Rendering of the Orange County Museum of Art’s new home. Image: Morphosis Architects.

California’s Orange County Museum of Art Launches Temporary Space

The Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) in Santa Ana, California, plans to open a new temporary space, dubbed OCMAEXPAND-SANTA ANA, in South Coast Plaza Village on November 3. The museum will occupy the former retail space while it continues to build its new home a few blocks away at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The new Thom Mayne–designed institution is slated to open in 2021.

“As we build our new home at Segerstrom Center, we have a unique opportunity to broaden our programs and our reach,” Todd D. Smith, the museum’s director and CEO, said in a statement. “OCMAEXPAND is a guiding principle, an umbrella term, for the museum during the transition. The term is not only descriptive of what we are doing in building our new home, but it also serves as a call to action for the organization. It’s meant to push us to think differently and more creatively about how we engage audiences today and into the future.”

OCMAEXPAND-SANTA ANA will feature five programming seasons that are approximately six months in duration each. These seasons will begin in October and continue through March 2021. Its inaugural season will feature exhibitions of work by six artists—Kathryn Garcia, Ni Youyu, Valentina Jager, Mariángeles Soto-Díaz, Alan Nakagawa, and Rodrigo Valenzuela—and will run through March 17, 2019. 

“Our goal is to create a dynamic space for artistic innovation, experimentation, and dialogue,” said Cassandra Coblentz, senior curator and director of public engagement at OCMA. “Each distinct artist project will explore timely topics and socio-cultural themes reflecting on the diverse perspectives of these international artists.” Admission to the new space will be free.