Art is an affliction first passed to humankind through a roundworm parasite linked to wildcats; it perpetuates itself through repeated viewing of the images the infected persons create. Today's Groupon perpetuates the aesthetic plague with two tickets to the Laguna Art Museum for $12, a $24 value. Your Groupon is valid for both general admission and special exhibit OsCene 2010: Contemporary Art and Culture in OC. This Groupon is valid from February 22 through May 16.
OsCene 2010 gets at the heart of the Laguna Art Museum's focus: the latest contemporary art and culture in Orange County. Although the museum itself mainly features paintings, OsCene 2010 will contain all forms of media, from painting and sculpture to video, architecture, performance, puppies, music, film, and cheese. The images on view will cover a broad and often bizarre spectrum, including colorful heaps of roller derby girls, Snow White chatting up Obama, and pairs of naked men contorting their bodies in domestic surroundings. Also scheduled are a number of programmed events, including lectures, artist panels, film screenings, and a concert series. A few featured artists include indie rock duo I Hate You Just Kidding, documentarian Carole Zavala, and photographer/filmmaker Jeff Hornbaker.
The Laguna Art Museum also owns a notable permanent collection. The special focus of the museum is the art of California, its artistic history, and supporting contemporary California artists. This tradition stems from the museum's roots as an artists’ colony in the 1930s, when artists burrowed long tunnels into the sand and lived beneath the beach in hives of collective harmony. For those who think that everything in southern California is thirty minutes away and no more than thirty years old, the Laguna Art Museum begs to differ. Situated near the beachfront and surrounded by palm trees, the museum facade looks equal parts stately institution and welcoming beach house, the latter aided by numerous pink waterslides and orange-trunked lifeguards.
Today's Groupon expires on May 16, 2010, the final day of the OsCene 2010 exhibition.
- This bright, colorful museum has become a major fixture in the Laguna Beach art world with its regularly changing exhibits. – Los Angeles Times
- This beloved local institution is working hard to position itself as the artistic cornerstone of the community. In addition to a small but interesting permanent collection, the museum presents installations of regional works definitely worth a detour. – Frommer’s
- Laguna Art Museum is a diamond in the ruff [sic]! They boost [sic] a unique collection of art and changing local exhibits. The last time I was there there was a wonderful retrospective on surf boards that was very well done. This is a museum that can't be overlooked! The prices are reasonable and it's the perfect size for an afternoon visit after lunch. I highly recommend a tour! – Nicole F., Insider Pages
Laguna Art Museum
The Laguna Art Museum began in 1918 as a small gallery in a converted cottage, where local artists would display and sell their pieces to the public. As the exhibits and collections grew larger over the next several decades, the founders moved the gallery into a larger, custom space, and eventually transformed it into a museum celebrating the development of Californian art from the 19th century to the present. The museum currently boasts a permanent collection of more than 3,500 works, as well as rotating exhibits that track the evolution of artistic expression.
To further its mission of spreading public appreciation for local art, the museum hosts informative lectures and open-house receptions. The museum’s Carole Reynolds Art Research Library also intrigues readers with more than 5,000 books, many of which chronicle the history of Californian art.