Thursday, October 16, 2014 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm


Phyllis Lutjeans, Karen Moss, Dan Cameron6 pm | Gallery Tour & Members’ Meet & Greet 
7 pm | Curator Conversation 

Art talk in conjunction with The Avant-Garde Collection. Curators Phyllis Lutjeans, Karen Moss, and Dan Cameron discuss the museum’s 50-year mission to acquire the most current and culturally significant art of our time. The Kala food truck will be on-site 5:30–7 pm. 

Free with museum admission.

Phyllis Lutjeans started her career in museum administration in the 1950s at the Art Institute of Chicago. As Los Angeles began to blossom into a major art mecca In the 1960s, she served as Assistant Director at the Esther-Robles Gallery on La Cienega Boulevard.  In 1968, she became gallery administrator and then curator of education and performance art at the former Newport Harbor Art Museum, now the Orange County Museum of Art, where she remained until 1982. From 1982-85, she co-owned the gallery TLK on the Noguchi Sculpture Park Plaza in Costa Mesa. Since then, she has taught courses in museum science at University of California Irvine and founded the Art Crowd, a monthly discussion group with internationally recognized art professionals. She continues to give lectures and write essays for gallery exhibitions. She is currently in the process of writing a book on seeing and experiencing contemporary art.

Karen Moss is Interim Director of Exhibitions and Galleries/Senior Faculty at Otis College of Art and Design. Overseeing exhibitions, artists’ projects and public programs, she is co-curator for Talking to Action for the Getty’s upcoming Pacific Standard Time’s Los Angeles/Latin America. As OCMA’s Curator and Deputy Director of Exhibitions and Programs she curated State of Mind: New Art from California Circa 1970 (2011) Illumination: The Paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe, Agnes Pelton, Agnes Martin and Florence Pierce (2009); Disorderly Conduct: Recent Art in Tumultuous Times (2008) Art Since the 1960s: California Experiments (2007-08) and the 2006 California Biennial, among others. Prior to OCMA, she held curatorial positions at SF Art Institute, Walker Art Center, Santa Monica Museum of Art and MOCA. Moss did her art history graduate work at U.C. Berkeley and USC, where she is faculty for the Curatorial MA program.  She has written for numerous publications and is a frequent guest lecturer at museums and universities.  

Dan Cameron came to the Orange County Museum of Art as Chief Curator in early 2012. Since that time, Cameron has been instrumental in reexamining the museum's collection and presenting significant works in unexpected ways. Prior to his work at OCMA, in 1988 Cameron was the first-ever American commissioner of the Aperto section of the Venice Biennale, and later the curator of the landmark exhibition Cocido y Crudo at the Centro Reina Sofia, Madrid, in 1994. He then spent eleven years (1995-2005) as Senior Curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, where he organized retrospective exhibitions of such renowned artists as Paul McCarthy, Carolee Schneemann, and David Wojnarowicz, along with several influential group exhibitions. Cameron served as Artistic Director of the 2003 Istanbul Biennial and the 2006 Taipei Biennial, and from 2007 to 2011 he was Founder and Artistic Director of the Prospect New Orleans biennial, as well as Director of Visual Arts at Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) of New Orleans from 2007 to 2010. Cameron has published hundreds of texts in books, catalogs and magazines on contemporary art, lectured widely at museums and universities throughout the world, and served on the graduate fine arts faculties of Columbia University, New York University, and School of Visual Arts.