OCMA Celebrates 50th Anniversary

February 29, 2012

Fifty years ago, in October 1962, thirteen adventurist ladies opened the doors to an exciting new institution, the Pavilion Gallery. Later renamed the Newport Harbor Art Museum and subsequently, the Orange County Museum of Art, the museum was the first devoted to both modern and contemporary art in Southern California and today is one of the most ambitious, innovative, mid-size museums in the United States.

The museum has organized an exceptional 50th Anniversary year of exhibitions and special events to commemorate the museum's central role in the Southern California art world.

50th Anniversary Art Auction: 50 Years / 50 Artists
Saturday, February 11, 6 pm

Dinner and live auction with International Auctioneer Andrea Fiuczynski, president of Christie’s Los Angeles. Items for bid are major works of art by some of the most important contemporary artists in the world. For more information, go to Auction Web site.

Gala Preview Dinner for Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series
Friday, February 24, 6 pm

Open to OCMA members at Advocate and above levels
Celebrating an extraordinary artist whose first survey was at the museum in 1965.

Art of Dining 2012
Saturday, June 2, 6 pm
Montage Laguna Beach

OCMA’s annual gala benefit, celebrating 50 years of art and creativity at the museum and honoring Irving Blum, legendary Ferus Gallery cofounder. More information at Art of Dining

Gala Preview Dinner for Jack Goldstein x 10,000
Friday, June 22, 6 pm

Open to OCMA members at Advocate and above levels
The first American retrospective for one of the most important artists to emerge from California in the 1970s.

Gala Preview Dinner for OC Collects
Friday, October 5

Open to OCMA members at Advocate and above levels
Wrapping up the 50th Anniversary celebrations with an exhibition of work from the most important private modern and contemporary art collections in Orange County.

Community Celebration
Sunday, October 7, 11 am–5 pm

Celebrate 50 years of excellence with special exhibition tours, live music, refreshments, and more. All for free!

For more information, contact Darcy Schwier, event manager, at 949-759-1122 x240 or dschwier@ocma.net

To attend the Gala Preview Dinners for the 50th Anniversary exhibitions, join at the Advocate member here

Lead Sponsor of the 50th anniversary is Cartier
Art Auction 2012 conducted by Christie's