Costa Mesa has a new neighbor — the Orange County Museum of Art, which is unveiling its new building Oct. 8 at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
The $94 million building designed by Morphosis Architects under direction of Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne has been in the works for more than a decade. It features a grand external staircase modeled on the steps of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, which will also serve as a seating area in the amphitheater for performances. On the patio is a large-scale site-specific sculpture by Sanford Biggers, more than 15,000 square meters of green space and almost double the gallery space to show art.
That’s a good thing, because the museum opens with five exhibitions including an overview of the work of 81-year-old New York sculptor Fred Eversley; a showcase of “13 seminal women artists” from the OCMA collection, paying tribute to the 13 founding women of the museum – the institution was founded in 1962 as the Balboa Pavilion Gallery; and a revival of the museum’s long-running California Biennale.
But first, OCMA needs to finish construction. The Times was given an exclusive photo tour of the premises as the museum put the finishing touches on the building just weeks before it opened.
The new Orange County Museum of Art, designed by Thom Mayne, opens its doors on October 8th. A key feature of the architecture is the building’s porous indoor-outdoor nature, such as this terrace for installations, events and general public use. (Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)
The building’s corners and undulations speak to its neighbor, the curvier Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. (Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)
A final touch: the OCMA signage, which will be chiseled onto the building envelope just weeks before opening. The building took more than a decade to build. (Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)
Richard Serra’s monumental sculpture “Connector”, far left, as seen from the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. To the left of this is a new seat-specific sculpture by Sanford Biggers on OCMA’s terrace on the grand staircase. (Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)
A glass-floored bridge connects the museum’s education pavilion and café. The 53,000-square-foot building is twice the size of his former Newport Beach home. (Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)
The ground floor gallery windows that run along the Avenue of the Arts reflect the neighborhood. (Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)
The terracotta exterior of the OCMA building. The $94 million building completes the campus of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. (Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2022-09-22/photos-new-orange-county-museum-of-art-opening-soon Photos: The new Orange County Museum of Art is opening its doors. Here’s a sneak peek