Current Exhibitions

The Avant-Garde Collection
exhibition through January 4, 2015

The Avant-Garde Collection traces the museum’s acquisitions highlights across five decades, with a specific focus on the evolving definition of avant-garde during that period.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Alien She
exhibition February 15 - May 17, 2015

Alien She is the first exhibition to examine the lasting impact of Riot Grrrl on artists and cultural producers working today. A pioneering punk feminist movement that emerged in the early 1990s, Riot Grrrl has had a pivotal influence, inspiring many around the world to pursue socially and politically progressive careers as artists, activists, authors, and educators.

Photo documentation of The Swan Tool, performance by Miranda July, 2001, photograph by David Nakamoto


Installation shot: Foreground: Ladies Sasquatch (2006-2010); Found textiles, taxidermy supplies, appliqué borg, styrofoam, wood. Recommended Reading (2010); Wallpaper of photocopied drawings. Both by Allyson Mitchell and courtesy of the artist and Katharine Mulherin Gallery, Toronto.

Fred Tomaselli: The Times
exhibition February 15 - May 17, 2015

Fred Tomaselli (b. 1956, Santa Monica, CA) has developed a body of work with psychotropic properties; creating a pathway to altering and rearranging our perceptions of reality. Over the course of a career that begins in Orange County and spans three decades, Tomaselli has transformed his daily life experiences and many obsessions—gardening, birding,  fly-fishing, recreational drugs—into mind-bending, consciousness-expanding paintings.

June 25, 2009, 2010, Gouache on printed watercolour paper, 8 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches, Courtesy of the Artist

Dieter Roth
exhibition February 15 - May 17, 2015

Swiss artist Roth (1930–1998) was internationally acclaimed as one of the most inventive figures of the late 20th century art, and OCMA is fortunate to possess a series of twenty-two small painting executed in 1976, along with two drawings and three print portfolios from the late 1970s that together, contain 26 lithographs and six serigraphs. For the first time since these mixed-media paintings were acquired by the Newport Harbor Art Museum in 1985, all of the paintings and drawings as well as a selection of the prints, will be presented in the Snyder Gallery. 

Sunset Transplanted1976, ink, acrylic paint and collage on offsetprinting on card- board on hardboard; 15-1/2 x 21-1/4 inches. Collection OCMA, Gift of Ben Wunsch

Past Exhibitions