Past Exhibitions

2008 California Biennial

Exhibition Through March 15, 2009

The 2008 California Biennial continued the Orange County Museum of Art’s four-decade long history of presenting new developments in contemporary art. This year’s biennial was guest-curated by Lauri Firstenberg, founder and director/curator of LAXART in Los Angeles. Firstenberg’s approach to the 2008 California Biennial was expansive—the exhibition included works by more than 50 artists and, for the first time, incorporated off-site projects with collaborating venues from Tijuana to Northern California. The 2008 California Biennial was on view at the Newport Beach and Orange Lounge galleries from October 26, 2008–March 15, 2009.

CB08 Artist Roster:

Michael Arcega 
Edgar Arceneaux 
The Backroom 
Kelly Barrie 
Justin Beal 
Walead Beshty
Andrea Bowers 
Jedediah Caesar 
Sarah Cain 
Bruce Conner
Einar and Jamex de la Torre 
Felipe Dulzaides 
Sam Durant
ESL (Esthetics as a Second Language) 
Morgan Fisher
Piero Golia 
Karl Haendel 
Mark Hagen 
Skylar Haskard
Patrick "Pato" Hebert
High Desert Test Sites 
Evan Holloway 
Margaret Honda 
Journal of Aesthetics and Protest 
Jordan Kantor 
Mary Kelly 
Tony Labat 
D'nell Larson
Elad Lassry
William Leavitt 
Matt Lucero 
Shana Lutker
Daniel Joseph Martinez 
Rodney McMillian 
Julio Cesar Morales 
My Barbarian 
Eamon Ore-Giron 
Raymond Pettibon 
Yvonne Rainer 
Marcos Ramirez ERRE
Marco Rios 
Amanda Ross-Ho
Aaron Sandnes
Anna Sew Hoy 
Jim Skuldt 
Kara Tanaka 
Joel Tauber 
Ruben Ortiz-Torres
Erika Vogt 
Mary Weatherford 
Lauren Woods 
Brenna Youngblood 

Off-site project locations included: 

The city of Culver City; LAXART, Los Angeles; Five Thirty Three Gallery, Los Angeles; Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles; Artist Jim Skuldt's Studio, Los Angeles; MacArthur Park & NOKIA LA LIVE, Los Angeles; The Standard Hotel, West Hollywood; The city of West Hollywood; Hollywood & Highland Center, Hollywood; Glendale College Art Gallery, Glendale; The Lab, Costa Mesa; UAG/ROOM Gallery, University of California, Irvine; Estación Tijuana, Tijuana, B.C., Mexico; Lui Velazquez, Tijuana, B.C., Mexico; EL CUBO at Centro Cultural de Tijuana (CECUT), Tijuana, B.C., Mexico; Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara; University Art Museum, University of California Santa Barbara; Queen's Nails Annex, San Francisco; CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco; Walter and McBean Galleries, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco; University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley; and High Desert Test Sites, Joshua Tree with works by Joel Kyack, Hannah Greely, Ry Rocklin, Patrick Jackson, Alice Konitz, Jack Pierson, Yoshua Okon, Amy and Wendy Yao's Art Swap Meet, Jonathan Hernandez, Thom Merrick, The Wonder Valley Institute for Contemporary Art, Julia Scher, Ann Magnuson, Marnie Weber and the Spirit Girls.

Daniel Joseph Martinez, Call Me Ishmael or The Fully Enlightened Earth Radiates Disaster Triumphant, 2006; United States Pavilion Cairo Biennial, Installation view, Cairo Museum of Art; Collection of the Artist; Photograph courtesy of the artist and The Project, New York

Kara Tanaka, Crushed by the Hammer of the Sun, 2008; Mechanical sculpture, silk skirt 56 x 40 x 40 in. (at rest); 92 x 84 x 84 in. (in motion); Courtesy of the artist and Simon Preston Gallery, New York

Jedediah Caesar, Helium Brick, 2008, Polystyrene, polyester resin, pigment, wood, 96 x 48 x 48 in., Private collection; Untitled, 2008; Selection of watercolors on xerograph, 11 x 17 in. each, Courtesy of the artist, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, and D’Amelio Terras, New York; Photograph courtesy of Colin Young-Wolff

Raymond Pettibon, No Title (I Thought California), 2008; Billboard; Courtesy of the artist; Regen Projects, Los Angeles; and LAXART Public Art Initiatives with ForYourArt and Art on the Outside City of West Hollywood; Billboard location: Sunset Boulevard and Olive Drive, West Hollywood; Photograph courtesy of by Daiana Feuer



Exhibition Credits

The 2008 California Biennial was organized by the Orange County Museum of Art with guest curator Lauri Firstenberg.


The 2008 California Biennial was presented by Deutsche Bank. 

Major support was provided by Michael Krichman & Carmen Cuenca.

Significant funding was provided by the Beall Family Foundation, haudenschildGarage Collaboration and Toby Devan Lewis. 

With additional support from Dr. James B. Pick & Dr. Rosalyn M. Laudati, Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Edward LeVasseur, Jr, the Peter Norton Family Foundation, Mr. & Mrs. Stephen T. Fry, Harpo Foundation and the Nimoy Foundation.

Special thanks to the Peter Norton Family Foundation on behalf of Eileen Harris Norton and Eve Steele & Peter Gelles for additional project support. 

Off-site projects were produced by LAXART Public Art Initiatives with ForYourArt in conjunction with numerous generous partners including the City of West Hollywood Art on the Outside Program, High Desert Test Sites, and the City of Culver City. Special thanks to Eugenio Lopez for additional off-site project support. 

The official media sponsors of the Orange County Museum of Art are the Orange County Register and Coast Magazine.

Additional media support provided by ForYourArt.

Artist event sponsorship provided by Muldoon’s Dublin Pub & Celtic Bar.