OCMA has a rich history of showcasing modern and contemporary art for more than five decades.
Pop Art Design is the first comprehensive exhibition examining the inspirations and cross-references between art and design that continue to shape our society today. It features a large number of important works by artists including Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, Roy Lichtenstein, Ed Ruscha, and Richard Hamilton; juxtaposed with works by designers such as Charles Eames, George Nelson, Achille Castiglioni, and Ettore Sottsass; as well as extensive ephemera.
The last decade of the twentieth century marked a brief, significant moment of intense, rapid sociopolitical, economic and cultural transformation, particularly for women, a group historically marginalized and overlooked. Forms of Identity: Women Artists in the 90s includes a selection of artworks from the permanent collection created by sixteen significant women artists working in this time period whose artistic practice shifted from the political to personal.
The 2017 California-Pacific Triennial: Building As Ever is the second triennial and a key component of the museum’s recently established Pacific Initiative with a focus on Pacific Rim contemporary art.