Past Exhibitions

2006 California Biennial

Exhibition Through December 31, 2006

The 2006 California Biennial is the latest in an important series of Biennials organized by the museum that reflect the region’s vital contributions to the art world. The artists, working in Northern and Southern California, incorporate many media and, taken together, present a vision that reflects today’s eclectic communities, cultures, and art movements. The Biennial program continues the museum’s four-decade history of presenting new developments in art and supporting artists on the verge of international recognition. The exhibition, presented at both the Newport Beach and South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa locations, is on view through December 31, 2006. 

The 2006 California Biennial showcases some of the state’s most exciting and innovative young artists. The only exhibition of its kind in California, the 2006 California Biennial includes over 125 new works by individual artists and collaboratives and presents large-scale installations, sculpture, paintings, works on paper, wall drawing, photographs, film and video art.

This Biennial features a number of new works created specifically for the exhibition including: site-specific paintings by Jane Callister and Chris Ballantyne that expand the parameters of abstraction and landscape traditions; a new video installation by Marie Jager that uses the Los Angeles cityscape as backdrop for a science fiction narrative; and new sculptural installations by Arturo Ernesto Romo and Christian Maychack that function as architectural parasites in the galleries and public spaces of the museum.

Additionally, several biennial artists are doing residency projects during the run of the exhibition. Mario Ybarra Jr. and Slanguage, a collective of writers, graphic designers, and DJs, are leading high school interns in a two-week intensive workshop that focuses on art, local history, and contemporary culture. Kate Pocrass has created a new map of Orange County, along with a telephone hot-line and tours that reveal easily overlooked but fascinating destinations in and around the county. My Barbarian—a collective of three artists Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon and Alex Segade—collaborating with other Los Angeles-based artists on a fantastical-realist performance that is a collage of pop music, improve comedy, disco-inflected choreography and social critique.

Other artists in this year’s Biennial include Andy Alexander, Christopher Ballantyne, Walead Beshty, Bull●Miletic, Jane Callister, Binh Danh, Sergio De La Torre, Shannon Ebner, Ala Ebtekar, Brian Fahlstrom, Kianga Ford, Pearl C. Hsiung, Marie Jager, Shana Lutker, Christian Maychack , Martin McMurray, Joel Morrison, Lordy Rodriguez, Arturo Ernesto Romo, Sterling Ruby, Leslie Shows, Speculative Archive, Tim Sullivan, Hank Willis Thomas, Nicolau Vergueiro, Goody-B. Wiseman, and Amir Zaki. 

A full-color exhibition catalogue accompanies the Biennial.

Image credits:
Pearl C. Hsiung, Tidal Wretch, 2005; enamel on canvas, 96 x 72 in.; courtesy of the artist and Max Wigram Gallery, London 

Tim Sullivan, At the Ocean Floor, 2005; light-jet print, 48 x 96 in.; courtesy of the artist

Exhibition Credits

The Biennial is organized by Elizabeth Armstrong, the Orange County Museum of Art’s deputy director for programs and chief curator; Karen Moss, curator of collections and director of education and public programs; and consulting curator Rita Gonzalez.


2006 California Biennial received leadership support from James B. Pick and Rosalyn M. Laudati. 

The exhibition is presented by Deutsche Bank. Significant funding is provided by Gilbert E. and Victoria LeVasseur, Charles and Twyla Martin, Louise Merage, the Nimoy Foundation, the Peter Norton Family Foundation and Barbara and Victor Klein. 

Additional support was received from Arts Orange County and Orange County Community Foundation, Theory, Phyllis and John Kleinberg, and Elliot Leonard and Roger Litz.

Media sponsorship is provided by 89.9 FM KCRW and OC Weekly.

Additional promotional support provided by Michael and Kim McCarty and Michael's Restaurant.