Past Exhibitions

Misappropriations: New Acquisitions

Exhibition Through May 24, 2015

This single gallery exhibition includes approximately two dozen contemporary artworks that share two common characteristics: they have been recently added to OCMA’s permanent collection in the past two years, and all engage with the intertwined themes of topical subject matter, media awareness, and the repurposing of everyday experiences posed by the concurrent exhibitions, Alien She and Fred Tomaselli: The Times. In the most literal sense, the artists in these three exhibitions are each other’s contemporaries; in many cases they are affiliated colleagues living in the same cities, and in some instances, friends.

While the term misappropriation is defined as the misuse of funds or research data, it is applied here as a play on words that slyly references the artistic technique of appropriation, which has spread from being a conceptual tactic for artists in the 1980s—who in turn were adapting principles developed in the 1960s by artists as diverse as Robert Heinecken, (Elaine) Sturtevant and Andy Warhol—to being a near universal artistic language centered on the borrowing, adapting, mixing and fragmenting of already existing streams of visual and textual material. In our fast-moving age of morphing information and media technology, many artists today are less focused on inventing new imagery than in exploring and exposing systems and patterns of meaning that they have individually pieced together from the continuous onslaught of digital data and moving images.

Abetz/Drescher, Ricci Albenda, Edgar Arceneaux, Libby Black, Mari Eastman, Ala Ebtekar, Asad Faulwell, Jim Lambie, Rodney McMillian, Jason Middlebrook, Kristen Morgin, Cady Noland, David Rathman, David Scher, Ed Templeton, Jeffrey Vallance, and Millie Wilson


Asad Faulwell, Les Femmes D’Alger #37, 2014, Acrylic and paper on canvas, 48 x 36 inches, Image courtesy of Kravets|Wehby

Ala Ebtekar, Absent Arrival (square 9) from the series The Absent Arrivals, 2014, Acrylic and graphite on embossed paper, 16 x 16 inches, Image courtesy of Charlie James Gallery

Rodney McMillian, Untitled (refrigerator), 2009, Refrigerator, 64" x 29" x 25”, Image courtesy of Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Photo: John Kennard

Edgar Arceneaux, Blind Pig #1, 2010, Acrylic, graphite on paper, 59" x 57 1/2" paper size (150 cm H x 146 cm W), Image courtesy of the artist and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Photo: Gene Ogami

Exhibition Credits

Misappropriations: New Acquisitions is organized by the Orange County Museum of Art and curated by OCMA Chief Curator Dan Cameron.