibition on the West Coast for New York-based DuBois, who has produced an extensive body of work ranging from musical composition and performance to large-scale public installations, film, and computer works. This exhibition focuses on a body of work in which the artist uses enormous amounts of data—from presidential acceptance speeches and online dating site profiles to the history of film and music—to create innovative experiences incorporating historical and contemporary culture.
Painter Sandow Birk (b. 1962) has developed a specialty of applying the vision and scope of history painting to the examination of issues that possess contemporary relevance. Recently, Birk has spent nine years completing his most ambitious project to date, American Qur’an. In this series, he hand-transcribes and illustrates every verse of the holy book of Islam in a manner that would emphasize how the Qur’an might be more meaningful to Western audiences.
The Orange County Museum of Art unveils a major, site-specific installation by Long Beach artist Olga Lah. Made of thousands of stacked, foam blocks, Amass and Swell will occupy the length of several large gallery walls to create a 65-foot, interactive, cavernous effect that will envelop and engage museum visitors.
Presented as the second installment of The Pacific Project art video series, the museum showcases the work of Cambodian artist Khvay Samnang. The three separate works on view examine the concerns of rapidly developing societies and the impact that growth has on the well-being of residents.