(credit: Laguna Art Museum)

(credit: Laguna Art Museum)


Fall is here in Orange County and one of the best pastimes in the area is the artistic and cultural explorations available with the exhibits in various museums in Southern California. From innovative projects to traditional artwork from past artists that used traditional mediums to express their work, these fall exhibits are the must see this year. Here are the best museum exhibits to view in Orange County.
(credit: Laguna Art Museum)

(credit: Laguna Art Museum)


Phillip K. Smith: Bent Parallel
Laguna Art Museum
307 Cliff Drive
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 494-8971
lagunaartmuseum.org
Dates: October 16, 2016 – January 15, 2017

Phillip K. Smith’s work is an immersive reflection of light that bends the world of color, optics, scale and technology. His monumental installation with Bent Parallel is immersive with light and the two intersecting color-field walls and the hinged structure. The creation of a third, zero-thickness plane mixes the adjacent colors that extends into the immediate space. The infinite and finite environment created is a must-see. Smith’s exhibits have been seen this year at the Coachella festival and it has a reputation to focus on interaction and movement of pure color.

(credit: muzeo.org)

(credit: muzeo.org)


Vitality of Line: Works by Nicolay Paskevich
Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center
241 S. Anaheim Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92805
(714) 956-8936
muzeo.org
Dates: July 23, 2016 – September 11, 2016

In the international language of Esperanto, “muzeo” means “museum” and the center in Anaheim has a mission to re-invent the concept of a regional cultural center for the 21st century audience. The Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center is a center that embraces art, culture, entertainment and showcases world-class level exhibits. Nicolay Paskevich was a Russian painter that worked mostly in acrylic, pastel and had an interest in expressing his art in power, action, music and western motifs. Visitors can see his brilliant work on display from mid-July to mid September.

(credit: Laguna Art Museum)

(credit: Laguna Art Museum)


Miss Hills of Laguna Beach
Laguna Art Museum
307 Cliff Drive
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 494-8971
lagunaartmuseum.org
Dates: October 16, 2016 – January 15, 2017

Landscape painter Anna Althea Hills (1882-1930) was a highly regarded artist that really put Laguna Beach on the map as a premiere colony during the twentieth century. For Miss Hills, Laguna Beach was a place that was not only feeding her artistic creativity, it was a place she could teach and build an art school. She served as a founding member of the Laguna Beach Art Association in 1918. The exhibit documents over 40 of Hills’ artworks relating to her life and work in Laguna Beach.

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(Credit: Museum Of Contemporary Art)

(Credit: Museum Of Contemporary Art)


Li Hui: V
Orange County Museum of Art
850 San Clemente Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 759-1122
ocma.net

The multimedia artist from Beijing is a conceptual artist that has worked on diverse and various mediums. These range from acrylic sculptures, laser beams and crosses boundaries that enter the new age of Chinese media art. His poetic aura in his work articulates philosophical considerations. His is part of the new generation of Chinese artists that are bringing innovative installations and received worldwide recognition. The exhibit will be a large-scale installation that will occupy an entire gallery and include an immersive visitor experience.

(credit: bowers.org)

(credit: bowers.org)


Virgin of Guadalupe: Images In Colonial Mexico
Bowers Museum
2002 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92706
(714) 567-3600
www.bowers.org
Dates: October 8, 2016 – January 29, 2017

The exclusive exhibit of Virgin of Guadalupe: Images In Colonial Mexico is just for the Bowers Museum, and includes several important pieces from Mexico. Among these is the Museum of the Basilica of Guadalupe, the most visited religious pilgrimage site in the Americas. A vision of the Virgin Mary was seen by a man in 1531 in a sacred location at Tepeyac Hill near Mexico City. This exhibition explores the impact of the appearance of the Virgin with various themes of religious, political and social importance during the colonial period.

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