OCMA has a rich history of showcasing modern and contemporary art for more than five decades.
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.
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.
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.
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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 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.
Beijing-based multimedia pioneer, Li Hui has established himself as one of the key members of the new generation of young Chinese artists, and his innovative installations are recognizable worldwide. One of his most impressive works to date, V (2009) reveals his fascination with light and its effects on the environment.
The fourth installment of The Pacific Project showcases a new video, Branches are Roots in the Sky (2016), by Shanghai/San Francisco artist Zheng Chongbin. In the video, the artist explores how we construct our knowledge of the world and its flows and changes through our perceptions of time, space, and surface.
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 is the second triennial and a key component of the museum’s recently established Pacific Initiative with a focus on Pacific Rim contemporary art.