Art is in the eye of the beholder, whereas swollen retinas are in the eye of the bee holder. Get soul-stung by provocative and powerful art with today's Groupon: for $6, you get a one-day admission ($12 value) to every exhibit at the Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach. The museum offers free admission to children less than 12 years old during all regular museum hours (Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
The Orange County Museum of Art's collection showcases more than 3,000 works of art for aesthetic absorption, with a concentration on homegrown, Golden State art from the early 20th century to the present day. Gargle with toner and fixer before visiting the museum's recently opened exhibit 15 Minutes of Fame: Portraits from Ansel Adams to Andy Warhol, which displays more than 175 photos ranging from 1930s celebrity photography to contemporary portraiture, including photos from Marilyn Monroe's last photo shoot taken by Lawrence Schiller. Or explore what the museum acquired while you spent the last decade studying horseshoe-crab mating rituals in Topeka with the exhibit New Art for a New Century: Contemporary Acquisitions 2000–2010, featuring 75 pieces covering a wide range of styles and mediums.
Originally incorporated in 1918 as part of the Laguna Beach Art Association, the Orange County Museum of Art has grown to earn a reputation as one of the contemporary art movement's leading exhibitors, unlike the guy selling velvet Elvis paintings outside of the corner liquor store. Affix stilts of nailed-together easels to your legs and visit the Orange County Museum of Art for a look at some of California's best art that doesn't involve singing raisins.
- …OCMA is a great place and definitely worth a visit. I'm really excited to see how the museum (and its surrounding art scene) will evolve in the future and will definitely be back to see. – Sienna K., Yelp
- For being a hidden little museum, it was actually much larger than I thought. – Hazel Q., Yelp
Orange County Museum of Art
Orange County Museum of Art's chief curator, Dan Cameron, takes pride in the artists his state has produced from the 20th century to the present. He and his staff showcase a diverse range of modern and contemporary Californian artists as well as art from around the world in an array of exhibitions and a permanent collection. Each exhibition uncovers a different facet of the art world. Past exhibitions have explored modern art between Picasso and Pollock, the changing language of art and design in the mid-20th century, and works by Ansel Adams and Andy Warhol.
Staffers also immerse visitors in their collections through after-hours events and guided tours of the museum's galleries. They also host events for families, during which kids can make artwork in the style of the exhibited artists or attend monthly shows with short films, music exploration, and live entertainment.
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