The OCMA by morphosis art museum opens its doors to the public
orange county museum of art (ocma) by morphosis
On October 8, 2022, a new cultural landmark for modern and contemporary art, the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) will open in its new home on the Segerstrom Center for the Arts campus in Costa Mesa, California. New museum building, designed by Morph under the direction of Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne and lead partner Brandon Welling, provides OCMA with more exhibition galleries, dedicated educational spaces and public spaces to enrich the life of a diverse and changing community thanks to modernity. and contemporary art. For the next ten years, OCMA will offer free general admission, furthering its public mission.
the Orange County Museum of Art designed by Morphosis
all images courtesy of Mike Kelley, except where noted
well-lit exhibition spaces promote the connection between indoors and outdoors
Located at Segerstrom Arts Centerthe CMAO the design serves as a prototype for a new type of museum that focuses on open, urban, and social areas with strong connections between interior and exterior. The building by Morph welcomes visitors through sunlit atrium spaces, open galleries and an expansive sculpture terrace, engaging the urban realm with public stairways and “storefront galleries”. With the close connection between indoor and outdoor spaces, guests are encouraged to immerse themselves in the renowned climate of Southern California, where light, air and space have impacted generations of artists. .
The new museum will be able to present shows drawn from its unique collection, in addition to maintaining a program of major temporary exhibitions. The design includes a large upper plaza rooftop terrace for performances and events, an education room bathed in natural light, and adaptable gallery spaces that can accommodate temporary and permanent exhibitions spanning a variety of scales and formats. brackets.
the new design focuses on open, urban and social spaces with strong connections between indoors and outdoors
image courtesy of Jasmine Park
Visitors gather in front of a set of grand staircases that pay homage to the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The upper plaza serves as an extension of the galleries, with open-air spaces that can be used for exhibitions, programs and events. Its size is equivalent to 70% of the footprint of the building. A dynamic architectural space for performance and education, lit by a dramatic window overlooking the upper plaza and grand steps, hangs above the large, light-filled lobby atrium. In addition to connecting the museum to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, its Julia and George Argyros Plaza, and nearby performance venues, the lower stairs on the building’s exterior bend toward the entrance, creating a welcoming meeting area for walkers and visitors. .
24 hour opening celebration
On October 8, OCMA will hold its 24-hour open celebration following an October 7 dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by civic and cultural dignitaries. The general public is invited to visit the new facilities and discover the many inaugural exhibitions, in addition to participating in concerts, film screenings and artistic creation workshops. Opening exhibitions include California Biennale 2022: Pacific Gold, a study by Fred Eversley, a project about Peter Walker, a recently commissioned outdoor sculpture by Sanford Biggers, and an exhibition selected from the OCMA’s permanent collection to render tribute to the thirteen women who founded the museum 60 years ago.
“We welcome everyone to our new home”, says Heidi Zuckerman, CEO and Director of OCMA. “We believe access to art is a basic human right, and so our new building invites the many communities in Orange County and beyond to come explore and make art a part of their lives. “
“Heidi Zuckerman and the OCMA curators have put together a brilliant and far-reaching program to open our new home. These five exhibitions pay homage to our illustrious past while offering a glimpse of what people can expect from the new OCMA,’ Lucy Sun, new chair of the board.