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Costa Mesa, CA | Exhibition Tours – “California Biennial 2022: Pacific Gold” & “13 Women” with OCMA CEO and Director, Heidi Zuckerman

December 16, 2022 | 1:00 pm

A painting by Mary Heilman

Please join us at the newly opened Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) for tours of two exhibitions currently on view: California Biennial 2022: Pacific Gold and 13 Women, with ArtTable member and OCMA CEO & Director, Heidi Zuckerman! Stick around afterwards for a no-host lunch or snack at Outpost Kitchen at South Coast.

13 Women marks the museum’s 60th anniversary, paying homage to the thirteen women who founded the Balboa Pavilion Gallery, the earliest iteration of OCMA, which opened in 1962. On view in The Muzzy Family Special Exhibitions Pavilion, 13 Women is curated by Heidi Zuckerman and presented with multiple rotations over the course of almost a full year. The exhibition presents work from the 1960s to the present by artists central to the museum’s collection. Each rotation is centered on the work of thirteen pioneering female artists, each of whom share the visionary qualities of the museum’s founders. The thirteen women included in the first rotation, on view October 8, are Alice Aycock, Joan Brown, Lee Bul, Lucy Bull, Sarah Cain, Vija Celmins, Mary Corse, Mary Heilmann, Barbara Kruger, Cady Noland, Catherine Opie, Hilary Pecis and Agnes Pelton. The work of these pioneering artists is complemented by selected works from OCMA’s collection, including Charles Ray’s Ink Box (1986) and Self Portrait (1990), both acquired from OCMA’s presentation of Ray’s first solo museum exhibition, alongside important works by John Altoon, Chris Burden and Richard Diebenkorn. The exhibition is punctuated by a new site-specific painting by Sarah Cain in The Avenue of the Arts Gallery. Artists Include: John Altoon, Alice Aycock, John Baldessari, Joan Brown, Lee Bul, Lucy Bull, Chris Burden, Sarah Cain, Vija Celmins, Mary Corse, Richard Diebenkorn, Mary Heilmann, Barbara Kruger, Glen Ligon, Cody Noland, Catherine Opie, Hilary Pecis, Agnes Pelton, Charles Ray, and Ed Ruscha

As part of its suite of opening exhibitions, OCMA is reviving the California Biennial. Dating back to 1984, the biennial defined the spirit of the institution for decades, exemplifying the museum’s six-decade history of presenting new developments in contemporary art while identifying emerging artists on the verge of national and international acclaim. Organized by former OCMA curator Elizabeth Armstrong—who curated the California Biennial in 2002, 2004, and 2006—with Essence Harden, Visual Arts Curator at the California African American Museum, and Gilbert Vicario, Chief Curator at the Phoenix Art Museum, the exhibition features 19 artists from across the state. From the high desert to the oceanside of Bolinas and Monterey, and through the dense metropolises of Los Angeles and San Francisco, the collection of artists reflects on California and its unique place in the popular American imagination. Revisiting mythical stories and reimagining California as a changing land, the California Biennial 2022: Pacific Gold presents a set of distinctive voices, ones which question, challenge, and animate the past, while looking to the future. Artists include: Tanya Aguiñiga, Alex Anderson, Sadie Barnette, Kenturah Davis, Sharon Ellis, James Gobel, Raul Guerrero, Candice Lin, Maria Maea, Narsiso Martinez, Hector Dionicio Mendoza, Alicia McCarthy, Simphiwe Ndzube, Rashaad Newsome, Alicia Piller, Clare Rojas, Svetlana Shigroff, Laurie Steelink, and Lily Stockman.


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The Orange County Museum of Art is located on the Segerstrom Center for the Arts campus at 3333 Avenue of the Arts, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. Click here for directions from any location.

It is within walking distance from South Coast Plaza and is easily accessible by public transportation, car, and bike. Like many cultural institutions, OCMA does not own or operate a parking garage. There are multiple paid parking options near OCMA, and a list of nearby options is below:

Area Parking

All local rates and availability are subject to change without notice.

  • Tower Plaza Parking Structure - 600 Anton Boulevard
  • Irvine Parking - 3201 Avenue of the Arts
  • The MET Parking - 535 Anton Boulevard
  • Avenue of the Arts

Public Transportation

The closest bus stops to OCMA are below.

  • Anton-Avenue of the Arts (463 Southbound)
  • Anton-Park Center (57 Northbound, 463 Northbound/Southbound)
  • Anton-Sakioka (57 Northbound, 463 Southbound)
  • Sunflower-Avenue of the Arts (57 Southbound, 86 Eastbound, 150)
  • Sunflower-Stevens (86 WB, 150)
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About Heidi Zuckerman

Headshot of Heidi ZuckermanHeidi Zuckerman is a globally recognized leader in contemporary art and the first woman to build two art museums.

As CEO and Director of OCMA/The Orange County Museum of Art, she is envisioning a twenty-first-century museum. Zuckerman completed a new, ground-up project with Pritzker Architecture Prize winner Thom Mayne on time and on budget, raised more than $35 million in her first 20 months in the role, and welcomed more visitors to the museum in the first week of operations than previous annual attendance.

Zuckerman is also the former fourteen-year CEO and Director of the Aspen Art Museum, which she reimagined as a world-class institution, raised more than $130 million, and built a new, highly acclaimed museum with Shigeru Ban, the 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize winner. From 1999–2005, she was Chair of the Curatorial Department at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Previously, she was a curator at the Jewish Museum in New York.

Zuckerman has curated more than two hundred exhibitions during her extensive career, including early, important, and often first museum shows of artists who have now come to define our time. She also hosts the podcast Conversations About Art, which has over 100 episodes, and is the author of numerous books, including the Conversations with Artists book series.

Zuckerman additionally served as Chair of the YPO Art Network. She earned a BA in European History from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in Art History from Hunter College at CUNY, and a Harvard Business School Executive Education Women on Boards Certification.

Image: Mary Heilmann, Surfing on Acid, 2005. Oil on canvas. 60 x 48 inches. Museum purchase with funds provided through prior gift of Lois Outerbridge, 2005.002. Collection of the Orange County Museum of Art.

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