Saturday, June 7, 2014 | 8:00pm - 11:45pm

Art of Dining 2014 & After Party

This unforgettable evening began with guests gathering for a lavish cocktail reception at South Coast Plaza’s Garden Terrace with hors d’oeuvres provided by Hamamori and AnQi while honoring artist Diana Thater and the late Orange County philanthropist Gerald Buck. The evening then progressed to the Bridge of Gardens where attendees will enjoy a multi-course menu created by master chef Joachim Splichal. 

At 9:30, the doors opened for the After Party: Art After Dark--allowing a new generation to join in the party, dance into the night under the stars, and support OCMA on a different level. The dance floor indeed filled up with Art of Dining guests and the Art After Dark crowd for a diverse party that lasted until 1 am.  

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OCMA Unveiled Limited Editions at Art of Dining

For Art of Dining 2014, OCMA announced the simultaneous release of two separate limited edition sculptures by Los Angeles artists Joseph Kohnke and Nathan Mabry


Joseph Kohnke

Joseph Kohnke breathes kinetic life into inanimate objects, while evoking a nostalgic, even childlike sense of wonder regarding mechanization. Kohnke's AOD14 limited edition takes the form of an elegant tabletop maquette of a refinery or processing plant, whose smokestacks are musical recorders. When the sculpture is switched on and the refinery chugs to life, the keys on the recorders are activated, and a series of musical sounds emerge from the smokestacks.

Kohnke, a native of Monterey, CA studied at San Jose State University, and earned an MFA in Art and Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has had solo exhibitions at Chicago Cultural Center; the International Museum of Surgical Science, Chicago; and Angles Gallery, Los Angeles. In Kohnke's own words, "I try to get the properties of everyday objects to ascend to the role of being a vehicle for a type of spiritual communication."


Nathan Mabry

Nathan Mabry's work confronts art history by appropriating historically significant artworks from the past, reworking them in clay, and altering their presentation so that a Peruvian head, for example, might rest atop a Donald Judd-like Minimalist steel box. For OCMA, Mabry has transformed Constantin Brancusi's watershed Portrait of Mademoiselle Pogany by making her eyes the receptacles for burning small cakes of incense (provided by the artist), and its base designed with secret drawers to store the incense.

Mabry was born in Durango, CO and holds an MFA from UCLA. In 2013 he had a solo exhibition at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, TX; and in 2014 at the SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah, GA. Mabry's work is represented by Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles; Sean Kelly, New York; and Praz-Delavalade, Paris.


Presented By:


posthumous Honoree Gerald Buck

The late art collector and philanthropist Gerald Buck generously supported OCMA. He lent precious artworks from his vast art collection, sponsored exhibitions, and supported arts education programs. Gerald’s passing—along with the recent death of his wife, Bente—is deeply felt by all.

 Honoree Artist Diana Thater

Diana Thater (b. 1962) melds human and animal behavior with visual and technological processes. Her work speaks to a radically altered vision of nature as both open to multiple subjectivities and completely permeated and mediated by technology and culture.