OCMA has a rich history of showcasing modern and contemporary art for more than five decades.
The last decade of the twentieth century marked a brief, significant moment of intense, rapid sociopolitical, economic and cultural transformation, particularly for women, a group historically marginalized and overlooked. Forms of Identity: Women Artists in the 90s includes a selection of artworks from the permanent collection created by sixteen significant women artists working in this time period whose artistic practice shifted from the political to personal.
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.
The 2017 California-Pacific Triennial: Building As Ever is the second triennial and a key component of the museum’s recently established Pacific Initiative with a focus on Pacific Rim contemporary art.