Current Exhibitions

marilyn minter: pretty/dirty
exhibition through July 10, 2016

For over three decades Marilyn Minter has produced lush paintings, photographs, and videos that vividly manifest our culture’s complex and contradictory emotions around the feminine body and beauty. From the oversized paintings of makeup-laden lips and eyes to soiled designer shoes, Minter’s work brings into sharp, critical focus the power of desire. As an artist Minter has always made seductive visual statements that demand our attention while never shirking her equally crucial roles as provocateur, critic, and humorist. 

We Were Here: Absence of the Figure
exhibition through July 10, 2016

Highlighting works from the Orange County Museum of Art’s permanent collection, with a focus on recent acquisitions, We Were Here explores the persistence of the human presence in place and time through contemporary interpretations of landscape, object, and environment.

The Pacific Project: Yuki Kihara
exhibition through July 10, 2016

For the third installment of The Pacific Project video art series, OCMA is showcasing the work of New Zealand video artist Yuki Kihara in a U.S. debut of her recent work. Yuki Kihara is a leading Samoan-born interdisciplinary artist currently based in Apia, Samoa; Auckland, New Zealand; and Sydney, Australia.


Upcoming Exhibitions

American Mosaic: Picturing Modern Art through the Eye of Duncan Phillips
exhibition August 6 - December 4, 2016

Presented by VISIONARIES

This exhibition presents a thematic journey that reveals the breadth of America's modernist vision, beginning with the great American art heroes of the late 19th century, whose work set the course for modern art in the United States, and concluding with the Abstract Expressionists, whose new visual language turned American art into a global force.

Brian Bress: Make Your Own Friends
exhibition August 6 - December 4, 2016


Brian Bress: Make Your Own Friends offers an in-depth look at the last ten years of Bress’s practice. Bringing together his video, sculpture and works on paper for the first time, the exhibition is the most significant presentation of the L.A. artist’s work to date. Bress is known for the fictional characters he creates, inspired by 1980s children’s programming, exotic world cultures and historical art movements. Born as doodles or collages, these imaginative figures take shape as sculptural costumes and come to life on video, performed in front of elaborately composed backdrops.


Pop Art Design
exhibition January 7 - April 2, 2017

Pop Art Design is the first comprehensive exhibition examining the inspirations and cross-references between art and design that continue to shape our society today. It features a large number of important works by artists including Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, Roy Lichtenstein, Ed Ruscha, and Richard Hamilton; juxtaposed with works by designers such as Charles Eames, George Nelson, Achille Castiglioni, and Ettore Sottsass; as well as extensive ephemera. 

Past Exhibitions